An alternative for personal printers is Adobe’s PrintGear – a complete hardware/software system based on an Adobe custom-designed processor designed specifically for the lucrative small and home office (SoHo) market. Adobe claims that 90% of typical SoHo documents can be described by a small number of basic objects. They have consequently designed a dedicated 50MHz image processor to specifically handle these RISC-like tasks, which is claimed to offer large speed increases over traditional printer processors and be cheaper, too. A printer equipped with Adobe PrintGear typically features the dedicated processor and a sophisticated software driver, and offers options including tiling, up to 16 thumbnail pages per single sheet, two-sided printing, booklet printing and watermarking.

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