Printing a DIN A0 Poster



1. Printer driver

Windows XP has Driver for HP Designjet 750C/PS in the Printer list.


If it does not appear, you have to install this printer (control panel, add printer, select local port and send to file, the find in the list the HP Designjet printer).



2. Programs to assemble Poster and setup page size


Canvas and Powerpoint work. Select custom paper size and as units points, then enter for the paper size 2514 for width and 3431 for height for portrait and the other way around for landscape.

Be careful, the uppermost part of the document might get truncated a little bit (check with ghostview; see below)


3. Assemble document


  If you put together the poster, very large files can result. Usually, a Canvas file with abot 100 MB size is o.k., but to avoid problems, you could check the resolution of your pictures and change them to a 300 dpi. To do so, click on a single picture (not a group of images or images grouped with text). Then go to “Image-Area-Resolution”. In the upcoming window the resolution will be displayed.




In the filed Res, type in the desired resolution


Another problem can be special characters. Use the Symbol font when entering special characters and not special keys within the font you are using. Check these special characters later using Ghostview.



4. Print Postscript file


Transfer your document onto a PC (e.g. rux-Computer)

Open document, select page setup and then HPDesignjet 750C/PS printer.

Check the boxes: Fit to Paper, Center on Paper,


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Click on Printer Properties


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select under Layout, Portrait or Landscape, whatever you need, then click on Paper/Quality


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then click on Advanced


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As paper size select Oversize A0

Click Ok


Under document setup in Canvas select document size from Printer


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Make sure your document is well within the borders that the Canvas layout now displays.


Then click print. Make sure that Color Mode is RGB and that you click on “Print to file”


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You can now save your file (as a .PRN file).


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5. Check your Postscript file with Ghostview



You need Ghostscript and Ghostview to do this.

Ghostview and Ghostscript can be downloaded here:


Open the Ghostview program (under Ghostgum-Ghostview) and open your PRN file. Adjust the size being displayed under -Media- and select “user defined. Then add 2514 for width and 3431 for height for a portrait oversize A0 poster. You also might need to adjust the magnification to see your whole poster.


6. Transfer to campfire computer with an SFTP program


On the PC, you can use the program WINSCP (


On the Mac, use Fetch (Version 5 is SFTP)


Connect in the SFTP program to campfire:

UserID: Your ID, eg. aeg85

Password: your passoword

Set the initial directory to /tmp


(these windows are from the old program that was not SFTP capable. I will update this file soon with new screenshots)


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In the Startup menu, enter as initial remote site /tmp


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After connecting to campfire, navigate in the right window to your folder that contains the PRN file

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Click on te arrow to the right to start the transfer protocol. To make sure that the file was delivered intact, reload it from the campfire computer to your local computer (to a different folder in order to avoid overwriting). Then check this file with ghostview for mistakes.

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7. Send the file into the print que of the printer


On the PC, you can use the program PUTTY ( to establish a secure shell connection to campfire. On the Mac use the program Terminal.


Connect to


On the Mac type in the Terminal window:


where aegxx is your account number, aeg58


On the pc type in the connect to server field:

and the account name and password in the appropriate fields.



Send the file to the print queue




lpr -Pdjprobe location       (for a testprint)


!!space after lpr and before location!!


lpr -Pdjglanz location       (for glossy print)





lpr -Pdjglanz /tmp/Sprenger.PRN


(!! Make sure to have the correct caps!!)



With the command

lpq –Pdjprobe


lpq –Pdjglanz

you can check how many print jobs are in the queue




8. Tell the Rechenzentrum that you would like your poster to be printed.


Call 4562 and tell them your account number and the name and location of the file to be printed.


Before picking up your poster, you have to buy coupons that are then handed to the person that will print the poster.