Why You Should Reconsider Getting a HP Designjet 1700dr Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Oct 16, 2019 @ 08:15 AM

The Designjet 1700dr is HP’s latest wide-format printer iteration targeting CAD and GIS workgroups. As per the product’s nomenclature, the “dr” refers to a dual roll model.


Die-hard fans of HP will look at this unit with blind admiration. However, There is more than meets the eye when it comes to it.

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Reasons Why You Should Buy a New Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Sep 27, 2019 @ 09:39 PM

Your old plotter has served you well for years. But, how much is that old technology holding you back? Probably more than you think. 


Companies generally are pretty good about keeping their IT assets up to date. But surprisingly, this is usually constrained to server, workstation and software assets.


Unfortunately, companies often tend to overlook upgrading their wide format equipment with the same level of importance as other technology. Is this the case with you?


Face it; it may be time to upgrade and buy a new plotter. Otherwise, it may be costing you much more than you think. Here's why.

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What is Bluebeam Revu and Who Uses It?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Sep 20, 2019 @ 02:19 PM

What is Bluebeam Revu and Who Uses It?

Chances are if you work in construction, you have probably at least heard of Bluebeam Revu. Although it is quickly becoming an industry standard, there are plenty of people who just don’t know what it is or what it does.


Essentially, Bluebeam Revu is a software application that allows users to markup, takeoff, organize, and collaborate with PDF files like never before.


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Bluebeam Revu Announced Drawings at XCON

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Sep 04, 2019 @ 09:42 AM

As technology in the construction industry advances, access to digital files, both in the office and the field, is becoming paramount. After all, this type of functionality promotes better communication across all partner channels. Keeping everyone on the same page makes jobs run more smoothly and earns companies more money.

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Compare wide format printers – Canon vs HP plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 01, 2019 @ 11:20 PM

When it comes to researching technology, in Google We Trust! 


Buyers today generally start their research on the web, and for good reason. There is a lot of content available for them to explore. 


So, in an effort to save you a chunk of time, we are providing a comparison between the well-known HP Designjet T730 and the new, popular Canon TM 300.


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Bluebeam Revu Update v.2018.6

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jul 29, 2019 @ 08:51 AM

Be sure to update to the latest version of Bluebeam Revu. v.2018.6. 

See below for release notes. 

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How to Search Construction Plans with Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jul 10, 2019 @ 06:23 PM

Construction documents are full of data, today more than ever. Often contractors or other project partners need to quickly search a set of plans to identify specific, important information.

Unfortunately, manually reviewing a set of printed plans is laborious, tedious, and invites mistakes. Luckily, there is a faster and more accurate way - the Search Tool in Blubeam Revu. For those who use it, Bluebeam's Search Tool is a game-changer for working with construction plans.

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What About the Duty Cycle of Wide Format Printers?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jun 10, 2019 @ 10:10 AM

Duty Cycle -- It's a term that is normally related to office copiers or desktop printers. It usually refers to the maximum number of pages that a particular printer can produce in a month.


So, it is common to see a number like 20,000 or 60,000 when looking at those specs.


But, how does the term “duty cycle” relate to wide format printers?

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Create a Punch List for Construction Using Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jun 04, 2019 @ 09:35 AM

When construction projects approach completion, a Punch List is one of the final activities that must be conducted.


Essentially, this is a list of repairs and incomplete work items remaining at the end of a project that must be finished by specialty contractors to address and fix, before the project is completed, plan submittals are completed, and the project is handed over to the building owner.


According to the Business Directory, this is the definition of a Punch List:


A listing of items requiring immediate attention before finalizing a construction project. It is a document listing work that does not conform to contract specifications, usually attached to the certificate of substantial completion. The contractor must correct the punch list work before receiving payment.

The topics of a punch list can be wide-ranging. For example, door adjustments, flooring issues, electrical problems, and damaged wood trim are all potential items in a punch list.


For decades, this has happened via a manual paper/pen process that is slow, tedious, and marred with potential communication problems.


Luckily, now, software applications, like Bluebeam Revu, provide a way to quickly and easily complete a punch list and keep every stakeholder up to speed, in real time.

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Why Should You Print BIM Files in Full Color?

Posted by Donnie Schopp on Thu, May 30, 2019 @ 09:30 AM

Architectural design is something that is constantly evolving. One ever-changing aspect, that has completely redefined the design-build process, is BIM software (Building Information Modeling).


This is achieved through a variety of different software applications, all of which promote the absence of paper.


But, there are still plenty of opportunities where companies need to print construction plans - and color is absolutely crucial when printing 3D images from BIM. 

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9 Reasons Why Canon PRO 4000 & 2000 Photo Printers Exceed Expectations

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, May 25, 2019 @ 09:35 AM

Why Canon PRO 4000 & 2000 Photo Printers Exceed Expectations


Leave it to Canon to raise the bar when it comes to producing new ultra-high quality wide-format printers.

And the new breed doesn’t disappoint. In fact, the new Canon PRO Series is turning heads with a multitude of new technologies that are completely different from anything else in the competitive field.


Although designed for professional photography and other digital artwork, there are plenty of situations where one of these photo printers would fit nicely.


See 9 reasons why the Canon PRO 2000, 4000, and 6000 printers will exceed your expectations.

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Top Requirements for Map Plotters for Printing GIS Maps & Images

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, May 17, 2019 @ 02:27 PM

Top Requirements for Map Plotters for Printing GIS Maps & Images


In 1597 Sir Francis Bacon declared that "knowledge is power."  Back then, the known world was a lot smaller, and he was only armed with a handful of books.


Today, anyone with an internet connection can get a mountain of knowledge, with a single mouse click.


This is easily showcased by the amazing amount of geographical information instantly available through Google Maps or Google Earth.


Both of these applications operate as web-based conglomerations of data sourced from both data and images, sourced from satellite imagery, aerial photography, and GIS


But, if you need a way to actually print this data in the form of GIS maps, aerials, or images, you need a printer that is fully capable of handling the task. 


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Best Wide Format Printer for Posters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, May 13, 2019 @ 04:05 PM

Poster printing used to be a privilege reserved exclusively for high-end commercial print shops. Sure, they do good work, but it is expensive - especially if you are printing signs, book covers or posters on a regular basis.


But, changes in technology have not only made poster creation much easier, it has made it more accessible to everyone.


Today, if you can click a mouse, you can print some amazing posters with Canon equipment and software. See how.


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PlanGrid vs Bluebeam – Which is Better for Your Project?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, May 11, 2019 @ 07:15 AM

Lately, a recurring question has come up with my construction clients regarding the comparison of Bluebeam Revu and PlanGrid.


Since many companies are looking for ways to become more paperless, both of these applications have become quite popular as digital workflow choices with Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC).


But, which one is better? If a company is looking to take their wide-format workflow digital, which one should they choose?


Honestly, this question has a lot of moving parts, so the answer can be a bit dynamic. But, let’s dig in and take a look at the comparison of PlanGrid vs Bluebeam Revu. 

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What is Awesome About Canon LUCIA Pigment Plotter Ink?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, May 09, 2019 @ 03:35 PM

Do you want your large format prints to really pop, be durable, and resist fading?


Usually, the solution is as simple as using the right kind of ink and media for the project.


In fact, the secret to printing awesome large format photos or graphics is often found in the chemistry of the ink, and not just the paper or printer technology.

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