Roland plotter on 10.5?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by colinet, Jan 1, 2008.

  1. colinet macrumors 6502

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    I've just dug a Roland A3 DXY-1300 plotter out of the loft. Anyone know if I can get ANY software to run it on Leopard? Also I'm going to need some adapter to plug it in to the Mac. I've got a Dual G5 and a Quad MacPro both running 10.5. If I can get it going I'd like to play around with a laser to make a cutter.
     
  2. senster2001 macrumors newbie

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    Use 'pstoedit'

    You can use pstoedit to translate PostScript and PDF files to HP-GL, which I believe the Roland DXY-1300 supports. Pstoedit can be installed from either Fink or MacPorts .

    So, anything you want to print, you can save as a PDF from the print dialog, and then convert to HP-GL using pstoedit:

    Code:
    pstoedit -f plot-hpgl [I]input[/I].pdf [I]output[/I].hpgl
    You then need to send this HP-GL file to the plotter. There are ample USB-to-serial and USB-to-parallel converters available (just do a Google search), so you should be able to use one of those.

    It should even be possible to set up a printer filter to do this automatically, so you could use the plotter as pretty much any other printer, but I don't have a recipe handy for that at the moment.

    Best wishes,

    // Christian Brunschen
     
  3. colinet thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks, but I've come to the conclusion that life is too short to spend all the time and fiddling about - especially when I have an inkjet printer that prints larger than the Roland. I remember when I first got it, being amazed by the technology, but I think now it sadly belongs in the Betmax and HD DVD cupboard. And you can get them on eBay now for less than $10.

    So I did the only sensible thing to do and took it to bits. Threw way the big flat bits and kept all the interesting bits to use for goodness knows what . . .
     
  4. stackoverflow12 macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    Do you still have the manual for this plotter? I would make it worth you while to scan me a copy.
     
  5. colinet thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I probably threw it away, but I'll have a look in my office. If you don't hear from me again, it means I haven't got it.
     

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