QUESTION: What is PrintStreamer?
ANSWER: PrintStreamer is
a print-optimization technology
for variable-data-printing that was
introduced in 1994 by Barco Graphics.
The PrintStreamer is a buffer between
Barco Graphics' "FastRip/X" RIP
and the digital press,
enabling electronic collation, page picking and
unlimited variable-data printing. This
allows operators to drive the productivity of
the digital press to the maximum.
The second-generation PrintStreamer is called
"PrintStreamer 2," and it was introduced
by Barco Graphics in 1999. PrintStreamer 2 can store
thousands of ripped color pages and is capable
of merging 100% variable data at nominal printing
PrintStreamer 2 technology is incorporated into
printing equipment made by IBM, Xeikon, and Xerox.
The concept is scalable for different press
The interface to the PrintStreamer 2 is
documented so that RIP vendors can integrate their
RIP technology into the Barco PrintStreamer 2.
This makes it accessible for
industry standards like
and other well-known