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What is the Fiery Adapter used for?

I need info on the Xerox Fiery adapter. Its on a xerox workcentre 78xx series (I think)

What is the "Fiery" needed to do that a normal driver can't. I have never dealt with these before and my friend is complaining its slow and wants me to see what I can do. She says it slows down thier machine just by being there. (haven't we all heard that before)  Even they don't know what its for, it was just "part" of the machine and the vendor said it was required. I'll get with them tomorrow but I'm looking for unbiased opinion here.

They use this printer to print color bulletins, maybe 1500 at a time, not photos or fine art.
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8/22/2022 - Mon
Dr. Klahn

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The Fiery RIP converts the PostScript print commands from the PC into dots on the paper. As Dr Klahn explains, it does quite a few other things as well, but people do not often use those features. To my thinking the Fiery is most important when optimum colour matching is required; Fiery's always do better colour than bare printers. So, if you require the best colour, stick with the Fiery. I should add here that Fiery RIPs tend to be quite fast, so it is possible that the slow speed is caused by high resolution images in your documents. Would these be desktop publishing documents, created with PhotoShop or InDesign?

On the other hand, if colour matching is not that important to you, it is possible that your printer also has a built-in RIP, in which case a PostScript or PCL5/6 driver can send the print data to that. If it does, you need to connect to the printer's own network port, instead of that on the Fiery. You will also need to install the correct driver.

As to whether the printer has a built-in RIP, someone may be able yo tell you if you give us the exact model number. Alternatively, if you print the printer's configuration pages (not those of the Fiery), it may tell us what it can do.

When I said slow I meant that they were complaining that it made the pc slow just be being installed. I've no idea yet if that's true, but that's the complaint.
You say better color, or better color control? I'm not aware they need accurate color reproduction, but if it speeds up that actually print output then at least that's a reason it's there.

I can't see how the Fiery RIP would slow down the PC, as the PC has to generate the same PostScript code as would be sent direct to a printer with a built-in RIP. Still, weirder things have happened.

I said Fierys give better colour accuracy, i.e. the exact colour you see on the screen (or on the photo you scanned) is the one on the printed page.

So check if the printer has a built-in RIP - most Xeroxes do. Or, tell us what the model number is. If it has a RIP, try its driver to see if it's faster. You can try both PostScript and PCL and pick the one that is fastest.
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Hi Salad-Dodger
 Any progress on this? Do you have the printer model yet?

I intended to go in monday night but my day job was brutal so I hope to be there over the weekend.