Are you planning to purchase a wide-format printer or plotter sometime in the future? If so, you’ve come to the right place. Before getting into the details of what printer may be right for you, let’s get some terminology straight. The terms “plotter” and “printer” really mean the same thing. The term plotter at one time was used to describe a device that used multicolored pens traveling over paper to create an image. Due to advances in technology and user requirements, the industry is well beyond plotter technology and for purposes of this guide we will use the term printer.