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johnpaulstoddar
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Posted: 01/20/2005 at 2:49pm | IP Logged Quote johnpaulstoddar

Has anyone tried having a Map printed at Kinko's or similar business?

I was wondering if the Map would be able to be exported and then printed out, without having it converted to another form?

Granted it would be expensive, but for multiple use maps I would like to do it so that I would have a one piece map..I hate all the cutting and taping
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Posted: 01/20/2005 at 3:37pm | IP Logged Quote Klarum

well i thought about that too but the problem is the file can only be opened with dundjinni and i cant convert it to another graphic format

does anyone know how to? to pdf for example so you can take it somewhere for them to print it.
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Posted: 01/20/2005 at 3:54pm | IP Logged Quote slashdevnull

Please try using the Search function.

Here's the answer to your question:
http://www.dundjinni.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=1974&KW= kinko

and here...
http://www.dundjinni.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=1423&KW= kinko

and here...
http://www.dundjinni.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=1368&KW= kinko

and here:
http://www.dundjinni.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=359&KW=k inko
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Posted: 01/22/2005 at 5:25am | IP Logged Quote johnpaulstoddar

Those links never really answer the question, just alot of suggestions..

What I want is a single sheet map printed without cut and pasting..

I am sure a BMP or JPG can be enlarged to the right scale from the raw map. But I don't know off hand.

Can't anyone ever give straight answers..No It can't be printed straight with converting to another form..Or Yes it can
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Posted: 01/22/2005 at 7:17am | IP Logged Quote slashdevnull

Here are specific answers to your specific questions:

johnpaulstoddar wrote:
Has anyone tried having a Map printed at Kinko's or similar business?

I haven't, but I know there's been plenty of talk about it on the lists.

johnpaulstoddar wrote:
I was wondering if the Map would be able to be exported and then printed out, without having it converted to another form?

Exported means "converted to a different form". So, if you're asking if the map can be converted to a different form without converting it to a different form, the answer is no. I'm not trying to be rude here; I just don't understand what you're asking, and believe that the links I originally provided should cover how to prep your files for printing at Kinko's in enough detail.

johnpaulstoddar wrote:
Granted it would be expensive, but for multiple use maps I would like to do it so that I would have a one piece map..I hate all the cutting and taping

If you export a map, it exports the entire map as one big graphic. Details as to how to size that graphic are, in fact, in the first link I gave you above. Have you even tried exporting a map to PNG, JPG or BMP yet?

Maybe I'm missing what your question actually is. If you want to know if you can export an entire map to one file, then have that file printed at Kinko's, onto a single, large sheet of paper, the answer is yes, as long as they can handle printing to a piece of paper that big. You should call your local Kinko's to what sizes they support.

If the question is "Can I bring a .dja file to Kinko's and have them print it?", then the answer is no (unless they bought and installed a copy of Dundjinni).

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Posted: 01/22/2005 at 10:49pm | IP Logged Quote Balon

I just loaded the software and am using it for the first time but I might
have some answers for you that will make things easier for you all. I have
not yet printed anything being that I don't work till a few days from now
but digitally I have an idea what can be done.

If your using a Mac with OSX then you can just use your system software
to create a pdf file to print. Print the file, but when it is time to actually
tell your system to print, tell it to make a pdf.
If your using a pc and want to print your stuff at Kinko's then check out
this url and the File Prep Tool.
http://weborder.kinkos.com/
They also have a 24hr. help desk for customers (18002kinkos -
18002546567).
Additionally, every store has the ability to contact a special support team
that is supposed to also be available to help. Last but not least, if you
have a laptop and your using xp or OSX (apple) then get the IP address
from the store for the Rental Printers and install the printer on your
system using LPR or TCP/IP protocal setup so that you can print your stuff
directly to the printer they have for the rental computers.

I used to be their computer services person before they outsouced the
document creation out of the country. Now I am in another department
doing customer service and stuff.

With regards to the file type, they most likely will not be able to work with
it unless you create a standard file type. Also, seeing that there is the
option of creating the map for the net, you might consider doing that and
have them open it with a web browser and print from that. Seeing that I
have not tride out that part of the software, I don't know if it will work
and I have no idea what the quailty will be like.

Hope this helps
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Posted: 01/24/2005 at 5:08am | IP Logged Quote Webmaster J.T.

Here is my short answer to "How do I print a big Dundjinni battlemap at Kinkos?" Note, this is not the only answer -- just an easy one.

1. Design map. Make sure it is perfect.
2. File -> Export -> Map -> BMP -> 200 DPI
3. (Optional: use Photoshop for additional processing like adding borders, effects, filters, etc.)
4. Burn the .BMP file to CD. Use CD-R, not CD-RW.
5. Go to Kinkos, hand then the CD, say "200 DPI, thick paper."
6. Pay them $8-10 per square foot. Note, a full-sized map will be about 32"x40". This is left as an exercise to the reader.

There are other small details you will have to work out with them, like type of paper, so you may want to visit their web site or call first for more information.

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Posted: 07/19/2005 at 5:11pm | IP Logged Quote knightblde

Forget Kinko's - Contact me - knightblde@aol.com I will print your file on vinyl banner material (a little thinner than the chessex TM battlemats that you are used to for $5 a square foot - including shipping to anywhere in the lower 48 states.

Just export your map to the .png type and email it to me. If your file is to large, we can arrange for shipment of CDs. I will modify your map to meet the scale that you wish.

I am using an outdoor large format, solvent ink printer. If you left your map outside in the sun it will last over a year. It will not smudge or tear. You can roll it up and store it. The largest size that I can print is 5' wide by 100' long.

(if I a breaking any rules with this post - I am sorry, please remove it and make me aware so that I will not make any more.)
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Posted: 07/20/2005 at 7:49am | IP Logged Quote slashdevnull

Well, Kinko's is sure getting enough advertising in this thread, so I'm not about to smack your post with my Hammer of Moderation +5.

There's someone else on the forums who prints maps for a small fee as well, and there's been no complaints about it.

I urge everyone to attempt to avoid commercial postings as much as possible, however. If it turns out that Dundjinni is spawning a cottage industry for map printing, maybe J.T. will add a seperate forum for that, or something.

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Posted: 07/29/2005 at 10:16am | IP Logged Quote Benzo20

Its 10 dollars a sqaure foot at Kinkos, that comes out to like 100$ per full size map. I think just using up tons of ink at your home is a lot cheaper.
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