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1996\11\24@213459 by ang (Chee Foon Tiang)

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>I couldn't imagine life without them either, but they take a long time for
>me to print as well. I'm using a 486DX4/100 with 12Mb of RAM, each page takes
>10-15 minutes, and dies after 6-10 pages - I then need to exit Windows and
>start again. BTW, I'm using a DeskJet 500 with the HP v4.0 drivers.
>
>Wouldn't it be nice to have 32Mb :-(.
>
>Nigel.

  I think the (slow printing) problem is with your printer....
  DeskJet as well as BubbleJets(from Canon) are notorious for their
  lethargic printing.

  I print my .PDF files on a 486DX100 with 20Mb of RAM on a
  LaserJet 4 (PostScript) and it comes out as fast (almost) as would be with
  a text file.

  The problem is not with the PC memory (although they do help) but that of
  the printer.

Regards,

Peter Tiang
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1996\11\25@001557 by William Chops Westfield

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  I think the (slow printing) problem is with your printer....
  DeskJet as well as BubbleJets(from Canon) are notorious for their
  lethargic printing.

  I print my .PDF files on a 486DX100 with 20Mb of RAM on a
  LaserJet 4 (PostScript) and it comes out as fast (almost) as would be with
  a text file.

Yes and no.  PDF is from the same company that developed postscript, and
they have enough similarities that a postscript printer does a fine job
of printing acrobat (PDF.)  For something like a deskjet, I suspect that
the only choice is to build a full page bitmap and download it a byte at
a time to the printer, which would always be slow...

BillW

1996\11\25@011436 by Clyde Smith-Stubbs

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William Chops Westfield <.....billwKILLspamspam@spam@CISCO.COM> wrote:

> of printing acrobat (PDF.)  For something like a deskjet, I suspect that
> the only choice is to build a full page bitmap and download it a byte at
> a time to the printer, which would always be slow...

Perhaps, but I have a Deskjet 850C at home and printing PDF files is fine.
Some of the print files are huge (megabytes) but this does not seem to
bother it particularly.

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1996\11\25@162433 by metaprax

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.PDF files (slow printing) problem
DeskJet 500 with the HP v4.0 drivers

I am not that familiar with the setup you have, but you might check the
Adobe and HP web and FTP sites for the latest versions of software and
printer drivers. HP puts out fairly frequent updates to their drivers.
Another thing you might check is if Acrobat writes the entire document to a
disk file or buffer and then prints, or if each page is printed seperately.
I have noticed on some printers that if you print the pages seperately the
special fonts have to be downloaded for each page, whereas if you print an
entire document the fonts are downloaded to the printer just once. Font
files are often incredibly large and slow to transmit to the printer. If
all else fails, I suppose you could print to disk, then print the text
portions using a printer resident font.

John E. Nelson
MetaPrax

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property."

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