Whatever is printed from computer to any kind of printer, it usually exists as a digital file stored on computer.
The term “document” is general . Usually in the past, it referred to symbols, images and words, which were on a piece of paper.
When it comes to “digital documents”, we can characterize them as “Files” and, more accurately, as “Digital Files”.
Digital Files can be texts, sketches, photos, music, movies, etc.
Many of them can be printed, usually on paper.
However, not all kinds of digital files are printable.
For example, a digital file that contains sounds of a pop song or the sounds of an opera, can’t be printed.
So, some digital files can be printed and some can’t.
And even if we tried to print on paper the non-printable files, the result would not make sense.
In our technology all files are potentially printable.
And that is possible, because all information that files contain, is not sent to printer to print them on paper, but to edit and to convert it through the printing process.
So , information that files contain becomes important for its process.
Every document print is a transformation.
A typical example of such a digital print, that is already widely used, is the conversion of a Microsoft® Word document to another type of document, Adobe® PDF.
Since digital documents are commonly sent in PDF type, this process is often.
The above mentioned process is a transformation, however the content itself doesn’t affect this transformation.
Contents remain the same, the computer program that is responsible to show us the contents, changes.
In our technology the content of a document can determine its transformation.
For example and theoretically, a “smart” printer could, if given the order by the user, print an audio file, in the form of sheet music.
To a smart printer, content gives meaning to a document.
So, content , based on rules that we have set, determines its behavior and its course.
A smart printer can be configured to do it.
Let’s imagine, when I send documents for printing, I want the following to happen…
- If I have an image file, it should be stored on my computer, it should be e-mailed to John and simultaneously be stored as backup file to a second folder.
- If I have a text file that contains word “colleagues”, it should be simultaneously be stored on all colleague’s computers.
- If a file contains a mathematic formula, it should be calculated and the result should be sent to all my colleagues.
There are so many examples and applications that smart print technology can handle.
Using smart printers, your digital documents, are alive.