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Re: Use Debian system as a RIP

On Thursday 29 September 2005 15:34, Peter King wrote:
> Is there a way of using a Debian system as a RIP.
> I have a client that has just been quoted by Xerox £11500 for a Fiery EX12
> Raster Image Processor
> the system is only a PIII-500 with 256MB RAM and a 9GB HDD so I am thinking
> of putting together a nice hefty system and use Debian instead.
> Apparently the rip just takes a PDF file then converts it to a Post Script
> file and sends it to the printer. Surely there is something on Linux to do
> this.
No, a RIP takes Postscript and turns it into a Raster image.  It does much
what GhostScript does, but directly to a bitmap which gets fed to the
laser on the printer.  It is also highly unlikely that you have the necessary
interface on the PC to drive that interface which is more like a Video driver
than anything you would think of as a printer interface.

> Any help or advice/experiences appreciated.
> --
> Regards
> Peter King
> www.sitedesign.net

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