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FONT CARTRIDGES FROM HEWLETT-PACKARD

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GENERAL INFORMATION

Hewlett-Packard makes a series of type products called the HP Master Type Library. These products consist of both scalable typefaces and fixed point size fonts called bitmaps. Bitmapped and scalable fonts are sold in cartridges, in collections of the most popular faces and preset sizes. These collections consist of carefully chosen sets of fixed size fonts or scalable typefaces that work well together for particular kinds of documents. They can be used with the LaserJet II, IID, IIP, III, IIIP, and IIID. Scalable font cartridges require PCL-5, and can be used with the HP printers that have it, as well as some others that do, such as the Brother HL-8V.

Note: The HP Font products are organized below by type. A parts table for each group is found at the end of its section. For price and ordering information or to place the item in your shopping cart, select a Part Number in the table.



SCALABLE CARTRIDGE COLLECTIONS

Scalable cartridges require a PCL-5 equipped printer, such as the LaserJet III, IIID, IIIP, or the Brother HL-8V. Printer resident scalable fonts save time: no waiting for downloading. They also save disk space as the host does not have to store outlines in printer format. Three scalable typeface collections are available from HP in cartridge form. Distinctive Documents 1 and Compelling Publications II are available in a second collection, and WordPerfect Scalable in a third. Diskettes containing screen fonts are available free from HP for users of applications that support screen fonts.

Part NumberDescription
C2050B FC, HP Distinctive Documents 1
C2050C FC, HP Brilliant Presentations I, Compelling Publications II (25 typefaces)
C2050D FC, HP WordPerfect, 26 Scalable



HP PostScript EMULATION CARTRIDGES

The HP PostScript cartridge contains authentic Adobe PostScript for the LaserJet IID, IIP, IIP Plus, III, IIID, and IIIP. HP never made a version for the LaserJet series II. HP's PostScript Cartridge contains the standard 35 Adobe typefaces. A minimum of 1 MB of add-on RAM is required and 2 MB is recommended. A minimum of four megabytes is required for duplex printing on the IID or IIID.

Revision Notes:

In 1991 HP revised the 33439P cartridge and gave it a new part number, 33439Q. The only change was the addition of the ability to print the name LaserJet IIIP on the start-up of LaserJet IIIP printers. The LaserJet IIIP did not exist when the 33439P PostScript cartridge was introduced. The 33439P cartridge does not have any known bugs and it will work with the IIIP, but it will not print the name correctly on the start-up page. The 33439Q cartridge exists in two versions. The original 33439Q cartridge will not work with the latest production HP III printers, which were built with the new LSI DC controller (RG1-2706-000). If the DC controller is part number RG1-1969-000 or RG1-0710-XXX, then either version of the Q cartridge or the P cartridge will work just fine. HP revised the Q cartridge to correct the problem, but decided not to create a new part number. HP places blue dots on he fixed ones, but these are easily removable. Evidently, there is no easy way other than testing the cartridge in a printer with a new DC controller to determine whether it is the old or the new Q version. HP offers any end-user who finds the incompatibility problem a free replacement. According to HP's tech support department, this is the only known problem with any of the PostScript cartridges. The 33439P and both versions of the 33439Q work in all IID, IIP, IIP Plus, IIID, and IIIP printers. It's only LaserJet III printers with RG1-2706-000 DC controllers that have the problem.

PostScript Level 2

In 1992 HP introduced the PostScript Plus cartridge, which contains PostScript Level 2 for the LaserJet III, IIID, and IIIP. PostScript Level 2 is compatible with all Level 1 drivers. Users who have Level 2 drivers will notice significant speed improvements when printing bitmapped graphics, as Level 2 contains data compression algorithms that reduce transmission times. All PostScript Plus cartridges are compatible with all versions of LaserJet IID, IIP, IIP Plus, III, IIID, and IIIP printers. LaserJet IIIsi and LaserJet 4 printers use PostScript on SIMMs instead of font cartridges.

The Printer Works can often offer bargains on used PostScript cartridges. Check the price list (by selecting a part number in the table) for part numbers with the "-R" suffix appended to the normal part number and ask our sales people about current specials.

Part NumberDescription
33439P FC, HP Adobe PostScript for IID/P, III/D
33439Q FC, HP Adobe PostScript for IID/P/P+, III/D/P
C2089A FC, HP Adobe PostScript Plus, Level 2 for IID/P/P+, III/D/P



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HP PCL5 CARTRIDGE FOR LASERJET IIP

The HP PCL 5 Cartridge brings scalable type, LaserJet III compatibility, and HP-GL/2 vector graphics to the IIP. PCL 5 can scale fonts from .25 to 999.75 points, in .25 increments. Text can be rotated to any angle and many special effects can be printed. The cartridge does not provide Resolution Enhancement Technology, which requires special hardware, not software, in the video controller. Eight built-in scalable typefaces (CG Times and Univers families of four) correspond exactly to the resident faces of LaserJet III printers. Additional scalable typefaces must be downloaded as needed, since the IIP only has a single cartridge slot. The PCL 5 cartridge is for use in the IIP only, and at least 1 megabyte of RAM must be added to the printer.

Part NumberDescription
C2088A FC, PCL 5 for HP LaserJet IIP



HP EPSON FX/IBM PROPRINTER EMULATION CARTRIDGE

The Epson FX/IBM ProPrinter Emulation cartridge allows HP LaserJets to be compatible with software that expects and IBM ProPrinter or Epson FX dot matrix printer. There are two versions of this product. The original version (Part Number 33477A) was compatible with the IID and IIP printers only. The new version also works with the IIP Plus, III, IIID, and IIIP printers.

Part NumberDescription
33498A FC, HP Epson FX/ProPrinter Emulation for IID, IIP, III, IIID, and IIIP



HP APPLETALK INTERFACE

Users of the HP LaserJet PostScript cartridge have the option of becoming Apple Macintosh compatible by adding an AppleTalk Interface Kit. A special version of the kit is designed for the HP IIP and IIIP, which do not have a video slot. The AppleTalk kit is not functional without additional RAM and the authentic HP PostScript cartridge installed.

Part NumberDescription
33416A AppleTalk Kit for HP LaserJet IID, III, IIID



HP BITMAPPED FONT COLLECTION CARTRIDGES

HP ProCollection, Part Number 92286PC

ProCollection offers 65 fonts designed for word processing and spreadsheets in a single cartridge (note that the HP LaserJet IID, IIP, III, IIID, IIIP AND IIIsi can all rotate portrait fonts to landscape). It contains the following type faces (with point sizes):

ASCII Symbol Set, portrait & landscape:
  • Letter Gothic (3.6, 6, 9.5, 12)
  • Letter Gothic Bold (12)
  • Letter Gothic Italic (12)
  • Courier (10)
  • Courier Bold (10, 12)
  • Courier Italic (10, 12)
  • Prestige Elite (7, 10)
  • Prestige Elite Bold (10)
  • Prestige Elite Italic (10)
  • Line Printer (8.5)

ASCII and Legal Symbol Sets, portrait:
  • Times Roman (8, 10, 12)
  • Times Roman Bold (10, 12)
  • Times Roman Italic (10, 12)
  • Helvetica Bold (14)

ASCII Symbol Set, portrait
  • Helvetica (8, 10, 12)
  • Helvetica Bold (10, 12)
  • Helvetica Italic (10, 12)

Legal Symbols Set, portrait
  • Courier (10, 12)
  • Courier Bold (10, 12)
  • Courier Italic (10, 12)
  • Prestige Elite (7, 10)
  • Prestige Elite Bold (10)
  • Prestige Elite Italic (10)

HP International Collection, Part Number 92286IC

The International Collection font cartridge contains about 22 fixed pitch and proportional fonts, intended primarily for word processing and spreadsheets with international characters. The cartridge contains all of the special characters needed for most Western European languages. (Note: the EMCA-94 Latin 1 and DeskTop symbols sets are also available when using the LaserJet IID, IIP, III, IIID, ans IIIP printers):

Roman-8, PC-8, PC-8 D/N, and OC-850 Symbol Set, portrait:
  • Univers Medium (6, 8, 10)
  • Univers Bold (8, 10, 12, 14)
  • Univers Italic (10, 12)
  • CG Times (8, 10, 12)
  • CG Times Bold (10, 12, 14)
  • CG Times Italic (10, 12)

Roman-8, PC-8, PC-8 D/N, and OC-850 Symbol Set, portrait & landscape:
  • Letter Gothic (3.6, 6, 9.5, 12, 14)
  • Letter Gothic Bold (12)
  • Letter Gothic Italic (12)
  • Prestige Elite (7, 10)
  • Prestige Elite Bold (10)
  • Prestige Elite Italic (10)
  • Courier Italic (12)

Part NumberDescription
92286PC FC, HP ProCollection
92286IC FC, HP International Collection



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C2053A SeriesHP C2053A SERIES BITMAPPED FONT CARTRIDGES

The following series of font cartridges are all fixed point (non-scalable) fonts for HP LaserJet series II and later printers (IID, IIP, III, IIID, IIIP). Each cartridge is a group designed to contain just the right combination of typestyles and symbols needed for specific kinds of documents. The contents of each group is listed below (with point sizes).

The quality of bitmapped fonts can be excellent if they have been hand-tuned for sharpness on 300 dpi Canon engines. Hand tuning renders print quality that is superior to the quickly-scaled-from-outline versions built on the fly by most 300 dpi PostScript printers. Modern rendering algorithms are improving, but most of these fonts look as good as 300 dpi can.

(Note that the HP LaserJet IID, IIP, III, IIID, IIIP, and IIIsi can all rotate portrait fonts to landscape.)

WordPerfect Font Cartridge

The HP WordPerfect cartridge contains 18 proportional fonts for word processing. All of these fonts can easily be selected from within WordPerfect with a built-in menu. The many size variations of Times are intended for text, subheadings, and footnotes. The large Univers is perfect for headlines.

Desktop Symbol Set, portrait:

Microsoft Font Cartridge

The HP Microsoft font cartridge contains some of the world's most famous typefaces in the most often needed point sizes for word processing with Microsoft Word and other applications that run under Windows, such as Excel.

ASCII, Roman-8 and ECMA-94 Latin Symbol Sets, portrait:

Polished Worksheets

Polished Worksheets is entirely mono spaced characters for creating tables in spreadsheets, database listings, and similar documents.

ASCII and Legal Symbol Sets, portrait & landscape:
  • Presentation Bold (16)

Roman-8 and ECMA-94 Latin 1, Legal, PC-8, PC- D/N and PC-850 Symbol Sets, portrait & landscape:
  • Prestige Elite (7, 10)
  • Prestige Elite Bold (10)
  • Prestige Elite Italic (10)
  • Letter Gothic (3.6, 12)
  • Letter Gothic Bold (12)
  • Letter Gothic Italic (12)

Persuasive Presentations

Persuasive Presentations is a combination of four contrasting typestyles, chosen for creating effective overhead transparencies. The faces lend themselves well to headlines, outlines, tables, graphs and short powerful statements. Line Draw and PC Line are included for graphs and borders.

ASCII and Legal Symbol Sets, portrait & landscape:
  • Letter Gothic (14)
  • Presentation Bold (14/16, 18/24)
  • Helvetica Outline Black (24)
  • Serif Black (24)

PC Line and Line Draw Symbol Sets, portrait & landscape:
  • Line Draw (14)
  • PC Line (4)

Forms Etc.

Forms Etc. is designed for use with forms creation software that needs text in small point sizes as well as line draw characters. Helvetica Black Condensed makes powerful looking titles. OCR-A is provided for scanners, which may need to read the numbers off the form. Many tax preparation programs require these fonts and line draw characters.

Roman-8, PC-8, and PC-850 Symbol Sets, portrait & landscape:
  • Univers (6, 8)
  • Univers Bold (8, 10, 12, 14)

Tax Line Draw Symbol Set,
portrait & landscape:

  • Tax Line Draw (12)

Tax Number Symbol Set,
portrait & landscape:
  • Helvetica Condensed Black (24)

OCR Symbol Set
  • OCR-A (12)

Bar Codes and More

Bar Codes and More contains all of the most common bar code and OCR symbols in one cartridge.

Roman-8 Symbol Set, portrait & landscape:
  • Letter gothic (9.5, 12, 14)

OCR Symbol Set, portrait:
  • OCR-A, OCR-B (12)

Line Draw Symbol Set, portrait & landscape:
  • Line Draw (12)

Code 3 of 9 Symbol Set, portrait:
  • Code 3 of 9 (12)

UPC Symbol Set, portrait:
  • EAN/UPC 10 mil (medium) (12)
  • EAN/UPC 13 mil (bold) (12)

Zip Code Symbol Set, portrait & landscape:
  • USPS Bar Code (12)

Text Equations

Text Equations is for creating technical publications with all the math symbols. Prestige Elite in 7 and 10 point are excellent for clean looking alpha-numeric characters in equations and formulae.

Roman-8 and Math-8 Symbol Sets, portrait:
  • Prestige Elite (7, 10)
  • CG Times (8, 10)

Math-7 and Pi Font Symbol Sets, portrait:
  • Prestige Elite (10)
  • CG Times (10)

Roman-8 Symbol Set, portrait:
  • Prestige Elite Bold (10)
  • Prestige Elite Italic (10)
  • CG Times Bold (10)
  • CG Times Italic (10)

Global Text

Global Text features the easy-to-read and friendly Century Schoolbook typeface, with all the foreign language symbols needed to communicate in many languages. For headlines that stand out clearly, the full-width sans serif Triumvirate Bold in 14 point is included. Triumvirate 10 point is perfect for easy-to-read charts and tables. Both of these faces are easy on the eyes and excellent for long documents. A complete set of international symbols, such as umlauts, accents, tildes, and other diacritical marks is included, as well as monetary and legal symbols, with each font.

Roman-8, PC-8 D/N, PC-850 and DeskTop Symbol Sets, portrait & landscape:

  • CG Century Schoolbook (8, 10)
  • CG Century Schoolbook Bold (10)
  • CG Century Schoolbook Italic (10)
  • CG Triumvirate (10)
  • Triumvirate Bold (14)

Pretty Faces

Pretty Faces includes large point type for creating covers and title pages, and other labels that require large type faces.

Portrait & landscape:
  • Microstyle (18)
  • Microstyle Bold Extended (36)
  • Hobo Medium (14, 30)
  • Signet Roundhand (14, 18)
  • Thunderbird Extra Condensed (54)
  • Zapf Dingbats (18, 36)
Part NumberDescription
C2053A#C01 FC, HP, WordPerfect
C2053A#C02 FC, HP, MicroSoft
C2053A#C03 FC, HP, Polished Worksheets
C2053A#C04 FC, HP, Persuasive Presentations
C2053A#C05 FC, HP, Forms, Etc.
C2053A#C06 FC, HP, Bar Codes and More
C2053A#C07 FC, HP, Text Equations
C2053A#C08 FC, HP, Global Text
C2053A#C09 FC, HP, Pretty Faces



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