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NP Series Support

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Release Notes

Technical Briefs

3.1 software release only

These briefs cover features available in the 1660 but not the 1600 series printer.

  • Adjusting Film Type
    How to use the Film Type encoding feature to compensate for changes in density between film lots. This is a more precise tool than adjusting DMAX.
  • Adjusting DMAX
    How to change the Maximum Density setting for DV Film.
  • Software Installation Guide
    Start-to-finish NP-1660 software installation guide including Printhead Profile calibration and an upgrade path chart.
  • DirectVistaTM Paper Media Installation
    This document is used in addition to the Media Loading and Handling guide below.
  • Soft Shutdown
    Front-panel shutdown feature. It is very important to perform a soft shutdown before switching the printer off.
  • Calibration Profile Update Diskette
    Describes how to load the NP-1660 thermal printhead Calibration Profile Update Diskette. NOTE: Before loading the diskette it is necessary to enter an activation key in the form "99printheadserialnumber00." The print head serial number is a 6-digit alphanumeric found on the calibration diskette.
  • Media Loading and Handling for 1660 Series Printers
    Installing DirectVistatm and ChromaVistatm media in the NP-1660 printer.
  • NP-1660 Menu Hierarchy
    A diagram showing the front panel menu hierarchy for Operating Software Release 2.2.1.
  • NP-1660 Menu Hierarchy
    A diagram showing the front panel menu hierarchy for Operating Software Release 2.3.0.
  • NP-1660 Menu Hierarchy
    A diagram showing the front panel menu hierarchy for Operating Software Release 2.3.x and higher.
  • Dmax Setting
    Allows the optical density of the black component of DirectVistatm Film to be specified.
  • Image Polarity
    An extension to the Gamma color management setting which allows image colors to be inverted. Black is mapped to white, and vice-versa.
  • Advanced Queuing Keys
    A new feature which allows the user to enter an Activation key specifying the type of media that color and grayscale images will be printed on when using DICOM or magneto-optical drives.
  • Media-Based User Preferences
    Allows Gamma, Contrast, Scaling, etc. to be specified for each media type from the front panel or via logical device 0.
  • Advanced Queueing
    Allows jobs to be processed and held until the correct media is loaded in the printer. Simplifies printing when using both DirectVistatm and ChromaVistatm media types.
  • Job Preferences
    An extension to logical devices which allows media type, size, color management and image processing options to be specified per print job.

Here are a complete set of our technical briefs for both the NP-1600 and NP-1660 in Adobe PDF format:
  • 35mm SlideMaker
    Introduces and explains Codonics' 35mm SlideMaker, the special FMF device which prints images identical to 35mm slides.
  • Activation Keys
    How to install, uninstall, and change PostScript, DICOM, ISG, etc. option activation keys.
  • Apple EtherTalk
    How to configure the Codonics printers to print using Apple's EtherTalk protocol.
  • Automatic Image Scaling
    Explains the 5 image scaling options built into the Codonics, their effects on image quality, and how to select them on the printer.
  • Bracketing of Gamma, Contrast, and TCR
    Explains the usefulness of Gamma, Contrast and TCR bracketing and how to make a bracketing print.
  • Captions
    How to install and remove captions. Captions are small images that appear on every page printed from the Codonics printer.
  • CE Declaration of Conformity
    CE conformance statement for all 1600, 1650 and 1660 printers.
  • Changing the Printer's EtherTalk Name and Zone
    How to telnet into the printer and change the EtherTalk Name and Zone. Please also see the Administration section of ImageWeb.
  • Contrast Enhancement
    Definition of contrast, and how to apply it to an image.
  • Fixed Multiformatting (FMF)
    An explanation of Fixed Multiformatting, the easy-to-use way to place multiple images on a single page.
  • FTP
    How to send images to the printer using FTP.
  • Gamma Correction
    Discusses the effects of gamma correction. The printer ships with a default gamma of 1.0, which many users find to be too dark. Usually, gammas between 1.5 and 2.5 work well.
  • ImageSense
    Imagesense is the technology that allows the printer to automatically recognize various file formats.
  • ImageWeb Integrated Printer Web Server
    An introduction to ImageWeb, the Netscape interface for uploading images to the Codonics NP-1600 and 1660.
  • Level-0 Reset
    Explains the function of a level-0 reset; in a nutshell, it returns the printer to its original configuration.
  • Logical Devices
    Introduces the various Logical or Virtual Devices on the Codonics printer and how to access them using LPR or FTP.
  • LPR and LP
    How to configure and use LPR or LP print services for UNIX. For information on installing LPR for Windows see the NP1600 Troubleshooting Guide.
  • Media Loading, International Version
    Includes instructions in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish for installing media into the NP-1600 series printers.
  • Medical Color Matching (MCM)
    Medical Color Matching is an image quality setting designed to match prints made from the Codonics printer to the images displayed on the monitors, particularly medical images.
  • NT 4.0 Driver Installation
    Instructions for installing the NT 4.0 driver, including LPR print services, on a Codonics printer. This driver will not work for NT workstations running on an Alpha processor. Please contact Codonics for more information if you are using NT for DEC Alpha.
  • Parallel Interface
    Configuring the printer to receive images using the parallel interface. Also includes instructions for command-line copying to the parallel port.
  • Paper and Transparency Sizes
    Lists the various media sizes available for the NP-1600 printer and their printable areas. Please contact Codonics for information on extra-long-wide and film medias for the NP-1660.
  • PostScript Antialiasing
    Antialiasing is a technique used to improve the look of text for PostScript images. If text is printing blocky or pixellated antialiasing can help smooth it out.
  • Soft Shutdown
    Software Release 1.6.0 and higher only: Front-panel shutdown feature. It is very important to perform a soft shutdown before switching the printer off.
  • Telnet
    Telnet is an indispensable tool for troubleshooting printing problems from the NP series printers.
  • TrueColorRendering (TCR)
    True-Color Rendering is an image correction used to desaturate prints.
  • Update Diskette Installation Procedure
    How to install an update diskette.
  • User Preferences
    User preferences allow each user to apply different gamma, contrast, TCR, etc. from the front-panel settings.
  • Variable Multiformatting (VMF)
    Variable Multiformatting allows the greatest possible control over placing, scaling individually, and overlaying images on a page.



Description Catalog Number
NP Series User's Manual
Manual, User's, NP 1600
NP Series User's Manual
Manual, User's, NP 1660
NP Series Service Manual
Manual, Service, NP 1600

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