Hewlett-Packard Co., aiming to improve
collaboration and reduce design review cycles, has shipped the new HP ePrint & Share and HP Designjet T2300 eMultifunction
Printer (eMFP), a Web-ready, large-format printing solution.
The HP ePrint & Share platform lets architects, engineers and construction professionals directly scan project files to the cloud, quickly print and access plans from the road, share designs with remote project teams and seamlessly collaborate with design partners around the world. HP ePrint & Share will be accessible from the touch screen of the HP Designjet T2300 eMFP- a Web-ready, large-format printer with scan, print and copy functionality. Designed to accommodate collaborative and mobile work styles, the new printer allows technical design professionals to easily scan and upload documents to the Web and to print drawings wherever needed, HP officials said.
As part of their on-going collaboration, Autodesk will do its part to facilitate collaboration around the new print platform. Autodesk software bundled with every HP Designjet T2300 eMFP will include the HP ePrint & Share plug-in, which allows customers to simplify their printing directly from AutoCAD, and AutoCAD Raster Design, a module that enables the full scanning and vectorization of sketches, printed plans or blueprints.
"With the new HP Designjet T2300 eMFP, architects and designers can scan existing drawings and blueprints, and then rasterize and vectorize them through AutoCAD Raster Design, and then bring them into AutoCAD for editing," said Amy Buszel, senior director, AutoCAD Products, Autodesk in a prepared release. "Beginning a project with a CAD file instead of manually creating a design in AutoCAD based on paper files are a much more efficient process."
Also bundled with each HP Designjet T2300 eMFP is a 30-day trial version of Softcover International's Scan2CAD software. Customers who have purchased an HP Designjet T2300 eMFP also will be entitled to a significant discount on Scan2CAD software, version 8.
With Scan2CAD, users can quickly scan drawings and printouts into Drawing eXchange Format (DXF) files suitable for editing in any CAD program using Softcover's automatic raster-to-vector and PDF-to-CAD conversion technologies. The program can extract CAD-editable data from a variety of formats, including single- or multipage vector PDFs, single- or multipage raster PDFs, single- or multipage hybrid PDFs (raster and vector), and scanned (raster) images created with desktop/large-format scanners and saved in many standard image file formats, including BMP, CAL, CIT, JPEG, TIFF and PNG.