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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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 Scanning Technologies

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

Compare CCD vs CIS Scanning Technologies


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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Oce Service Issues - Dealing with Legacy PC Controllers

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Jan 21, 2019 @ 08:30 AM

There’s one thing for sure about old Océ plotters, they were built to last, and many have stuck around for a long time. Although many people consider this an attribute, there is also a dark side.

The time has come where the entire Océ TDS (Technical Document Systems) product line and some of the first-generation PlotWaves have become legacy machines.

This has absolutely nothing to do with the mechanical integrity of the machine, but rather the PC that runs the whole system. 

In fact, our service department has been busy dealing with their share of Oce service issues regarding legacy controller PCs. Here’s why.

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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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Join Us for the Build Expo USA 2019 Show - Construction Show in Austin, TX

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Dec 27, 2018 @ 11:44 AM

 

Join TAVCO for the upcoming Build Expo in Austin, TX, the #1 rated show for General Contractors.

 
  • Build Expo USA
  • January 9-10 2019
  • Palmer Events Center
  • 900 Barton Springs Rd, Austin, TX

 

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Quickly Search Construction Plans with Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Sun, Nov 25, 2018 @ 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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Navigating Multipage PDF Floor Plans with Bluebeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Oct 01, 2018 @ 08:12 AM

The PDF file format is now an industry standard for large-size floor plans. The reasons for this are pretty obvious. PDFs are commonly used, they are familiar, they can include embedded meta data, and they can be protected by robust security properties.

These dynamics have made PDF files universally used throughout the construction industry. But, when it comes to dealing with a multipage set of plans, organizing the pages to quickly get to the specific information you need, can be challenging at times.

No worries, Bluebeam Revu software is a perfect cure for your multipage PDF blues.


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Bluebeam XCON 2018 in Austin, TX

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Mon, Sep 24, 2018 @ 09:25 AM

Blubeam’s annual Extreme Conference, now called XCON 2018, was recently hosted in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, TX, and it was a resounding success. This event is presented every year to bring together Bluebeam users and partners alike to take part in educational sessions to better utilize the software, and discover what to expect in the future. Needless to say, XCON absolutely did not disappoint - in fact, it was awesome!

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Austin Art & Frame - Giclee Printing Services

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, Sep 11, 2018 @ 08:15 AM

Lots of people would love to display fine art in their home, but artwork can be really expensive. Luckily, another alternative is to get a high-quality reproduction of a painting called a giclee. Throughout Austin and Central Texas, artists and buyers alike continue to rely on the top-notch giclee printing services of Austin Art & Frame. See how they do it and learn about their business in our exclusive TAVCO Partner Profile.

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Compare Plan Revisions with Blubeam Revu

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Thu, Aug 16, 2018 @ 01:07 PM

When it comes to dealing with construction plan revisions, speed is certainly a factor. Given the current construction labor shortage, more key people are expected to do more work, make less errors, and still finish projects on time.

So, whenever a speed hack is discovered, it doesn’t take long for others to jump on board. This is why Bluebeam Revu software might just be the best kept secret for companies that utilize it for the purpose of comparing documents.

See why Revu could be one of your most powerful weapons in your arsenal when it comes to finding changes in document revisions quickly.

 

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5 Smart Tricks to Make your Workshop Look Inspiring

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Wed, Jun 20, 2018 @ 10:12 AM

 

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Powerful Print Tracking Software with Canon TX Series Plotters

Posted by Kevin Vaughan on Tue, May 29, 2018 @ 09:20 AM

No matter what the industry or vertical market, companies across the country are looking for ways to improve their financial health by cutting costs. So, it should come as no surprise that printing costs are a prime suspect. The good news is there are ways to easily track, report, and bill for all of your printing with software application, such as Argos, by Sepialine. And now, Canon wide-format fans even more to smile about.

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