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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 speed.

PrintStreamer 2 technology is incorporated into printing equipment made by IBM, Xeikon, and Xerox.

The concept is scalable for different press architectures.

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 PostScript, PDF, AFP, IPDS and other well-known page-description languages.

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