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Monday, February 18, 2002
Primera Composer - Signature III

3. Installation (2)

Primera Composer/Signature III System - Page 3

Installation of Signature III CD Printer - Page 2

After the installation if we visit the Printers folder we will notice that a new printer has been added "CD Color Printer III". If we check the properties we will notice the following tabs (at WinMe OS):

In the above tab you can select the type of the media (CD or custom sized CDs) and also if you wish to rotate or use the faster printing option (which gives however reduced printed quality). Faster Printing speeds up the tray speed slightly. It's for people who want a little extra boost in speed; however, there is a potential for print quality to suffer (it may vary from print to print). That is why the driver gives the user a warning to use at his own risk when using faster printing.

In the second tab we find the device options. Here we can select the type of the cartridge, the print resolution (600x600 or 1200x1200) and color matching for the color. Note that Primera suggests using the default PrimaColor for most CD prints. The available selections are: "none", "algebraic" and "primacolor". The bad here is that under Win9x you cannot adjust the settings for the "algebraic" color setting. However you can under the Win2k (check below). Primera's manual doesn't give much information about those settings among with several real life examples to explain when and why we should use the "algebraic" setting over the "primacolor".

In the cartridge screen we see the remaining level of the color/black cartridge. In this screen also we can select the type of the cartridge when we choose to switch between color/dark. The manufacturer gives around 150-250 CDs number before the ink ends (when printing color CDs). If the ink ends you can buy another one over Primera's online website for 55$. Note that this setting is based upon calculations done by the software driver.. This means that if you re-install the printer in another PC or OS system the printer ink jet levels will be again 100% remaining. Primera has announced the Signature IV CD printer, which solves this problem since now the ink level is monitored directly from the printer.

In the last tab we find the calibrate options. In the back of the printer there are 2 numbers, which are ,possibly, unique for each printer. In our case it showed 6 in vertical and 0 in horizontal. You need to insert those numbers and do the test print ,with the 5 supplied blank cardboard CD templates, in order to be sure about the center of the printed CDs.

If you install the Signature III over Win2k platform you will see the same amount of details in the Advanced properties tab:

Note that you can adjust the algebraic color settings..

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