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Mac woes - how do I print my documents like I want them?

I have an Epson inkjet printer and a new MacBook Pro. In Windows, I can print manual duplex by simply checking a box (it prints even pages, then I flip the paper manually, then it prints the odd pages). But the driver doesn't support this in Mac OS X. HOWEVER, the reason why the simple solution (do it all manually! First print even, flip, print odd) won't work is that I want TWO pages per side AND duplex printing, i.e. four pages being printed on each piece of paper. How can I achieve this? I was thinking I could do a PDF print of two pages per side and then do the manual duplex, but whenever I've tried the output file is huge and the quality very poor. Also, this is a significant amount of extra work so I'd prefer a more straightforward solution. [more inside]
posted by nagoya on Sep 18, 2014 - 2 answers

Print GeoPDF with Specific Layers on Mac OS X

I want to print US Topo Quads for use when hiking and backpacking. I usually toggle certain map elements off—especially "Land Cover"—but a printed copy still prints the land cover (using Adobe Reader, which is the only fully compatible Mac program (PDF) I've found). So: How can I print GeoPDFs from OS X that reflect the layers I toggle off or on? [more inside]
posted by Korou on Sep 13, 2014 - 3 answers

How to convert a PDF ebook into an actual print book?

Earlier this year, I published a 116-page PDF ebook about personal finance. Next week, I'm attending a conference with fellow financial bloggers. Is there a way to convert my PDF book to a physical print version (even if it's just one or ten copies) in just a few days so that I can show it to people? Cost isn't really an object. I know I've come up with this idea at the last minute...
posted by jdroth on Sep 12, 2014 - 10 answers

How best to print hard copies of 250 pages of handwritten material?

We're compiling my late grandfather-in-law's stories in the hopes of presenting about 35 copies to family members at an upcoming memorial service. [more inside]
posted by acorn1515 on Sep 7, 2014 - 12 answers

Legality of making prints from antique copper engraved plates

I have acquired two engraved copper printing plates which were produced in the 1850s by an artist who is internationally renowned. What is the legal situation regarding issuing my own edition from these plates? [more inside]
posted by mani on Aug 24, 2014 - 9 answers

Variations on a code?

This is a code, poorly printed, on the inside of a snack package. It is the last one I need to get a very small "reward." [more inside]
posted by 41swans on Jun 29, 2014 - 6 answers

Mac printing only in landscape layout, not portrait, in Firefox

A couple of weeks ago, our office Mac (OS X 10.7.5) started printing everything from Firefox (30.0) in landscape layout (on our HP laserjet CM1312nfi), when we need portrait layout to be the default. [more inside]
posted by Lettuce_Leaves on Jun 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Need an executive level primer on the current state of 3D printing.

I'm looking to get up to speed on the current state of 3D printing, from a pretty high level. I'd like to know what the major technologies are, how they compare to each other, who the major players are, and how their products compare with each other. [more inside]
posted by danny the boy on Jun 18, 2014 - 9 answers

Best service that can print & bind one copy of a 500 page pdf?

I have a public domain pdf book that I'd like to have a durable hard copy of. Googling throws up too many false positives, and the most relevant previous AskMeFi doesn't really help. Recommendations?
posted by mono blanco on Jun 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Best way to create custom printed map?

I'm looking for the best way to create a custom printed map with about 100 locations (in 2 or 3 categories) noted, and a legend to explain them. I don't know the first thing about GIS. [more inside]
posted by hwickline on May 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Tennessee Williams on a three-dollar bill

GetRichQuickFilter: Where can I make my own paper money? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on May 8, 2014 - 12 answers

help me ouija again

I'm running into another problem with my ouija project. I need to be able to print a complex design in white ink on a black background. How? [more inside]
posted by cirrostratus on May 1, 2014 - 6 answers

I want to know more about '60s-'70s concert poster design.

Please educate me about 1960s-1970s concert poster design. Specifically, the style with black printing over a vibrant gradient, like these. [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt on Apr 24, 2014 - 14 answers

Designing reports graphica that can be printed b/w or photcopied

Is there an online tool, or function in Word, to see what a design would look like when printed in black and white, or how it might turn out when photocopied? [more inside]
posted by troytroy on Apr 19, 2014 - 9 answers

I'd like to have a run (100+) custom SNES game boxes printed

This is one of the weirder questions I've hopped on here to ask, but I figured if anyone would have the answer, it'd be the MeFi Hivemind. I'm working with a team on a game that was happily funded some time ago. Because its a retro nostalgia-thon, we'd love to offer a limited run of SNES boxes customized to our game. Finding the template was no problem, finding a printer is quite another. We'd prefer to ship them flat, but cut and scored so that when people got them at home, they could just fold and glue and blammo. We're having trouble finding a printer who could meet those needs- All of our previous print experience is in screen/offset/apparel, not in a weird custom job like this. Suggestions or thoughts on how to bring our SNES box to life?
posted by GilloD on Apr 13, 2014 - 7 answers

Where can I get sheet sections of tire tread?

I'm looking at a print based project and am on the hunt for A4 or A5 sheets of tire tread, as if it's been removed straight from a tire. Is this possible? [more inside]
posted by stackhaus23 on Apr 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Waterproof Offset Printing?

How can I get waterproof offset printing for sheets of labels (not rolls, unless there's a good setup for running those rolls through a b&w laser printer)? My local printer doesn't seem to think they can do it. I can't imagine it being completely unavailable, but don't know where to start looking. [more inside]
posted by redsparkler on Apr 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Online Printing Service for Personal Documents

I have some important (personal) documents that need to be printed (Tax Return, Auto Insurance Cards), and I would rather not drive all the way to Kinkos. Are there any online services that will print relatively small documents (1-8 pages) and mail them to me? [more inside]
posted by AfterAlbuquerque on Mar 31, 2014 - 9 answers

Signing and scanning electronic documents without a Printer?

I have no printer. I have some documents to be signed and scanned, preferably in the next few hours. How can I accomplish this? [more inside]
posted by Elysum on Mar 19, 2014 - 21 answers

Fast, custom business cards online (Moo-like) from union print shop?

I'm having business cards made, and I want them in a mini size (like 70mm X 28mm). But I can't seem to find a union print shop online that does cards with smaller dimensions like that. (Obvs I want a union bug). Thanks, hive-folk!
posted by univac on Mar 5, 2014 - 5 answers

Where to make big prints of oil paintings?

My wife does oil paintings and would like to sell prints of them. What are the best online venues in North America for printing this kind of art? She wants to make large prints, gliches, etc.
posted by Eiwalker on Feb 27, 2014 - 5 answers

Looking for an inexpensive online print shop for a brochure...

I've been hired by a client to design a (relatively) simple brochure for her. She'd like it to be bilingual (English/French) and, due to this, would ideally like all the content in one language to be on one side of the 8.5"x11" page, so it's easier to read when completely unfolded. It's like a reverse Z-fold... [more inside]
posted by juliebug on Feb 10, 2014 - 5 answers

I'm looking for a construction paper thats like back velvet

I'm looking for a construction paper thats like back velvet. I feel like I've seen this out in the world before but Im not having any luck with the googles. I am attempting to do a screen printed concert poster in the style of a 70s dayglo black velvet poster, so I need a paper with that look and feel, if it exists.
posted by Senor Cardgage on Feb 9, 2014 - 5 answers

Screen printing office setup

We want to build a screen printing setup at work. I had a studio back in the day where some friends and I made an exposure table, a printing rig and place to store the screens. That part, I've got down. What I don't know how to get around here is a spray booth. There is no water source in the actual studio. We do, however, have a kitchen area and there are bathrooms so I have access to water, I just need to figure out a good way to put this together. Does anyone have experience with printing in less than ideal places? Thanks!
posted by monkey!knife!fight! on Jan 24, 2014 - 1 answer

Computer-controlled typewriter output (with impact, not typewriter font)

I'd like to use my computer to generate output that looks like it was typewritten, not like it's a photocopy of something typewritten, i.e., with some form of mechanical impact printing. What's the cheapest way to do this? [more inside]
posted by Zed on Dec 19, 2013 - 6 answers

Micro-run offset printing for CD inserts.

Can anyone offer opinions on reputable offset printers for CD inserts in short-run or micro-run quantities (50-100 copies)? [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Dec 16, 2013 - 4 answers

I need to find a substance with the following physical properties:

I need to find a substance that is : a) transparent over the visible or infrared, b) melts between 10 and 100 degrees C c) has modest freeze/melt expansion e)is at least a bit volatile in the liquid phase. [more inside]
posted by Nish ton on Dec 11, 2013 - 9 answers

How do I create a Share Certificate template?

Looking at the this blank Share Certificate, how would I create a template to print information in the areas I've x'ed on the scan? I'm using a Brother laser printer if that matters, and I have access to Office 2013 and Acrobat Writer. Thanks.
posted by gman on Dec 10, 2013 - 3 answers

3D Printer >$3000?

My wife and I are looking into investing in a 3D printer in the $2-3,000 price range. Can anyone who actually owns one / has used one extensively give any suggestions on brands/models to look at? We're hoping for a basic desktop model with a size capacity of about 8"x8"x8" for making small props, prototypes, etc. Also, what can one expect to pay for the "goop" or whatever they use for a printing medium?
posted by ShutterBun on Nov 18, 2013 - 9 answers

Printer spooler not working... again

My Dad has an old (5+ years) PC running Windows Vista, and a laser printer. Over the last few months, he's started to have problems printing pdfs. Help me fix the problem, please! [more inside]
posted by meronym on Nov 13, 2013 - 3 answers

How can I print high-quality screen caps?

I'm trying to create a book of tweets.

I've screencapped images of tweets as both jpegs and pngs, and uploaded them to four different "make a book" sites (Picaboo, Mixbook, Snapfish, and Shutterfly) and each time, the site warns me that the image is too low-quality to print well. The image preview does not look good. [more inside]
posted by Flying Saucer on Oct 27, 2013 - 10 answers

Giclée printer in the uk

I need to get 4 roughly A3 sized giclée prints produced from my own digital artwork for an art show and I'm looking for a printing company in the UK. I really need them by the end of the coming week. I live in a rural area so I need somewhere that does mail order. There is a general print shop in my nearest town but I don't think they'll be able to do the quality I'll need from an ordinary print (although I could be wrong I've done this before) I've tried a couple of companies with other things but I was not happy with the quality of one and the other has still not delivered a week after their quoted turn around time. Does anyone have any recommendations?
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Oct 26, 2013 - 3 answers

A Life, Truncated.

I'm having a devil of a time getting my long Wordpress pages to print properly. [more inside]
posted by mykescipark on Oct 22, 2013 - 4 answers

Ticket printing?

A local non-profit I'm with holds monthly events and sells tickets. Right now the tickets are printed in bulk. We have full price tickets, student/senior tickets, and comp (free) tickets. We'd like to have more flexibility to introduce different price points as test runs and easily track how they go. We'd also like to be able to keep better tabs on the comp tickets, by differentiating tickets given to volunteers versus comp tickets given to sponsors, for example. [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Oct 16, 2013 - 6 answers

In your opinion what are the most interesting topics in medicine today?

My original proposed topic for a publication I'm writing in was about printing organs and bone marrow but it may be rejected because someone else proposed the same idea. I'm currently brainstorming ideas before tomorrow. Currently I'm thinking of writing of genetically engineered humans. Any other ideas?
posted by JYuanZ on Sep 17, 2013 - 16 answers

I am tired of labeling my microcentrifuge tubes by hand.

This seems like it ought to be a simple question but I'm not finding the answer myself. Someone here must already know. I would like to buy sheets of printable adhesive labels suitable for sticking on 1.5ml/2.0ml microcentrifuge tubes. Ideally I would like both dots for the caps and little rectangles for the sides. They don't need to be able to stand up to particularly tough conditions, except that they shouldn't run if they get wet. Also, they should be cheap as I am a grad student and would be buying them out of my own pocket. I am just sick of writing the same teeny tiny letters over and over and over again with an ultrafine Sharpie. Can somebody here point me to a product that I can buy that would suit my needs? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 17, 2013 - 15 answers

High quality printer/print shop in London

I'm looking to get a one-off print of a digital image printed in London. It's going to be mounted and framed as a birthday gift - a Google search turns up lots of options but I'm looking for somewhere highly recommended and with a great reputation. [more inside]
posted by lumiere on Sep 10, 2013 - 3 answers

The whole world...on my wall.

I would like a large, wall-sized print of the 1931 John B. Sparks histomap, originally printed by Rand McNally. It appears to be out of print - any ideas? [more inside]
posted by Dr. Fetish on Aug 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Pssst--wanna buy a t-shirt? Know anything about making/selling them?

Is there anyone in MeFi-land who runs a small--or not-so-small--online-based T-shirt/printed garment business who has experience in DTG/Screen print outsourcing through fulfillment companies? Looking for a company that is friendly to start-ups and/or carries higher quality print blanks… [more inside]
posted by ivanthenotsoterrible on Jul 30, 2013 - 3 answers

1200+ dpi online print shop?

I'm looking to print business cards. 300 dpi seems to be the standard online but that isn't sufficient for my design. Anyone know an online company that prints 1200 dpi (or higher)?
posted by Izner Myletze on Jul 19, 2013 - 8 answers

Clear labels with silver printing: What? Where? How much?

I'd like to order a bunch of small transparent adhesive labels with metallic printing. What is this printing style/technique called? How much should I expect to pay? And can you recommend someone who does this and can handle smaller runs? [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 15, 2013 - 3 answers

Can I get perfectly centered business cards printed?

I want to get business cards with borders. I was looking at moo, and they recommend not using a border because cropping may not be even on all sides. I'm not talking about scientific precision, but I would like my cards to appear even on all sides. Is this realistic, and are there other companies that do this better? I would also like to be able to get rounded corners and some sort of smooth matte or glossy finish on both sides.
posted by lgyre on Jun 28, 2013 - 14 answers

Where can I print from a laptop or USB drive in London?

Over the next month or so, I may occasionally need to do some printing in London (never more than 10-50 pages). Is there anywhere near the Waterloo station where I could bring a usb drive or a laptop and easily and inexpensively print out black and white documents using a laser-printer? Self-service would be preferable. Perhaps there might be one or more chains of printing places (like FedEx/Kinko's in the US) that offers this service throughout the UK? Many thanks for any suggestions.
posted by washburn on Jun 25, 2013 - 4 answers

I want to print letterhead!

Here's the issue—every single print shop I ask can only do runs of like 500 sheets for personal letterhead. I want only 50 sheets with envelopes, and I don't want to pay a freaking arm and leg for nice letterhead. How can I do this? I don't want something that's merely laser printed onto cheap paper. I'd like something that's nice, professional, and exudes quality. I've seen these at Crane, but they're still quite expensive. Any ideas mefites?
posted by uncannyslacks on May 28, 2013 - 19 answers

Paying for Public Documents by the Government

Is there any research on people who pay for publicly available documents that are bound and sold by the government, not third parties? I was fascinated that when the 911 Commission issued it's report, it flew off the shelves when it was bound and sold by the GPO even though the same report was also fully available online. I'm also not referring to services provided by USSearch or KnowX. I mean, I guess, anything produced by the Government Printing Office that is for sale as a bound document (since they are also public documents), but is also available for free online. I would think if people could repackage and sell publicly available documents, that would open a whole world of new publishing opportunities.
posted by CollectiveMind on May 26, 2013 - 5 answers

Business cards in a hurry in Paris?

My wife is in Paris attending a conference, and just realized that she didn't bring her business cards along! I know that freestanding machines exist to make these while-you-wait in other cities, but where can one go to get same-day business cards in Paris? Difficulty: some, but limited, French language ability.
posted by 1adam12 on May 25, 2013 - 5 answers

Your experiences with FreeCAD

Do any of you have recent experience with FreeCAD? How do you like the software, and how about that STL output? How easy is it to export files from FreeCAD to be used in other CAD packages? Objective: 3D printing Reference point: Solidworks [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Apr 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Where can I find accent images to make printed documents classy?

Where can I find free graphics that I can use on invitations, event programs, and books? I'm looking for black and white images: Horizontal rules, flourishes, small flowers, accent images, those little symbols that look like a spade but have a swirling stem....? [more inside]
posted by chocolatemilkshakes on Apr 15, 2013 - 12 answers

Prints and Price - Online Arts Sales

For anyone experienced with art sales, particularly online sales: What sort of printing services do you use for your artwork? and what are the costs like? [more inside]
posted by ServSci on Apr 9, 2013 - 5 answers

What is the best way of mailing postcards to a neighborhood?

I want to mail a few hundred postcards to a neighborhood to inform them about a particular issue. How should I do this? [more inside]
posted by a womble is an active kind of sloth on Feb 23, 2013 - 11 answers

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