November 26th, 2013
The holidays have crept up on us again!! I don’t know about you but I find it hard to believe this week is Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Yes, Hanukkah starts tomorrow on the night before Thanksgiving this year. It is a rare occurrence, you can learn more about the anomaly on many different online sites. I enjoyed the explanation and information on the Chabad.org Hanukkah site. Since Thanksgiving is so late this year it is then just a short time till Christmas, Kwanza and the New Year. Just in time for all your holiday needs there are some new templates to print out. We have everything from Thanksgiving cards and place cards to wrapping paper, yes wrapping paper, gift tags and seasonal greeting cards.
Just navigate over to the Template library to find all these great templates and printouts. The new 2014 calendars are also available. The calendars can make a great gift for your clients and customers and features beautiful sunsets for 2014. All of these templates can be printed on your Xerox printer or multifunction device. The greeting cards can even be customized. I think I will be using one of the many designs for my holiday cards this year. You get a great design but no glitter ( I guess you could glitter them if you like), they are less expensive than those boxed cards and I can personalize the message for each person.
You can’t beat the gift tags. You know those are just going to be thrown out with all the wrapping so why not just print out your own. Cute designs and again less expensive. So peruse the template site and see which holiday items will work for you and check out all the business and education templates as well. The template library is a wonderful source of documents for all types of business, education and holiday applications.
November 19th, 2013
Mavericks OS 10.9 has been released. Drivers for this new operating system are becoming available for the Xerox printers and multifunction devices. A new matrix showing the availability has been posted. Some of the new drivers are already posted on the Drivers and Download sites for the machines. Additional drivers will be added as they become available.
Scan drivers and Fax driver updates will be delayed till after the first of the year on few of our products. The matrix outlines these details in the Additional Information column of the matrix. Please make sure to the read the release notes include with most drivers for additional information.
A little trivia, the release of Mac OS 10.9 begins a change in the naming scheme from the use of big cats to names based on places in California. Mavericks is a surfing location in northern California just north of the town of Half Moon Bay, CA. Mavericks is a winter destination for some of the world’s best big wave surfers.
Okay out of the water and back to the business at hand. Please consult the compatibility matrix for information on the availability of a Mavericks OS 10.9 driver for the Xerox device you are using. If you are unable to find the information you require please consider posting your question to the Customer Support Forum or contact your local support centre.
October 25th, 2013
Let’s address addressing envelopes in the age of computers and printers. Remember the good old days when you could just roll an envelope into the typewriter and type a name and address and BAM you were done? Well those days are gone for most of us and now the challenge is to create a professional looking envelope. You can with your Xerox Printer or Multifunction printer. On many of our printers it is not as difficult as it may seem, you just have to know how to place the envelope(s) in the tray correctly and you can create a quality output every time.
The key to printing an envelope is loading the envelope properly and setting up your software program to print to the correct tray and correct size of envelope. We have instructions for printing envelopes on the support pages for your machine. Just go to the support page for your model of printer or multifunction device, then search on “envelopes”. Below is a video for the WorkCentre 5700 series. As always the screens may vary for your machine. Also the way the envelope is loaded may not be correct for your model so please make sure you check the instructions for your model of machine.
You will find all the information you need to load the envelope properly and print to it from different programs on the online support. The support pages will have specifications for the envelopes that can be used on your machine in the paper and media specifications. There are a few of our machines that do not print on envelopes and that will be noted on the Support pages as well. If you have further questions about the process of printing on envelopes you can contact us at Support or you might look on the Customer Forums site to see if anyone else has tips or ideas for working with envelopes with your specific application.
October 15th, 2013
Mobile printing will become easier and easier because of the Mobile Print Alliance (Mopria™)
Xerox has joined with other print providers to create the Mobile Print Alliance.
To learn more about this alliance and how it will make printing easier for you, check out the Real Business at Xerox blog post by Karl Dueland, vice president, Solutions Delivery Unit, Xerox.
October 11th, 2013
What is an annotation? According to dictionary.com Annotation – [an-uh-tey-shuh n]–noun 1. a critical or explanatory note or body of notes added to a text. 2. the act of annotating.
The Annotations feature on your Xerox multifunction printer enables you to automatically add a comment, page number, date or Bates Stamp to your copies. You can select any or all of these annotation options and decide where on the copies they should print. You can also select the appearance of the annotations such as the font size and font color if color copying is available on your machine. Annotations are available in the Copy mode only. Not all machines will have this feature, to find out if yours does please consult the documentation or the support page for your model.
The following is an example of the User Interface you might see when you are setting up annotations at the machine. Your screens may vary depending on the model of your machine and the features available.
Some of the annotations that may be available to you include:
The Page Numbers option will automatically print a page number at a specified position on the page. The page number is even printed on both sides of a 2 sided copy. The 2 sided copies will count as two pages and number accordingly.
The Comments option will add a comment using alpha-numeric characters in a specific position on the page. An existing comment can be added or a new comment can be created and edited.
The Date option will add today’s date in a specified format and position on the page. The date printed is the date set on your device.
The Bates Stamp option will add a selected Bates Stamp in a specified position on the page. Bates Stamping is used primarily in the legal and business fields and consists of a set prefix (such as a case number or client reference) together with a page number applied to a document as it is being copied. The prefix can contain alpha-numeric characters. You can add a new prefix or choose an existing one from the list provided. The picture to the right shows an example of a Bates Stamp.
Annotations are a handy option for your copies and it will let you tell which is the copy and which is the original. It is hard to tell sometimes!!
October 4th, 2013
Toner is the life blood of many of our printers. We have unique toners known as the Emulsion Aggregate toner (EA Toner) and Emulsion Aggregate Ultra-Low Melt toner. These toners are manufactured in an expanded plant in upstate New York. I thought I would take this opportunity to explain what these toners are and how they work. First let’s look at conventional toner. Most conventional toner is manufactured by starting with just the right plastic, which is then melted mixing in pigment and special ingredients, and pulverizing the resulting block of composite plastic to a fine powder. Finally, the powder still has to be processed to remove oversized chunks and ultra-fine particles. This multi-step process results in non-uniform angular particles with a somewhat wide size and shape distribution.
EA Toner is a chemically grown toner comprised of very small and consistent particles. The EA Toner requires no fuser oil and less toner per page to produce sharper color images than traditional toner, for superior image quality.
The advantages of EA Toner include:
- Sharper, more uniform image quality
- Improved fine lines and text
- Faster warm-up time
- Less Waste
- May lower the total cost of ownership over the life of the machine
In addition to that, the amount of carbon dioxide emitted in production is much less (about 65% of traditional method), and usage efficiency of toner in printing is higher. So, this is an environmentally friendly toner.
In EA Ultra-Low Melt toner, the color material for magenta was changed and the reproducibility of red color was increased. The toner also now generates brilliant colors with sheen and thickness; this was accomplished by making it easier to melt so that the surface of images becomes smoother. By adopting a new wax and optimizing the emulsion aggregation process to generate toner, the sheet stripping performance has been improved to enable smooth sheet stripping from a fuser roll in the fusing process which enables high image quality and high productivity at the same time.
The EA Toner is available for use in many of our machines. Please check your printer or multifunction printer product brochure or specifications found on the support page for your printer to find out if your machine uses the EA or EA Ultra-Low Melt Toner.
Now let’s see why we recommend that you always use genuine Xerox Toner!!
October 1st, 2013
Have you upgraded to Windows 8? If so you may have some questions about how to setup or install the print drivers for your Xerox equipment on this new OS. Xerox has created a document to help navigate you through the installation of the printer drivers and the installation of the printer apps. The document titled Xerox® Print Drivers & Apps Best Practices for Windows® 8 Customer Tip is available on the DC Tips page and includes instructions that will work with most of our products.
Beyond this document there are also instructions for installing these printer drivers in both the release notes for the driver and in the support pages for your machine. The support pages will provide you with detailed instructions for installing and configuring the Windows 8 printer drivers on your specific device.
Another exceptional resource about the new types of drivers with the Windows 8 operating system is the compatibility matrix. The matrix will show you which Xerox printers or multifunction devices are compatible with Windows 8. This document also has an extensive explanation of the different types of drivers and instructions for installing and using these drivers complete with screenshots to help walk you through the instructions. I find this document very helpful.
The document includes instructions for the Apps used in conjunction with printing as well. If you have upgraded I hope that you find this information useful. If you will be upgrading soon bookmark this page so that you can find these resources when you need them.