Kevin Vaughan

Kevin Vaughan
Kevin Vaughan is the Vice President of TAVCO and heads up Sales, Marketing, and E-Commerce. When he is not geeking out on new wide-format technologies, you can find him hanging with his wife and kids, playing guitar, or sneaking in a workout.
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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

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 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 more of 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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Awesomeness of 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?

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Bluebeam Revu Update v.2018.5

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sat, May 04, 2019 @ 02:04 PM

Recently users of Bluebeam Revu Version 2018 have experienced some problems with the application rendering images on screen. This has manifested as showing blank pages, scrolling issues, etc.

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HP T520 vs Canon TM-300 Large Format Printer

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, May 02, 2019 @ 02:29 PM

Recently, a UK-based company, GDS, published an article comparing the HP T520 plotter to a Canon TM-300. They were spot-on in showcasing the differences between the two printers and how the Canon TM-300 is a much more cost effective solution than the HP. Here are some key takeaways.

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What is Bluebeam Revu and Who Uses It?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Apr 28, 2019 @ 02:19 PM

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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Map Plotter Solutions With a Graphics Printer

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Fri, Apr 26, 2019 @ 12:33 PM

As cool as onscreen, interactive maps are, sometimes you just need a high-quality printed one to deliver the "wow factor" to that you need for your presentation. 

But, when it comes to printing maps, many companies often a turn to their standard 4-color CAD plotter for this task. Too bad they don't realize that this is not be the best choice for the job.

This is because printing maps or aerial photos require much more dynamic performance than basic plotters can provide.  

Learn the key points that you should consider when researching a map plotter - here are a few important aspects to keep in mind.

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3 Reasons Why Baby Boomers Love Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Apr 25, 2019 @ 01:45 PM

Despite the adage, you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, people aren’t dogs. Humans are resilient creatures who are capable of constantly learning and changing.

This is evident today in the construction industry. It is a profession that is changing at lightning speed, but many “seasoned” professionals still make up the ranks.

Technology-wise, construction has changed more in the past few years than in the previous fifty. Given the influx of new talent, digital workflows have become both more accepted and commonplace.

Older baby boomers need to keep pace with change and embrace it. And, one of the tools that help them easily transcend paper to digital is Bluebeam Revu. Check out the three things that Baby Boomers love the most about Bluebeam software.

Before diving in to the three specific functions that older users find valuable, let’s go over what Bluebeam is exactly.

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Top 4 Productivity Factors when Considering Wide Format Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Apr 03, 2019 @ 06:30 AM

If you are in the market for a new wide format plotter, obviously there are many things to consider.

The usual suspects are price, functionality, and specifications. But have you given any thought to overall productivity?

Be careful when comparing makes and models, because the plotter spec-sheet doesn’t always tell the whole story.


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Should I Get a Canon CAD Plotter with a Hard Drive?

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Mar 11, 2019 @ 08:37 AM

Speed is always of the essence in construction. The faster companies access and share their plans, the more they increase their earning potential.

Despite the expansion of digital workflows, there is still an explicit need for architects, engineers, and contractors to use physical drawings.

Therefore, the right equipment is crucial. This is why AEC companies should really consider a Canon plotter with a built-in hard drive.

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Compare CCD vs CIS Scanner Technologies

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Feb 17, 2019 @ 10:30 PM

Large format scanning has become instrumental for many AEC (architectural, engineering, & construction) companies.

Powerful CAD programs and other software applications, such as Bluebeam Revu, are changing the way construction documents are handled, viewed, marked up, and shared. But, what about the vast number of archived drawings stored in flat files?

Many business leaders are opting to get a large format scanner to digitize those files, but when considering a purchase, there can be some confusion on selecting the right scanner for large documents.

There are two primary types of wide-format scanning technologies to consider. Both have their merits, but it really is a matter of application regarding which process it right for your situation.

Read on to learn the difference between the two to determine which one is best suited for you - CCD vs CIS scanner technologies.

 

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Top Reasons Why You Should Get a New Plotter

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Feb 05, 2019 @ 09:39 PM
Although your old plotter has served you well for years, that old technology might be holding you back? Companies are usually good about keeping their IT assets up to date. But surprisingly, this is usually focused on the server, workstation and software assets.
 

Unfortunately, companies often tend to overlook upgrading their wide format equipment at the same interval. Is this the case with you? Face it; it may be time to upgrade and get a new plotter. Otherwise, it may be costing you much more than you think. Here's why.

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Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) Annual Conference & Expo

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jan 23, 2019 @ 12:42 PM

Join us as we network with other industry leaders who excel in the knowledge and expertise of compliance and regulations relating to accessibility at the upcoming Accessibility Professionals Association (APA) Annual Conference & Expo.

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How to Determine the Best Wide Format Color Scanners

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Jan 15, 2019 @ 01:02 PM

What is the best wide format color scanner? The answer lies more with the scanning technology rather than by the brand alone.

Finding the best large format scanner is truly contingent upon what type of files you are trying to scan.

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