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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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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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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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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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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