Optimize High Volume PCL Applications

Posted on | December 1, 2009 | No Comments

High Volume User Guidelines:

  1. Hardware Requirements: The fastest CPU with the most RAM, etc.
  2. Optimal location of files:
    Input: Local drivePTC32.INI TempDir: Not the same physical local drive as for Input files. Select drive with no i/o contention with other applications.Output: Not the same physical local drive as for Input or Temp files.
  3. Eliminate as many other concurrent processes as possible:
  4. Turn-off our Progress Bar in the .TPT file
    Turn-off Explorer or any other program that auto-refreshes it’s view of an output directory structure. Or, write a script with a files per folder threshold like 2,000 files to trigger the creation of a new folder.
    Avoid any other file I/O or other processed that compete for resources.

  5. Analyze the PCL for inefficiencies:Is file generated at 600 DPI, when 300 DPI is enough?
    Do you really need color?
    Are bitmap fonts downloaded, when they could be downloaded as outline typefaces?
    Are bitmap fonts downloaded, when they could be remapped to available resident fonts?
    Are macros/images/logos downloaded that could be added during the conversion or rendering process?
    Could you use FILTER -7 or -7 -s to optimize the PCL when there are redundant download bitmap or scalable fonts?
    Could you use split the PCL to break it up into smaller jobs?
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