Date of last revision: 10/11/2000
The Design Center enforces limits on the number of pages each user can print. We have been forced to do this because the popularity of the World Wide Web caused our printing usage to more than quadruple in a two-year period, much of it not class-related.
Printquota help index:
Printing Usage Limits
Limits are per academic quarter and are not cumulative. Limits are for the Unix and Windows NT systems combined. An "active student" is anyone who has taken a class within the last year.
Note: Printing quotas have been adjusted for the 2000-2001 school year because we no longer have a text-only printer.
- plotter large-size inkjet plotter
- Active students, faculty, and Design Center staff: No limits due to the specialized nature of the plotter.
- All others: Printing not allowed.
- laser black-and-white PostScript laser printer
- Active students: 1000 pages
- Faculty: 500 pages
- Design Center staff: 1250 pages
- All others: 25 pages
- color color PostScript laser printer
- Active students: 100 pages
- Faculty: 50 pages
- Design Center staff: 150 pages
- All others: Printing not allowed
Checking Your Print Quota
You can check your current printer usage with the command
printquota on any Unix workstation. There is currently no way to check your print quota from Windows NT.
We have tried to set the limits so that they will not interfere with normal classwork. If you need to print more than your quota allows, please send e-mail to email@example.com explaining how much you need and why. We reserve the right to monitor your printer usage to verify that the printer is being used for academic purposes.
Tips To Cut Down Your Printer Usage
- The command psnup allows you to print multiple PostScript pages on a single sheet of paper.
- Microsoft PowerPoint allows you to print multiple slides per page in the print options dialog box.
- If you print a document of a type not supported by a printer (for example, sending a PostScript document to a text-only printer), the number of pages will often be counted incorrectly. In most cases unknown document types are counted as plain text, which means a large file may show up as 10,000 pages or longer!
In cases like this, please let us know what happened and we can reset your page count to a more reasonable number. We are automatically saving copies of anything which is counted as more than 50 pages to help us detect when this occurs, but we may not notice every time it happens.
We have only seen this problem with files sent to an inappropriate printer or ones which are unprintable (such as executable programs or data files that must be printed through an external application), so as long as you send things to the right printers you shouldn't have any problems.
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