Printing using ArcPress

The ArcPress printer engine is designed to make printing large, complex maps possible on printers that may not have sufficient resources to process these maps. It can also help when printing maps that the Windows printer engine is unable to process.

Selecting ArcPress as your printer engine

When you print a map, you can select ArcPress as your printing engine in the Print dialog box as shown here:

Setting ArcPress as your printing engine

Choosing the correct ArcPress driver for your printer

ArcPress has specific drivers to support a variety of industry-standard printers. The ArcPress printer engine supports a set of printers and will automatically choose the ArcPress printer driver for your printer model name. If ArcMap cannot match your printer type to an ArcPress driver, it will then prompt you to choose an ArcPress driver. However, the appropriate ArcPress driver for most large-format printers will be automatically selected.

If you are unsure about which driver to choose, check your printer manufacturer's documentation for raster language support. For example, printers from many companies support the HP RTL language, so you could choose an ArcPress HP RTL driver. Also, notice that a tip is displayed when you choose each driver from the ArcPress Properties dialog box, which will help you determine which driver is correct for your printer:

Choosing the ArcPress printer driver

Since manufacturers continually release new printers and drivers, ESRI maintains an up-to-date knowledge base article about printer and driver support at Which printers are supported in ArcPress.

About changing color parameters

While in most cases ArcPress should provide good color on the first print, you can use the ArcPress Color Adjustment dialog box options to alter the appearance of your map output. If the map document is saved with the Use Printer Paper Settings option (you set this on the Page and Print Setup dialog box), these settings will be saved with your map document.

The ArcPress Color Adjustment dialog box.
The ArcPress Color Adjustment dialog box has sliders for commonly used color correction parameters.

Setting the output resolution for ArcPress

Resolution (measured in dots per inch or dpi) is the size of the dot that is used to make up a print job. Generally speaking, increasing the resolution will improve the crispness of your output—up to a point. There are important trade-offs to using a higher output resolution:

The ratio listed in the Output Image Quality control determines the effective resolution of raster content on output relative to the printer's selected resolution.

Printer settings for HP Universal and Epson Universal drivers

For the many advanced printers and drivers, you can set the resolution, and color can be set individually for the print driver. These options can be changed by using the print quality options that best suit your print job's purpose and content. Here is an overview of some items that you can adjust:

Computer configurations for ArcPress printing

The following configuration recommendations can help contribute to successful printing from ArcMap:

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