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How The Ir C2100/2100s Works; About Printer Drivers And Ppds - Canon iRC2100 Printing Manual

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xi How the iR C2100/2100S works
• The Job Management Guide explains the functions of the Fiery
utilities, including the Command WorkStation, and how they can be used
to manage jobs. This book is intended for an operator or administrator, or
a user with the necessary access privileges, who needs to monitor and
manage job flow and troubleshoot problems that may arise.
• Release Notes provide last-minute product information and workarounds
for some of the problems you may encounter.

How the iR C2100/2100S works

The iR C2100/2100S receives files from computers on the network,
processes (RIPs) those files, and then sends them to the copier/printer's print
engine for printing. Even with the iR C2100/2100S installed, you can still
use the copier to make copies.
Windows and Mac OS computers communicate with the iR C2100/2100S
by means of a PostScript printer driver and PostScript printer description
(PPD) files. The driver enables you to use special features of the iR C2100/
2100S from the Print dialog box.

About printer drivers and PPDs

A printer driver manages printing communication between your application
software and the printer. It interprets the instructions generated by the
application software, merges those instructions with printer-specific PPD
options you specify, and translates all that information into PostScript, a
language the printer understands. In other words, the printer driver writes a
PostScript file based on your original file and the options you set from the
Print dialog box.
A PPD file contains information about a particular device's features and
capabilities (for example, what paper sizes and media types are supported).
The printer driver reads the information in the PPD file and presents that
information to you in the form of options you can choose from the Print
dialog box. The PPD for the iR C2100/2100S includes information about
the features of both the copier/printer and the iR C2100/2100S.
For information on the PPD options, see Appendix A.


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