i experienced slow printing on hp designjet printers also. with win xp pro and acad 2004|
before that we used acad 14 so i dont know if it is just acad 2004 or that it also would have been slow on acad 2000, acad 2000i and acad 2002. i guess it would because someone told me that since acad2000 the printing gets done by a windows system, converting mm to pixels first and then from pixels to mm again before sending to the printer.
i dont know if this REALY is the problem of the slo printing.
i think the sending to the plotter takes longer on the slow plotter, because the plotter processes the date to in that case, so it doesnt accept the data from your pc as fast as otherwise. i think this because the option about lines merge/ overlap change, cause the plot to take much longer.
the effective diffenece besides plotting time is that in the fast plot version thin lines wont be thinner then 0.25 mm and the slow version gives the right result. (we use thin lines such as 0.13 mm so we cant use the fast way.
though i think the thick lines should not happen even in the fast plot way, but maybe it was done so, so that people that dont use thin lines dont also have to wait as long as when the plotter processes the plotfile after receiving.
i also tried to install the acad hdi drivers, to send hpgl2 directly to the printer, but that doesnt speen up anything.
i realy think this is a problem hp should work on, or explain their decisions made when they wrote the driver, and explain why they did / what was their problem