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.
PlanetPress uses the printer's PPD (PostScriptÂ® 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.
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.
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.
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.