[Kde-print-devel] [Bug 117344] Use KPDF for fast print preview rendering

Kurt Pfeifle pfeifle at kde.org
Tue Jan 9 14:41:37 CET 2007

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------- Additional Comments From pfeifle kde org  2007-01-09 14:41 -------
@ comment 5:

   Yes, Thiago, for now CUPS expects PostScript, but it can also handle it
   already if it receives PDF.

@ comment 6:

   Yes, if CUPS gets PDF, it runs its pdftops|pstops filter chain where pstops
   inserts the device specific jobsettings

CUPS is set to support direct PDF processing in the near future as well (and the players who participated in the Desktop Printing Summit in Atlanta 2005 all agreed to move over to PDF over time). My guess is that direct PDF processing would use the industry standard "JobTicket" format, and it would be CUPS' task to process (as well as generate) such a JobTicket for all cases need (like, if the target device should be sent PDF instead of PostScript).

However, you can be pretty sure that PostScript will be around for a long time still. First, CUPS will continue to support it. Second, all current and future PDF print devices will have PostScript support too. Third, for all non-PS/PDF printers, PostScript will probably remain an importat intermediate format in the processing of the jobfile (conversion by CUPS).

I marked this as a wishlist item for KDE4.

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