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Organizing ADA-Compliant Fonts in Color Byte

Organizing ADA-Compliant Fonts in Color Byte

If you have hundreds of fonts installed on your computer – or dare we say thousands – it may take some time to discover which fonts are ADA-compliant and which ones aren't. By following these simple steps, you can set up and organize a folder that automatically houses all of the currently compliant fonts on your computer, making things much easier from a design perspective. Click here for step-by-step instructions to set up your ADA-compliant font folder.

Accurate Job Costing in RIP 9

Accurate Job Costing in RIP 9

Color Byte RIP 9 is equipped with a costing feature that accurately calculates the anticipated cost of ink used for single- and multi-layer jobs. Once your art or file is completed and ready for printing, follow these simple steps to accurately cost your job for better supply management and/or quoting processes. Click here for step-by-step job costing instructions.

Adjusting Layer Profiles

Adjusting Layer Profiles

The biggest difference between a queue or job with layer profiles enabled and one without them enabled is where to make print mode selection changes and print mode edits. Users must adjust layer profiles to edit or change print modes for jobs that enable layers. Applications like ADA or printing from 3rd-party applications may require these steps. Click here to see how to adjust layer profiles.

Enabling the Ink Maintenance Dialog for the Direct Jet 1024UVMVP Printer

Enabling the Ink Maintenance Dialog for the Direct Jet 1024UVMVP Printer

The Manual Ink Maintenance function performs ink maintenance when it is required on the Direct Jet 1024UVMVP. The Color Byte RIP should be set to automatically prompt the user, prior to sending a print job, if it is necessary to perform this function. If manual ink maintenance is required, it must be performed prior to printing. Any user who has installed an MVP device into Color Byte RIP 9.1 Build 3 prior to May 12th, 2014 will need to update their license files via the RIP and manually turn this dialog box ON. All license files issued after May 12th, 2014 will have this option defaulted to ON. Click here to see how to enable this function.

Improved RIP 9 Plug-Ins for Illustrator, Photoshop and CorelDraw

Improved RIP 9 Plug-Ins for Illustrator, Photoshop and CorelDraw

Color Byte RIP 9 Build 3 has new and improved plug-ins for supported third-party applications: Adobe Illustrator®, Adobe Photoshop® and CorelDRAW®. These plug-ins have been designed to work more seamlessly with DCS's RIP software and printers. They are only available in Build 3 or higher, and they support versions Adobe CS5 or higher and CorelDraw X6 or higher. Click here to see how to use these new plug-ins.

ADA DJUVADA Printer Package Tools

ADA DJUVADA Printer Package Tools

Prior to designing your own ADA-compliant/Braille signs with the new DJUVADA printer package (rel: 2/6/14), this short video will introduce you to the tools that will be used in the front end of Color Byte. Knowing where each tool can be found, acclimating yourself with what they do and learning how to utilize them will streamline the entire process – regardless of your proficiency level. Click here to watch the video now.

Downloading and Installing the Latest Build of Color Byte RIP 9

Downloading and Installing the Latest Build of Color Byte RIP 9

Combining a Direct Jet UV LED inkjet printer with our Color Byte RIP software provides users with a powerful tool for creating custom, full-color designs. Utilizing the latest software build provides access to the latest software features and print modes designed to maximize the output of your machine. This video outlines the steps involved in ensuring that you have the latest software installed for your Direct Jet Printer. Click here to watch the video now.

Using the Badge Function to Apply Variable Data

Using the Badge Function to Apply Variable Data

Setting up and completing jobs like awards, signs, cards, or badges for teams, schools, or companies can be a time consuming endeavor when laying out each piece individually. As the old adage goes, time is money. With Color Byte, you can drastically reduce set up and production time with the Badge Function. In this Tech Tip, we provide guidelines for this function when completing jobs with repeating images/graphics and variable data such as name and/or number. Click here for step-by-step instructions to reduce set up time with the Badge Function.

Improve Image Quality with these 3 Color Byte Design Tools

Improve Image Quality with these 3 Color Byte Design Tools

All images are not created equal. From time to time, images you receive or find will undoubtedly be of subpar quality. The question is: Do you go back and request new files? Or, do you spend your valuable time correcting these issues to ensure that you are producing the highest-quality product? Don't sweat: In this Tech Tip, we provide guidelines for three Color Byte Design Tools to help users quickly and easily correct common issues and improve image quality. Click here to learn more about the Clean Up White, Knock Me Color and Noise Shampoo tools.

Choosing the Correct RIP 9 Print Mode

Choosing the Correct RIP 9 Print Mode

With nearly 50 different print modes to choose from in Color Byte RIP 9, understanding when to use certain print modes and settings will be vital to achieving the desired output. The key is finding a balance between production time and quality. Below are application samples that were printed on DCS Direct Jet UV LED printers. These examples represent a diverse range of substrates, production time requirements, adhesion and quality expectations. Click here for tips on selecting print modes for 3D objects, fine-point text, high-speed printing, industrial printing/adhesion, photographs and texture printing/fine detail.

Achieve the Best Adhesion with your Direct Jet UV Printer

How to Achieve the Best Adhesion with your Direct Jet UV Printer

Depending on your substrate, there are various ways to achieve better adhesion when using your Direct Jet UV LED printer. DCS has prepared a flow chart that offers a number of variables to test in order to achieve improved adhesion. Click here to download the complete flow chart diagram outlining different processes to use to improve adhesion.

Maintaining Your DCS Printer

Maintaining Your DCS Printer

Your purchase of a Direct Color Systems printer may be one of the significant investments you make in your business. With a little dedication to maintenance, you can keep your printer working like new for years to come. Click here for some basic tips related to setup, clearning, maintenance and extended warranties.

UV Printing Onto Reflective, Shiny and/or Mirrored Surfaces (RSM Substrates)

UV Printing Onto Reflective, Shiny and/or Mirrored Surfaces (RSM Substrates)

There are many reflective, shiny and/or mirrored (RSM substrates) surfaces that you may wish to use with your UV printer for personalization and/or decoration, including glass and crystal products. Printing to these RSM substrates presents a specific type of challenge. You must avoid allowing the UV light to bounce back into the print head. The light can cure the inks in the nozzles and on the nozzle plate, which can cause serious damage that can significantly decrease the life of your print head. Following the simple procedures outlined in this Tech Tip will help you minimize this risk.

Color Management Troubleshooting in Color Byte RIP 9

Color Management Troubleshooting in Color Byte RIP 9

Color management is one of the most important aspects of inkjet printing. There are many variables that come into play when trying to accurately match colors. This Tech Tip will give a brief description of the elements of color management, followed by how to troubleshoot color matching issues on a case-by-case basis. Click here for our easy color management tips.

Creating TEXTUR3D™ Inline Prints

Creating TEXTUR3D™ Inline Prints

It's easy to create textured, 3-dimensional prints that make your projects stand out with a DCS Direct Jet UV printer and our powerful RIP 9 software. Follow these step-by-step directions to import your image, control the amount of texture in your output and create stunning TEXTUR3D™ prints inline, in a single pass!

Creating Arrays Using Color Byte Software

Creating Arrays Using Color Byte Software

If you ever need to print duplicates of a single image at once, you'll be grateful for the Array function in Color Byte Rip 8 and Rip 9. The Array feature creates patterns using selected shapes as a basis. Copies of the original shapes are used to fill out the array. By using arrays in your workflow, the need to manually gang-up multiples of the image to be printed is eliminated – the Array feature does all the work for you. Click here for easy step-by-step instructions.

How to Print Acrylic Awards with Direct Jet UV LED Printers

How to Print Acrylic Awards with Direct Jet UV LED Printers

A Direct Color Systems Direct Jet UV printer and our Color Byte Rip software combine to provide you with a powerful tool for creating custom, full-color designs. You can create brilliant acrylic awards, plaques, signage and more. Learn how to add depth that turns a simple award into a stunning piece of art.

How to Create Durable Prints Inside Open-Pored Aluminum

How to Create Durable Prints Inside Open-Pored Aluminum

Use your DCS Direct Jet printer in conjunction with DuraJet™ open-pored aluminum from Horizons for revolutionary, quick and easy sub-surface color printing on aluminum. Click here to see how easy open-pore aluminum printing and sealing can be!

Set Up Custom Name Badges in Color Byte

Set Up Custom Name Badges in Color Byte

You can quickly and easily set up and print custom name badges using Color Byte's Badge Layout and Serialization tools. Click here for a step-by-step demo.

Supersize and Contour Cut Your Image in Color Byte

Supersize and Contour Cut Your Image in Color Byte

You can use our Color Byte software to supersize and contour cut your low-resolution image. Click here to learn how.

Set Up Custom Name Badges in Color Byte

How to Update Your Direct Jet Printer Pkg Online or Locally

Direct Jet printer packages are now available for automatic download or update from Direct Color Systems' Auto Updating FTP site. Click here to find out how, plus see how to select the correct USB port for your printer in ColorByte.

Custom Print Modes & ICC Profiling

Custom Print Modes & ICC Profiling

Watch our demo videos to see how you can create your own custom print modes or ICC profiles. Watch the videos here.

Print Clear Ink Simultaneously with Color

How to Print Clear Ink Simultaneously with Color

With ColorByte Rip Pro 8, users can simultaneously print clear and color inks, in a defined and measurable amount. Click here to see how to do it!

New Direct Jet Capability: Variable-Size Dots & Nozzle Count in Printer Packages

New Direct Jet Capability: Variable-Size Dots & Nozzle Count in Printer Packages

Watch our demo video to see how to take advantage of our variable-size dots and adjustable nozzle count options to control the amount of ink and density in your applications. Watch the video here.