Adobe plots new PostScript for Vista
Adobe has announced the imminent release of a new PostScript print driver for Windows Vista. This will add support for high-quality output from Microsoft Office applications to PostScript-enabled printers.
Adobe expects to begin delivering the software to printer manufacturers in July. Manufacturers will then be able to supply the driver directly to their customers and bundle it with devices.
The driver delivers higher quality print output for Office files with transparency and gradients than printing the same files using the standard PostScript driver bundled with Windows, Adobe says.
Printer manufacturers can support the new Vista print path without making any changes to their devices; implementing and customising the driver is straightforward, since it reuses existing PPDs (PostScript Printer Description) files, user interfaces and manufacturers’ custom code.
‘Adobe is committed to supporting our customers on the latest operating systems,’ said Don Walker, senior director of product marketing and business development at Adobe. ‘Providing the best PostScript print technology for Vista is part of that commitment.’