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HostServe Data Stream Conversion

Line Printer
Line Printer Generation is required when the information from a binary document is needed for further processing. Some repurposing and content management systems require line printer data input. HostServe can take in any binary document (PCL, PostScript, PDF, AFP, DJDE, and XES) and convert it to standard line printer data. To do this it uses the positional commands used to place the data to determine the line on which that particular piece of text should be placed.The two primary reasons for doing this are:

  • Some content management systems require line printer data for their database engines.
  • If you wish to repurpose the documents using different fonts or forms most repurposing engines such as the HostServe Builder module require that the data be in a text format so that it can easily locate and reposition the data.

Hewlett-Packard created the PCL Printer language to provide an economical and efficient way for application programs to control a range of printer features across a number of printing devices. The PCL printer language commands are compact escape sequence codes that are embedded in the print job data stream. This approach minimizes both data transmission and command decoding overhead. HP PCL printer language formatters and fonts are designed to quickly translate application output into high-quality, device-specific, raster print images. Formatted properly PCL can be very efficient on the network and run faster printers at rated speed. Our content management solutions behave like a PCL printer driver enabling users to output a variety of printer languages through the PCL printer language to your printer. Our PCL supported products also act like a PCL printer driver by enabling prints in PCL to be outputted in other printer languages.

The Postscript language is a simple interpretive programming language with powerful graphics capabilities. Its primary application is to describe the appearance of text, graphical shapes, and sampled images on printed or displayed pages, according to the Adobe imaging model. A program in this language can communicate a description of a document, form a composition system to a printing system or control the appearance of text and graphics on a display. The description is high-level and device independent.

Portable Document Format (PDF) is the open de facto standard for electronic document distribution worldwide. Adobe PDF is a universal file format that preserves the fonts, formatting, graphics, and color of any source document, regardless of the application and platform used to create it. Adobe PDF files are compact and can be shared, viewed, navigated, and printed exactly as intended by anyone with free ADOBE Acrobat Reader software.

TIFF describes image data that typically comes from scanners, frame grabbers, and paint- and photo-retouching programs. TIFF is not a printer language or a PDL, rather its purpose is to describe and store raster image data. TIFF provides a rich environment within which applications can exchange image data. Though TIFF is a rich format, it can easily be used for simple scanners and fax applications because the number of required elements is small. Tiff will continue to evolve as new imaging needs arise. A high priority has been given to structuring TIFF so the future enhancements can be added while maintaining compatibility with existing TIFF specifications.

(Extensible Markup Language) is an application as defined in the Standard Generalized Markup Language(SGML). It is designed to enable the use of generalized markup in the context of Internet applications and has been adopted as a standard by the World Wide Web consortium (W3C). The term XML is also informally used to refer to a number of related initiatives that augment and supplement XML in the areas of resource description, document schemas, data typing, linking, addressing, and style sheets. HostServe produces XML output.

Microsoft Word product produces *.DOC documents. This format has become a standard for editable electronic document distribution worldwide. Microsoft Word is a universal file format that preserves the fonts, formatting, graphics, and color of any source document. Microsoft Word PDF files are compact and can be shared, viewed, navigated, and printed almost exactly as intended HostServe accepts .DOC files as input and produces PCL, PostScript, Tiff, and PDF output from any supported input format.

The Rich Text Format (RTF) Specification provides a format for text and graphics interchange that can be used with different output devices, operating environments, and operating systems. Version 1.8 of the specification contains the latest updates introduced by Microsoft Office Word 2003. RTF uses the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), PC-8, Macintosh, or IBM PC character set to control the representation and formatting of a document, both on the screen and in print. With the RTF Specification, documents created under different operating systems and with different software applications can be transferred between those operating systems and applications.

HostServe™ Network converter modules take PCL, PostScript and PDF data to any network printer, e-mail, fax server, or content management system. HostServe's capabilities include:

Convert PDF, PostScript to PCL
Convert PCL, PostScript, PDF to Text
Convert PCL, PDF to PostScript
Convert PCL, PostScript, PDF to TIFF
Convert PCL, PostScript to PDF
Convert TIFF to PCL, PostScript, PDF
Convert .Doc,.RTF to PCL, PostScript, PDF

HostServeā„¢'s network converter will convert yourPCL, PostScript and PDF print streams into the appropriate output format: PCL,PDF, PostScript, Text, TIFF, if applicable; and sends the data to the correct destination device and ensures quick speedy prints.


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