Printer Testing Company?

Posted on 2012-09-18
Last Modified: 2013-12-13
This is a very random/generic question that may not have an answer, but I am wondering if anyone out there knows of a company that specializes in testing printers for compatibility with software.  The company I work for produces a software, and we have a very limited number of supported printers that we have actually tested due to the high expense of buying every printer out there just to test our product.  It is just not logical to do so.  Therefore, I am wondering if there is a company out there that we could send our software to that is basically a warehouse of printers that can test our software compatibility.

Thanks for your time.
Question by:Notthead
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    Maybe try

    Also, have you thought of putting it out free for beta testing?

    Author Comment

    I will look into it.  Thanks for the quick reply.  Beta testing is not something that we feel can cover every aspect of our software as there are many different aspects of our software that most customers do not entirely cover when using it.
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    Generally, the most common languages in use are PCL 5 and PCL 6.  The PCL (Printer Control Language) was developed by by Hewlett-Packard and other printer manufactures standard is to be HP compatible.  So, if you test PCL5 & 6 using HP printers you are pretty safe.  

    PostScript is used more in graphics applications - again, if you test with HP Laser Printers you should be pretty confident.  

    Outside of that, you probably will be better off just addressing issues as they arrive.

    Author Closing Comment

    by:Notthead had a list of 80 printers that they could test with.  It is something we will keep in mind for future use.  Universal print drivers are currently being tested by us for the PCL 5, 6 and PS functionality.  I appreciate both responses.

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