Objectif Lune®: PlanetPress® Suite

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FAQs

 
         
         
        Do I need PlanetPress for every printer?  
       Where does PlanetPress run? Where do I load PlanetPress?  
       How do I control printer features like paper tray selection?  
       How do I drive multiple forms or variable data documents to multiple printers?  
       How does the printer know which form to use with a specific print data stream?  
       Where does the data merge with the form or document?  
       Can I also use existing printers I own?  
       How fast will the printer run?  
       Can you distribute the print job electronically?  
       Can you print color documents?  
         
       Do I need PlanetPress for every printer?  
     

Yes, PlanetPress is licensed per printer. Quantity and speed are factors in determining price. The more printers in a speed category, the lower the cost per printer. Prices increase in correlation to the speed.

 
       
       Where does PlanetPress run? Where do I load PlanetPress?  
      PlanetPress runs in the printer. A printer license is shipped with the PlanetPress design tool. The design tool is used to create a form or document that is in turn compiled to run on the printer.  
       
       How do I control printer features like paper tray selection?  
      PlanetPress uses the printer's PPD (PostScript® Printer Definition file) to understand the printer's features, such as number of paper trays and resident fonts. Once this file is loaded, PlanetPress understands how to drive the printer.  
       
       How do I drive multiple forms or variable data documents to multiple printers?  
      This can be accomplished by setting up multiple queues on the customer's host computer, or by using Objectif Lune's PlanetPress Watch module. PlanetPress Watch greatly simplifies the process whereby the customer sends all variable data print jobs to one queue and PlanetPress Watch intelligently sends the data to the correct printer using the correct PlanetPress form.  
       
       How does the printer know which form to use with a specific print data stream?  
      A trigger in front of the print data activates the correct PlanetPress form. The trigger can be applied on the customer's host (in a print queue for example), or automatically by PlanetPress Watch.  
       
       Where does the data merge with the form or document?  
      The data merge occurs on the printer. This is the most efficient place as the printer controller is optimized for imaging and sized for the speed of the printer. In addition, only the variable data needs to be sent to the printer, minimizing network traffic.  
       
       Can I also use existing printers I own?  
      Yes, PlanetPress is an open system requiring a standard PostScript® printer. Upgrade to new printers in a controlled rollout as the new PlanetPress application works on the new as well as the existing printers.  
         
       How fast will the printer run?    
      PlanetPress will run printers at optimum speed using the advanced image caching features of PostScript® level 2 or 3.    
         
       Can you distribute the print job electronically?  
      Yes, with PlanetPress Watch/Image/Search/Fax documents can be output to a fax modem and to PDF for archive and email - automatically.  
         
       Can you print color documents?  
      Yes, PlanetPress supports both color and monochrome PostScript® printers.