Canon iPF680 Printer
The Canon imagePROGRAF iPF680 24-inch large format printer builds on Canon’s award winning line of 5-color printers, and provides enhancements in both hardware, and software capabilities. The iPF680 device is capable of producing an Arch D (24” x 36”) print in up to 25 seconds using Economy mode! The printer has the capability of accommodating 300ml ink tanks, geared towards lowering the cost per print. The included Sub-ink tank system allows for users to use all of the ink in the tank before replacing, while also replacing the empty ink tanks on-the-fly without having to stop a job mid-print and sacrifice print quality.
From a software perspective, the iPF680 printer comes loaded with user-friendly software solutions that are ready to be used right out of the box. Direct Print & Share, Canon's cloud-based portal solution1, is available as a download and allows for files to be uploaded, downloaded, shared and printed from almost anywhere in the world! Also downloadable is a mobile printing app, imagePROGRAF Print Utility2, allows for PDFs to be printed through use of an Apple© iPad©. The Accounting Manager software allows users to track job costs, while the Print Plug-in for Microsoft Office enables for documents created with Word, Excel or Powerpoint to be printed in large format. And to improve versatility, the iPF680 printer has a Media Configuration Tool which allows customers to optimally utilize their Canon-branded media in creating their desired output.
Canon Large Format Overview
Dye/Pigment Reactive Ink Set:
The 5-Color ink set found in the imagePROGRAF iPF680 printer is ideal for technical applications. This ink technology utilizes four highly colorfast dye inks for producing bold, expressive color, plus a channel of pigment matte black ink for printing precise lines, smooth curves and small text on technical and office documents. Also included is a newly formulated magenta ink that helps produce a wider color gamut in the red and orange spectrums, compared to previous models. These Canon inks provide superb adhesion to media, scratch and marker resistance and help ensure minimal "bleeding" between colors and text. Even small text printed on colored backgrounds or on uncoated technical papers is crisp and legible.
The imagePROGRAF iPF680 printer has the ability to output a D (24" x 36") sized drawing in Economy mode in approximately 25 seconds! When you need to keep projects moving forward and meet deadlines, this kind of speed is critical. Powering these incredible print speeds is Canon's L-COA (Large Format Printer COmmon Architecture) print controller, driving the imagePROGRAF print engine to lay down ink with exceptional speed and precision. This high-speed processor enables the print system to process large volumes of data while optimizing output of complex high-color GIS images and architectural renderings for maximum readability and color accuracy.
Large Capacity Ink Tanks:
The iPF680 printer supports ink tank sizes of 300ml, along with the available 130ml tanks, with the former helping to lower the ink cost per print. Tanks can also be mixed and matched based on user preference.
Sub-Ink Tank System:
unique sub-ink tank system allows for users to use all of the ink
that's available in a tank before having to replace it, helping
eliminate any wasted ink. The empty tanks can also be replaced
on-the-fly without stopping the printer. This is extremely useful during
long print jobs.
Economy Print Mode:
total ink consumption when utilizing the Economy Print Mode by producing
draft prints on select media. This feature regulates the use of all
inks to produce quick check plots to help minimize the cost per print.
integrated stacker/basket provides the capability to neatly stack up to
twenty Arch D plain paper prints. The stacker basket can be configured
as a regular basket, a small stacker or a larger flat-positioned basket.
Precision Printing: High-Density PF-04 Print Head
for speed and advanced image production, this printer boasts Canon's
print-head technology that lays down ink with exceptional speed and
accuracy. The PF-04 print head incorporates a nozzle orifice shape to
help minimize mist spray, producing clean lines and text. The
high-precision, high-density print head, with a total of 15,360 nozzles,
lays down 4 picoliter-size ink droplets that produce sharp detail and
excellent image quality. The result is consistently accurate 2400 x 1200
dpi output with fine lines that are accurate to ±0.10% and as thin as
Direct Print & Share:
Print & Share software is a cloud portal solution that helps users
to expand their printing workflow. Available as a free download, this
software gives users the ability to upload documents to their own
account using any WebDAV compliant1 cloud service, and have those
documents printed from almost anywhere. Easily share a variety of file
types and print PDFs, TIFFs, JPEGs, and HP-GL/2 files through the
user-friendly interface, and even have the ability to do batch printing!
In addition to these features, users can set-up hot folders on their
desktop for easy shortcut printing, by being able to simply drag and
drop the files they wish to print into these folders and see the job
spool automatically. Users can set up multiple folders each with their
own customized settings, allowing for multiple jobs to be run with ease.
imagePROGRAF Print Utility:
Print Utility is Canon's mobile app for wireless printing via an Apple©
iPad© to an imagePROGRAF printer2. Through use of the app, users have
the ability to preview their PDF file, utilize some of the great basic
settings seen in their Canon Printer Driver such as selecting the number
of copies, paper orientation, and quality, and then send their print to
one of the imagePROGRAF 5-Color Printers sharing the same network.
imagePROGRAF Print Utility is available for download free of charge
through the iTunes App Store.
Canon Printer Driver:
Windows® and Macintosh® drivers incorporate simplified page setup
options, one-touch borderless printing, expanded color settings, and
much more into a printer driver that is intuitive and easy-to-operate
while still giving even the most advanced users the tools needed to stay
The Real Preview feature helps users check that the
print setting and the layout on the roll paper are correct by providing
real time preview, allowing users to change the print setting even after
clicking on "print." The Free Layout feature enables nesting and custom
layouts of images or files of nearly any type (available for both
Windows and Mac driver).
The imageRUNNER Enlargement Copy feature
built-in to the printer driver lets users transfer data from their
Color imageRUNNER device with Universal Send to the imagePROGRAF printer
- all with the touch of a button - enabling users to easily create
posters from hard copy documents.
At a Glance
1. Easy-to-use preset document profiles (examples are Poster, CAD, Photo)
2. Automatic print quality options dependent on print application and media
3. Real Preview that lets users change document and printer settings after clicking "print"
4. Page nesting feature with Free Layout for Windows and Mac
imageRUNNER Enlargement Copy feature - with a hot folder solution to
print Color imageRUNNER PDFs directly without opening in a PDF viewer
6. Economy Print Mode
7. Borderless printing
8. Easy setting/Advanced setting
9. Optimized module for AutoCAD
imagePROGRAF Status Monitor (Version 25.51) has a new Ink Purchase
Notification Function. This feature enables a user to customize their
Status Monitor so that when an ink tank is running low and needs
replacing, a prompt will appear that either provides the user a link to a
website where the tank can be purchased, or the contact information to a
trusted supplier. What appears exactly can be selected depending on
Tracks how much ink
and media is being consumed when printing. Costs can be assigned to ink
and paper to determine expenses based on "Cost of goods". The user can
also input a variable cost that will be added to the total of the print
cost. The data is exportable to a .csv format for Microsoft Excel so the
data can be used for billing purposes.
Job Cost (ink, Media and variable cost inputted by user)
Ink Consumed per Job*
Media Consumed per Job
Job Completion time
*Ink usage is estimate, and error tolerance is ±15%
included PosterArtist Lite poster creation software gives users the
ability to quickly and easily create professional large format prints.
Users simply follow the programs four (4) easy steps to create posters
that can be used in applications such as Office presentation, Trade
shows, Retail Signage, and much, much more.
those with more demanding poster creation needs, Canon's optional
PosterArtist offers advanced features such as Auto Design, Variable
Data, and in-application image editing features, as well as additional
templates, royalty-free photos, and clip art. The built-in weblink
feature in PosterArtist Lite links users directly to the PosterArtist
website for useful hints and tips, and for even more free content for
New features include:
Direct Print & Share cloud portal support
New file format to allow for easy sharing of poster files
Visit www.usa.canon.com/posterartist for a free demo version to download.
Print Plug-In for Microsoft® Office®:
utility makes it easy to print large-format documents created in
Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. The Plug-in appears in a tool bar
inside the Microsoft application and has an easy-to-follow "Wizard". The
Plug-in will bypass the printer driver to simplify the printing
process. A few simple steps convert your 8.5" x 11" office document to
Optimized Module for AutoCAD:
specialized driver is compatible with a variety of AutoCAD software
products and helps enable optimal printing productivity and reliability
from the AutoCAD software. Through this module, the processing and
printing time associated with printing AutoCAD files to the imagePROGRAF
printer is decreased to approximately 1/3rd the time associated with
printing through the Canon HDI Driver! The module also has a
user-friendly interface that includes familiar features such as free
layout, test printing, and 1200 dpi rendering. This module is
automatically loaded when printing is attempted from AutoCAD, ensuring a
smooth workflow with optimal printing results each time.