WinHEC, Seattle, 25 April 2005 04/25/2005
Global Graphics demonstrates native printing of new Microsoft print and document format
A live demonstration of next generation
printing in the Microsoft Windows operating system, code-named "Longhorn",
is presented today at WinHEC, the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference
and its companion conference Windows Driver DevCon, by Global Graphics
(Euronext: GLOG), developers of technology for open document and print
At both the WinHEC and Windows Driver
DevCon conferences, Global Graphics' chief technology officer, Dr. Adrian
Ford, presents native printing of Microsoft's new print and document format,
code-named "Metro". Dr. Ford demonstrates the advantages
users gain when sending a "Metro" document to a print device
that consumes "Metro" natively, without conversion to another
Unveiled today at WinHEC by Microsoft
Corp., "Metro" is an open XML-based format that is used in document
workflows and allows users to share, print and archive paginated-layout
documents. As a Page Description Language (PDL), "Metro"
will offer significantly improved screen-to-print fidelity to meet knowledge
worker demand for documents rich in graphics content as well as the high
fidelity needs of the digital imaging marketplace. At the heart of
Global Graphics' demonstrations is its new Raster Image Processor (RIP),
which takes text and images that comprise the "Metro" document
and converts them into a high-quality raster form for printed output.
Global Graphics has been developing
core technology to support this new print architecture since 2003.
At WinHEC and Windows Driver DevCon the Company is demonstrating its implementation
of a true native "Metro" raster image processor (RIP) as part
of a print controller. Native consumption is the recommended route
for implementing support for "Metro" because the best printing
experience is provided when information is retained in the "Metro"
format for as long as possible, without converting to an intermediate or
device dependent form. Live demonstrations of native "Metro"
printing will also run in Global Graphics booth at the WinHEC Expo.
The company is currently working with
software and hardware vendors to implement complete solutions for "Metro"
within the Windows print subsystem and beyond. These solutions are based
on the core technology that Global Graphics has developed and will include:
<ul><li>RIP solutions for
high performance print workflows and for low resource embedded scenarios;</li>
<li>Rendering technology that
brings added flexibility and performance to the driver for use in host-based
systems for converting "Metro" to raster; and,</li>
<li>Scalable solutions to enable
"Metro" support across product families.</li></ul>
Current print devices do not support
"Metro." Independent hardware vendors (IHVs) will need
to enable support for "Metro" in their products to ensure that
users benefit from the advantages and enhanced features that "Metro"
provides. At WinHEC, Global Graphics is offering IHVs a variety of
"Metro" support including training and full implementation services.
Global Graphics has a long history of
providing cross-platform, high-performance software. The Company's technology
is integral to products produced by printer manufacturers, document companies,
and systems integrators worldwide. Global Graphics' broad technology portfolio
includes: Raster Image Processors that convert text and images into
printable form; software for document conversion and manipulation; and,
components for digital workflows and color management. In particular,
it specialises in technology for processing Page Description Languages
and has worked with PostScript® since 1986, and with the Portable Document
Format (PDF) since its introduction in 1993.
A White Paper entitled "Supporting 'Metro' for Printing Devices"
outlines Global Graphics' presentation at WInHEC and Driver DevCon and
is available at http://globalgraphics.com/
About Global Graphics
Global Graphics (http://www.globalgraphics.com
is the technology expert for open document and print solutions committed
to the continuous development of industry standards. It is a leading
developer and supplier of sophisticated high performance RIPs, PDF document,
workflow and color solutions to Independent Hardware Vendors, Independent
Software Vendors, system integrators and resellers. These partners include
the world's leading vendors of digital pre-press systems, large-format
color printers, color proofing systems, workgroup copiers and printers,
desktop inkjet printers and software applications. Customers include: HP,
KonicaMinolta, Sharp, Agfa, Kodak and Quark. Global Graphics is a subsidiary
of Global Graphics S.A. (Euronext:GLOG)
= a Raster Image Processor
converts text and images that
make up a printed page into printable form. RIPs are used in digital presses,
printers, copiers and for transmitting information over the Internet.
= A page description language
specifies the arrangement
of a printed page through commands from a computer that the printer carries
out. Adobe's PostScript is one of the most commonly used PDLs
= Portable Document Format
is a standard file format for
document management and distribution in a wide range of applications and
is used globally for storing and distributing documents via the Internet,
email, and CD Roms.
= is an industry standard page description
language used for printing and imaging.
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