Making Copies with a HP DesignJet 5000ps (Queue Management)

At my old job making copies on the plotter was a piece of cake. You went into the Queue, selected the job and number of copies and presto! For some reason, possibly because I hardly make paper maps anymore, learning queue management on the DesignJet 5000ps did not come intuitively.

My latest map kept running out of memory on the plotter, so when it finally did print after spooling for three hours, I had the incentive I needed to explore the DesignJet 5000ps menus.

I must admit that I have waited five years and wasted the total of several days spooling print jobs. It isn't even complicated.

Starting at the Main Menu (use "Top" key to make sure you are at the Main Menu)

  1. Press the "ENTER" button (this will select the first option "Printing")
  2. Highlight "Queueing & Nesting..." and press "ENTER"
  3. Highlight "Queue Management" and press "ENTER"
  4. Highlight the job number (These are negative numbers in the order last printed. Select "-1" for the last job.)
  5. Highlight "Copies = 0..." and Press "ENTER"
  6. Highlight the number of copies you want in the Copies Menu and Press "ENTER"
  7. Press the "BACK" button to return to the Job Menu (Titled "-1:" in this example)
  8. Highlight "Move to Top" and Press "ENTER"

The plotter should start warming up and printing will begin almost immediately. Best yet, it will continue to print with no interruption for processing.

I just made three copies of a 36"x60" shaded relief poster in the time it took to type this out.

Making Copies with a HP DesignJet 5000ps

I could always make copies using Arcview 3.2.  This doesn't seem to be the case when using ArcMap9.3.1.   No print jobs are listed in the queue management window on the plotter.  Just wanted to know if you had any similar problems.  I have to process the print job again or send multiple copies to the plotter.   It would be nice to retieve old plots. 

We have a new plotter now,

We have a new plotter now, but I wrote the steps above while using ArcGIS8.x and ArcGIS9.x with the HP 5000ps.