Canon TA Office Wide-Format Inkjet Printers Are Ideal for First-Time Users

First-time users of wide-format inkjet printers may be interested in Canon’s new TA-Series of pigment-ink printers. The easy-to-use, budget-friendly Canon imagePROGRAF TA Series includes two models.

The 24-inch desktop Canon imagePROGRAF TA-20 enables workers in home offices and small restaurants, shops, and offices to expand their in-house printing capabilities to make posters, photo enlargements, event and presentation graphics, and temporary outdoor signs.

The 36-inch Canon imagePROGRAF TA-30 with stand is ideal for schools, stores, libraries, and design studios that want to enable employees to make more of their own proofs, posters, charts, and signs.

Unlike many office printers that use aqueous dye inks, the TA printers use aqueous pigment ink. When posters are printed on weather-resistant media, they can last up to 6 months outdoors without lamination.

Both printers can handle rolls or sheets of the following office, photo, display, and sign media:

  • coated and uncoated bond and poster papers;
  • gloss, luster, and matte photo papers;
  • peel-and-stick fabric for repositionable posters and wall signs;
  • banner vinyls and adhesive vinyls for hanging banners and mounted signs;
  • water-resistant, tear-resistant polypropylene films for signs and display graphics

With Canon’s water-resistant media, you can make posters and signs that will last outdoors for up to six months outdoors without lamination.

The TA-20 can print on sheets from 8 to 17 inches wide and rolls from from 8 to 24 inches wide. The TA-30 can print on sheets from 8 to 17 inches wide and on rolls from 8 to 36 inches wide.

Two Types of Black Inks

Both printers feature 5 colors of Canon LUCIA TD pigment ink: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, and Matte Black.

The printer automatically switches between black and matte black inks depending on the type of paper you use. The black inks print exceptional photographic images on semi-gloss and gloss photo papers. The matte black inks print crisp lines and fine text in drawings, charts, and documents on coated or uncoated bond papers.

Canon TA-20 wide-format printer
Canon TA-20 wide-format printer
Canon TA-30 wide format printer

The printers are designed for quiet, fast, economical operation. You can quickly print one or two posters as needed. Or, use the Fast Mode to print up to 104 24 x 36 inch posters in an hour.

The Economy Print Mode enables you to use up to 40 percent less ink when printing everyday documents on plain papers.

Wi-Fi compatability enables you to print from almost anywhere in the office or job site.

Other Features

The printers include a variety of Canon innovations.

Borderless printing on roll media eliminates the extra step of trimming photo and poster prints.

Sub-ink tanks let you replace an empty ink cartridge without stopping the print job in progress.

The advanced air-feeding system keeps media flat for consistent printing.

Security features prevent leaks of confidential information.

PosterArtist Lite software enables you to create professional-looking posters in minutes.

FreeLayout Plus software enables you to create larger posters from multiple printed sheets or set up brochures that will be printed on both sides and folded. A plug-in feature enables you to print directly from Microsoft Office files.

Accounting Manager software helps you monitor the costs per print.

Direct Print & Share portal lets you upload print files to your online storage account, share them with other users, and print them out from almost anywhere. A Shortcut Print feature lets you drag and drop files into a folder and the files will start printing automatically.

Media Configuration Tool lets you store the print settings for each of the different media types you choose to use.

AutoCAD Optimized Driver helps users of AutoCAD optimize printing productivity and reliability

The TA printers ship with 330 ml of ink, which is more than 150% more than comparable entry-level wide-format inkjet printers.

Call the helpful wide-format printing pros at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 for information about pricing, discounts, and warranties.

Download a fact sheet about the Canon TA Series here.

Canon imagePROGRAF TX Printers Win Awards from Two Industry Publications

The Canon imagePROGRAF TX series pigment ink printers for technical drawings, office documents, and simple signs received prestigious awards from two leading business publications: Construction Executive and Wide-Format & Signage.

Use Canon TX-series printers to output monochrome drawings, colorful renderings, short-term outdoor signs, and self-adhesive graphic materials.

Construction Executive named the TX Series as one of its 2018 “Hot Product Award” winners. The TX Series was one of 19 products selected for their ability to help construction companies improve productivity and streamline operations. Click here to read more about why they selected the TX series. Click here to see the full list of Hot Product Award winners.

Construction Executive magazine awarded a 2018 Hot Product award to the Canon imagePROGRAF TX printers series of printers.

Construction Executive is the magazine for the business of construction. It reaches more than 53,000 contractors and construction-related business owners and includes articles to help them run a more profitable and productive construction business. It is published by the Associated Builders and Contractors Services Corp.

Wide-Format & Signage honored the Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000 MFP T36 as one of 20 winners of a 2018 Readers’ Choice Top Products Awards. After 150 products were nominated by Wide-Format & Signage readers and print-service providers, members of the visual-communications community voted for the winners.

In announcing the awards, the editors noted that, “Canon continues to innovate and build on its award-winning technology, year after year. These advances have allowed Canon to design solutions to help improve productivity, maximize use, and enhance security features in a seamless system that can put you at the forefront of the large-format printing industry. Built for today’s culture— where more is asked with less— Canon now offers a multifaceted advanced solution for the high production, technical document inkjet printer market -the 36-inch imagePROGRAF TX-3000 MFP T36 Large format Scan-to-Copy/File/Share System.” Click here to see the full list of winners.

Top Product 2018 award from Wide Format & Signage
Members of the Wide-Format & Signage community chose the Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000 MFP 36-in. printer with 36 in. scanner as a 2018 Top Product

Wide-Format & Signage magazine is published by What They Think, a multi-channel media-service for members of the visual-communications industry. What They Think also publishes PrintingNews.com, WhatTheyThink.com, Inket’s Age magazine, and Printing News magazine.

Buy Canon TX-Series Printers from Freedom Paper

Freedom Paper is a proud reseller of the full line of Canon imagePROGRAF TX wide-format printers and multi-function printers.

The product line includes 4 models of 5-color pigment-ink printers and printer/scanner combinations:

Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000 36 in. printer
Canon imagePROGRAF TX-4000 44 in. printer
Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000 MFP 36 in. printer with 36 in. scanner
Canon imagePROGRAF TX-4000 MFP 44 in. printer with 36 in. scanner

Download the brochure for more details or visit the Freedom Paper website. Chat online with our wide-format printer experts online or call us at 866-310-3335 for advice and special deals.


Canon imagePROGRAF TM Series of Wide-Format Printers Use Pigment Inks

Canon TM 305 MFP

With its new imagePROGRAF TM series, Canon U.S.A. has added seven models of 24-inch and 36-inch pigment-ink printers to its line-up of easy-to-use imagePROGRAF wide-format inkjet printers. Like the imagePROGRAF TX series, the Canon imagePROGRAF TM series of printers uses five LUCIA TD water-resistant pigment inks.

So, you can use these printers to make full-color CAD drawings, GIS maps, and office presentations on everyday bond and presentation papers or colorful short-term outdoor posters, signs, and displays on water-resistant materials (such as polypropylene film or self-adhesive vinyl).

Canon image PROGRAF TM-200

Canon recommends the imagePROGRAF TM series for use in retail stores, restaurants, and office as well as traditional architectural, engineering, and construction environments.

If you routinely print multi-page PDF files or sets of documents, the models in the TM series can do it faster than Canon’s previous five-color models. Other features include 60% quieter operation for less distraction in the office, wireless printing, and an intuitive touchscreen panel.

If your office frequently handles sensitive materials such as military project plans or drawings for innovative products, you will be interested in Canon’s security features. Security features on the TM Series includes Secure Disk Erase, which conforms to United States Department of Defense standards (DoD5220.00-M) as well as IPSec support, SSL/TLS and 802.1x authentication.

“Our company always strives to make our technology as versatile as possible to meet the needs of all types of users, whether they are architects or artists,” said Shinichi Yoshida, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. “We are very excited to launch the imagePROGRAF TM Series, which allows customers to use our large format printers in ways that they may not have used them before.”

Printer Models

The printers in the TM series use five tanks of LUCIA TD pigment inks: Matte Black (MBK), Cyan (C), Magenta (M), Yellow (Y) and Black (BK). The printer are shipped with 130 ml tanks of MBK ink for monochrome technical drawings and everyday documents on bond papers and 90 ml of C, M, Y, and BK inks for color documents and prints on photo papers. You can order replacement tanks in two sizes: 130 ml or 300 ml.

The printers can handle either rolls of material on 2 or 3 inch cores or cut-sheet paper as small as 8 inches wide.

imagePROGRAF TM-200 ($2,495) can handle sheets or rolls up to 24 inches wide.

imagePROGRAF TM-300 ($4,495) can handle sheets or rolls up to 36 inches wide.

imagePROGRAF TM-305 ($4,995) is a 36-inch model that can print JPEG and PDF files directly from a thumb drive. It includes a 500 GB hard drive and comes with stacking basket.

Multifunction Models: Printers with Scanners

If your office needs the ability to scan and copy large-format prints and share or archive the print files, Canon offers two multi-function TM-series printers that feature an integrated 36-inch T36 scanner, a touchscreen computer, and SmartWorks software. To save space, the scanner can be attached to the printer. With the MFP T36 models you can scan multi-page PDF documents and simultaneously scan-to-copy and scan-to-file.

The T36 scanners can scan monochrome drawings at speeds up to 13 inches second and color documents at up to 6 inches per second. You can scan documents up to 2.0 mm thick.

Canon imagePROGRAF TM-305 MFP T36

Canon imagePROGRAF TM-305 MFP T36

For entry-level, low-volume users of wide-format multi-function printers, Canon has launched the imagePROGRAF TM-200 MFP L24ei and TM-300 MFP L36ei models. The Lei models have a more intuitive user interface and a reduced first copy output time compared to previous models. You can also scan files to the PDF/A file format for long-term archiving.

24 inch imagePROGRAF TM-200 MFP L24ei (MSRP: $3,795)

36 inch imagePROGRAF TM-300 MFP L36ei (MSRP: $5,995)

36 inch imagePROGRAF TM-300 MFP T36 (MSRP: $6,995)

36 inch imagePROGRAF TM-305 MFP T36 (MSRP: $7,495)

Software

The TM Series of imagePROGRAF comes with a collection of software tools to make it easier to design posters and simple signs or nest multiple smaller documents across the entire width of a roll of wide-format printing materials.

Free Layout Plus in a new plug-in to Microsoft Office programs that enables you to nest, tile, and create custom layouts before printing your files on a wide-format inkjet printer.

PosterArtist Lite enables you to create professional-looking posters in four easy steps. The newest version supports the creation of multi-lingual posters and larger, multi-tiled posters.

AutoCAD Optimized Print Driver enables accurate printing of drawing data created with AutoCAD.

Accounting Manager software enables you to track the amount of ink and paper being consumed by up to 50 printers.Easy PhotoPrint Editor is a new, simple solution for creating photo layouts, business cards, and calendars that can be printed on the TM printers.

Direct Print & Share is Canon’s cloud portal for sharing files to be printed at various locations. It now features thumbnail previews of multiple images and faster processing speeds.

Click here to download a brochure about the new TM series of printers.

The printers are currently available for purchase on the Freedom Paper website.

For advice on which model would be right for your office and info on special deals or discounts, call 866-310-3335.

ONYX Software Works with Canon imagePROGRAF TX Wide-Format Printers

Canon’s imagePROGRAF TX Series of wide-format aqueous pigment-ink printers for AEC drawings, business documents, and in-house signage is now compatible with ONYX 12.2 wide-format print workflow and RIP (raster-image-processor) software.

ONYX software enables print-service providers to set up fast, efficient, color-managed workflows to produce data-rich files on multiple types and brands of wide-format digital printers, inkjet media, and cutting devices.

Canon imagePROGRAF TX-4000

Canon imagePROGRAF TX-4000

 

“By giving our customers the opportunity to incorporate the efficiency of Onyx software with the powerful quality of the imagePROGRAF TX Series, Canon has provided customers with the versatility they desire to help meet their goals and improve their printing operations,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A.

Some of the features ONYX software provides include:

  • faster RIP and data transfer speeds with optimized color calculations across all applications
  • a multi-roll user interface and an interactive workflow that can display a live view of loaded media with automated roll selection between jobs in the RIP queue.
  • enhanced media and page size handling to streamline printer configurations and job set up
  • a user-interface that shows device-specific information including ink levels, printer status, and media information
  • streamlined workflows with job scaling and rotation options available directly from the file-open dialog. This helps minimize the amount of time required to print each job.

The imagePROGRAF TX Series printers are compatible with the full ONYX software product line, including ONYX Thrive workflow software, ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop, and ONXY RIPCenter RIP software.

About the TX Series Printers

Developed to be the “next standard of engineering,” the Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series lends itself to a variety of markets, including architecture, engineering, construction, general business, and in-house signage.

With the new five-color LUCIA TD pigment ink set, the TX series provides added durability and water resistance and the option to print on both inkjet and non-inkjet paper.

The TX series printers feature automatic media loading and a second roll option with a multi-function roll unit that can also be used as a bi-directional take-up unit.

The TX Series includes the 36-inch Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000 and the 44-inch Canon imagePROGRAF TX-4000.  Both of these models are available with a multi-function printer (MFP) with an integrated 36-inch scanner that can scan-to-copy in color in up to six inches per second. Its high-resolution scanning can capture the color and details of large-format documents.

For indoor or outdoor signage, Canon offers weather-resistant materials for the TX Series, including

  • Canon Water Resistant Matte Polypropylene
  • Canon Water Resistant Adhesive Matte Vinyl
  • Canon Water Resistant Matte Banner Vinyl

When printed with the LUCIA TD pigment inks in the TX-Series printers, graphics on these three weather-resistant materials can last up to six months outdoors without lamination.

For more information about Canon’s imagePROGRAF TX Series printers, call the wide-format printing experts at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 or chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com

 

HP Unveils Secure DesignJet Printers for GIS Mapping and CAD Workgroups

HP Inc. has announced its new HP DesignJet T1700 series of printers. These next-generation, 44-inch printers enable CAD and GIS (geographic information system) workgroups to efficiently and securely produce highly accurate documents and maps.

Security is a top concern in enterprises today because of the pervasiveness of connected devices and open office spaces.“At the same time, data breaches are growing at an alarming pace. In the first half of 2017, the worldwide breach level index was up more than 160 percent,” said Guayente Sanmartin, general manager and global head, HP Large Format Design Printing. “The HP DesignJet T1700 Printer Series includes unique advanced security technologies designed to keep corporate network partners, their documents, and data protected.”

The improved security can help enterprises print CAD and GIS documents while protecting printers and data from unauthorized or malicious access. These features are can be particularly valuable to workgroups involved with infrastructure construction, urban planning, and utility-related industries such as oil, water, gas, and electricity.

Security Features

Features to safeguard data include:

–a self-encrypting hard drive that ensures that data is only readable by the printer itself, even if the hard drive is removed;

–HP Secure Boot for BIOS (basic input/output system) protection;

–Whitelisting that only allows approved firmware to be installed and run on the device.

Processing Power for Big GIS Files

GIS files are growing in size, due to their complexity and the amount of data used. To smoothly process this data and improve the printing experience of GIS professionals, the HP DesignJet T1700 includes a new, powerful processing architecture that uses a 500 GB hard disk.

The DesignJet T1700 PostScript models embeds the Adobe PDF Print Engine. This means the printer can efficiently handle data-rich print files. This frees the computer used to generate the big print file to move ahead with other projects.

Improved Color Quality

To enable GIS workgroups to make better decisions, the HP DesignJet T1700 features improved color quality and precision for more accurate maps and renderings.

A new set of six HP Bright Office inks with tuned color profiles and a high-density printhead delivers bold color and more accurate image quality, with precise colors, grays, and soft tones.

The HP Bright Office inkset uses a matte-black aqueous-pigment ink and five colors of dye inks: cyan, magenta, yellow, gray, and photo-black.

The printer’s HP Click printing software enables everyone on the team to easily print project sets and PDF documents.

Double-Roll and PostScript Options

Four options of the HP DesignJet T1700 are available:

HP DesignJet T1700 (list price: $5,395)
HP DesignJet T1700 PostScript® (list price: $6,695)
HP DesignJet T700dr (list price: $7,245)
HP DesignJet 1700dr PostScript® (list price: $8,395)

The “dr” (double-roll) models automatically switch between two rolls of inkjet media. You can print longer runs without a roll change or switch from one media type to another.

The HP DesignJet T1700 can handle a variety of materials, including bond and coated bond papers, technical papers (such as tracing paper and translucent bonds), clear and matte films, photographic papers, backlit film, and self-adhesive polypropylene and self-adhesive vinyl.

The printers can handle sheets from 8.3 to 44 inches wide and rolls from 11 to 44 inches wide.

For more information on the printer models, visit the HP DesignJet website. Contact Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 if you would like to be notified when the printer is available for purchase.

Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series Uses Pigment Inks for Color AEC Drawings

Canon TX-4000 wide format printer

The new Canon imagePROGRAF TX Series of wide-format inkjet printers is designed for architects, engineers, builders, and office professionals who want to produce higher volumes of color drawings on uncoated paper with lower running costs. The small-footprint devices are built for speed, stability, and usability in small offices.

Unlike previous 5-color models that used 4 colors of aqueous dye inks in combination with a pigment black ink, the four printers in the TX Series use a new 5-color LUCIA TD pigment ink set for bright colors on plain paper. With the new TD printhead, the printers can output up to three D-sized prints per minute.

Canon imagePROGRAF TX-4000

Canon imagePROGRAF TX- 4000

Other features include multiple security options, stacking capability up to 100 sheets, wireless printing capability, automatic roll loading, and an optional Mutifunction Roll Unit.

“With the announcement of Canon’s imagePROGRAF TX Series, we have brought to market what we consider to be the next standard of engineering in regards to large-format printing of technical documents,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager of the Business Imaging Solutions Group of Canon U.S.A. “The ability of the TX series to print striking, resilient posters, banners, and technical documents make them at home in a variety of settings, whether it’s a construction company, architectural firm, or office environment.”

The TX series includes four models:

LUCIA TD Pigment Inks

All TX-Series printers use five colors (C, M, Y, Bk, MBk) of a brand-new LUCIA TD pigment ink to make high-quality prints on standard bond papers. The inks deliver a balanced combination of black density and bleed resistance and support accurate reproduction of lines and text and uniformity in the fill areas. Compared to the  imagePROGRAF 830/840/850 series, the TX Series printers produce a wider color gamut on the uncoated inkjet papers typically used for drawings and documents.

The LUCIA TD pigment inks are also more weather-resistant than the dye inks used in the Canon imagePROGRAF 830/840/850 printers and earlier generations of Canon imagePROGRAF technical printers. Maps, drawings, and signs printed on Canon’s water-resistant matte polypropylene can withstand the outdoor conditions of a construction site.

To keep running costs low, you can choose from three ink tank sizes (160 ml, 330 ml, and 700 ml), depending on the colors you use most often. You can run tanks of different sizes and change them out as needed without interrupting an ongoing print job. A visual display shows whether the sub ink tanks are full, half-full, or almost empty.

Media Handling

The automatic paper loading system starts feeding the paper into the printer as soon as you load the roll on the printer.

With the optional Multifunction Roll Unit, you can load two 650-foot rolls of material (up to 6.7 inches in diameter) for more than 3,900 square feet of continuous printing. Or, you load two different widths of the same media type, and automatically switch between the two as needed. For long, uninterrupted print runs, you can set up the Multifunction Roll Unit to act as a take-up reel.

The standard, high-volume TX stacker can handle 100 A0-size sheets of 75 gsm, uncoated paper.

Ease of Use

You don’t need a computer to print PDF or JPEG files on an imagePROGRAF TX series printer. Simply insert a USB thumb drive and preview the job in the operation panel. In an office environment with a wireless network, you can send files wirelessly to the printer.

Improved Security

To minimize leaks of confidential information, the imagePROGRAF TX printers include strengthened security features such as an encrypted hard drive with IPSec support for secure storage. SSL/TSL and 802.1x authetnication support secure communications.

Compact, Uni-Body Construction

The robust chassis and unibody design of the TX series printers ensures the accuracy of ink-drop placement. The smaller footprint of the devices means even the 44-inch model can fit in smaller office spaces.

Software

Free software that is available for the TX Series printers includes:

-Direct Print & Share (Canon’s cloud-portal file-sharing solution);

-Accounting Manager for tracking ink and media usage and costs per job

-PosterArtist Lite for creating professional-looking posters in four easy steps

-Optimized Module for printing directly from compatible AutoCAD software

-Print Plug-In for Microsoft Office for printing enlargements of Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint documents

-Media Configuration Tool for managing media information in the operation panel and printer driver.

Multifunction Models

For the multi-function printer (MFP) models, a new new 36-inch scanner is attached to the top of the printer. The scanner handle documents and boards or thick papers up to 0.08 inches thick and scan images in resolutions up to 1200 dpi.

Canon imagePROGRAF TX3000 MFP

Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000 MFP T36

Color documents are scanned at 6 inches per second and black-and-white documents can be scanned at 12 inches per second. You don’t have to stop a long print job in order to scan a document. Dual LEDs in the scanner reduce the appearance of scans or creases in the folds.

The 15.6-in. monitor included with the system enables you to view the scans and use the new SmartWorks software to make any necessary adjustments. With SmartWorks, you scan scan multi-page PDFs and enhance the look of the images. For example, you can de-skew the image, reset the white point and the black point, and sharpen or invert the image.

With the direct link to Canon’s Direct Print & Share software, you can scan and upload documents to the cloud and download and print them whenever you choose. Or, you can easily share the uploaded files with co-workers.

For more information about the Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000, download this technical data sheet.

For more information about the Canon imagePROGRAF TX-4000, download this technical data sheet.

If you have questions or are interested in buying a Canon imagePROGRAF TX-3000 or TX-4000 printer, please call our customer-service team at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335.

Canon Unveils Entry-Level Wide-Format Printer

If you want the convenience of printing extra-large documents in the comfort of your office, check out this new entry-level wide-format printer from Canon. The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF670E is a 24-inch tabletop version of Canon’s iPF670 printer for technical drawings. With a manufacturer’s suggested list price of $995, the compactly designed iPF670E is designed for use on a counter, table, or desk instead of a printer stand.

Canon entry-level wide-format printer

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF670E

The imagePROGRAF iPF670E uses five colors of aqueous dye and pigment inks for efficient, low-cost printing of low volumes of CAD drawings, GIS maps, posters, charts, and other larger-size business documents.

“With the introduction of the entry­-level counterpart to the iPF670, we are excited to offer a competitive solution for budget-minded customers interested in adding wide-format printing capabilities to their offices,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vice president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Ink Tanks and Colors

The Canon iPF670E uses a six-channel printhead to deliver 5 colors of inks.

Four ink channels supply highly colorfast dye inks (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) for bold, expressive colors on poster papers and gloss photo media.

Two ink channels supply pigment matte black ink (MBK) for printing precise lines, smooth curves and small text on the plain bond papers used for everyday office documents and technical drawings.

Canon’s unique inkset helps minimize the risk of “bleeding” between printed colors and text. Even small text printed on colored backgrounds or on uncoated technical papers is crisp and legible on an imagePROGRAF printer.

Unlike competitive new printers that arrive with only about 100 ml of ink to  get started, the Canon iPF670E comes equipped with six 90 ml ink tanks — for a total of 540 ml of ink. The 90 ml ink tanks support lower overall ink costs and allow you to use the printer for a longer time before you need to replace the tanks.

With the printer’s hot-swap ink tanks, you can replace an empty ink tank in the middle of the print job without ruining the print.

The non-firing nozzle detection and compensation feature ensures that print quality won’t be affected by a clogged nozzle in the printhead. In the event that a nozzle clog occurs, the iPF670E automatically compensates for the blockage by taking advantage of another available nozzle. The printhead has more than 15,000 nozzles.

Types of Media Supported

The imagePROGRAF iPF670E runs faster than competitive printers and can hold bigger rolls of media. Inkjet media rolls up to 5.9 inches in diameter can be loaded onto the iPF670E, including 300-ft. rolls of 20 lb. and 24 lb. bond papers.

Other media types that can be printed on the iPF670E include coated bond papers, double matte film, satin and gloss photo papers, polypropylene banner material, and adhesive matte vinyl.

Software

Several useful software programs can be downloaded free for use with the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF670E.

Accounting Manager: Keep track of ink and media costs per job and use the data for billing purposes.

PosterArtist Lite: Create posters with ease, even if your workgroup doesn’t include a graphic designer. PosterArtist Lite includes royalty-free photos, backgrounds and clip art, and pre-designed templates for posters that will be used in presentations, at trade shows, and as temporary indoor signs.

Print Plug-in for Microsoft Office: Make poster-size enlargements of 8 x 11,5-inch Word documents, Excel charts, or PowerPoint slides.

Direct Print & Share: To easily print large-format documents, simply drag and drop the file you want to print into a hot folder. The job will use pre-loaded settings to start printing your files automatically. You can set up multiple hot folders for the types of jobs you will print routinely.

Options

Optional accessories include a printer stand and a roll-holder set for holding media rolls with 3-inch cores. A full version of Poster Artist software is also available.

For More Information

Click here to download a spec sheet about Canon’s new entry-level wide-format printer.

Call us at Freedom Paper at 866-310-3335 if you are interested in ordering the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF670E. Or chat with us online at www.freedompaper.com.

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Printers Win Buyers Laboratory Awards

Canon wide-format printers have won three prestigious awards from Buyers Laboratory.

Part of Keypoint Intelligence, Buyers Laboratory is an independent provider of analytical information for buyers and providers of digital imaging hardware, software, and services. Each year, Buyers Laboratory tests more than 150 devices from different manufacturers and provides extensive side-by-side comparisons that include comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s Lab, Solutions, and Environmental Test Results.

In December, BLI announced that Canon has earned the coveted 2017 Wide Format Printer Line of the Year Award for their wide-format graphic arts and technical printers.

BLI also presented “Pick” awards to the 11-color imagePROGRAF PRO-2000/PRO-4000 series for photography and fine art and the 8-color imagePROGRAF PRO-4000S/PRO-6000S models for indoor signage for their outstanding performance.

 

Canon PRO-6000S and PRO-4000S

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-6000S and PRO-4000S

2017 Line of the Year

BLI’s Line of the Year designation is awarded each year to the vendor whose products are determined to be best overall in their respective categories based on the cumulative results of BLI’s product testing. The breadth of the manufacturer’s portfolio in the category and its ability to produce quality products suitable to a broad spectrum of customer needs are also considered.

“The comprehensiveness of Canon’s offerings together with the outstanding lab performance of all the models have earned Canon the 2017 Line of the Year award for its wide-format graphics and technical printers,” explained Marlene Orr, director, Office Equipment Product Analysis at BLI. “As proof of their quality, every Canon wide-format model tested in the past year has earned BLI’s Highly Recommended rating.”

Individual Pick Awards

Bestowed once a year, the individual Pick awards recognize products that are best in their respective classes based on the results of BLI’s rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation. The BLI technicians and analysts who select the Pick awards consider factors such as: reliability, image quality, ease of use, color management, productivity, and connectivity.

Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO-2000/PRO-4000 series was selected as the “Outstanding Professional Photo and Fine Art Wide-Format Printer Series” for 2017.

Canon’s imagePROGRAF PRO-4000S/PRO-6000S was honored as “Outstanding Poster and Indoor Signage Wide-Format Series” for 2017.

“Whether printing a single page, multi-page document, or a batch of files from different formats in quick succession, the imagePROGRAF printers all deliver fast speeds and excellent performance,” said David Sweetman, BLI’s director of research and lab services EMEA/Asia. “Most importantly, image quality was outstanding for graphics and photographs, with bright, saturated colors and natural-looking skin tones.”

“We are proud that our new models have been recognized for their outstanding performance and reliability,” said Yuichi Miyano, business group director of Canon Europe’s Wide Format Group. “The details of the report are very important to us, as they show where Canon is achieving its goals and also where we can make further improvements. It is a sign of our commitment that these devices have won BLI Pick awards. We will continue with our innovation and investment to make sure we continue this success.”

“With the expansion of the imagePROGRAF PRO series of printers, Canon has swept this year’s annual “Pick” and “Line of the Year” awards in the Wide Format Printer category,” said Joe Tischner, wide format analyst, Buyers Laboratory LLC. “From the imagePROGRAF PRO-4000 and imagePROGRAF PRO-2000 models, designed to provide the spectacular output that imaging professionals require, to the affordably priced imagePROGRAF PRO-6000S and imagePROGRAF PRO-4000S models for vibrant signage and displays, Canon has once again demonstrated its commitment to providing innovative solutions for the large-format industry.”

“We are proud that BLI has recognized the imagePROGRAF line of large-format printers for its high quality, ease of use, and brilliant results,” said Toyotsugu Kuwamura, executive vide president and general manager, Business Imaging Solutions Gorup, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Freedom  Paper Sells Canon Printers

Freedom Paper is proud to sell the Canon imagePROGRAF line of wide-format printers, including the new PRO-2000, PRO-4000, PRO-4000S, and PRO-6000S.

Your can read more about the printers in an announcement post we published on this blog in March. Before you buy, call our customer-service team at 866-310-3335 for information on special pricing, discounts, and financing options.

Reflections on 25th Anniversary of HP DesignJet Printer

With over 3.3 million HP DesignJet products sold since 1991, HP DesignJet celebrated the 25th Anniversary the first DesignJet large-format inkjet printer on October 10, 2016. On a special website, HP published interviews, timelines, and videos.

In a post on LinkedIn, Francois Martin remembered how some architects and engineers reacted when HP switched from pen plotters to wide-format inkjet printers for making large drawings.

Insights from an Architect

In an interview with HP, architect Matias del Campo, co-founder of SPAN Architects, reflected on some of his career milestones with HP DesignJet technology.

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Matias del Campo of SPAN Architects

HP had already launched 54 products and registered over 2,200 patents when Matias del Campo first began printing his plans at a local copy shop on the HP DesignJet 1000, introduced in 1999.

At that time, the DesignJet 1000 printed an A1/D-sized line drawing in about 1.5 minutes. That was about half the time as the first HP DesignJet and was a higher quality print.

As del Campo remembers it, “The quality of line drawings and the print speed were amazing. I could illustrate even very complex designs very clearly, whether they were CAD line drawing or full color renderings. With every new HP DesignJet, I thought ‘this has to be the maximum that the technology can achieve.’ And each time they are faster and image quality is higher. Now, it is what I expect from HP.”

When del Campo set up SPAN Architects with architect Sandra Manninger in Vienna, Austria in 2003, HP DesignJet had recently introduced a family of affordable multi-format printers, allowing SPAN to compete with established design studios.

“For a small studio starting out on a limited budget, our multi-format HP DesignJet printer was perfect. We saved print costs on outsourcing but more importantly, we could compete for more projects, at least one a week. HP has democratized the ability to compete for projects. You don’t need to be a large company to own and run an HP DesignJet printer, but you can compete on a larger scale,” del Campo stated.

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Today SPAN Architects also has offices in Detroit, Michigan and in Shanghai in China. The company leverages leading edge construction methods and technologies to create affordable projects with appealing designs. Projects are printed and shared using a 36-inch, web-connected HP DesignJet T920 Printer.

SPAN is currently involved in the interior design of flagship stores for world renowned brands in a number of locations in China. The firm is also designing a 1,200-unit housing development project in Jakarta in the Republic of Indonesia. They are using modular construction techniques to create distinct, attractive designs that remain affordable.

“What really has amazed me over the years is HP’s ability to consistently develop and incorporate solutions and services that transform the design workflow for architects,” says del Campo. “HP reaches out to designers and creates easy-to-use solutions that respond to our needs. As a student in architecture, I used an HP DesignJet printer to print my first plans. In its 25th Anniversary year, HP DesignJet printers remain at the forefront of printing technology: seamless integration and web-connected; ease of use; and accessible to even non-expert users. I can’t wait to see what they’ll invent next.”

Timeline of DesignJet Evolution

On their 25th Anniversary website and in this video, HP highlights milestones in the DesignJet’s evolution.

1991: First monochrome HP DesignJet

1993: HP DesignJet 200 —single color plotter

1998: HP DesignJet 2500CP —color graphics printer with Adobe PostScript

1999: HP DesignJet 1000 —for CAD drawing and GIS maps

2000: HP DesignJet 5000— graphics printer w/6 pigment inks
2000: HP DesignJet 500 and 800 —office and technical printers

2005: HP DesignJet 30, 90, 70, and 130 — 24-inch desktop printers

2006: HP DesignJet Z series —photo printers with 12 pigment inks

2007: HP DesignJet Z6100—high-quality/high-speed graphics printer

2010: HP DesignJet T2300 —MFP multi-function printer with cloud connectivity

2012: HP DesignJet T120 and 520 —compact, easy-to-use WiFi printers

2013: HP DesignJet T920/1500 —web-connected printers with integrated stacking tray

2015: HP DesignJet T830 —Multi-function printer for use at construction sites

Reflecting on Engineering Challenges

In the video below, Francois Martin, global marketing lead, HP Graphics Solutions Business, and Jep Tarradas, R&D director, Large Format Production, share their thoughts on the HP DesignJet journey that has been transforming the industry for 25 years and counting.

 

From Pen Plotters to Inkjet Printers

In the LinkedIn post “Happy 25th Anniversary DesignJet – Leadership Based on Performance,” Francois Martin talked about what it was like to build the first large-format inkjet printer called DesignJet.

He says HP was already known for making workhorse pen plotters — the 7550A DraftMaster and DraftPro. Pen plotters painstakingly drew each CAD plot line by line. A single D/A1/E/A0-sized print could take 15 to 30 minutes to complete.

“In some cases, you had to redo it because the last five lines might be missing. Pens ran out of ink with no way to warn the operator,” Martin recalled.

When the first monochrome DesignJet printer was introduced, some customers wondered how a 300 dpi moving printhead could print a straight line, when the line was made from thousands of segments as the printhead moves left ad right across the paper. Some missed the magic of a mechanical pen drawing a circle.

Today, Martin says 70 to 80 percent of large format drawings are produced on HP DesignJet printers.

He believes printed materials are still “must-haves” for designers and deliver details that can’t be seen on any screen. And with a printed plan spread across the desk, an engineer can add a line, a note, or an annotation that will help the design become a reality.

 

At the HP Graphics Experience Center in Barcelona, HP employees celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first HP DesignJet.

At the HP Graphics Experience Center in Barcelona, HP employees celebrated the 25th anniversary of the first HP DesignJet.

Canon Wide Format Inkjet Printers Fit in All Types of Offices

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If your old wide format inkjet printer no longer keeps pace with the way your business works today, Freedom Paper can help you select an upgraded model at a price that won’t bust your budget. premierpartner-logo-newFreedom Paper sells Canon imagePROGRAF wide-format inkjet printers for all types and sizes of businesses, schools, non-profit groups, government agencies, and creative and AEC workgroups.

Canon imagePROGRAF wide-format printers are versatile, easy to use, and don’t cost a lot to operate. Canon technology can help you control ink costs, print faster and more efficiently, and make prints remotely. For example: Canon’s high-density printhead means better imaging with fewer misprints. With the larger ink tanks on Canon printers, your ink costs per milliliter will be noticeably lower than with small cartridges.

Engineered with Canon’s world-class expertise in photographic imaging, imagePROGRAF printers excel in reproducing color photographs along with technical drawings, charts, maps, learning materials, and posters. The High Chroma Magenta ink in the 5-color Reactive Inks used on technical-document printers optimizes image quality on a wide range of media types.

Most imagePROGRAF printers can handle uncoated and coated bonds, tracing paper, inkjet photo papers, poster papers, display films, fine art papers and canvas, banner vinyl for indoor signs, and other flexible inkjet materials up to .08 mm (31.5 mils) thick.  You can use the Media Configuration Tool to select the optimal print settings for whichever type or brand of media your company prefers.

With software supplied with the printers, you can easily convert Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations into poster-size prints.  Or, you can use the professional designed templates in PosterArtist Lite software to quickly make posters for charts, events, and promotions.

For business team members who work at multiple job sites, print files can be stored or shared via the cloud and previewed and sent to an imagePROGRAF printer via an iPad. You can access and print files from any Internet connection and print PDF, JPEG, TIFF, or HPGL-2 files simply by dropping them into a hot folder.

Whether you need a 17-inch inkjet printer that sits on a desktop or 24-, 36-, 44-, or 60-inch models, our customer-service team can provide personalized advice on which model would best suit your needs. We can also tell you about special financing and leasing options and any rebates and trade-in offers that might currently be available.

Which Category Suits Your Needs?

Below is a quick overview of the four types of Canon imagePROGRAF printers that Freedom Paper currently offers: (1) Technical and General Use Printers with 5 colors of Reactive Inks; (2) Durable Poster Printers with 6 colors of LUCIA EX pigment inks; (3) Production Graphics Printers with 8 colors of LUCIA EX pigment inks; and (4) Photographic and Art Printers with 12 colors of LUCIA EX pigment inks or 11 colors of LUCIA PRO inks.

TECHNICAL AND GENERAL USE PRINTERS
5-Color Reactive Dye and Pigment Inks

Canon’s proprietary 5-color Reactive Ink Sets include cyan, magenta, yellow, and black dye inks with a matte black pigment ink. This ink combination is ideal for printing intricate maps, graphs, architectural renderings, as well as posters, classroom learning aids, and oversized office documents.

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Drawings printed with Canon’s Reactive Inks provide easy-to-read text, even when small fonts are printed on colored backgrounds. The matte-black pigment ink is chemically engineered to prevent “bleeding” at the border between color and back output.

The Economy print mode significantly reduces ink consumption and the long-life printheads deliver maximum reliability and keep maintenance costs low.

Canon’s iPF 830, 840, and 850: These three 44-inch wide-format inkjet printers are designed primarily for groups of architects, engineers, construction, and GIS professionals who want to efficiently print batches of engineering schematics, construction drawings, architectural renderings, maps, and charts on uncoated and coated bond papers. The 44-inch width gives you many more output options than a 36-inch printer.

For example, your company’s sales and marketing team can also use the iPF830, iPF840, and iPF850 to output full-color sales presentations, photo enlargements, marketing posters, and meeting graphics.

The iPF830, iPF840, and iPF850 are all designed for unattended, low-cost printing. The high-capacity ink tanks (330 ml and 700 ml) reduce the frequency of tank replacement. You can buy the smaller-size cartridges for colors you don’t use too often. The sub-ink-tank system lets you change out ink tanks without stopping the print job.

The single-roll Canon imagePROGRAF iPF830 is a good choice for smaller offices. The iPF840 and iPF850 are recommended for larger workgroups in which different employees will want prints on different types of media.

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF840 can automatically switch between two media rolls and has a portable media basket for up to 20 sheets.

The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF850 holds two media rolls and is equipped with a high-capacity stacker than can stack up to 100 sheets.

Canon imagePROGRAF iPF610, iPF670, and iPF770: The 36-inch iPF770 and 24-inch iPF670 and iPF610 are good, affordable options for small offices and entry-level users who want to print their own posters, presentations, and smaller quantities of technical drawings.

With the 130 ml ink tanks on these printers, you’ll notice a substantial improvement in ink costs compared to printers that use 28 to 80 ml cartridges.

These printers can are also be used with iPad and have the Direct Print & Share software for file-sharing. You can store posters designed at one school or office for downloading and printing at another school or office. The Microsoft Office plug-in means you can convert Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents into posters.

DURABLE POSTER PRINTING
6 colors of LUCIA EX Inks

The 24-inch iPF6400SE and 44-inch iPF8400SE are designed for easy, on-site printing retail signs and infographics. Because these printers use LUCIA EX aqueous pigment inks, these printers can produce eye-catching posters, window graphics, and signs that are more water-resistant than can be produced with the 5-color Reactive Inks. The pigment inks also resist fading in direct sunlight.

These printers are great if you don’t need the speed of Canon’s 8-color graphics printers or high-quality of Canon’s 12-color photo printers.

The six ink colors include: cyan, magenta, yellow, black, matte black, and red. The red ink extends the color gamut, particularly in the red/orange/yellow spectrum that is so popular in signmaking.

posters-infogrpahicsBecause you can make borderless prints, you don’t have to trim colorful posters that have been designed to fill the page.

GRAPHICS AND PHOTO PRINTERS
8 or 12 colors of LUCIA EX Inks

Canon’s graphics and photo printers are designed for companies that routinely print photos or photo-rich advertising graphics that must be color accurate and consistent from print to print.  These printers include tools for managing and controlling how colors are printed.

This series of printers not only includes 24, 44, and 60-inch printers for companies that print photo enlargements and wide-format graphics, but also 17-inch printers for the photographers, designers, and graphic-arts professionals who create and proof ad graphics and gallery-quality photographs.

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8-color Graphics Printers: The 8-color models support the fast, cost-effective printing of advertising graphics and decorative art prints that don’t need to meet the high-quality expectations of museum curators, gallery owners, or art collectors. Photographs used in advertising graphics are often viewed quickly from a distance and/or used only a part of seasonal campaigns.

Models in the 8-color series include the 24-inch iPF6400S, 44-inch iPF8400S, and 60-inch iPF9400S.

The eight colors on these printers include: Red, Blue, Green, Gray, Photo Gray, Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow, Regular Black, and Matte Black.

12-color Photo Printers: Canon’s 12- and 11-color inkjet photo printers are for top-quality printing of fine art and photography that will be closely examined in art galleries and museums. These printers are also used to print wedding and family portraits that will be treasured for generations.

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With the right inkjet media, Canon’s 12-color and 11-color inksets can reproduce very fine details in the shadow and highlight areas of a high-resolution photograph.

Wide-format models in this series include the 24-inch iPF6450, 44-inch iPF8400, and 60-inch iPF9400.

The 17-inch iPF5100 and imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 models are for photographers, designers, and graphic arts professionals who want to output color-accurate photographs and proofs.

These models include software for outputting images directly from the Digital Photo Professional software that comes with Canon cameras or Adobe Photoshop. With Digital Photo Professional software, you can transfer RAW data images directly from the EOS digital camera into the printer. This plug-in expands color control options, supports custom ICC profiles, and enables advanced gray adjustments for monochrome output. The Print Plug-In for Adobe Photoshop enables 16-bit processing of images. This reduces jagged edges for improved gradations between colors and better image quality.

The 12 colors of ink in the iPF series of wide-format printers include: Cyan, Photo Cyan, Magenta, Photo Magenta, Yellow, Red, Green, Blue, Black, Matte Black, Gray, and Photo Gray. The matte black ink is automatically used when you print photos or artwork on a matte fine-art paper.

The 17-inch imagePROGRAF PRO-1000 features 11 colors of advanced LUCIA PRO inks with a clear Chroma Optimizer. The 11 ink colors include: Photo Magenta, Red, Cyan, Photo Gray, Matte Black, Photo Black, Blue, Gray, Yellow, and Magenta. This combination improves color reproduction, image clarity, and enhanced detail in darker areas of the image.

The PRO-1000 features a 50% larger printhead than the iPF5100 and special features to ensure that cut sheets of paper don’t get skewed when feeding. The PRO-1000 printer was built specifically for cut sheets of paper. The iPF5100 can handle rolls or sheets of inkjet papers.

Any Questions?

If you have any questions about any of these printers, or want to ask about special financing options, please call Freedom Paper’s customer service team at 866-310-3335. We would be happy to tell you more.

If it’s been awhile since you’re upgraded your wide-format printer, we think you will be amazed by how much Canon imagePROGRAF printers can do to improve the quality and efficiently of your work.

 

 

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