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Support for Large Format Pages Available

10 September 2001; New Westminster, BC:

ImageMAKER Development (formerly Spittin' Image Software) is now offering print drivers for Windows NT4, Windows 2000, and Windows XP that support page sizes up to 3.2 metres (10 feet) square, in monochrome and color output formats and resolutions up to 6000 DPI.

Windows print drivers achieve their universality by creating the image to be printed on an internal bitmap surface. This surface is then sent to the printing device once it is complete. Until now, the size of this surface acted to limit the size of the page that could be created; particularly in Windows NT4, the surface was created in kernel memory, which is limited, and this resulted in a maximum image size for color printers on the close order of letter-size.

By supporting a Windows process called "banding" or "journalling", we now expose a slice of that surface at a time, creating the image in smaller pieces. Each piece is then sent to the output file. This removes almost all limitations on the size of the surface that we can generate. With our recently-announced Printer Emulation functionality (part of the Exact Printing technology), almost any resolution can be supported, up to 6000 DPI and beyond.

This 'Large Format' functionality will be made available at no charge to all current ImageMAKER Development and Spittin' Image Software licensees that have Annual Support and Maintenance for these drivers in place.

To obtain the updated drivers, download the demo version of our color print drivers from our download web page and confirm its integration and functionality with your application. If you need any help or want to request an updated drop for this driver feel free to contact Ken Davies or Charles Wangersky directly. You may reach them by phone from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Pacific Time at (604) 525-2108.

For customers without Support and Maintenance with ImageMAKER Development or Spittin' Image Software in place, we offer a limited time amnesty program to bring the ImageMAKER print drivers up to date. For details on this amnesty program contact or call him at (604) 525-2170.

 

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