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The development of variable data printing software is changing with each passing day

the development of digital printing has gone through many years. Up to now, people are no longer strange, curious, even surprised and suspicious about it, because digital printing has taken advantage of the unique advantages of variable data 6 and large gap between force measuring piston and force measuring cylinder to show its style in the printing markets such as on-demand printing, personalized printing, short edition printing, etc, Provide the most personalized services for customers with different needs

in the early stage of the development of digital printing, people paid most attention to the technical principles, core engines and materialized digital printing equipment of various types of digital printing. Digital printing equipment developed by different manufacturers with different applications, different working principles, and different functions and characteristics has greatly enriched the printing equipment market, and there are enough brands to dazzle people. However, with the development of digital printing technology, people have a deeper understanding of digital printing and begin to realize that variable data printing (VDP) is the main market of digital printing. Variable data printing does not have to compete with traditional printing to compete for the original printing market share, but can completely create a shortcut to create and open up a new printing market with real personalized printing services, which is the real bright spot and future of the development of variable data printing

however, the development of variable data printing is not plain sailing. Today, with the gradual maturity of hardware technology, how to realize the smooth input, conversion and output of data information in the production process of digital printing, and how to realize the sharing of data information in many devices using different technologies, How to realize the personalization of data information in variable data printing and other non hardware technical problems have become an important factor in the rapid development of variable data printing. At the same time, in order to make variable data printing truly serve the personalized printing market, we can't expect to only aim at the special personalized needs that individual customers have reflected, but we need to fully analyze the printing market and the potential needs of customers, take the initiative to develop the market, and form the marketing information that meets the needs of customers through purposeful data mining in the huge market information database, Thus, a variable data printing database is established. The establishment of variable data printing database and the development and application of printing software that enables the transmission, conversion and compatibility of variable data information need not only the technical ability in the printing field, but also the participation of IT industry elites. It can be seen that in recent years, the technological development focus of variable data printing should turn to the development of variable data printing software with perfect functions, wide applicability and easy expansion and upgrading. This development orientation and trend is promoting the rapid development of variable data printing software

in order to ensure that the digital printing system converts a large amount of database information into specific customer marketing information, meet the needs of personalized customers, and make the digital printing system faster and more convenient to be used, from the cheaper plug-in software to the system software that can automatically operate the publishing business of the whole company, the digital printing market continues to develop a series of variable data software for printing enterprises to choose

in order to fully understand the new changes taking place in variable data printing (VDP) and its future development trend, we divide the commonly used variable data printing software into three levels: printer language programs that can work together with post RIP software, plug-ins and extension software xtensions, and postscript/pdf application software with specific functions

general printer language program

postscript software has become a very popular application software in the printing industry, so that people may ignore the important problem that it is not the standard language of most printing output devices. In addition to using rip to interpret the input data of

postscript, the digital printer can also be driven by the control language program of the printer. At this time, you can rely on the language program of the printing machine to directly establish a marking engine for a large amount of data input to the printing machine, give the printing marking at the time of output, such as what type of marking, where to mark, etc., and can control the different choices of the printing machine, such as determining which feeding carton to choose when digital printing, and where to bind with the stapler built in the printing machine, etc

at present, developing a common language that can be applied to various types of digital printing machines is a problem of great concern in the industry and the direction of suppliers. At present, the most common printer language program is HP printer control language (referred to as HP PCL), which can be used to drive HP, Canon brand and other laser printers without postscript rip. IBM invested and developed advanced function presentation (AFP) by itself. The software is characterized by its independent structure, which can directly convert printing data into intelligent print data stream (IPDS) for specific devices, and then drive output devices to print variable data

Xerox takes the metacode software developed by Xerox as the specific software of LPS series digital printers, which uses the input format acceptable to many digital printers. Most Xerox digital printers can also be driven by the spire color server server of Kodak company, or by the variable data specification language variable print specification (VPS) developed by Symantec company

because the general printing machine language does not have the function of postscript to quickly process complex images during graphic reproduction and production, many redundant processing links must be simplified before submitting variable printing data to the digital printing machine engine. It is the improvement of this simplified processing that promotes the substantive progress of the printing machine language

many modern VDP solutions organically combine the transmission speed of printer language data with the complexity of postscript output, such as combining static postsc3 ~ 5rain post rip background with variable text, and simple images controlled by printer language. However, for any printing machine language, the potential deep-seated problem of VDP application is the compatibility between the printing machine language and digital printing equipment, that is, the language of variable data printing application must be compatible with the output equipment, which may limit printers to choose a series of software from a single supplier

a typical case of printing machine language solutions is Canon, which bundles Imageware publishing manager with imagerunners to provide printing machine language solutions. Although this application can output the assembled documents in PDF format, it generally needs to drive the output device of Canon through PCL printing driver software

The higher-level development trend of printing machine language program is to apply enterprise level printing machine language system which is more suitable for large-scale enterprises. Although such systems have only been developed for more than a decade, autograph software from document sciences has been applied to the processing of official documents, bills and related businesses by insurance, banking and health care institutions. Autograph and the newly applied xpression VDP can output in postscript and PDF formats, and they are more used to create AFP, metacode or PCL printing data streams

group 1 software's enterprise level DOC1 Series 5 software enables users to establish a variable data printing scheme in the computer program of the windows interface before sending their layout design to the patchwork server mainframe, UNIX, as/400 or Windows NT for patchwork. Its client/server structure is the biggest feature of the enterprise level VDP solution. Doc1 software also includes various networking tools that can be used to create documents, electronic payment and document archiving for the implementation of the "environmental friendly biodegradable express bag" project. The software is obviously a high-end product at present, which can be clearly seen from its expensive price of 150000 US dollars

doc1 software can work with metacode, AFP, VPS and other equipment's own printing machine languages to drive the high-speed operation of the printing machine. More and more equipment suppliers have joined the R & D team of group 1, and the developed personalized print markup language (PPML) is also a non equipment owned printer language based on XML

low price plug-ins and extension software

design companies and printing companies may retain their preferred layout design by applying a small number of variable data printing software or plug-ins, such as combining QuarkXPress applications with xtensions software, or adobe InDesign and FrameMaker plug-ins. This kind of product is characterized by reasonable communication with external databases, easy to use and reasonable price. Its low price has become the main selling point of plug-ins and extension software in the application of variable data printing. However, this kind of software also has some shortcomings, such as most of them lack the function of classifying and arranging complex data, which is necessary in the application of VDP. Therefore, if you use plug-ins to deal with complex printing live parts, you may have to face a huge amount of postscript processing, which is obviously a very time-consuming work. At the same time, the success of variable data processing also depends on the network running speed and the rapid processing function of rip

another option is to create "optimized postscript" applications. It refers to a workflow realized by using the cache memory of postscript Level 2 (that is, the rip memory area that can store repeated page contents). It can create VDP applications that optimize the needs of postscript. It can not only use rip to process the static background data of documents while printing, but also store the results in the cache memory, which can be called repeatedly when printing needs. In contrast, the huge postscript workflow must repeatedly rip the whole batch of background images, resulting in a waste of time and money

for variable data printing with strict budget requirements, arts PDF company provides variform Lite plug-in and variform plus plug-in that can be combined with Adobe Acrobat V6, so that the information recorded in the database can be imported into the PDF format area, and its selling price is only $199 and $349 respectively. According to professionals, variform's hot clip automation solution allows users to use electronic documents in network form, e-mail box or other sources, and can automatically convert a variety of personalized printed documents, such as lists, documents and packing lists. Each data record can produce a copied PDF page, which can be easily proofed or output on any postscript compatible printer

variform Lite plug-in can run compatible on MAC and PC at the same time, but it only accepts data tables or comma separated text files as data input forms. The plug-in of windows plus version provides the function of database open connectivity or PDF format data input

the earliest application of quarkxtensions, a variable data printing workflow, is the personalizer-x developed by technodesign in the Netherlands. The software plug-in of sample 1 in Figure 2 should be selected. The software can be applied to six languages, and its plug-in is compatible with Xpress 4.1 to Xpress 5.0, but it is currently only applicable to the use of Mac OS 9 (Xpress 6/mac OS X and windows versions are still under development), The variable data printing workflow must be entered in ASCII text format (it should be a framed table, comma separated text, or a segment with a fixed width

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