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printer driver

A software routine that converts an application program's printing request into the language the printer understands. For example, PostScript printer drivers create a file that is accepted by PostScript printers. HP printer drivers create PCL files and so on. Drivers for Windows-only printers rasterize the pages (RIP function) and send the actual bit patterns to the printer, which are applied to the drum by the laser or LED array. Contrast with printing protocol.
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The new Mac OS X printer driver for DTC Magicard printers is available for immediate download at http://support.
64-bit Windows no longer allows the use of 32-bit printer drivers - a serious restraint on using the new Windows technology, because for many printer models there are no 64-bit original printer drivers available, and they are not likely to be developed for older printers.
UniPrint replaces all manufacturer printer drivers with a single PDF generator to promote faster, more efficient printing, helping organizations to improve both productivity and return on investments.
Built around a Portable Document Format (PDF)-based universal printer driver, UniPrint removes the need to install multiple manufacturer printer drivers, thereby eliminating all printer driver incompatibility issues on terminal servers.
Host drivers will incorporate Software 2000's proven technology; a highly efficient and cost-effective object oriented development environment that delivers unique, highly competitive printer drivers for Windows, Mac and Linux from a single source.
UniPrint replaces all manufacturers' printer drivers with a single PDF generator to promote faster, more efficient printing that enables organizations to improve both productivity and return on existing IT investments.
The StyleWriter and Personal LaserWriter LS Printer Driver Update gives these customers two commonly requested features, grayscale printing and networking, previously available only on more costly machines.
The driver software combines all of the features of previous LaserWriter printer drivers, including application compatibility, support for TrueType fonts and PostScript Level 1 compatibility, and it adds support for features that are specific to individual printers.
For enterprise customers with complex environments, the Gateway, Web, and Host Editions can be added to UniPrint Server, allowing for an enterprise-wide printing solution based on a single printer driver.
New user-focused features include an exception card slot, a feature rich printer driver, new agency certifications and a new ribbon identification system designed to identify the appropriate ribbon.
The UniPrint universal printer driver technology eliminates the need to install specific manufacturer's printer drivers, and makes it easy to print documents from any hosted application.
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