When I sent the postscript files to Fayetteville printing for the Georgia Certification, I used the Xeikon DCP/50D driver. The reason I used this instead of the Linotronic driver, is because Lee Green said he has had problems with the Linotronic driver. I am not sure if it is actually the driver or the printer doing the job. I talked with Jane, who has sent postscript files to Fayetteville printing, and she said that she used the Linotronic driver for Gaston, NC ballots and had no problem the first time with them, but the second time she had to use the Xeikon driver because they had problems. Just a FYI about Fayetteville printing.
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The trouble she is having cannot be fixed by adjusting the offsets. The ballot image is rotated to a landscape orientation whether she chooses Portrait or Landscape in the printer properties. The effect of this is that the ballot image is cut off because the long dimension of the ballot image is on the short dimension of the paper. It is conceivable that she could use a paper size with a width greater than 11" (if her print driver supports it - I'm not sure) and adjust the offsets IF she is only ever going to use 11" ballots, but she will be using 14" ballots for November elections. Adjusting the offsets is not a viable long-term solution. The driver she is using is specific to the equipment that her print shop uses to output the postscript files. Other drivers have been tested and all failed.
I am conducting a campaign to get Iredell to use a different print shop (such as Fayetteville printing) instead of the rinky-dink local printer they have been using. Difficulties are encountered every time Iredell sends ballot artwork to their local print shop. I would appreciate the support of anyone involved with support in Iredell County in my efforts to get them with a reliable print shop. Becky is warming to the idea a bit because of the ongoing difficulties, although her Elections Board is reluctant to change. As a result of the problems they've been having and the tight turnaround in preparation for the May 30 runoff, she is sending laser-printed copies of her ballot images to her local printer who will use them as camera-ready artwork. This is completely non-standard, unacceptable, and fraught with peril for Global. We should all be making every effort to get Iredell to change printers.
I agree that it would be a good thing to have Ghostview loaded onto her computer. I have already sent Becky a disk with lino.zip on it which she should receive today, whereupon I will assist her in installing the Linotronic 630 V 3.3 J GES driver. This is the driver that is used to send artwork to Fayetteville printing.
Becky Galliher from Iredell County, NC is having trouble with her postscript files that she sends to her printer. I have taken a look at a sample postscript file in GhostView and I can see that she needs to change the offsets with this particular Postscript Driver that she has. The only problem is that the computer that was set up in McKinney with Gems, does not have GhostView on it. Also, she does not have the Gems computer set up for the internet. Would it be possible for someone in McKinney to burn her a CD with GhostView on it, and could we also put on the same CD the different Postscript drivers that we have on our FTP site. It may be possible that with one of the Postscript drivers that we have on the FTP site, that her printer will be able to accept the files with the default offsets.
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