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i've never used software for this, but isn't there banner software that'll let you print tractor feed paper several feet long? much longer than 44". I know that I've seen several banners printed on a cheap printer (i assume) that approached 6 or 8 foot long, although they may have been spliced once or twice. if this is the case and was being done several years ago on win95 or 98 i gotta believe that i should be able to do it on my 3000. but i can't. steveo Miller Abel wrote: > Victor Engel wrote: > > > But Epsons (at least those I've worked with) are not plotters, so why do > we need > to know anything at 45" when we are processing 0"? The old 9 pin printers > sent a > stream to the printer of bitmaps basically per raster. After each raster, > the > carriage is advanced. It seems to me current Epsons behave quite similarly, > whether they are told to or not. > > True enough. The trouble is not with the printers, it is with the graphics > rendering environment of both Windows and Mac operating systems. Both > systems require programs to render graphics using drawing primitives within > a two-dimensional graphics context. The coordinate systems of these > environments was historically 16-bit limited. The printers simply accept and > print raster bands. > > Building a program which read a TIFF file and produced ESC/P2 raster > graphics commands is relatively straight-forward (until you get to color > management and stochastic dithering!) and would have no height limit. But it > would not work as a general purpose printer driver that any Windows or Mac > program could select and print to. For that, it must follow the rendering > rules of GDI or QuickDraw (or PostScript). > > Miller Abel > Santa Cruz, CA - Please do not include an entire message in your response. Delete the excess. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.