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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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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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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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 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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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 are 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

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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Map Plotter Solutions With a Graphics Printer

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

Map Plotter Solutions With a Graphics Printer


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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What is the Best Plotter for GIS? One with these qualities.

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Mar 25, 2019 @ 02:54 PM

When searching the best plotter for GIS map printing, it’s important to look at all of the factors surrounding your print needs. Geographic Information Systems, or GIS, is a computer system that allows you visualize all kinds of large, quantitative data.

That is why GIS data is typically displayed on maps. But, because GIS information usually revolves around big data, printing those files can be much more demanding than a typical CAD file; there is a lot more information to process.

In fact, some GIS files can easily exceed the 100MB file size. So, in order to find the best plotter for GIS printing, you really need to know all the aspects of the source file and the expectations of the final product.  

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