Ive looked all over for this, both here and elsewhere, and havent gotten a good answer. Apologies if this is a repost.
Im looking for a clear answer, preferably by Xerox techs, on what the recommended general best practices are for driver language. I understand that this is a complicated question, but any information would be helpful.
I manage IT for around 300 printers, with perhaps a quarter of them being Xerox. We generally have little say in what printer models are acquired-- the printers are bought by our customers, we configure the device and set it up on a windows-based print server.
We're attempting to standardize settings on the server, as one of the big issues we've had has been lack of standardization, and so we're pursuing standardizing on the GPD for all compatible Xerox printers (as listed in the compatibility document). As far as I am aware, the printers are used for general office workloads.
Is there a generally preferable language for the printers-- PCL5 vs 6 vs Postscript? My general understanding thus far is that PCL5 is preferable to 6 due to having fewer problems (like PCL-XL error) and being easier to troubleshoot (as it can more easily be captured to disk and analyzed), but that Postscript may be preferable for Xerox printers. I have heard that Xerox printers are in fact natively postscript. Can anyone confirm / refute any of that?
Also, regarding bi-directional communication-- once we have configured a print queue, is there any good reason to leave bi-directonal communications on? Our experience has been that it generally triggers a significant delay in accessing or printing to a queue while the server queries the printer.
Thanks in advance.
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Hi Mr. Collins,
Thank you for using the Support Forum. From a case on the online support I found this explanation for the differences between the PCL and Postscript drivers:
Differences Between the PostScript and PCL Drivers
Printer Control Language
NOTE: PCL is a trademark of the Hewlett-Packard Company.
Printer Control Language, or PCL, is a common printing language used widely by many different printer manufacturers. PCL is supported by many different operating systems which allows for the same printer to work in many different environments.
PostScript language, or PS, is a common printing language also used widely by many different printer manufacturers. It is used heavily in Macintosh platforms and for graphic applications in several platforms. It is a device-independent page description language developed by Adobe, which is used to print and display pictures and text. PostScript 3 includes many enhancements to older versions of PostScript, including improved image quality and color.
As for the Bi-Directional setting in the set-up you have described it might be best to turn it off. Here is an explanation of the feature. When enabled Bi-directional communication automatically updates the printer driver with the printer's installed options. The driver’s Printing Preferences will report information about the printer's operational status, active jobs, completed jobs and paper tray status. However, it may be helpful to disable bi-directional communication in the following instances:
If this information does not help please consider contacting your support centre for further assistance.