Center Services

Access to center supported ESRI software and support for projects using GIS are provided at no charge to the UWF community. We are also able to provide large format printing and full GIS or cartographic services for a fee to offset material or staff costs.


Large Format Printing

The GeoData Center is equipped with a new 44 inch roll-feed Epson large-format printer capable of producing professional quality color printed materials. This device is commonly used to print posters for conference presentations, large maps, and banners. We provide printing services at a discounted rate for UWF faculty, staff and students to cover material costs. The cost of a print job depends on the paper type selected and the square footage of printed area.

We require at least 48 hours turnaround time from the time we receive your poster file to complete your print order (excluding weekends). Because printing supplies can run out and staff may go out of town, it is also strongly encouraged that you notify us as far in advance as possible to when you will be submitting an item for printing.

ServiceUWF/PSCExternal
Large Format Printing
Plain (Bond) $4 sqft $6 sqft
Semi-Gloss $6 sqft $8 sqft
Hi Gloss Photo $8 sqft $10 sqft
Display additional Information and Guidelines on Printing

Software and File Formats

Microsoft Publisher is the recommended software platform for designing and submitting your poster. Adobe products such as InDesign or Illustrator are also good for design purposes but must be converted to PDF format before being submitted. Microsoft Powerpoint, although widely used, is discouraged for anything but the simplest poster designs as powerpoint files frequently look different printed than they do on your computer screen. It is not uncommon for PowerPoint posters to print with missing graphics, mismatched colors or incorrect formatting. Publisher has a similar interface to Powerpoint and is included with the University licensed MS Office package installed on most campus computers as well as the computers in our lab, so we advise you to use it instead. Please email us if you plan on using any other format to make sure we have the ability to open it.

Formatting & Design

Posters must be no larger than 44 inches on one side. It is usually advisable to set the paper size to exactly 44" to avoid uncessary cuts after it is printed. The second side can be either smaller or larger than 44", theoretically up to 100 feet. Remember when sizing your document that larger posters tend to be more difficult for viewers to navigate (in addition to being more expensive). Note that margins of 0.5 inch or larger are required on each side, so depending on your software you may need to set your page to 43" if it is measuring editable space rather than paper size (as in PowerPoint).

If you are using non-standard fonts be sure and enable "embedded fonts" in your poster file. If you cannot or do not know how to do this then make a copy of the font files you are using and bring them with you. In Windows your fonts are stored in a folder that is easily accessed from the Control Panel.

Other Tips

  • Don't attempt to 'up-scale' your graphics and photos. Printing pictures larger than they actually are will make your final product look pixelated or distorted.
  • Choose font sizes that can be read from about 4 feet away. Anything smaller than 20-point is probably too small, though obviously this depends on your needs.
  • Dark backgrounds are discouraged. Besides consuming very large amounts of ink, dark backgrounds may oversaturate the paper and cause it to wrinkle or smudge.
  • Always preview your poster on your screen at 100% and have a colleague proofread it before submitting. It is also a good idea to print a small copy on a regular color printer for proofing. Printing a full size draft copy is cost-prohibitive and we will have to charge for printing multiple copies due to design errors.
  • Our new printer's ink is pigment-based ink rather than dye based so colors fading over time is no longer an issue. The new ink is also much more resistant to moisture, though we don't recommend testing this (as it is still printed on paper).

Marketing and Creative Services can provide high resolution UWF logos for use on posters.

GIS Services

The center can also provide GIS, cartographic, and other geospatial services beyond short consultations for a fee to recoup staff and material costs. The fees collected allow us to devote time to sponsored research while improving our services. GIS services can be procured hourly for short projects and map design or longer staff time-buyouts for lengthy research projects.

  • Map design and production
  • Spatial Analysis / GeoStatistics
  • Address Matching / Geocoding
  • GPS Mapping and Data Collection
  • GIS Project Development and Management
  • Geo-Database Design
  • Web Mapping Development

Contact Nathan McKinney for details.

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