Posted on | December 11, 2013 | No Comments
OTTAWA, Ont. — Canada Post is saying goodbye to the door-to-door postman.
The national mail service says rising costs and falling mail volumes have made it impossible to continue its traditional operations.
The federal Crown corporation plans to phase out home delivery within the next five years, replacing foot delivery with community mail boxes.
Canada Post says says about 6,000 to 8,000 positions will be eliminated over the same time period, mainly through attrition.
The postal service expects nearly 15,000 employees to retire or leave the company in the next five years.
About a third of Canadian homes still receive mail to their door, it said.
The announcement comes in the midst of the busiest time of year for postal outlets, which handle a dramatic rise in both letters and packages for the Christmas holiday.
But the company says its business model is unsustainable.
“Canada Post has begun to post significant financial losses,” it said in the announcement.
“If left unchecked, continued losses would soon jeopardize its financial self-sufficiency and become a significant burden on taxpayers and customers.”
Last month, Canada Post announced that it would ask Ottawa for financial relief next year to help support a restructuring of its business model and pension plan framework to assure long-term financial sustainability.
“The company will continue to bring the cost of labour in line with its competitors through attrition and collective bargaining over time,” it added on Wednesday.
The postal service has faced intense competition from couriers, as well as technology that has led to a growing popularity of consumers paying their bills and communicating online.
In the third quarter, Canada Post reported an improved, but still big, pre-tax loss of $109 million for the period ended Sept. 28. The pre-tax loss in the comparable period a year ago was $145 million.
Posted on | June 27, 2013 | 1 Comment
We have a number of reports that currently go to dot matrix printers, which I would like to start sending to laser. These reports are 132 column, and I want to avoid having to modify the report text if possible.
What I am doing so far, is sending codes:
1b45 (printer reset)
&l370U (set page offset)
(s18H (font pitch to 18)
page offset is to allow for hole punch/binding. With the above font pitch setting, the front of the page is printing perfectly. The back of the page though, is leaving too much space (about double what the space is on that edge on the front), on the right side. The result is that the left side of the text is getting cut off.
Any hints as to what codes to play with would be appreciated.
This post was submitted by Walter Feddern.
Posted on | June 27, 2013 | 1 Comment
Can you please help me to find out the solution to be able to scroll down a PRN file by using your tool, I only can see 2 or 3 pages from a file with more than that pages.
Your help will be much appreciated!
This post was submitted by Jose Carlos Caria.
Posted on | June 25, 2013 | 1 Comment
I have a strange issue with some PCL files generated by a customer: We can look at them, print them, all no problem. But if we try to copy a part of the text, it comes out as gibberish. I am not proficient enough in PCL to figure out what exactly causes this. We cannot change the way the file is created, but if you have a product which allows me to convert it, let me know. You can have a look at the file any time.
This post was submitted by Peter van Herpen .
Posted on | April 15, 2013 | 1 Comment
I need to convert a .ttf file to .sfp and it looks like TTF2SFP will do the trick.
Could you please let me know the cost of this utility.
This post was submitted by Imtiaz Ali.
Posted on | April 11, 2013 | No Comments
San Diego, CA – April 11, 2013: PageTech, a global leader in HP PCL print stream transformation, is celebrating 20 years in business this month. PageTech continues to stay at the forefront of the PCL print stream transformation industry by providing customers with a wide base of PCL expertise and continuous product enhancements.
Established in 1993, PageTech spun off the printer and font technology that was developed by Atech Software including: HP PCL Emulator, Printer Driver Platform, FastFont Typeface Manager and AllType, the Universal Typeface Converter. Seeing an opportunity in the marketplace PageTech repositioned the technology as an application development platform designed for developers of Tax Preparation, Mortgage Loan, Document Imaging, and, most recently, Print to Secure Digital Mail solutions.
Here are some of our major innovations over the last 20 years:
- First to deliver PCL transformation tools in the form of an SDK for custom programming to our API.
- First to provide PCLXForm, the only console program with a full ASCII text script programming language.
- First to unscramble text from legacy print streams for text-searchable output formats like PDF, EMF and ASCII.
- First to develop a custom printer driver (”PCLMagic”) to consistently generate PCL5e with searchable text.
“Since the beginning we’ve focused on PCL and providing the best development tools possible. This has given us an edge-up on the competition and enabled us to withstand the test of time,” said Robert Pooley, president of PageTech. “Our management team has a combined total of 50 years of experience working with everything that involves HP PCL. This breadth of experience allows us to develop flexible solutions for more than 3,000 active clients, countless end users and major clients like Intuit, Citrix, HP, Wells Fargo, Wolters Kluwer, Quicken Loans, FiServ, FEDEX of Europe, and FIS Global.”
With the first 20 years now behind it, PageTech is looking towards a bright future with its new custom PCLMagic printer driver. We expect it to lay the groundwork for many new innovations starting with an all-in-one platform to provide secure digital mail, hybrid mail and dropbox services from any Windows application.
A fully functional evaluation copy of PCLTool SDK v13.0 (32-bit or 64-bit) is available for download from the PageTech PCLTools website. All PageTech products come with a 30-day refund guarantee. A single license for PCLTool SDK starts at $425 USD with additional configuration options available.
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