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May 4, 1987

HEWLETT-PACKARD TO ADD POSTSCRIPT COMPATIBILITY TO ITS LASER PRINTERS

By CBR Staff Writer

It announced that it would be adding PostScript compatibility to its laser printers (CI No 673) but Hewlett-Packard is not enthusiastic about the decision: We repeatedly tried telling people why they may not need it, but we found that approach wanting, Steve Simpson, marketing manager for office printers told Microbytes Daily; he suggested that PostScript had few advantages over the Printer Control Language already used by all Laserjet printers, one of them being algorithmic font support – which no desktop publishing software supports anyway; he also claimed that PostScript was about 30% slower than its Printer Control Language.

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