FAQ – Printing

Printing

What is my print quota in the labs?

The current printing quota for each user is 400 pages per semester in CADE, SD Mac, CS Undergrad and Engman/Teach Labs.  Quotas are reset at the start of each semester (actually, 01/05, 05/11 and 08/19). There is no charge for printing, however, when your 400 pages have been used up we will NOT add extra pages. You do, however, have the ability to borrow up to 100 pages from the next semester via overdraft. If you choose to continue printing once your quota hits 0 pages remaining, you will start the next semester with 400 pages minus the overdraft amount.  There is no print quota roll-over (we’re not T-Mobile), so the max per semester is 400 pages.

You can check your quota in the following ways:

– In CADE, run the command lpquota in the terminal window. A java window opens, so if connecting remotely, be sure to use ‘ssh -Y’.

– In Engman got to Start > All Programs > Check My print Quota

– In the SD Mac Lab, open /Applications/PCClient.app

– From anywhere, open a web browser to https://winlic-b.eng.utah.edu:9192/user and login with your Windows lab credentials.

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Can I get pages added to my print quota?

Not very likely.  Your student fees help cover the cost of printing, including, but not limited to paper, toner, the printers themselves and the wear & tear on the rollers.  In this day and age, you should consider why you need to print more than that and find alternative ways of handling your documents, beside paper.

For general info on your print quota, see this FAQ.

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Can I print to the CADE/Engman/SD Mac Lab printers from my laptop?

Yes, limitedly – Only Microsoft Office documents and PDF documents can be printed with this system. The upload page has the detail on which formats are acceptable. If you wish to print a document from another program, it must first be converted to PDF by using Adobe Acrobat, ps2pdf, Preview (Mac OS X, or use the ‘Save as PDF…’ from the Print dialog window from any application), CutePDF (Windows only), etc..
(Download CutePDF Writer for free at http://www.cutepdf.com/ )

Open a web browser to https://winlic-b.eng.utah.edu:9192/user
(The cert needs to be accepted, if not done so before.)

Login is your Windows lab username and password

1. Select “Web Print” link on the left side of the screen.
2. Select the printer to use and click “next”.
3. Select the number of copies of the document you plan to print and click “next”.
4. Upload the document by clicking “browse” and then “next”.
5. The final page will allow you to track the status of the print job.

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Is there color printing available?

As of Spring 2019, the Engman Lab now has a color laser printer. Depending on the actual usage and cost of supplies for this printer this service may not be permanent. Printing to the color printer is around 5 to 10 times as expensive as printing to the black & white printers. As such, each color page sent to the color printer will reduce your print quota for the semester by 10 pages, and each black & white page will reduce your quota by 5 pages.

In order to prevent unintended or accidental color printing, access to this printer is granted using a security group. If you wish to use the color printer please contact the Help Desk in the CADE or Engman Labs and request access to the group. Once granted access please take care that you send print jobs to the correct printer to avoid accidentally printing in color when it is not intended.

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How can I print multiple pages per sheet in Linux?

If you have a presentation document, a PDF file, or some other document you want to print multiple pages per sheet, you can use the ‘psnup’ command to do this. This is convenient if there is no option in an application’s printing dialog box to print multiple pages to one sheet.

WARNING: This does not work for all applications. This tutorial generally works for PDF files, typed documents/text files and presentations.

1. Save your document as a postscript (.ps) file. (For information on how to do this, please see the FAQ topic, “How do I print to a Postscript file?”)
2. In the terminal, change into the directory where your postscript file is saved.
3. The general format (syntax) of the ‘psnup’ command is as follows:

psnup -n inputfile.ps outputfile.ps
Where ‘n’ is the number of pages per sheet, ‘inputfile.ps’ is the postscript file you created in step 3, and ‘outputfile.ps’ will be the postscript file that ‘psnup’ creates with your ‘n’ number of pages per sheet.

An example for printing four pages of a to one sheet would be:

psnup -4 file.ps print.ps

4. After you typed the ‘psnup’ command in the format described above, you now have a PostScript file with four pages per sheet. Next you will want to print the ‘.ps’ file that ‘psnup’ created. Type the following command in the terminal:

lpr print.ps

This will send ‘print.ps’ to the printer to be printed.

5. If you would like to read more about the ‘psnup’ command, open a terminal and type:
man psnup

This will open up the manual/user’s guide for psnup.

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Why can’t I seem to print out of Matlab?

Many times when trying to print a graph or a chart in Matlab, the paper size needs to be changed to ‘Standard’ or 8 1/2 x 11.

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