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Re: Memory and printing

On 18-Nov-97 Ben Pfaff wrote:
> Though everything that Ted says is true, I must note that an HP 6L is
> not a PostScript printer.  I have a 5L at home with 1 MB memory and
> can say that, under PCL, that that is enough memory to printer
> anything but the most complex graphics at 600 dpi and I haven't found
> a page yet that failed to print at 300 dpi.

True enough, no doubt. But please note that what I wrote was intended to be
read in two parts: one about RAM requirements for PostScript printers
proper, the other about printing PS to non-PS printers for which a
pre-converter (e.g. ghostscript, raw or as wrapped in ghostview) is

In the latter case, the printer's RAM for native printer code (e.g.
PCL) should be adequate for a page at a time. Ben's comments confirm this
for the 5L.

With PS printers, on the other hand, it's a different story since PS is a
fully-fledged programming language which is quite capable of piling very
large chunks of data onto stacks. Hence the need to be alert to RAM demands
in this case.

Is there not a version of the 5L which can be obtained with a true
PostScript option installed?

Best wishes,

E-Mail: Ted Harding <Ted.Harding@nessie.mcc.ac.uk>
Date: 18-Nov-97                                       Time: 17:46:36

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