University of St. Thomas

Print your file directly to our print center.

Using the "SCOOP" Print Driver

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"Print" Your Files to Us

No need to find and attach your file to an email, instead you simply "print" the file from your application. The file is automatically sent to our Website. You can also enter your requirements and see an immediate proof - no need to wait. You even get a instant confirmation of receipt for peace of mind!

  1. Start Web Browser. When you are ready to "print" the file to us, start your Web browser if it's not already running.
  2. File->Print. It's like printing to your ink jet or laser printer. Simply print your file and choose our "SCOOP" printer instead of your ink jet or laser printer.
  3. Paper Size. Select the document's paper size. Choose "Postscript Custom Paper Size" if your document's images or colors bleed off the edge, or if your document paper size is not listed.
  4. Send. Your Web browser will open our Website. Select a print ticket, enter your information, and click Send.
    (OS X only) - If your Web browser was not running when you clicked "print", the Print Center will show a printing error. Start your Web browser and restart the failed print job.

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Using our Website Order Forms

After you select our driver and click Print, your Web browser will take you to our Web page.
  1. Choose a Print Ticket. On our Web page, choose an order form from the list (You may be asked to sign in).
  2. Send. Enter information about this file, click Send at the bottom of the page.
  3. Confirmation. You will receive an email in a few minutes or so confirming your file and information were received.

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Proofing your document

  1. Use Proof Link. You will receive an email from us confirming the file was received and containing a proofing link.
  2. View PDF. Use the link to view, print, or download a PDF proof of the document you sent us (you will need Adobe Reader). The proof shows you what we will be printing, but at a lower image quality.
  3. Accept Proof. After viewing the proof, close the proof window. Click the Accept Proof button to notify us the document is correct and ready to for us to print.

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Changing Typos in Your Document

  1. Reject Proof. If you see typos or other items to change, close the proof window. Click Reject Proof to notify us the document is NOT correct and is NOT ready to for us to print.
  2. Make Changes. Make the changes in your original document.
  3. File ->Print. Click the File menu and select the Print command. Select our driver again and Print. Your document will now "print" to our Website and the process above repeats.

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Fonts & Word Wrapping

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Switching Printing Devices May Affect Your Document

It is important to note that each printing device has different capabilities and specifications. They may print at different resolutions, support different fonts, or require different page margins. Each device is controlled by software called a Print Driver (a.k.a printer driver).

Whenever you create a new document, your program adjusts the document to work within the capabilities of your print driver. If you build your document using one print driver, then switch print drivers when printing, your program will do its best to accommodate your change. However, you may find unexpected changes, such as font substitution or word wrapping, have occurred as a result of the switch.
The sections below discuss these issues in more detail, and provide suggestions on how to avoid them. Using our "SCOOP" print driver to create your document will help prevent many of these problems when it comes time to print your file to us.

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Screen Font Substitution

Screen font substitution occurs when a font such as "Venice" is available on the printer, but is not installed on your computer's hard drive. Windows will allow you to choose this font, but will display another font, such as "Times", on the computer screen.

To avoid screen font substitution issues, use only fonts available on your computer. While not always possible, this solution works best. If you choose fonts that are not installed on your computer, the printed version of your document may look different than what you see on screen.

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Printer Font Substitution

Printer font substitution occurs when your document specifies a font that is not installed on your computer, nor on your printer device. In this case, a different font will be substituted for the missing font when the document is printed. If you are lucky, the font will look similar, but there is no guarantee that this will be the case.

To avoid font substitution issues, choose our "SCOOP" print driver when you first create the document. Sometimes this is not possible. If you switch print drivers after building your document, our automated proof is a handy way to verify the document.

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Word Wrapping

Word wrapping occurs when the flow of text changes when a print driver is changed. This could be as small as a single word at the end of one line wrapping to the beginning of the next line, or as large as reflowing your entire document. When you switch print drivers, the document margins may change to meet the requirements of the new printer. Font substitution can also cause word wrapping.

To avoid word wrapping issues, choose our "SCOOP" print driver when you first create the document. Sometimes this is not possible. If you switch print drivers after building your document, check your document for word wrapping changes. Make any needed adjustment. Our automated proof is a handy way to verify the document.

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