1994.12.19 07:04 "Re: TIFF Printing and Storage Optimization", by Fredrik Lundh
A few short answers:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.