At the end of every spring semester I set out to prep my course materials for the fall semester. One of the things I routinely do is give the display case in the Stafford building a makeover. That usually means take out the old stuff and replace it with exciting looking new stuff. For the last couple of years, I included photos of students doing classroom activities like a student working on a PC, crimping a plug onto a network cable or testing a cable run.
The displays were okay but the problem was they always looked rather small because they were printed on a normal sized sheet. Of course, a solution would be to find a program that allows the user to take a good quality digital photo and break it into chunks that can be printed and reassembled similar to the way a billboard is created. My answer came in the April issue of PC World magazine in the form of freeware called Easy Poster Printer.
Made by GD Software, Easy Poster Printer can create posters of any size up to twenty meters square. After the user specifies the end size, the software chunks the picture into smaller pieces that may be printed on a regular printer. It operates with drag-n-drop simplicity, the poster size can be defined in millimeters, centimeters, inches, etc and custom formats may also be configured.
To find the program, search Google for the name Easy Poster Printer or go to the download area of PC World at find.pcworld.com/69477. Download the zipped file (epp.zip) to the PC, unzip it and run the executable. Get to know the program a little and I suggest printing a small project first before tackling something larger; a mistake here could cost a lot of wasted ink and paper.
Ron Poland is a professor in the Computer Information Systems AAS program at Clinton Community College. Poland is certified in computer repair and networking by the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). He is also a Cisco certified network assistant. Questions may be sent to him via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.