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GDI printers are sometimes called host-based printers because they rely on the host computer to rasterize pages. I don’t have an answer. Mar 12, Posts: Searching our resource database to find your matches For Windows users this is no problem, as every printer comes with a driver CD containing a driver exactly for the particular printer.

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Aug prinnter, Posts: One thing worth mentioning in favor of gdi or “host based print processors”, the rasterising of the images also occurs on the PC as opposed to in the printer’s print server resulting in smaller jobs, less network traffic, and speedier, MUCH speedier print jobs.

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PS drivers are without a doubt, the slowest drivers in existence. QuinStreet does not include all companies or all types of products available in the marketplace.

This phenomena is usually exacerbated on printers with less the MB of ram.

Shorthand for G raphical D evice I nterface, this is a Windows standard for representing graphical objects not text and transmitting them to output devices such as monitors and printers. What is your job title?

In the case of Postscript drivers, in my experience not that broad, fair enoughthe vector is only rasterised on the printer. Switching the driver to raster, causes the rasterisation to occur on the PC and usually fixes the grey scale issues. Searching our vd database to find your matches In theory, a vector should be better than a raster, but in my experience, it’s just not the case, raster beats vector, every time for speed and grey scales.


Might be worth telling us the make and model of the printer. Java Basics, Part 1 Java is a high-level programming language.

PCL importance in choosing laser printer

It does not know anything about how text characters look like or how dithering or color adjustment works. C o l o r printer, this is a Paperweight.

I don’t have an answer. I ran into these two while looking for a printer driver, and I haven’t been able to determine which is best for my needs.


Learn different types of networks, concepts, architecture and Apr 22, Posts: If you have a GDI laser printer and this database does not point you to any drivers for it, try especially the “foo2zjs” driver for Zenographics’ ZJ-stream format which probably also works with some Minolta, QMS, and other printers or also Samsung’s “gdi” driver which is known to work on several Samsung and one Lexmark laser printer.

This is a page description language developed by Adobe Systems. I avoid them like the plague and would only use a PCL or Postscript printer because while you might lose some high level functionality if you have to use a different driver you should always be able to print to them whereas with a GDI printer you are SOL if you don’t have an exact driver for your OS.

PS drivers create print jobs that are staggeringly huge, consumes loads of network traffic, but These commands provide a printer with the ability to change modes so that it behaves just like a printer from another manufacturer.


If the file to be printed contains an EPS-embedded file, only a Post Script printer can render it correctly. Cool new feature, in Windows Server you can force the rendering on the client saving your windows print share server some cycles.

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Post Script can be used by a wide variety of computers and printers and is the dominant format used for desktop publishing.

In ram limited printers, host based print processors are usually at least twice as fast to finished output as PCL or PS. At the risk of sounding professorial, cause really I’m not, here’s my take.

Usually, PCL has a cool little settings, where they straddle both models, one where you rasterise on the computer itself Raster setting in the driverand two, where the vector drawing is rasterised on the printer’s print server GL2 setting in the driver.

For Windows users this is no problem, as every printer comes with a driver CD containing a driver exactly for the particular printer. Brothers GDI models most probably work with the “hl7x0” driver which is already part of Ghostscript for a longer time.

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