[Desktop_printing] Current PCL laser drivers are SLOOOOWW!

Michael Sweet mike at easysw.com
Wed Feb 15 10:31:55 PST 2006

Till Kamppeter wrote:
> Michael Sweet wrote:
>> PCL 5 and HP-GL/2 generally don't do 1200 DPI; there are exceptions
>> on high-end DesignJet plotters, but none of the PCL 6 capable printers
>> in my lab will do 1200 DPI in PCL 5 or HP-GL/2 mode.
>> Regardless, if you can get the kinks ironed out, this *will* help
>> for some pages - the key will be to know when it is better to just
>> rasterize the whole page since vector ops can be slow on the non-
>> PCL 6 devices.
> Perhaps one should add an option to modify the degree of vector-based
> and raster-based rendering and present it in a user-friendly way, like
> "Document Type" with choices like "Text", "Drawing", "Text with images",
> "Photo", ...
> I think we definitely need also such a driver for PCL 6/XL devices. Is
> the currently known (by free software developers) amount of PCL 6/XL
> enough for such a driver?

It should be - the current Ghostscript pxlmono/pxlcolor drivers seem
to work fine with our PCL 6 devices, and I have some pending changes
that will add support for PJL-based finishing features...

Michael Sweet, Easy Software Products           mike at easysw dot com
Internet Printing and Document Software          http://www.easysw.com

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