Category: FYI

Busy week!

October 13th, 2015 in FYI

The convergence of two of our highest demand conferences has resulted in a very busy week for us.  If you have a print job that is not scheduled, it is crucial that you get the file to us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  That way we can work jobs in around all of the scheduled appointments.  File submission in advance via email is strongly encouraged.  Due to the sheer volume we are experiencing tests prints may not be feasible as the week progresses.

UROP Poster Printing 2014

September 29th, 2014 in FYI

I can’t believe that it is that time again but it is.  This year we have begun UROP poster-fest in earnest.  We expect to print at least twice as many posters as last year!

In light of this, there are a few highlights to bear in mind:

  • We are reserving 30 minute time slots for the physical printing of the posters. The time slot is for printing the final version. If you (or your advisor) are thinking about editing a proof copy, you will need to get the file to us in advance so that we can print the proof, you can review it with your team and make any changes PRIOR to your final time slot.
  • Please make sure that you have discussed with your advisor what they expect. I would expect that they would all like to review your data and ideas for the poster. It is YOUR responsibility to get their feedback prior to final printing.
  • There are limitations to the size of the poster that you can make/ we can print. There is a large amount of general information about the process and specifics about our system available at (
  • Due to the extreme high volume we are unable to trim your posters which means if they are designed with odd dimensions they will print centered with white margins above and below.
  • Please do NOT design an all black poster with white text.

You do not need to be present for the printing of the file, it is all done by staff.

Completed files may be submitted via email to

Completed posters will be available for pick up at the media center or outside LSE 602

Happy Holidays and Enjoy your Break

December 20th, 2013 in FYI

The Biomediacenter will not be staffed over intersession.  See you next year


Todd and Pete

A slightly sad, very happy day

September 25th, 2013 in FYI

After MANY years of valiant service, the Roland HiFi Jet printer has been retired.  It has been replaced with an HP z6200 42″ printer with 8 inks, ultra high resolution and amazing speed.

This new printer will be online as of today and should allow us to easily accommodate extra UROP posters as well as SFN folks.

You should still contact us well in advance for scheduling, we will just be able to schedule more now.


Very busy…

March 26th, 2013 in FYI

Happy Spring all,


Just a quick information item, due to a Fly Meeting and BU Scholars day we are busy for the next week.  If you are planning to print with us, it may already be too late.

Contact us asap to see if there is any time left.

ICM 2.0

February 19th, 2013 in FYI



Color management in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Microsoft Office 2000

You scan your team photo, insert it into a Microsoft PowerPoint® presentation, and painstakingly adjust the brightness to compensate for overexposure. But the printout still doesn’t look like the original. Don’t give up! Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and PowerPoint support Microsoft Image Color Management (ICM) 2.0 (in Microsoft Windows® 98 and 2000) to help achieve consistent color matching and fidelity from screen to printer or even from program to program.

Note Because Windows NT® 4.0 does not provide color management, users could see color mismatching on monitors and printouts when using Microsoft Office 97, Office 97 SR-2, or Office 2000 on Windows NT 4.0.

How does color management work?

Color management performs three main functions to improve color consistency: mapping colors between programs, transforming colors, and providing accurate on-screen or print previews for color correction. Without a standard color management system, programs generate their own colors and settings, and consistent color interchange is limited.

ICM 2.0 uses a default standard RGB (sRGB) color space, created by Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft. For images that do not have an embedded profile and for images that are not specifically tagged with other color information, sRGB ensures that colors are represented in a way that looks best on the widest range of devices. Although sRGB is not a perfect color space, it is characteristic of the majority of devices on which color is and will be viewed.

What formats are supported?

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint use ICM 2.0 services. Images in bitmap (BMP), Joint Photographic Experts Group (JPEG), and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) formats are interpreted in the color space described by their embedded color information, including International Color Consortium (ICC) profiles. However, the embedded color information for Tagged Image File Format (TIFF) and encapsulated PostScript (EPS) format is not handled and the image is interpreted as if it were in sRGB space. On-screen, ICM 2.0 is applied only to bitmap images (not text or vector graphics), whereas in print, ICM is applied to all content if the printer driver supports it. ICM 2.0 also works in conjunction with other color modifications, such as brightness, contrast, and grayscale.

Why is it so difficult to get consistent colors, anyway?

Monitors, scanners, and printers produce color in different ways. Monitors and scanners are based on the “additive” color system, which uses red, green, and blue (RGB). These devices start with black and then add red, green, and blue to achieve colors. Printers, on the other hand, are based on the “subtractive” color system, typically using cyan, magenta, yellow, and black (CMYK). Printers begin with white and subtract red, green, and blue to achieve colors and black. Because each device determines how its colors appear, RGB and CMYK are known as device-dependent color spaces.

***We will be unable to print any additional (unscheduled) jobs for UROP 2012***

October 15th, 2012 in FYI

We strongly encourage people who have not yet made an appointment for printing to consider other providers.

We are fully booked in the remaining time before Friday.  Thank you.

October in the BioMediaCenter

September 28th, 2012 in FYI

Happy Autumn all,


This October promises to be a very busy month.  The media center will be closed for Columbus day on the 8th.  SFN 2012 starts the 13th.

We have also reserved a large part of the time for UROP poster for the Biology Department prior to the UROP symposium on the 19th.

To make it a little more interesting, from the 18th-26th, Peter will be unavailable so it will just be Todd.

Please plan ahead and contact us early to schedule a time.

UROP 2012-Can’t believe it is that time again.

September 28th, 2012 in FYI

Hello UROP poster people,

If you are new to the game we have some suggestions from the UROP office that we have elaborated on and customized to make your (and our) lives easier.

Check it out

The Poster session is Friday October 19,2012.

Don’t wait until the last minute to reserve your time slot for printing.

There will be very limited availability for unscheduled print jobs.


Some waited again…Some are still waiting…

October 18th, 2011 in FYI

Hello Frenzied Poster People,


It appears that in spite of warnings many have found themselves in a very tight spot.

We are booked pretty much beyond solid.

That being said, if you have  a question or a problem or a poster that is ready early, let us know!

Right now we are attempting 20 posters in the next 16 hours.

Please be on time for appointments or better yet e-mail your file in advance to



Frenzied Poster Makers