QUESTION: What is rasterization?
is the process of converting code that describes
text and graphics into the format that is
required by a printer's "print engine," which
is the machinery that actually puts marks
on a page.
Rasterization is performed by a
"raster image processor," also
known as a RIP.
systems, the RIP is a computer that
is inside the printer itself. If you print
your documents on a desktop printer
such as a Hewlett Packard LaserJet
or a Lexmark Optra, your RIP is
probably inside the printer.
systems, the RIP is
separate from the printer. For example, if
your company uses a Xerox DocuTech printer,
the RIP is probably a software program
that runs on a Unix computer or a Windows
computer that is separate from but
connected to the printer.
The code that gets converted (i.e., rasterized) is known as