“What is the Difference Between a PCL, UFR II and PostScript Print Driver?”

For your typical office environment, there are 3 printer drivers that you will widely see being used.

PCL print drivers are the most universally used drivers. Most brands will use a PCL driver specific to its corresponding copier model. Companies like Xerox use a “Universal PCL Driver” that works across all of its lines of copier models.

A UFR II print driver is a Canon proprietary driver that stands for “Ultra Fast Rendering II.” This driver processes print jobs quicker by compressing the print job before sending it to the copier, resulting in faster print times. Because of it’s compression capabilities, the UFR II driver is excellent for printing office files from programs such as Microsoft Word, Microsoft Powerpoint, Microsoft Excel, Adobe Reader and Internet Explorer. A downside of Canon’s UFR II compression is that it does not offer high quality colour output. Offices looking to produce high quality colour on a Canon should thus use Adobe PostScript. Special Note: Some System 85 and DOS-based programs are not supported by UFR II.

A PostScript driver is an enhanced print driver developed by Adobe. This high quality print driver is designed for improved colour output by being able to better translate a computer’s RGB (red-green-blue) values into a copier’s CMYK (cyan-magenta-yellow-black) values. Adobe PostScript drivers also offer a small degree of colour manipulation by editing the CMYK output values for the purpose of colour matching. For highest quality output, ensure that your copier brand uses a true Adobe PostScript driver instead of an emulated version.

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