Océ employs a multi-computer architecture in its approach to printing. A user on a client machine sends data to a controller. One of Océ's controllers in the Power Logic Controller (PLC). The PLC rips the data to a format that the device can understand and sends printer-specific commands to the device.
This allows the printer to focus on printing while the controller processes the next file to be printed.
Océ offers two types of software to drive its devices.
Océ Repro Desk is targeted to the commercial printing industry. It is used by reprographers.
Océ Repro Desk can process a DWF file into Tiff and pass that to the PLC. Océ Publisher (an application provided as part of the Océ Repro Desk Client Tools) processes a DWF to LDF. (LDF is an Océ proprietary format.) In this case, the LDF contains a Tiff representing the DWF.
Océ Print Exec Department is targeted to the corporate printing environment.
Océ has recently released the Océ Print Exec Department product which supports native DWF. Print Exec Department also accepts a DWF file and converts it to Tiff. Like Océ Repro Desk, it does this with technology supplied by Autodesk through our DWF partnership.
According to Océ Software Engineer, Felicia Ionascu:
Océ Print Exec Department is a print management solution that addresses not only Océ Wide Format printers (the TDS/TCS line, the 9400, 9800, etc.) but also Generic Wide Format black and white TIFF printers and Generic Small format black and white printers in a uniform way. DWF may be printed by using a driver (Océ Printlet) from any application, like the free Autodesk DWF viewer for instance, or by using the Océ Publisher application from which a user can send a list of DWF files.
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DWF can go beyond the paper; however, before being able to go beyond the paper, it has to have the ability to get to paper. Partnerships like the ones between Autodesk and Océ make this possible.