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The Jargon-Busting Printing Guide

The Jargon-Busting PRINTER GUIDE There are thousands of different printers available and many have long, complicated names – which can make choosing a new printer a headache! Here we have put together the ultimate Jargon-Busting guide, to make the printer industry a little more understandable. Common Phrases If you don't entirely understand the product description and the impressive-sounding range of features of a printer - here are some of common names and phrases used when describing a printer and what they mean. BLEED The printed ink which goes beyond the edge of a sheet, before it's DIGITAL PRINTING DUPLEX The printing process transferring data directly from a computer without film or printing plates Printing, copying, scanning or faxing both sides of a sheet of trimmed paper DPI/DOTS PER INCH The resolution of an image FILE TRANSFER PROTOCOL GSM GSM/Grams per Square Metre is the weight of paper Sometimes shortened to FTP - a determined by the number of dots printed in each inch process of moving files between computers via the internet HICKEY LANDSCAPE MARGINS Unplanned spots on printed pages Paper dimensions where horizontal is greater than vertical The unprinted areas at the edge of sheets of paper T PAGE PICKING A digital printing technique which allows single pages from a document to be printed POINT SIZE PORTRAIT Type or font size Paper dimensions where vertical is greater than horizontal A SHOW-THROUGH Print which can be seen through a sheet of paper POSTSCRIPT REAM 500 sheets of paper The page description language developed by Adobe, the industry standard The Initials Sometimes you'll stumble across a printer with an unpronounceable set of letters in the name. These are initials signif ying the features of a printer - not a weird nickname for the printer. Here we explain some of the more commonly found initials in printer names. d. ECO C Duplex (Double Sided) Printing Eco-Friendly Colour Printer F Monochrome (Black & White) Printing Fax MFP Multifunction Printer Network Connectivity W Wireless Connectivity Additional Paper Tray Paper Sizes Most of us can identify A4 and A3 sheets of paper, but there is a huge selection of different paper sizes including B sizes and C sizes. Whilst A series paper sizes are the most common, the B series are larger sheets of paper and the C series sheets are exclusively envelopes. Here is a quick guide to international standard paper sizes, should you ever be stumped for the sheet of paper you need: Format A Series B Series C Series Size Inch x Inch Inch x Inch Inch x Inch 33.1 x 46.8 39.4 x 55.7 36.1 x 51.1 1 23.4 x 33.1 27.8 х 39.4 25.5 x 36.1 2 16.5 x 23.4 19.7 x 27.8 18.0 x 25.5 3 11.7 x 16.5 13.9 x 19.7 12.8 x 18.0 4. 8.27 x 11.7 9.84 x 13.9 9.02 x 12.8 5.83 x 8.27 6.93 x 9.84 6.38 x 9.02 4.14 x 5.83 4.92 x 6.93 4.49 x 6.38 7 2.91 x 4.13 3.46 х 4.92 3.19 х 4.49 2.05 x 2.91 2.44 x 3.46 2.24 x 3.19 1.46 x 2.05 1.73 x 2.44 1.57 х 2.24 10 1.02 x 1.46 1.22 x 1.73 1.10 x 1.57 AO A0 is defined as having an area of exactly 1m? These standardised paper sizes The United Kingdom adopted the sizing in 1959 were originally developed in France in 1798, during the French Revolution Toners and Inks Many printers are capable of printing photo-realistic images – using only a limited number of colours. This is through the process of carefully selecting printer toner and ink colours. Here are a few of the common options: CcMm YK Cyan, Light Cyan, Magenta, Light Magenta, Yellow and Key CMYK Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (Black). Perhaps the most common RGB Red. Green and Blue, mainly used to PANTONE HEXACHROME Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Key. Orange and Green - discontinued in 2008 produce colour on digital screens colour scale in the world FUN FACTS And to prove that printing isn't all boring initials and jargon - we've put together a few of our favourite facts about our favourite subject! The first laser printer was built from a modified photocopier - in 1969 Toner is actually made up of minuscule plastic Laser printer fuser rollers will heat up to 400 degrees Fo to meld the toner to paper spheres - not liquid ink The world's smallest printer measures just 2x2x11 inches and weighs just 1.5lbs The world's biggest printer can print in sizes up to 1 2x50 metres The world's oldest printed document is a Buddhist text which It is possible to buy edible inks dates back to 868AD Printerland stock a huge selection of printers and inks from the industry's top manufacturers at unbeatable prices. They are a staffed by a team of manufacturer-trained experts who can help with any printer questions or concerns. Sources: http://www.officexpress.couk/printer-guide-letter-means/ 138-153682-16&prodid=tcm:138-146582 http://www.fineprintbasingstoke.couk/reference/commercial-print-jargon-buster/ http://www.columncomm.couk/jargon-buster http//wwwprintware.couk/Blog/348/10-Fascinating-Facts-About-Printers-and-Printing html http://www.anycakecom/ecible-printer-ink/ http://infopcformscom/DIY-Printing-blog/bid/53592/10-Facts-You-Didn-t-Know-About-Office-Printers http://technotiporg/9-weird-facts-about-printer-ink/ http://www.econucsbedu/-tedb/Courses/Ec 100C/newinkhtm http://www.technizeinfo/10-unusual-facts-about-laser-printers/ III

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Does shopping for a new printer baffle you? Printers often come with long, complex names and features that leave most of us scratching our heads. Luckily, Printerland have put together this jargon-bus...


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