Configuring Output Devices

In the most general sense everything you do on a computer is a form of input. Creating physical or even electronic drawings, on the other hand, are forms of output. Output devices are more commonly known as printers.

Large-format (24″ wide or larger) printers are marketed as “plotters” because of the history of technology. When I started my career more than 20 years ago, plotters had technical pens in them that you had to individually refill with ink. The paper (actually Mylar film) was rolled back and forth and the pens literally plotted one line at a time. Thankfully modern inkjet technology is much faster so you no longer wind up with clogged pens and ink on your hands.

In the following sections you will configure ...

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