At the P&CC, we understand needing a print job in a rush. That’s why we offer on-the-spot printing for all standard jobs, such as essays or assignments. Standard jobs qualify any colour or black-tone printing on stationary at letter (8.5″ x 11″), legal (8.5″ x 14″), and tabloid (11″ x 17″) sizing. Depending on the size and specific needs of your job, you have several options for printing.
The first step at the P&CC is being able to access your document for printing. You can bring your document in on a USB, or pull it up on one of our walk-up computers via your email, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. We always recommend printing from a .PDF, but you can send any type of document to our printers as long as it is supported by standard Microsoft or Windows applications.
SMALL DOCUMENT PRINTING AND COPYING
If you come to the P&CC in a hurry, and only need a few pages printed in black and white, you have the option of printing on Tiny Dancer, our self-serve black and white copier. Tiny Dancer is meant to accommodate jobs of 20 pages or less to keep the machine accessible for quick document printing.
Because Tiny Dancer is self-serve, as soon as you hit “print” on the computer it will automatically queue up and print on the copier. This means that our staff won’t be able to check your settings for you before printing, and the customer is responsible for the settings that have been determined for the print job. When using Tiny Dancer it’s important you check the print preview on your screen for formatting, single or double sided printing, page size, greyscale settings, etc. to ensure the printed document meets your expectations.
Once your document has printed, you can collect it from the self-serve copier, pay for your document(s), and be on your way!
FULL-SCALE DOCUMENT PRINTING AND COPYING
Any larger jobs (above 20 pages) or any colour printing must go through our staff operated copiers: Charlotte, Polarbird, and VarioPrint. A list of all currently available copiers is located in-store by the walkup computers so that customers can determine which copier will be able to fulfill their specific print needs. You always have the option of printing less than 20 pages to these machines – you never have to use our self-serve printer if you want us to make sure your settings are correct! Using the staff operated copiers takes the pressure off of customers to be responsible for setting the correct print settings as staff can adjust the details of the print on the copiers, unlike Tiny Dancer. If you’re interested in alternative stationary for your document we also have a sample book of our paper types in store. If you see a stationary you like a staff can switch in the correct paper before printing, allowing your document to truly meet your expectations for the perfect print.
After sending your document from our computers to the staff operated copiers, we ask that you complete a Print Ticket before heading over to request staff assistance. The Print Ticket allows us to keep track of your print details, including which computer the document was sent from, whether you want it to be single-sided or double-sided, colour or black and white, stapled or hole-punched, your preferred stationary type, and more! All of these settings can be changed on the printers as long as the original document was formatted correctly.
Once you’ve handed your Print Ticket off to our staff, they’ll print your document for you, and return your print ticket with the reverse side completed with the details of your order for the staff at the cash register. Once you’ve checked that you’re happy with your printed document, and you have your print ticket you can be on your way to pay!
Signs are posted around the walk up computers to help customers with recommended settings for both Tiny Dancer and the staff operated copiers. Additionally, staff will always be happy to help customers who need assistance with checking the settings on their print job. As such, any pages printed to Tiny Dancer must be paid for by the customer; we pay for all prints that go through our machines and can’t cover misprints from self-serve that could have been avoided. Any misprints that are a result of customer-error on our major copiers must also be paid for by the customer (such as formatting, content-errors, or sending a black and white job to a colour printer). Otherwise, you will never have to pay for a misprint on our machines if it is due to operator-error, or machine-error. Any questions about misprints can be directed to a manager in store.