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Chapter 6. Printing and Faxing > Printing to Disk Option

Printing to Disk Option

Sometimes printing to a disk file rather than to a printer can be useful. What does printing to a disk file mean? It means that the same data that normally would be sent to the printer is shunted to a disk file, either locally or on the network. The file isn’t a copy of the file you were printing; it contains all the special formatting codes that control your printer. Codes that change fonts, print graphics, set margins, break pages, and add attributes such as under-line, bold, and so on are all included in this type of file. Print files destined for PostScript printers typically include their PostScript preamble, too.

The primary use of print-to-disk files is to send documents as formatted using PostScript to a service bureau for professional printing.


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