How Adobe PostScript improves your Printing Quality

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What is Adobe PostScript?

Adobe PostScript is a programming language that generates page-description-language code. It was first introduced by Adobe Systems in 1985. It revolutionized the desktop publishing and printing industries by allowing users to print any document, text, graphics, images, and color at the highest quality possible – from any computing platform to any supported device.

AEC professionals that utilize wide-format printers have the option of purchasing their printer with or without the PostScript option. While this feature comes with a slightly higher price tag, many users find it easy to justify the additional expense when they learn the benefits that it offers. Yet despite how long this technology has been available, many individuals still don’t understand how it will benefit them and whether they really need it.

To help our wide-format customers gain a better understanding of Adobe PostScript, CSDS has reprinted the information below which HP shares on its website to make it easy for users to understand if it’s the right solution for their needs.

How Adobe PostScript works

When a user selects print, their computer’s printer driver automatically generates a PostScript language file that includes descriptions for the size and style of the type, where graphics should be placed, and how color should be treated. In other words, the file tells the printer how to lay the pixels of the document onto the page.

Once sent to the printer, the language file is processed by a raster image processor (RIP) inside the device. The RIP translates the instructions from the application, optimizes the PostScript language file for the specific printer and creates an array of pixels called a raster image that is relayed to the device to be printed – exactly the way the user envisioned it in the original application.

Why choose HP Designjet with Adobe PostScript?

The intelligent innovation of HP Designjet printing technology adobe postscriptand the high performance of Adobe PostScript 3 RIP software makes it easy to produce impressive and effective prints.

Many printer manufacturers use emulated PostScript as a low-cost alternative to paying a license fee to Adobe; however, HP includes only true Adobe PostScript in its Designjet products to ensure you have the highest-quality printing experience from start to finish.

Also, on some non-PostScript MFP’s you aren’t able to scan to a PDF. So if “.pdf” is your preferred file type, then an MFP with PostScript should be considered in your buying decision.

The results are:

  • Efficiency – Reduce steps – there’s no need to plug a USB into your PC to print a PDF/PS file; instead, print directly from an intuitive HP touchscreen.
  • Quality – Express every detail of your vision precisely with sharp definition, vibrant colors, accurate lines and superior resolution.
  • Versatility – Handle complex documents, technical drawings, diagrams, floor plans, blueprints, maps, schematics, PDF, JDF, CAD and other files easily and effectively.
  • Accuracy – Ensure your PDF files process the way you intended – avoid carriage stops, printing artifacts and other errors.

Would you like to see the difference between output that is and is not printed on a PostScript printer? Click here to schedule a demo, and a CSDS Printing and Imaging Specialist will contact you to set up a meeting.

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