RE: ZIP efficiency and file size, Doc vs. PDF

Subject: RE: ZIP efficiency and file size, Doc vs. PDF
From: "Richard Combs" <richard -dot- combs -at- voyanttech -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2002 15:27:43 -0600

Beth Friedman helps by suggesting:

> In my experience, the printer driver matters. Printing a PDF using a
> PostScript printer driver is almost always faster than using
> a PCL printer
> driver.

I think you're right, but it's not a factor in my situation. I'm always
using a PS driver, whether printing from Frame, Word, Acrobat, EditPad,
or whatever. I don't even have a PCL driver installed.

> I always assumed that the PCL driver was printing as
> a graphic and
> that caused the speed drop, but I don't know that that's
> actually true.

I suspect it's not. I'd guess it's the time required to translate the PS
code into the equivalent PCL code.
> And printing a PDF using a PostScript driver (to a PostScript
> printer,
> natch) is about as fast as printing the original document.

And that's where our experiences differ. For me, the same PS printer
driver takes longer to print 30 pages from Acrobat than to print the
same 30 pages from Frame, Word, etc. With one printer, the difference is
slight, but with another, it's sizable.

It's a mystery...


Richard G. Combs
Senior Technical Writer
Voyant Technologies, Inc.
richardDOTcombs AT voyanttechDOTcom
rgcombs AT freeDASHmarketDOTnet

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