FAQ – 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.  This will show as $40 in the PaperCut quota system (ie, $0.10/pg).  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 use against the next semesters quota, an overdraft, of up to $10 (100 pgs), leaving you with a minimum of 300 pages the following semester.  There is no roll-over (we’re not T-Mobile), so the max per semester is $40/400 pgs.

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.


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.


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.


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.