RE: Printers

Subject: RE: Printers
From: "Brierley, Sean" <Sean -at- Quodata -dot- Com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2000 10:23:53 -0400


HP's printer drivers, be they PCL, clonescript, or even true Adobe
PostScript, have nothing to do with distilling and creating PDFs. To do
this, you install a virtual printer: Adobe's PostScript printer driver plus
the Distiller PPD. Do not use any other printer driver to create your PDFs!

I agree with Dick, collating and HP and PDFs do not get along. My HP 5000
has this deficiency, and it is annoying. However, I cannot imagine that a
marketing department with a color laser will be printing multiple copies . .
. I can only imagine they'll be making rough, color-inaccurate, proofs of
concept, etc.

Best regards,

sean -at- quodata -dot- com

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dick Margulis [SMTP:margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net]
> Sent: Friday, June 09, 2000 9:44 AM
> Subject: Re:Printers
> Glen Warner wrote:
> >Just my $.02 here ... but if you are planning on doing any work with
> >.pdfs, now or in the future, HP's PCL language (a "postscript
> >language emulator") does not play well with Acrobat Distiller.
> >

> HP's Printer Control Language (PCL) predates PostScript and has nothing to
> do with PostScript emulation. The HP printers that were the subject of the
> original post come with two different drivers. The PCL driver is for
> people who don't deal with PostScript. The PS driver is for people who do.
> Some current HP printers use PS emulation and some use true Adobe
> PostScript. There MAY be some obscure circumstance in which the emulation
> causes a problem, but so far I haven't found any, especially with respect
> to PDFs.
> The bigger problem is that Acrobat doesn't communicate with some of the
> advanced features on HP's newest printers. The biggest problem I've
> encountered (and other people have noted it, too) is the inability to
> print collated sets. The new printers have a "Mopier" feature--RIP once
> print many--but Acrobat won't use it.
> Dick

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