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Printers supporting page-level color detection
Last modified on 08 January 2014 11:54 AM

This feature scans each page of a document for traces of color. The grayscale discount is applied to any grayscale pages, and other pages are charged at the printer’s standard rate. See Chapter 7 for more information.

Currently, PaperCut NG can perform page-level color detection with most PostScript, PCL5, PCL6, HPGL and XPS printer drivers. This combination covers about 95% of business style network printers. Many manufacturers offer PostScript and PCL drivers as well as proprietary ones - check your printer manufacturer’s website for availability. Where possible we suggest sticking to PostScript as this is the most mature and open standard and is the only environment that offers support for all major platforms.

GDI drivers use non-documented and proprietary languages, which are often evolving and in many cases it’s not viable to support page-level analysis for these drivers. PaperCut supports page-level color detection on the EMF spool file format so page-level detection is possible on some GDI drivers that spool the jobs in EMF format - results may vary so testing is always required. At a minimum, document-level color detection is supported in many GDI devices.

PaperCut NG does not perform page-level color detection for PCL3GUI printer drivers.

See the Color Detection section of the user manual for more information: