Canon iPF printers are able to print the industry’s most commonly used file formats (PDF, DWG, TIFF, JPEG, HP GL/2, HPRTL) from applications such as AutoCAD, Photoshop, Micro Station, and Microsoft Office without the need for PostScript. For the majority of CAD/CAM/CAE (2D AND 3D) printing, PostScript is not required because Canon’s own GARO (Graphic Arts Raster Operations) page description language will handle these as a postscript interpreter without any problems.
The Canon Printer Driver, built around the GARO page description language was designed to address a broad range of output requirements. Nonetheless, there remain some occasions where PostScript may be useful – such as when printing highend graphic arts applications and occasionally in a UNIX or LINUX operating environment. If the customer wants to print graphic arts applications such as Illustrator, Quark, InDesign, CorelDraw or PageMaker, then they will require a PostScript enabled RIP solutions to address this need.
However, even in these cases you may find that PostScript is more of an exception than a necessity, as PDF is quickly becoming the preeminent file format for graphic arts printing as well.
Most printing issues with PDFs can be solved with a very simple procedure – the “Print as image” tick box in the PDF advanced options for printing.
This simply flattens the file and removes layers before printing.
“P.S. - you don’t need PS!”