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1994.12.19 03:05 "TIFF Printing and Storage Optimization", by Clark Brady
1994.12.19 07:04 "Re: TIFF Printing and Storage Optimization", by Fredrik Lundh
1994.12.19 17:22 "Re: TIFF Printing and Storage Optimization (fwd)", by Baljit Toor
1994.12.19 18:33 "Re: TIFF Printing and Storage Optimization", by Sam Leffler
1994.12.20 14:00 "Re: TIFF Printing and Storage Optimization", by Fredrik Lundh

1994.12.19 07:04 "Re: TIFF Printing and Storage Optimization", by Fredrik Lundh

A few short answers:

  1. How is the fastest way to print TIFF to post script? I'm looking for the best procedure that produces the easiest to interpret PS...it doesn't have to exist in a product.

Make sure you have a Postscript Level 2 printer, compress the image using CCITT Group 4, and finally send it to the printer using tiff2ps.

If that isn't fast enough, get a printer with a faster CPU or go for an accelerator board.

  1. Are XIP Print boards a good printing solution? Any other vendor boards? I also know that some QMS & XEROX printers can accept TIFFs directly.

*All* level 2 printers accept CCITT/LZW/JPEG compressed data directly; check the sources for tiff2ps for ideas on how to utilize this when printing TIFF files. Packbits and other runlength encoding schemes are fairly simple to implement on level 1 printers as well.

  1. Ever seen any printing solutions that only send the black part of images to the printer?

Most compression methods compress black *and* white regions before sending them to the printer.

  1. Is it possible to remove margins from an image and then save the image with the original image size and then have a TIFF compliant reader reconstruct the orginal image?

Nope. But if you use compression, this is not much of a problem.

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