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Alex Holcombe
• Ryo Nakayama


Skills Checklist
Python Programming
Psychopy/VisionEgg Installation Notes
R analysis,plot,stats
Buttonbox with photocell
Programming Cheat Sheets

Poster making

good design: see Zen Faulkes' blog

  • hp poster printer in psych IT area has roll paper width of 1065 mm
  • VSS 2011: Posterboards are 4’ (121.92 cm) tall x 8’ (243.84 cm) wide, however usable space is 228cm x 106cm
  • EPC 2011: poster sizes A0 portrait 84.1 x 118.9, or A1 any orientation 59 x 84

Bizarre printing problems, color stopping in middle of images etc., as with Pages: If you want to complex shapes and pictures, please group that object into a picture (because that object has two layouts is too awesome :) ). If you still lost some contents in your poster, the final weapon to fix the problem is to click the "advanced" button and then click print "as a image" when you printing with a PDF document. (but in this way, it takes more time.)

notes on making animated demos

VSS 2014 experience with printer settings

As in 2013 below (Pages->PDF->Acrobat on Windows) except checked both "Auto-Rotate and Center" and also "Choose paper source by PDF page size". Note that printable area of printer is slightly smaller than 1065 x 2280 mm, therefore do not have poster elements all the way up to the edge.

VSS 2013 experience with printer settings

Downloaded printer drivers from two different places for OSX, never found exact correct "HP DesignJet 500ps", although did find "HP DesignJet 500ps plus 42" etc.

Never found a way to get Pages to print the right size to the printer.

On Windows machine in corner of graphics lab, eventually found a way to print a PDF exported from Pages.

Used Adobe Acrobat

After trying many different combinations of paper layout and printer options, finally hit on the right combination, please see screenshots of print config screens below. Note the non-intuitive "Auto Rotate And Center" is checked, NOT "Choose paper source by PDF page size". The other image is of the screen that pops up if you click on printer Properties and in this case the printer is called "poster".

Making Diagrams and Figures (not graphs)

Inkscape is a free open source alternative to Adobe Illustrator.


Alex uses Keynote for simple drawings, and Keynote or better Pages for posters with many drawings. Powerpoint is also a possibility. Both can be frustrating for precision drawing

The university has a site license for Adobe Illustrator. It comes with the Adobe CS5 suite which you can download from here. You'll need a staff unikey to proceed.

Preserving high resolution

From an Excel graph, worked to paste it into Keynote, annotate with text. Export Keynote to PDF.

From R, save image command, which yields PNG. But unfortunately it is not infinitely high resolution (not entirely a vector art). But seems good enough, can import into Keynote.