Canon imagePROGRAF iPF785 (36 inches) 5-colour Large Format Printer


Market and Applications and who uses this type of large format printer

Canon’s new imagePROGRAF iPF785 36”/A0, 5-colour large format printer with high capacity Hot Swap ink tanks, 320GB HDD and a built-in accounting software is designed for the CAD, GIS, Poster and In-House Print markets.  The iPF785 delivers outstanding quality with exceptional productivity and an impressive return on investment. The iPF785 is the successor to the iPF765, with higher capacity 300ml ink tanks, improved magenta ink, updated software for cloud compatibility, and a 320GB HDD, delivering higher productivity and lower running costs than its predecessors.

The imagePROGRAF iPF785 is the latest technical perfection for the Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Mechanical CAD, Architecture, Engineering and Construction industries.  Architects, engineers and construction firms can produce plans in exceptional detail with precise line rendering.  Mechanical CAD engineers can create photorealistic visualisations of plans in applications such as AutoCAD, Mechanical Desktop or Pro/Engineer and bring them to life quickly with exceptional quality.  GIS specialists can render complex “what-if” scenarios using maps, seismic analysis data or images from satellites.  Even with huge file sizes generated, the imagePROGRAF iPF785 can handle your demands with accurate colour and exceptional line rendering.

Design Supply, an Accredited Canon Gold Partner, works closely with Canon to provide the best solutions available to get the job done for your business and maximize your opportunities.  With more than 27 years of experience in the large format printer market, Design Supply offers expertise and knowledge in tailoring the exact solution for your specific application.

Designed for practicality and usability, the iPF785 is designed to fit comfortably in any CAD/GIS environment.  A compact, slim-line design with a front-loading paper system and a front access ink tank system means you can change paper and ink easily even when printer is installed in a tight space or flush against a wall.

A large, bright, menu-driven LCD control panel gives easy access to sophisticated functions.  Prints are automatically stacked and can be collected from a high capacity basket to prevent damage.  There’s even a handy print timer to let you know how long a job will take to complete.  Borderless printing technology keep you more productive as there is no need for offline trimming and Auto Skew Correction enables unattended printing by automatically adjusting for any skew in orientation and feeds the paper/media correctly.

Manage printing costs more easily with the built-in Status Monitor on the imagePROGRAF iPF785.  The Status Monitor’s accounting function collects job logs and automatically calculates costs per job or time period.  An economy mode can be selected which uses less ink: ideal when printing draft documents.

As you would expect from Canon, reliable performance is a given.  For added peace of mind, Canon imagePROGRAF printers and print heads feature a 12-month warranty.

There is a complete range of Canon and third party media compatible with the ImagePROGRAF iPF685, available from Design Supply’s media specialists whose expertise can help you determine the best solutions for your particular printing needs.


Key features of the Canon imagePROGRAF iPF785

The iPF785 36”/A0 large format printer features Canon’s unique 5-colour dye and pigment reactive ink system which produces the sharpest, thinnest lines and the improved magenta ink makes the red gamut even better. Designed specifically for CAD & GIS applications, a minimum line width of 0.02mm can be achieved with a range accuracy of +/- 0.01%. This unique formulation improves ink adhesion to the media and minimises colour bleeding. This means clearer text, smoother curves, and sharp fine lines even on uncoated technical papers. Using reactive inks also improves scratch and marker resistance so prints are far more durable than those printed with conventional dye inks.

The iPF785 produces 2400 x 1200 dpi and produces A0 draft prints in just 41 seconds. Higher capacity Hot Swap ink tanks now available in both 300ml and 130ml, reduce the frequency of ink replacement, support high volume continuous printing, and reduce the cost per millilitre of ink, reducing total cost of ownership. Hot Swap ink tanks allow ink cartridges to be replaced during printing for maximum productivity. Improved magenta ink expands the colour gamut and produces clearer red text and lines in CAD drawings, architectural renderings, posters and POS displays.

The internal hard disk drive in the imagePROGRAF iPF785 has been increased to 320GB and 32GB of buffer RAM, offering much more storage for print jobs.

Printer driver flexibility for the imagePROGRAF iPF785 addresses the needs of a diverse range of users. Software included with the iPF785 includes updated versions of Direct, Print & Share and PosterArtist Lite. The Print Plug-in for Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint and an AutoCAD optimization module are also included. Printing direct from an Apple iPad will be available from the Apple App Store in mid/late 2014.

Canon’s Direct Print & Share utility, the popular workflow software bundled with the iPF785, has been upgraded to v.2.0, featuring collaboration and printing via the cloud. Print a host of file types without needing an application, upload and download file for immediate sharing, with easy access even from mobile devices. Supporting a broad range of cloud providers, Direct Print & Share v. 2.0 contains a new ‘Shortcut’ feature. The ‘Shortcut’ print feature extends the capability of being able to print without opening files by allowing users to print automatically to pre-defined settings, by just dragging files into a ‘Shortcut’, which suits environments where automation and centralised control of printing are essential. ‘Shortcut’ also saves time and effort and allows batch printing of multiple file types. Canon’s Direct Print & Share utility allows printing HPGL/2 easily, as well as PDF, TIFF, JPEG, CAD & GIS drawings and general graphics.

Design posters like a pro without any prior experience thanks to Canon’s upgraded version of PosterArtist Lite software v. 2.5, which is included with the iPF785. In just four simple steps you can create professional looking posters, banners and signs using a variety of templates, high resolution, royalty-free images and clipart. This latest version provides full integration with Canon’s Direct Print & Share utility, enabling users to save and share posters in the cloud. Create superb posters and share with other collaborative team members!

A Printer Driver Optimization Module for AutoCAD is included with the iPF785, so HP-GL/2, HP-RTL files are easy to print, including the ability to set palette and pen settings, for the most demanding CAD workflows.

Downloadable Canon imagePROGRAF iPF785 (36 inches) 5-colour Large


More information on Canon imagePROGRAF proprietary technologies  

Canon imagePROGRAF CAD & GIS (5-colour) wide format printers use a number of advanced Canon proprietary technologies to achieve fine lines, small text and highly detailed graphics produced with incredible accuracy and sharpness.

FINE™ (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print-head technology for 5-colour imagePROGRAF printers features a total of 15,360 nozzles into a 1” high density print head. Bi-directional printing design of the imagePROGAF printers means print times are significantly faster than conventional print systems which require multiple passes for each line to compensate for uneven droplet size and placement on the paper.  An innovative ink-nozzle manufacturing method results in precisely uniform 4 picoliter droplets resulting in 2400 x 1200 dots per inch (dpi) and outstanding print performance.

Canon’s CAD and GIS (5-colour) range of imagePROGRAF printers (iPF670, iPF680, iPF685, iPF770, iPF780 and iPF785) feature a 5-colour dye-and-pigment reactive ink system designed specifically for the CAD/GIS market featuring a new magenta ink, which expands the colour gamut and produces clearer red text and lines. This unique formulation improves ink adhesion to the media and minimises colour bleeding. When black ink intersects with coloured ink (for example, words printed on a colour background) the black and cyan inks induce a chemical reaction that prevents black from bleeding into the colours.  This means clearer text, smoother curves, and sharp fine lines even on uncoated technical papers.  Using reactive inks also improves scratch and marker resistance so prints are far more durable than those printed with conventional dye inks.

The CAD & GIS (5-colour) range of imagePROGRAF printers utilise two types of black ink for the best possible results on all types of media.  For photo-type a black ink (BK) is used and for high contrast prints on matte paper, a matte black (MBK) is used.  This process ensures smooth graduations across every media type and is highly efficient as the relevant ink is automatically selected for each media type.

Canon’s advanced L-COA (Large Format printer Common Architecture) image processor delivers faster high-quality output and print optimization.  L-COA helps your printer carry out the most complex print jobs – where files can often exceed 200MB – with ease.



  • Canon imagePROGRAF iPF785 36″ large format printer with stand and basket
  • 1 x hex wrench screwdriver
  • 1 x Print head PF-04
  • 1 x set starter ink tanks (C,M,Y,Bk – 90ml/ MBk – 130ml)
  • 32GB buffer
  • 320GB hard disk
  • 3 inch core adapters
  • Setup guide
  • User software CD-ROM (Mac & Win)
  • Carrying caution leaflet
  • Safety/Standard Environment leaflet
  • PosterArtist Lite leaflet
  • PosterArtist Lite software CD-ROM
  • EAC leaflet
  • Quick guide
  • 12 months on-site warranty
  • 1 year access to MyLFP Support Desk

Software included:

  • Canon Print Driver
  • Status Monitor/Print Monitor
  • ExtraKit – Free Layout & iR enlargement Copy
  • Printer Driver Optimization Module for AutoCAD
  • Media Configuration Tour
  • PosterArtist Lite (PC only)
  • Print Plug-In for Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint (PC only)
  • Direct Print & Share Utility
  • Custom Installer Creation Tool


  • Roll Holder Set (2-inch core spindle with 3-inch media tube attachment and borderless printing spacer): RH2-33
  • Canon PosterArtist software v. 2.5 – PC only
  • 5 Metre CAT5E Network Cable
  • 10 Metre CAT5E Network Cable
  • 5 Metre USB 2.0 High Speed Interface Cable
  • Mirage Master Edition Software
  • Mirage Pro Extension Software


  • Ink Tank 130ml: PFI-107 (MBK,BK,C,M,Y)
  • Ink Tank 300ml: PFI-207 (MBK, BK, C, M, Y)
  • Print Head: PF-04
  • Maintenance Cartridge: MC-10

Warranty & Support Options:

  • Canon Easy Service Plan- 3 years onsite cover from time of purchase
  • Canon Easy Service Plan – 5 years onsite cover from time of purchase
  • MyLFP 3-Year On-site Support Pack (3 Year Total)
  • Premium MyLFP 3-Year On-Site Support Pack (3 Year Total, includes 2 Annual Health Checks, Year 2&3)
  • MyLFP 5-Year On-site Support Pack (5 Year Total)
  • Premium MyLFP 5-Year On-Site Support Pack (5 Year Total, includes 4 Annual Health Checks, Year 2,3,4&5)
  • Hand delivery, Placement, Installation, and User Training
  • Remote Installation via Velmex Web connect – install drivers, send test print – 1 hour
Downloadable Canon imagePROGRAF iPF785 (36 inches) 5-colour Large Brochure

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