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Learning about Pretex Map Paper

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For orienteering, rogaining and leisure map use, Pretex map paper isn’t just another synthetic map ‘paper’. No synthetic comes close in terms of foldability, printability and price. It is of course water resistant and has tear resistance that is at least equivalent to a map bag.

Is your club or association enviroment conscious? Then Pretex is the only water-resistant stock that fits the bill. Pretex isn’t even full synthetic — it is pulp combined with polyamide and polyester. No environmentally harmful breakdown in waste.

Here is our 2009 Pretex Trials report on our research into synthetic stocks suitable for orienteering maps.

Pretex information

Pretex handling & tips

See Resources page for colour related information.

Pretex product and processing PDF.

The Pretex product in Australia is 50.120 which is 120gsm.

Pretex digital press (laser printer)  printability as @ Aug 2013 PDF.

A list of digital press brands and models that have been reported by Pretex users as compatible with specific Pretex products. Add to that the Xerox Phaser 7750 and 7760. No warranty is given on the correctness of reports.

More detailed information can be found on LahnPaper’s website.

Some Pretex events/mapsWorld globe

By end of 2016, over 105,000 maps on Pretex will have been printed since Pretex was introduced to Australia in 2012. TAS, VIC, ACT, NSW, WA and QLD have all produced orienteering and/or rogaining maps on Pretex.

Just some events and uses were;

  • NSW, Xmas 5 Days, Newcastle, 2016
  • VIC, Spa Country Explorer, Adventurer trail map, 2016
  • SA, Melrose Fat Tyre Flyer mtb trail maps, 2016
  • Australian Orienteering Champs, maps & bibs,VIC, 2015
  • Australian Ultra-Long, maps &  bibs, 2015
  • Rogaines QLD, 2014
  • AUS Champs Carnival, WA, 2014
  • NSW Long Champs, 2014
  • NSW Sprint Champs, 2014
  • Easter, Clandulla NSW, 2014
  • Xmas 5 Days, Orange NSW, 2013
  • Cyclic Navigator 2009, 2012, 2013
  • VIC Schools Champs, 2011-13
  • VIC Schools MTBO Champs, 2012-13
  • VIC Schools Rogaine Champs 2012, 2013, 2015
  • Australian Ultra-long 2013 (bibs)
  • Easter 4 days, 2013 (maps and bibs)
  • Xmas 5 Days, 2012
  • VIC Champs rogaine, Oct 2012, offset print
  • VIC Champs x2, Sep 2012
  • Kooyoora Rocks rogaine, May 2012 (double sided)
  • NOL/SS x2, Mar 2012
  • Rubys+Basalt rogaine, Apr 2012
  • Marginata WRE, Oct 2011, ACT
  • Oceania ARDF, Sep 2011
  • Bellringer Hill, Oct 2011
  • Oceania multi-day, Oct 2011
  • Bushrangers multi day 2009

Map printing on PretexImage on paper or screen

Most modern production level (as used in commercial printeries) will handle Pretex. To avoid double feeds, it is strongly recommended that the Pretx be fed from a tray with an air-flow separator.

See Pretex Colour Table in Mapping Resources for a quick start to OCAD colour adjustments to suit Pretex.

If using Condes v9 or later, export PDF produces a press quality print PDF and overprint should be on by default. If using Condes v8 and wishing to achieve purple overprint, follow the colour advice in Achieving Overprint in Digital Print Maps, on the Mapping Resources page.

Your local printery

If you  prefer to print locally then the information and guidance on this Learning page will assist you. Also take advantage of the samples to trial a print (below).

For your printery A Digital Press Operator’s Illustrated Guide to Process Orienteering Maps, 21 page PDF, provides EFI Fiery  Command Work Station settings (translatable to the Creo RIP) to achieve highest quality orienteering maps.

Tips from Ken for your printery;

  1. place the Pretex in a paper bin that has an airflow separator to avoid double sheet feeding.
  2. if offset printing using eco inks, follow Pretex recommendations explicitly, then allow extra days drying time.

Questions are welcome but liaison and extensive research or advice is at an hourly rate.

Good quality map prints and least hassle

Jim Russell’s Stay in Control map printing will take care of your normal club and schools printing. In fact any maps requiring good quality but not needing the extra high quality demanded by championship and other major events.

You do not need to pre-order Pretex to print with Jim as he maintains a stock and will price that in.

Jim will help you through colour decisions as well as print your maps efficiently and economically. Contact Jim via email or 0411 125 178.

Highest quality map prints for major events

Ken and Jim have worked with some Worldwide Online Solutions branches on Pretex printing for 7 years. The St Kilda Rd, Melbourne branch is most used to our Pretex map printing. Their pricing is very attractive. Large events (over 600 maps) benefit even further.

Port Melbourne company On Demand produced the high quality 2015 National Championships maps on Pretex using an HP Indigo. For larger events they appear to be competitively priced.

Samples for your printerySamples icon

A set of 5 x A4 size Pretex sheets for trialling will be posted on request. This is intended for your printery if it has a digital press listed on the compatibility chart.

Pretex is not recommended for home or small office laser printers as they generally run at a high heat that could melt the synthetics in Pretex.

Pretex is not suitable for inkjet printers.

Any queries?