Is it better to set the default print mode for spooling to RAW or EMS?

When the printers are installed, the default is RAW mode.  It is my understanding that EMF is the most efficient.  Should the default be changed?  We print a lot of long word documents, and I want to minimize the time that Word spends sending documents to the printer.  (The documents are prepared on XP and Vista machine, and the printers run on a Server 2003 machine).
Harold KrongelbPresident/Engineering SupervisorAsked:
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windlCommented:
The decision on whether to spool EMF or RAW is made by GDI based on various factors.

Here are some of the factors:

Firstly, if the app uses the print APIs directly, it can specify whatever datatype it wants. But if the app prints through GDI:

We’ll go RAW in the following cases:

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      Printing to FILE:
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      Printing directly to port (no spooling)
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      Client disables “advanced printing features” in printer properties.
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      Some drivers always print RAW, regardless of all other options. e.g. “HP LaserJet 4100 PCL 6” from HP Homepage
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      Acrobat Reader prints PDFs to printers with a postscript driver as RAW postscript files.

Additionally, for networking printing:

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      Client is anything other than NT/Win200/XP
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      Client doesn’t use a “true” connection
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      Printing to a “masq” printer (win9x, netware, etc.)
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      Server has “printer attribute RAW only” bit set
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      Server doesn’t accept client’s EMF version

So there is no real guarantee that you will get on particular datatype or the other.


http://www.undocprint.org/winspool/spool_files

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windlCommented:
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Harold KrongelbPresident/Engineering SupervisorAuthor Commented:
I want to choose windl's solution as the best solution.
Harold KrongelbPresident/Engineering SupervisorAuthor Commented:
The answer is quite complex.  That is probably because there is no one good answer.
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