How do I set up the orientation and zone on my Fastback P31 Printer?

posted this on May 24, 2016

Using your PowisPrinter Fastback P31 it is possible to print high quality titles, graphics and text on your Fastback binding strip. However, to get the results that you want you will need to know how to use the various settings on your P31. This article will provide you with simple instructions for setting the orientation and zone on your PowisPrinter. These important settings are extremely important for getting the results that you are looking for when you print strips using the Fastback P31.

The orientation and zone keys on the PowisPrinter help you create original and interesting Binderstrip titles. By using these keys, you can print text across, up and down, sideways, in the middle, at the bottom, at the top, in all areas of the strip! The orientation and zone keys are located in the bottom left corner of the keyboard, on and above the book image.

When you are printing titles on Fastback binding strips, the zone keys and the orientation keys are extremely important. In fact, every time you go to print a title on your binding strip you will need to choose the zone (top, middle or bottom) and the orientation of your text (landscape, stacked or portrait). In addition to these settings, you are also able to select the font that you would like to use, the font size for your text and the font type style that you would like to use. You can even add a graphic or a logo. These settings will be dealt with in another article that discusses the menus of the Fastback P31 PowisPrinter.

Zone Keys: Placing Your Text

The zone keys are located on the spine of the book image. They represent the different “zones” of a book’s spine – the top zone, middle zone, and bottom zone. When you want to put text in a certain zone, you just press the corresponding key. For example, if you want your text in the middle of the Binderstrip, press the Middle Zone key. Or if you want text at the top, press the Top Zone key. It’s that easy. And remember, you can put text in one zone, two zones, or even all three zones of one Binderstrip.

Orientation Keys: Setting Up the Direction of Your Text

Within each zone, you have to decide how to orient your text. That’s where the orientation keys come in. The orientation keys are the three small round buttons labeled with ABCs, located above the book image. They orient the text in three different ways: Landscape, Stacked, or Portrait. If you have a lot of text to print you will probably want to choose the Landscape mode. The stacked mode will only allow you to print one line of text per zone. Portrait orientation will normally only provide room for a few characters on the edge of the spine. Of course, the wider the spine of your book the more room there will be for portrait printing.

Take a few minutes and try printing some text using different zones and orientations. You will find that there are some great options available to you using your PowisPrinter. You can even put a landscape title in the middle of your strip and a portrait label on the bottom of your spine. Try it for yourself and see.

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