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Yes, you can import a graphic into a blank template; however, the quality of the poster is going to depend on a combination of the height, width, and resolution of your original image. If your height and width are greater than 2400 x 3600, and your resolution is 150 dpi or higher, you are pretty safe for a good print. There are several resources available on the internet to help understand print quality when enlarging photos. Please see previous question for a list of supported graphic file formats.
The original software application would need to be installed on the DC2300 in order to print directly from the application to the Perfecta (see previous question). Keep in mind that you will need to set the print preferences and driver settings relative to the application you are using (VariQuest presets these for you). If the file can be saved as a PDF, it can be printed from the Adobe PDF Reader that is pre-loaded on the DC2300. (See the Design Center Software User’s Guide for additional information on printing from non-VariQuest software.)
The VariQuest Perfecta is an all-inclusive system (printer, touch workstation and software) – all designed to work together and developed specifically for schools in mind. While we certainly understand there are other competitive wide-format printers on the market, we feel our solution is better suited for most school applications. Please contact your authorized VariQuest representative for a copy of the Perfecta 2400 Advantage flyer.
Starter ink (per cartridge) – Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow = 12ml; Black = 38ml
Full ink (per cartridge) – Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow = 29ml, Black = 80ml
Ink usage varies based on many variables – type and amount of content on poster, output size, paper type, print speed, and printer maintenance. That said, Varitronics conducted tests to estimate the average cost per poster using Perfecta Heavyweight Coated paper. Please contact your authorized VariQuest representative for additional information.
Yes, the printer could potentially use CMY inks to complete the greyscale printing. With inkjet technology, there are several circumstances when color ink may be used – primarily to improve print quality, and improve printer reliability – even if the document appears to be only black text and graphics. Some images that look black may contain a combination of black and color inks. For black and white images and photos, a blend of colors called ‘composite black’ may be used to achieve better image quality and smoother gray tones. The nozzles also must be primed for the printer to operate – a tiny amount of CMY inks are used in this process. That said, you can reduce the color inks used by modifying the driver settings.
Perfecta Bond – Hot and Cold
Perfecta Heavyweight Coated – Hot and Cold
Perfecta Semi-Gloss Photo Paper – Hot and Cold
Perfecta Gloss Photo Paper – Hot and Cold
Perfecta Matte Polypropylene – Cold lamination only
(See ink drying time under Operating Conditions later in this section.)
Perfecta™ 2400 Printer
- Operating temperature: 41 to 104F
- Storage temperature: -13 to 131F
- Operating humidity: 20 to 80% RH
- Operating temperature: 41 to 95°F
- Storage temperature: -40 to 140°F
- Operating humidity: 10 to 90% RH
Perfecta™ Media (will vary slightly depending on paper type)
- Operating temperature: 59 to 86°F
- Storage temperature: 30 to 70% RH
- Drying time:
- Bond/Coated = instant dry
- Photo Satin/Gloss = 5 minutes
- Matte Polypropylene = 11 minutes
Typical shelf life for Perfecta Ink and Media is 2 years under normal operating and storage conditions. Varitronics will monitor shelf life and inventory levels to ensure a quality product is delivered to the consumer.
The Perfecta Matte Polypropylene Paper cannot be hot laminated. The ink will bleed if it gets wet. Cold lamination will help protect from moisture – as well as fading. We recommend using the VariQuest Cold Laminator 2510 when laminating heat-sensitive materials.
Varitronics tested and, while it is possible to feed the 24″media through the 24″ ProFinish Cold Laminator, there is an extremely high chance of the poster wrinkling. For optimum results, it is recommended to upgrade to the VariQuest Cold Laminator 2510.
Margins for the Perfecta are: (top x bottom x left x right)
Roll: 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.2 x 0.2 in
Sheet: 0.2 x 0.67 x 0.2 x 0.2 in
8.5″ x 11″ certificates can be printed using the built-in sheet fed tray. This feature will require the VariQuest Software of 6.0 or greater. You can request your FREE copy of the software by clicking here.
Perfecta customers have a wide variety of output sizes to choose for their posters when using the VariQuest Software. Banners will vary in length depending on the template used or original length it was created.
Output size options for posters
– Standard – Posters are 24″x34″; banners will be scaled according to 24- inch width.
– Medium – Longest edge of the poster will be 24 inches.
– 13″x19″ sheet
Graphic files that use any of these supported formats will be displayed:
– Bitmap (*.bmp)
– Tiff (*.tif)
– JPEG (*.jpg)
– Portable Network Graphic (*.png)
– Windows Metafile (*.wmf)
In addition to importing graphics, PDF files can be printed easily using the ‘My PDFs’ functionality for Poster Maker 3600 and Perfecta 2400.
Starter ink (per pack) – Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow = 69ml; Black = 138ml
Full ink (per pack) – Cyan, Magenta, and Yellow = 69ml, Black = 138ml
Following the instructions on the front panel of the printer will be the easiest way to use this feature.
- On the front panel, touch Copy tab., then choose option for your document.
- Select the number of copies (1 to 99).
- Select the copy quality option: Best, Normal, Fast.
- Touch Copy. At the prompt, load the original document and be sure to center on the orange arrow.
- Push the sheet into the insertion slot until you feel it contact the rollers. The scanner will automatically grab the sheet and move it into position for scanning. Documents can be scanned from 6″ to 36″ wide.
Important: There is a one-time setup required to use this feature. This setting change will automatically scale the document to the loaded paper type. If this step is not performed, the print will be the exact same size as the scanned document.
- Select Copy then touch an option for your copy.
- At the bottom of the screen, touch the gear icon, then scroll down and touch Resize.
- Select Fit To and choose Loaded Paper.
- Scroll to Save Current Settings, then at the prompt, select Save, then OK.
The shared goal between both our technical support and customer service teams is to help you. For questions or concerns related to your VariQuest products, call or email tech support. Customer service can be contacted for all other inquiries. Both teams are available Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 5:00pm CST to 8:00am-4:30pm CST.