Printing in the Information Commons

Printing Tips - Read this before sending a job to a printer!


BUC$ Account and Printing

Pharos Print Prices and Quota Scheme


BUC$ Account and Printing

September 29 , 2008

BUC$ is a prepaid debit account on your ID card that can be used to pay for printing when your quota is exhausted, library photocopying, paying fines, and vending.

If you have a BU ID card and a meal plan, you have a BUC$ account.

If you have a BUC$ Account...

...and your print quota is exhausted, add funds to your account online OR use the BUC$ Machines in the Bartle Library, Science Library, and University Downtown Center. You can also call or visit the Meal Plan Office just outside the Susquehanna Room, Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., 607-777-6000.

To add funds using cash swipe your card in a BUC$ Machine and follow the directions. At this time, credit cards cannot be used to add funds to your account.

Do not purchase a new BUC$ card from the machine. It will not allow you to print black & white or color pages in the Information Commons. Read more.

If you don't have a BUC$ account...

...find out how to set one up here.

... you can purchase a card from the BUC$ Machine for $1.00. You must then add funds to the card using the same machine. This card only allows you to print using the Libraries' community printer, not the Information Commons printers.

About Printing and the BUC$ Cards Purchased from BUC$ Machines

Funds on a BUC$ card purchased from a BUC$ Machine are not related to BUC$ accounts on BU ID cards.

The funds on the BUC$ card can not be used to print pages from the Information Commons printers.

In the Libraries, the BUC$ card can only be used to photocopy, print to the Community Printers and pay fines. See other uses.


Printing Tips for PDF and PowerPoint Files

September 29, 2008

To avoid commons problems and save time and paper, know these tips for printing large PDF and PowerPoint files.

PDFs

Problem: PDF files take a very long time to print

Cause: The file size of the PDF is large due to one or more of these conditions:

  • 10 or more pages
  • many graphics/images
  • many fonts

Solution: Break down print job into smaller pieces. Print 5 or less pages at a time

Problem: 900 RIP Service error on printer LED display

Solution: Inform on-duty student consultant of this error

DO NOT print this job from another printer as the same error will occur

DO reprint the PDF choosing 'Print as Image' from the Adobe Acrobat application, not the browser.

 

PowerPoint

Problem: PowerPoint files are taking a very long time to print

Cause: File size is very large due to one or more of these conditions:

Fancy backgrounds that may have borders, colors or images usually in full reverse (negative image - white lettering on black or colored backgroud).

  • 10 or more pages
  • many graphics/images
  • many fonts

Solution #1: File>Print>Print What: Outline

This will print only text in the slides. Images and graphics will be eliminated. If you need to print a slide with an image or graphic, print individual slide separately.

Solution #2: Break down print job in smaller pieces. Print 5 or less pages at a time. (Printing 5 pages of six slides per page = 30 slides.)

Solution #3: Ask your professor or TA if there is a printer-friendly version available.

 

 Any Application

Problem: Sent job to printer queue, job does not appear at the Pharos Release Station

Cause #1: Make sure you sent job to the correct printer queue

Cause #2: Extremely large size of file

The file size of the job is large due to one or more of these conditions:

  • 10 or more pages
  • has many graphics/images
  • has many fonts

Solution #1: Break down print job into smaller pieces by printing 5 or less pages at a time.

Solution #2: Ask your professor or TA if there is a printer-friendly version available.


New Pharos Print Prices and Quota Scheme

August 20 , 2008

Simplex (1-sided ) $0.05 per page

Duplex (Two-sided) $0.03 per side

Color (Simplex only) $0.40 per page

New Pharos Quota Scheme: Every student receives an initial seed of $7.50. The quota is credited by $2.25 each week. Unused quota remains available until the end of the semester. This permits 825 simplex pages or 1375 duplex pages.

  • Simplex (1-sided ) $0.05 per page
  • Duplex (Two-sided) $0.03 per side
  • Color (Simplex only) $0.40 per page

Pharos Print Quota can be used only for Black & White laser printing. A BUC$ account must be used to pay for color laser printing.

When the quota is exhausted, a BUC$ account must be used to pay for printing. Your BU ID is your BUC$ card.

If you do not have a BUC$ account, visit or call Meal Plan Office to set one up.