PrePrint converts Kyocera Prescribe documents into industry standard formats, including PDF, PostScript and PCL, on a per-queue basis. PrePrint is supplied as a standalone single application embedded appliance or a VMware image and provides a reliable and cost-effective method of migrating from the Prescribe page description language.

Processing Prescribe documents could not be easier: conversion to PDF, PostScript or PCL is done simply by printing documents using LPR or raw port printing. Drag and drop hot folders are also supported, which makes conversion of document batches simple. Converted data can be routed automatically to any network printer or optionally stored as a PDF archive for emailing as an electronic document.

PrePrint queues can be configured in minutes using the intuitive, user-friendly interface. Default printer settings can be specified, including replacement of Prescribe cassette/paper tray selection commands with digital print stock or PostScript paper selection tags.

Uniquely, PrePrint supports any output printer, as individual printer PPD files can be associated with each PrePrint queue. This allows users to take advantage of all the printers’ functionality, including tray and cassette selection, output bin selection, duplex and stitching.

PrePrint is a network print appliance. It acts as a print server on your network, receiving Prescribe and other legacy data from a variety of sources, which it converts into PDF format then passes on to your printers. The appliance can be configured via its built-in web user interface.

PrePrint can accept data from your mainframe, Unix, Windows and Linux application servers using Berkeley LPD protocol, IPP protocol and simple TCP raw-data transfer. It is also able to collect print jobs from Windows (SMB/CIFS) and Unix (NFS) network-shared “hot folders”. In addition, FTP can be used to send input data, enabling the PrePrint to be used in conjunction with multi-function printers to process scanned images.

PrePrint is intended to add a print emulation function to your print work flow. Its primary emulation is of the Kyocera Prescribe page description language, which it converts directly into Portable Document Format (PDF). It can also convert plain formatted text and simple PCL documents into PDF.

The generated PDF documents can be archived, sent directly to a PDF-capable printer, or processed through PrePrint’s internal printer drivers into PostScript or PCL format.

Prescribe cassette selection commands can be used to trigger “Digital Paper Stock”, where a single page PDF file is applied to pages which would originally have processed onto pre-printed stock from a particular cassette. This allows a legacy printing system to be converted into a white- paper process.

If the use of pre-printed stock is required, PostScript paper selection tags can be embedded into the output from the internal PostScript driver.

PrePrint can masquerade as multiple printers by assuming an IP address for each printer.

Using this feature, it is possible to use PrePrint to replace a number of legacy desktop printers with a single production printer with no change to the application which generates the print jobs.

Print jobs are output, via a print driver, to destination printers using LPD, IPP or raw protocols. Archiving of jobs (in PDF format) is available.

PrePrint has the versatility to enable you to move away from legacy printing hardware with minimal change to your existing software.