Last time I talked to Designjet support I was told the the old 108" limit on the Z3100 had been removed by the most recent firmware. If this is true then the QImage technique of printing multiple panels should work (without the problem of tiny margins every 108"). Has anyone tried panoramas with the new 188.8.131.52 firmware and QImage? Alan
You will not need the multiple panels mode if the driver simply would print longer.
As far as I know it hasn't changed. What I see is that above 270 cm, 108 inches, the image becomes cropped in width. Printing with Qimage. So it will print 5 meters but a small portion of it. I have not tested this with Photoshop. As far as I know Photoshop has a pixel number limit these days and not so much a length limit. If you keep the input resolution lower it will print longer. But it could still hit the Z3100 driver limit.
The Qimage poster/tile solution will not work for the Z3100 as the Z3100 driver has no banner mode. In other words there will always be a 10 mm white area between the panels to be stitched. I couldn't find a remedy for that but I would be very happy if someone could solve that. That panel stitching is something you could do with Illustrator and CorelDraw too but it will not work if there's no banner mode in the driver.
This is a real handicap in my opinion, the Canon iPF9000 goes a bit over 3 meter in normal printing so doesn't improve much on the Z3100 but that printer has a banner mode, the wide format Epsons too.
From older messages I understand that the Z3100 PS model has no banner mode either but it will print longer even without the RIP driver just using Qimage in normal mode.
Added: The Wasatch SoftRip 6.2 that I also have will print longer lengths and I will use it for that. The profiling/color control of that RIP for the Z3100 and I guess any 12 ink system is however lousy so I rather use the excellent HP color control.
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