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#80087 by James Walter Schildroth
Tue Sep 14, 2021 10:02 am
I want to make a 24 x36 size sheet copy to send to a printing service. I only have a 8 1/2 x 11 size print connected to my laptop. When I go to print the only sizes available are for that printer. I want to send a PDF to a printing service. How can I do this? Please reply by e-mail Thanks, James
#80089 by MtnArch
Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:57 pm
Either edit the PDF writer you have (Adobe, PDFill, CutePDF, etc.) to add a custom 24x36 sheet, or install a plotter driver (such as a Canon iPF785 or an HP DesignJet) even though you don't have the plotter. All you really need is the definition of the plotted paper size. If you install a plotter driver you will likely also gain other sizes (18x24, 30x42, etc.).
#80090 by Roger D
Tue Sep 14, 2021 1:43 pm
I use the free version of bullzip, it can print to a variety of file types

PDF-Exchange is also a good one, it has editing tools also
and or
PDF Fill which also has tools to split, reorder, merge pdf files.
#80095 by MtnArch
Wed Sep 15, 2021 9:21 am
Just for grins 'n giggles, I downloaded the plotter driver for an HP T650 large format printer ( ... s/38030054) though you could do it with a Canon plotter, Epson plotter, etc. Followed the prompts and when it said it couldn't find the plotter there was an option to pick "To File", and I selected the T650 36".

I was given the opportunity to pick the "Easy" installation or "Custom" - I chose Custom so there's less HP bloatware for me to remove after the installation (I have a Canon iPF plotter and don't need the HP .. just following it through for this example). The software finished installing & I checked to make sure it was installed under Windoze Printers (yup .. it shows up).

I fired up DC V22, opened a file, and then told it to print. Selected the T650 and set it to an Arch D size, and was able to save out the PDF at 24x36.

Hope this helps!
#80223 by MtnArch
Sun Oct 03, 2021 5:46 pm
Did any of our work-arounds help, James?
#80325 by MtnArch
Sat Oct 16, 2021 9:46 am
Well .. darn it! There has to be a way to trick your computer into it.

Did you try Roger's tip for BullZip (or any of the other PDF writers available?
#80326 by James Walter Schildroth
Sat Oct 16, 2021 10:11 am
I am sure there is a way to install an HP 500 DesignJet printer driver. I just don't have the skills to do it. I need a step by step instruction. I have tried but failed to do this. All I have now is 8 1/2 x 11 sizes that show up when I go to print and select the printer.
#80328 by MtnArch
Sun Oct 17, 2021 8:28 am
I posted an abbreviated way to install a driver for an HP T650 a couple of posts above. Is there a part of it that you're having a problem with? If so I'll see if I can expand that area to help you get it installed.
#80330 by dhs
Sun Oct 17, 2021 1:09 pm
I would really suggest you try installing the Bullzip printer that Roger previously suggested (from
I downloaded and installed it a while ago after seeing it suggested on this forum and had no trouble downloading or installing it. It offers a plethora of sizes including ARCHD (which has an effective printing area of 24x36).
#80331 by MtnArch
Sun Oct 17, 2021 5:51 pm
David's suggestion may be the best for you if you're not sure how to install the plotter driver. It should be easy to install and use. Since I haven't installed it or used it, I'll have to let Roger and David let you know if it comes pre-configured with a 24x36 sheet or if you will have to custom-configure the paper size.

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