Wiki - What is PostScript Printing

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Background

Invented in the 80s for LaserJet "PostScript" is a universal print format invented for Desktop Publishing and is still widely used by most LaserJet, InkJet, DeskJet styler printers.

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Nearly every modern printer on the market accepts PostScript. PDF writers such as PrimoPDF and CUPS PDF Writer accept PostScript. Microsoft's XPS Document Writer accepts PostScript as well.

Although PostScript is a very universal standard, there are limitations to PostScript for industry printing:

  1. PostScript does not support cutting receipts.
  2. PostScript cannot magnetically encode a card.
  3. PostScript cannot eject a cash drawer.
  4. PostScript can have setbacks when printing hundreds of labels (such as alignment on thermal tape).

Most industry printing uses raw printing instead. What is Raw Printing?

For more information on PostScript, please see the Wikipedia article here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PostScript

If your printer is a thermal printer, barcode printer, card printer, utilized by a Point Of Sales (POS) system, you will want to exhaust the capabilities of your printer by reading What is Raw Printing? first.

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