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Windows / Server 2012
August 15, 2023, 03:01:23 PM
Recently had a power outage at work and now the file server is having issues.
It will randomly drop server shares only to let you connect back in a few seconds (less than a minute as far as I can tell).

I don't see any log files or events that show up on the server. Other network connections stay on, just a few of the shares drop.

Any ideas why this is happening?

Kodak Systems / Prinergy Server Hard Drive Died
July 15, 2021, 07:32:43 AM
anyone know the best way to replace a failed hard drive on a prinergy server?

Was in the server room yesterday and noticed a warning on the screen for the prinergy server. Looks like Drive 0 is toast.
I pulled the drive and hooked it up to my external drive kit and it won't spin up, not even make a clicking noise or anything.

can I get a similar drive, plug it in, let it rebuild itself, good to go or does this need a Kodak service call?


General Prepress / Not an IT guy
April 21, 2021, 02:37:08 PM
ok, we've been having issues with our email.
Some outgoing emails either get sent to spam folders or don't get delivered.
For the most part, we are able to receive emails, until now. Now we don't get any emails since Host Gator "fixed" it.

Our ISP is Spectrum
email address come from Host Gator
named servers are with Network Solutions
and then we throw in the Google g-suite / workspace.

Who do you think would be the one to call to fix the outgoing/incoming mail issue?

did I mention this was a cluster?

Golden rocket pony to who comes up with a winnnah!

any recommendations on how to get rid of this cluster and do it with someone else?

Other OS / Illustrator for a Chromebook
January 26, 2021, 04:49:27 PM
any you guys ever use a Chromebook for work?
what can I use for Illustrator like software?

We got a new Chromebook to use to feed a borrowed laser cutter (it needs either illustrator .ai  or Corel draw, pdf... yadayada), neither of which run on a Chromebook.

any ideas?
toss the Chromebook, get a windows box?
did I mention I hate jacking with anything google
Items Wanted / Xante Accel-A-Writer 3G
November 13, 2020, 10:36:22 AM
Looking for a fuser kit for the 3G printer...
can't find one online

or maybe a suitable replacement printer.


Adobe Illustrator / Type on a path with distortion
September 03, 2020, 03:16:12 PM
anybody got a clue how to do this?

Inner portion near the center is pinched leaving the outer portion un-pinched.

General Prepress / Need a Replacement NAS
June 23, 2020, 09:48:08 AM
Looking to replace the 12tb NAS raid that was recently hosed due to a power outage.
It was a WD My Cloud Mirror NAS with 2 6tb drives as a Raid 1 and of course all the data is gone, both drives are fried and nothing will either recognize them or reformat them.

Are there any better choices than WD?

Share please...

General Prepress / WD My Cloud Mirror - Drive fail
June 15, 2020, 09:17:07 AM
Hey, I got a WD My Cloud Mirror 12tb (2 6tb drives) that it appears that both drives have failed (solid red light on the drive LEDs).
Any of you guys know what would be the best way to replace these and get the data transferred to the new drives or is it too late and all my stuff is history?

sad panda here...
Adobe InDesign / Weird page arrow
February 28, 2020, 11:57:23 AM
Not sure how this is done, but I would like to un-do it.
At the bottom of the layout panel In Indesign 2020, there are arrows to navigate to the first, last or next pages.
I got an Indesign file that has the arrows reversed.
You normally click on the left pointing arrow, and it would take you to the previous page like from page 2 to page 1.
In this doc, it takes you from page 1 to page 2, just the reverse.
Screen caps attached to show.

Any ideas?
Digital Printing / Smartstream Designer for ID 2020
January 31, 2020, 10:29:52 AM
Any you guys got the new Smartstream plugin for Indesign 15 (2020)?
Can't seem to find a link.

Getting a lot of files in the new app but gotta save 'em back to use the 2019 version to send to the Indigo.

The Rest... / Outlook 365
December 19, 2019, 11:13:38 AM
for some bizarre reason, the accounting PC (running Win 7), refuses to send emails from Outlook.
I have quad-druple checked all the settings but still no joy.
When you go to do a new email, it makes a window and then puts it down in the task bar, but you can't open it or do anything.
The only way to send an email is to reply from a previously received email.

of course, when you troubleshoot it, microsoft can send test emails all day, but just not the actual person.

Any ideas?


General Prepress / Time Clock Software
October 23, 2019, 09:48:25 AM
Any you guys use a web based time clock?
If so, what is the name and how do you like it?
We are currently using MyADP.
They want to get away from this (for cost reasons) and go with something similar but not as pricey.

Adobe Acrobat / tool names
May 23, 2019, 10:03:50 AM
I must be blind or something, I cannot get the tool names to show in my acrobat anymore, all I see is the tool icon, no name.
What am I doing wrong?
General Prepress / Combine rows in excel to one row
February 13, 2019, 03:37:03 PM
Ok, I got one pain in the butt excel file.
It has several rows (not columns) that need to be combined into one cell, which if it was only a few, it wouldn't be that bad using the ole:
=A1&" "&A2&" "&A3&" "&A4&" "&A5 (except in this case it would be like e2, e3, e4, e5 and then e10, e11, e12, e13)

but, this file has lots of rows, some are 4 rows in one group, some are 3 rows in another group, then 4 rows, then another 4, etc...
( like e2, e3, e4 & e5 combined and then e10, e11, e12 & e13 combined, then e18 & e19, then another group...)

lather rinse repeat.
and this is for a variable data merge.

any suggestions?
a script perhaps?
a bigger margarita maybe?


Digital Printing / 3 part NCR on an Indigo Press
January 16, 2019, 11:31:25 AM
Have any you guys done this with sequential numbering (all 3 parts have a number on them and the next 3 with a different number, rinse repeat).
If so, how did you set it up?


Macintosh / Change an Apple ID
January 02, 2019, 11:01:27 AM
I have not done this yet and was wondering if any of you guys have tried this.
We have Macs here that have some of the software installed using an Apple ID of a person that no longer works here.
Is it possible to "reassign" the software to another Apple ID?
Or, do I have to uninstall and re-install with another Apple ID?


Macintosh / Need a good scanner for Mac High Sierra
October 15, 2018, 03:02:45 PM
anyone got any input on a scanner for Mac?
Our old Microtek 9800XL is too old to connect to any Mac we have, the Mac it was plugged into died. Can't find any software that works on the new OS and connects to an ole ass scanner.   

Needs to be at least 12x17 scan size, high res, yada yada yada

Any you guys got any tips or tricks on how to convert type into single strokes for engraving?
You can't just "convert to outlines", it gives you the entire shape.

General Prepress / Sabon... the font from hell
August 08, 2018, 01:16:04 PM
Trying to do a data merge with this font and it all goes to hell.
I knew I was gonna have problems when I couldn't make a PDF with that font (that looked like it was supposed to).

any suggestions?

Used Indesign CC 2018, and ID 2015, no help either way.

Windows / Adobe Cloud on Win 10
July 12, 2016, 09:15:38 AM
Anyone install Adobe cloud on a win 10 box?

Easy or hard?