High-Resolution Printing Without Ink

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One of the most dynamic endeavors in the arena of computer technology has been the quest to build a machine that will offer the sharpest rendition of any given image in the highest resolution possible. Through the years, the technology has advanced and there have been numerous innovations for consumer needs, such as three-dimensional printing, which has enabled people to create anything from artificial skulls to Star Wars figures. Unfortunately, despite the innovations in the realm of computer printing, stumbling blocks have come about, which will make the widespread use of this technology possible only many years in the future.

A Pioneering Discovery in Singapore

In August 2012, a team of scientists at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)’s Institute of Materials Research and Engineering in Singapore have struck upon a method of producing high-definition, full color images at 100,000 dots per inch without using any ink. This resolution is ten times that of top-of-the-line printers, which feature the ability to print images at a mere 10,000 dpi.

A Novel Concept Inspired by an Ancient Idea

Taking their inspiration from the concept of stained glass, which was made by mixing tiny metal fragments into glass, the scientists used nanometer-sized metal disks arranged upon a reflective surface. When the disks come into contact with light, small vibrations their electrons occur, resulting in the adding or subtracting of colors from the visible spectrum, depending upon where the disks are placed. Since the disks are so small, they can be clustered very closely together, yielding a particularly sharp image.

As such, this technique allows coloring to be viewed an idea that has more in common with the concept of etching an image into stone, as opposed to an inking matter. Such a concept could very possibly bring radical change to the notion of how images are printed and further developed.

New Possibilities Abound

It may take a good deal of time before this technology is made widely available for everyday use, especially since the process of 100,000-dpi inkless printing takes hours. However, it bodes well that this innovative method will be particularly useful to industries specializing in high-resolution reflective color displays, anti-counterfeiting measures, high-density optical data storage and perhaps one day might enable more detailed three-dimensional printing. In fact, for months, A*STAR's technology transfer arm, Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd, has been shopping this technology around to potential collaborators in the hopes of finding a suitable licensing arrangement.

All-New Photo-Sharing App Takes A Roadtrip

29. April 2013 07:06 by Calvin Yu in Technology News  //  Tags: , , , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Divvy

Divvy, a dynamic photo-sharing application available for Mac OS and Microsoft Windows that takes its name from the abbreviated form of the verb divide, is ready to hit the road.

Reaching out to new users across the nation

Jeremy Greenfield and Keyvon Olomi, who founded Divvy, have set out on a cross-country road trip to promote and market the app, which enables users to view and save photos from all of their favorite social media outlets, like Facebook and Instagram, and also to share the images with individuals, groups, people nearby, and their friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter.

After leaving Tulsa, Oklahoma on April 1, the two, as of this writing, are touring the Northeast with plans to visit colleges in the greater Boston metropolitan area before heading to Denver in the next three weeks.

A new and easier way to share photos via social media

Olomi, who founded AppTank in late 2010, devised Divvy to alleviate the tedious hassle of moving between Facebook and Instagram to share photos with friends, as well as the inconvenience of Instagram's lack of zoom and save features. In addition, he designed Divvy so that its users could share photos more privately than on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Even better, a user can snap a picture and use the “Around Me” feature to instantly share the image with whomever he or she wants!

Yet another neat thing about Divvy is that a user can take a printout from any printer, be it a conventional inkjet or laser model or the Little Printer, the Circle Printer, and the PocketJet printer, snap a photo with Divvy and share it with all of his or her friends, family and followers.

However, the feature that Greenfield and Olomi are touting as Divvy's main selling point is its photo aggregation capabilities, which entails linking with users' Facebook and Instagram accounts, displaying images from the respective feeds and enabling Divvy users to share photos with nearby Divvy users, individuals, groups and all their followers. 

Although at this time, Facebook and Instagram are the only two social media platforms that link with Divvy, there are immediate plans to support the capability to link with users' Twitter, Tumblr, Flickr, and Dropbox accounts. Nonetheless, the reviews on Divvy's page on iTunes' App Store website are indeed glowing.

Sunshine and Smartphones Meet: Essential Warm Weather Apps

18. April 2013 07:38 by Calvin Yu in Technology News  //  Tags: , , , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Temperatures are finally rising, at least in most places across the United States, which means you're probably beginning to plan your favorite outdoor activities for the first time in months. Whether hiking, beach volleyball, summer concerts, or sunbathing are your preferred hobbies, there are specific apps you can use to help improve your outdoor experience. From video apps to GPS location devices to plant encyclopedias, there are limitless possibilities to stay connected, even when you're basking in the sunshine.

vine appShare life's precious moments with Vine.

Vine, created by social media website Twitter, allows you to take 6 second video clips with audio. Available only for iPhone or iPad, the app allows for video content to be shared more easily over the internet. How many times have you taken video only to realize it's too long to send through email or attach on a social media website? Vine takes the hassle out of this. Whether you're looking to capture a candid family moment or some incredible vista during a hike, there are limitless options available.

Landscaper's Companion for that green thumb.

If you've got a garden, plan on starting one, or love to identify plants on hikes, Landscaper's Companion is the perfect app for you. Rather than carrying that bulky encyclopedia with you, you can carry a fully searchable database of over 26,000 plants and 21,000 images. Not only can you access data online but you can also make notes on specific plants. Have you noticed they only like a certain amount of sunshine or water? It takes the hassle out of trying to remember little details that are generally easy to forget or confuse. Better yet: it's available on both iOS and Android devices.

zLocation appNever get meeting points confused again with zLocation.

Have you ever gone on a hike with multiple people or tried to find your friends at a specific point on a beach that goes on for miles without avail? zLocation takes the hassle out of planning meeting points. You can create a meeting location point using GPS, provide a name and add specific location details if you're doing something like planning a beach volleyball excursion. Even if your friends don't have the app or an iOS, they'll be able to access the specific event through a mobile optimized browser.

These are just 3 suggestions to help make those outdoor plans easier. When it comes to enjoying the great outdoors, you don't want to be too connected to your phone, but you also want to be able to plan the activities you love wihout having to worry about all of the small details. Feel free to share some other outdoor or spring/summer related app below. Otherwise enjoy the sunshine!

Guide to Wireless Printing from Your Computer and Mobile Phone

While printing dates back to the mid-15th century, wireless printing has only become commonly used in the last two decades. Wireless printing is, as the name clearly states, the ability to use a printer without a wire or a cord connecting the printer and computer. This will allow you to print from any computer within appropriate range of the printer, which will most likely be anywhere within your home. The average distance for wireless printing is approximately 100 feet, but this can vary based on the manufacturer. This wireless technology allows multiple family members to print from their personal computers to the same household printer.

3 Ways to Set Up Wireless Printing

  1. USB Cable: Many wireless printers will come with installation software and a USB cable. If you connect the printer and computer using the USB, you will be prompted to follow the installation guide setup steps. Once completed, you will be able to remove the USB and print wirelessly.

    Printer connected by a USB cable

  2. Wireless Setup Wizard: Using this method, you can setup wireless printing directly from the printer itself using either its control panel or touchscreen. You’ll need to follow a few quick steps and enter answers for questions such as the name of your wireless network and password.
  3. Wi-Fi Protected Setup: Similarly to the wireless setup wizard, you can also use this method using the printers control panel or touchscreen. If your home already has a WPS router with a push-button, after following a few printer setup steps, you will be able to push the button to activate the printer wirelessly with your computer.

Printing from personal computers is the most common form of printing and has been around almost as long as the computer itself. This form is used in offices and homes worldwide and while the printing technology has remained mostly the same, printers themselves have gotten more advanced.

The printer supply industry generates over $100 billion dollars a year. This includes not just printers, but also the ink cartridges or toner cartridges supplies. However, since smartphones and tablets hit the marketplace, the need to print from all technological forms grew as well. Since this need was growing, different mobile applications created by each leading manufacturer such as HP and Epson began emerging for both tablet and smart phone use.

What are my Options for Wireless Mobile Printing?

Regardless of the tablet or smartphone you have, there is a surplus of mobile printing apps to choose from. A few of the options you may use include Bluetooth printing, Apple AirPrint, or manufacturer applications. Allow us to highlight a few of the options:

    Apple iPhone AirPrint settings
  1. Bluetooth printing: Perhaps a more outdated technology, Bluetooth printing is primarily used with mobile phones, yet unlike Wi-Fi, your phone must be used within a few meters of the printer. This is best for phones without a Wi-Fi connection that are enabled for Bluetooth printing.
  2. Apple AirPrint: This is a great option for anyone who uses an Apple device whether an iPad or an iPhone. However AirPrint only applies to software versions 4.2 or later. There are several printers that are compatible with AirPrint including many Epson and HP models. Just locate what you would like to print on your phone, locate the print button (no application download needed), and your phones software will find all AirPrint printers in range you can print from.
  3. HP ePrint settings
  4. HP ePrint: This application can be downloaded directly from your mobile phone. The app is not only compatible with most HP printers, but is also compatible with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, photos, web pages, and more. The easy to use interface makes it simple to print documents, images, or web pages. If you have the appropriate printer and the application downloaded, make sure your printer is stocked with HP ink cartridges.
    Brother iPrint&Scan settings
  5. Brother iPrint&Scan: This app can also be downloaded directly from your mobile phone and is compatible with most Brother printers. In addition to an easy-to-use interface, the Brother app also allows you to set up scans from your smartphone and send results wirelessly to your printer. Don’t forget to fill your office or home printer with Epson ink cartridges before sending documents to print.

Printer applications have now become mainstream for most large manufacturers and have become expected by consumers. In the future, we can expect that most new smartphones will come with already enabled printing features, making the setup and installation process easier and easier. 

 

Is Inbox Zero Really that Elusive?

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If you've just looked at your email inbox, it's likely that you have dozens, hundreds, or, in the worst case scenario, thousands of emails to contend with. Maybe some of them are unread, maybe others are read. No matter where your inbox stands, there's a way to unclutter all of that information. Though it doesn't happen overnight, incremental steps can help you figure out the mess your inbox might be. The following tips are mostly applicable to all email clients, though some are Gmail specific.

Start by removing the unnecessary messages from your inbox.

If you're anything like us, it's likely that you use email to receive promotional emails from businesses, whether it's for discounts and deals or product updates. However, how many of you also forget to delete these emails in your inbox? It's likely that over the years you've accumulated hundreds or thousands of emails. Try searching by specific terms (as an example, "LivingSocial") and see how many emails pop up. By searching by specific terms, you're able to delete emails in bulk, saving you valuable time.

Consider email labels and special folders to archive existing messages.

Often times individuals get multiple email accounts forwarded to a primary email account. However, many forget to label incoming messages and archive emails to the correct folders. Without search terms, you have to plug keywords into the search bar, hoping you don't have to sift through hundreds of messages. By using labels and folders you'll able to find specific information much more efficiently. With particularly valuable emails, this makes more sense, not only saving you time but helping ensure the messages might not get lost among less important ones.

Give yourself an hour every week to assess the state of your inbox.

Be proactive with your inbox. Rather than waiting until spring to clean out your inbox, give yourself 30 minutes or an hour every week to assess the state of your inbox. Do you notice important unread messages? Are there emails that can be deleted? Have you not heard from someone you had expected to? By taking time to look at your inbox, you keep it both more organized and ensure you're not missing out on any important conversation.

Consider investing in mobile apps can let you focus your attention elsewhere.

mailbox app featuresWhile it's great to have an organized inbox on your desktop, don't forget the potential of mobile apps to help you organize your inbox. One of our current favorites is Mailbox. Though it is available only for those with iPhones, you're able to use any Gmail account, including Google business accounts. What is particularly useful about this is the ability to archive messages and receive notifications for them at a later date. For instance, say you just bought tickets for a concert in three months but don't want to print them out now. You're able to select any date and time in the future to have that message return to your inbox.

By not having those emails in your inbox or having to worry about plugging in a unique calendar notification, you reduce clutter and let yourself focus on those more pressing messages in your inbox.

Finally, give yourself a break from your inbox, at least for a part of every day.

Do you ever find yourself checking your inbox right when you wake up or right before bed? We'd recommend against it. By feeling like you're constantly "on the clock" to answer emails, you never get distance between your personal life and your technology. It always feels like some communication is lingering over you, part of a constant to-do list. Not only can you get burnt out from email communication, but you're also likely not to feel like you want to keep up on your inbox organization.

Though these are just some possible tips, we're confident they can help get you one step closer to inbox zero. Though it might seem daunting at first, by taking incremental steps anyone can reach a state of email zen. My personal method is to couple David Allen's Getting Things Done (GTD) methodology with Evernote, learn more about how I maximize my productivity at 247inktoner.com.  Feel free to share your favorite tips for keeping your inbox organized below!

Printing History: Invention of the Printing Press

30. March 2013 08:00 by Calvin Yu in Technology News  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

While technologies we rely most dearly on today such as cell phones, the internet, and GPS systems may have only been invented in recent years, there are still technologies created hundreds of years ago we still use today. A technology that we see every day in life that was invented over 550 years ago is printing with ink. We see this technology from the newspaper you read in the morning, to the lined notebook you write on at work, to the magazine you read after a work day. Well, even 500 years ago, you were able to purchase a book printed with ink in very similar style as to what you would see today.

How was the printing press invented?

In 1450, a goldsmith by the name of Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in his hometown of Mainz Germany. As a handyman by profession, Gutenberg was able to construct the first mass printing machine from both the existing technology of the wine press, and new technologies he created.

 Wine Press

The wine press depicted above was able to provide Gutenberg with the model he needed to build his own printing machine. His earliest version of the printing press was a wooden contraption that allowed him to slide paper in and out and squeeze water from the paper after printing. The first books he ever printed in mass were bibles written in Latin. With his process, he was able to print 3,600 pages per workday, compared to 2,000 pages with block printing. However, block printing also required a heavy amount of labor, while the printing press required significantly less.

How it Works?

Wood Printing Press

The original printing press was constructed from wood. The model depicted above was commonly used from 1650 to 1850 and allowed for books to be mass produced and not exclusively for the wealthy. The original structure ranged from 5 to 7 feet long, 3 feet wide, and 7 feet tall. The press used the moveable-type system for printing which was originally developed in China around 1040. This works by having small metal pieces with a raised letter on each piece that were stamped with ink, and pressed onto damp paper to withhold the ink better.

What kind of ink was used?

Traditionally, before Gutenberg’s invention, ink that was used for printing was water-based, which was mostly used for block printing (the earlier form of printing developed in Asia). However, when tested with the printing press, the water-based ink would run off the letters, and Gutenberg quickly found out he would need to create a thicker style ink that would stick to the metal. In order to turn the printing press into a success, Gutenberg created a formula for an oil-based ink that led to a higher quality of printing with his metal-type letters.

The ink that Gutenberg developed in his workshop was made of many elements including copper, lead, titanium and sulfur. Many of his original prints had a glittering surface which was due to the high level of metal content in his ingredients. Today, printer ink cartridges are made in factories in mass by combining a color pigment with a varnish to create each colored ink. These days ink making includes far less elements from the periodic table, but is still a continually improved upon product and increasingly important.

How Did the Printing Press Affect the World?

Before the printing press, the creation of books, newspapers, or religious documents would need to be done by hand or by block printing. After more than 10 years of perfecting his printing press, by 1450 Gutenberg released it to the world. By 1480, there were printers active in 110 different places throughout Europe. By the end of the 15th century, the printing press could be found in approximately 270 cities. In those quick 50 years, the printing press produced an estimated 150 to 200 million copies. This invention opened new opportunities for authors to have their work widely read and the invention of the phrase “bestseller”.

Despite the popularization of the printing press, it took over 100 years before the first newspaper was created and released. The newspaper industry would quickly change the face of the printing press as it would cause this invention to be popularized worldwide. Until the early 1800s, Gutenberg’s invention remained almost untouched in advancement. However by the 17th century it would become steam powered for more widespread and efficient production.

Quest For the Beginner's 3D Printer

3d printerIf you've been keeping up to date on the news, you've probably heard of 3D printing. Chances are also likely that you may be unsure exactly what the technology does! Though 3D printing is not a new technology, for the first time in its history, it has received attention for producing everything from artificial skulls to Star Wars figurines.

Companies have finally released prototypes of smaller, more cost efficient 3D printers designed for everyday customer use, with MakerBot displaying their model during this year's South by Southwest Festival, one of the country's largest film, music, and technology festivals.

How does 3D printing work?

So how exactly does 3D printing work? A 3D printer is essentially a more complex version of your standard desktop printer, often with some sort of encasing or protective covering that enables a 3D object to be produced. Though inks are used to cover objects, 3D printers work by extracting liquids, powders or metals with incredible precision to create 0.05-0.1 millimeter thick sheets of material that form the basis for whatever object you are creating. These objects are modeled from visual blueprints that are created using imaging software. This image file varies depending on the type of object you are producing, but whatever the file is, the printer is able to interpret the file to make sure the objects have both the correct shape and correct dimensions.

For those without a background in graphic or industrial design, or a lot of money and space, 3D printing is impractical. Not only does creating 3D image blueprints require extensive knowledge, but many machines are large and typically cost well over $1000. However, as mentioned above, companies are are increasingly looking to downsize their models and streamline the process to let even those without the fundamentals of graphic design have fun.

Scan and print technology from MakerBot

MakerBot, a Brooklyn-based global leader in 3D printing since 2009, is among the first of these companies to invest in the beginner market. Their technology, dubbed the Digitizer Desktop 3D scanner, will enable you to scan objects up to 8 inches tall and 8 inches wide using lasers and a webcam. Once the image is scanned, a computer program automatically reads the data, producing the 3D image that the printer can then produce the object with. As a Digital Trends article on the launch comments, "It’s fantastic for recreating a broken link on your bracelet or making a replica of your favorite cup." Though there are no details yet on price or a release date, MakerBot has a sign up sheet so that users can be notified when these details are finalized.

When will 3D printing reach the masses?

Though we are many years away from 3D printing being accessible in much the same way highly quality photo printing used to be out of reach for most households, companies are taking the lead to ensure more people have access to this technology. Please let us know your thoughts on 3D printing. Do you think it's a waste of time or a tool you could see yourself using one day?

Featured App: Canon Mobile Printing

24. January 2013 11:36 by Calvin Yu in Technology News  //  Tags: , , , ,   //   Comments (0)

Cannon mobile printing appPrinting from your mobile phone sounds convenient, right? Thankfully Canon, one of the world's largest producers of imaging and optical products, has released the Canon Easy-PhotoPrint App, with versions for Apple's iOS, Android, and Windows. This free easy-to-use mobile app allows you to print photos and PDF files directly from your camera, receive scanned documents directly from your printer, and convert PDFs into JPEG image files.

What we like best: Besides the convenience of being able to capture those on-the-go moments without the hassle of syncing or transferring files, we appreciate being able to receive scanned documents on an iPhone. Imagine having an old photo you've always wanted to share with one of your best friends. Now you can easily get it synced to your phone and have the ooo-ing and awww-ing commence.

Another great feature is the ability to screenshot and print pages. Imagine, for instance, you're looking up some trails for a hike where you won't have internet access on your phone. You can convert the webpage to an image file and remotely print the map to your printer. You even have the ability to easily adjust paper size, color output, and how many copies you need! This helps ensure there will never be a fight in the car over who gets to look at the map.

The downsides: While it makes printing some types of documents easy, other reviewers have reported having trouble with Microsoft Office documents. This might prove tricky if you're importing a business report or using Microsoft Word while on your iPad.

Though you do, of course, have to have a Canon printer, only certain models will work. So be sure to check out Canon's list of compatible models. Also, keep in mind that you either have to know your printer's IP address or be connected to the same WiFi network to have any documents or photos print out.

 

With the help of mobile technology and wireless networks, putting that special moment on the page is literally only a click away!

Solid Ink: What you need to know

12. January 2013 06:00 by Calvin Yu in Technology News  //  Tags:   //   Comments (0)

Solid Ink There's a lot of buzz out there these days about solid ink, and there are more solid ink printers on the market than ever. If you're in the market for a new printer, you may have held back on buying a solid ink model due to the abundance of negative comments that are floating around out there about this technology. There are many misconceptions about solid ink. That's unfortunate because, in many ways, solid ink has benefits that laser and inkjet technologies don't. At any rate, you shouldn't rule out solid ink printers until you know the truth, and you can find out what you need to know below.

Does Solid Ink Melt in Storage?

If you've been doing research about solid ink printers, you may have run across posts about how solid ink melts in storage. These rumors began due to the fact that the ink does, in fact, melt while it's in the printer. Solid ink printers use a unique process to print images onto paper, and part of the process involves melting ink. However, this ink can be safely stored under normal circumstances without melting. The melting point of solid ink is similar to the temperature of boiling water, so you should be able to store it without incident.

Is Solid Ink Quality Lower than Inkjet or Laser Technologies?

Like many people, you'd probably like to produce the highest quality prints possible. One of the most popular misconceptions about solid ink printers is that they produce low-quality prints. That's not the case at all. Although the matter is somewhat subjective, most people would agree that prints that are produced by solid ink printers are every bit as clear and crisp as prints produced by laser and inkjet printers. The drops of ink aren't as fine, but they are sprayed with greater precision, and fewer drops per inch are needed.

Does Solid Ink Smudge Easily?

Even if the prints that are produced by solid ink printers are fine, what happens if they smudge or are otherwise damaged easily? That's another common myth about solid ink printers, and it's also not quite true. Solid ink prints do tend to be more susceptible to damage, but it's not a big enough problem to get in the way of using these printers effectively. One good rule of thumb is to allow fresh prints a little extra time to dry before handling them.

Don't Solid Ink Printers Waste a Lot of Ink?

People often choose solid ink printers because of their environmental friendliness. After all, no cartridges are required, so these printers help to keep cartridges out of landfills. Those who think that solid ink printers waste a lot of ink are wrong. Although they do eject extra ink to clear clogged printheads, laser printers and inkjet printers do the same thing. Although solid ink printers may waste ink from time to time, they don't appear to be any worse than inkjet and laser printers, so they shouldn't be crossed off your list for this reason.

As with any new form of technology, there are some people who just don't want to give solid ink a try. If you'd rather stick with laser printers or inkjet printers, that's perfectly fine. It's nice not having to buy ink or toner cartridges, but you can buy compatible cartridges for your laser or inkjet printer and save a lot of money too. If you're still on the fence about whether to buy a solid ink printer or not, you should try to see one in action. After trying it out in person, you should have all the information you need.

Explanation of a Printer Driver and Printer Spooler

15. December 2012 06:00 by Calvin Yu in Technology News  //  Tags: ,   //   Comments (0)

With so many special printer terms out there, it's easy to get confused. For example, many people don't quite know the difference between a printer's spooler and driver. In fact, some folks think printer spoolers and drivers are the same thing. In reality, they couldn't be more different. If you use a printer at all, it definitely pays to have a basic grasp of these and other common printing terms. For the purposes of this article, however, we're going to focus on printer spoolers versus printer drivers. By the time you're finished reading, you'll have a clear understanding of what each one is and why it's important.

Printer Drivers: The Basics

From time to time, you may be prompted to update your printer's driver or drivers. Like most people, you probably just click through the prompts, update your drivers and move on with your life. If you've ever wondered what a printer driver actually is, though, you've come to the right place. A printer's driver plays a crucial role in the interactions between a printer and a computer. Without printer drivers, there would be no easy way for various applications to communicate effectively with different printers.

The primary purpose of a printer driver is to act as a go-between of sorts. A driver makes it possible for computer programs and applications to communicate with different printers. With so many new printers being released all the time, expecting software companies to write programs that are compatible with all of them is not practical. Drivers handle this issue gracefully by translating information from computer programs into language that can be understood by a printer. Most people take printer drivers for granted and assume that all printers work with all programs, but that just isn't true. Without drivers, fast, easy printing wouldn't be possible.

Printer Spoolers: The Basics

There is nothing about a printer spooler that makes it similar to a printer driver, unless you count the fact that it makes printing fast and efficient. A spooler collects print files and puts them into a queue. When several print jobs are lined up, they are spooled by the spooler and stored temporarily on a printer's memory. After the documents have been printed, the temporary file is erased from the printer's memory. The entire process is automatic and seamless, so you would never have an inkling that it was even happening.

Without a spooler, print jobs would be lost all the time. Computers would also slow to a crawl whenever jobs needed to be printed. Thanks to spoolers, all of the information that's needed by the printer is sent directly over to it from the computer. If the information sat around in the computer's memory, it would interrupt other processes and have a negative impact on performance. In fact, that used to be one of the biggest drawbacks of printing at home. Thanks to spooler technology, however, these issues are basically things of the past. You can click the print button and keep using your computer without interruption.

Conclusion

As you can see, printer spoolers and printer drivers have hardly anything in common. Other than making modern printing as fast, efficient and effective as it is today, spoolers and drivers serve very different purposes. However, you wouldn't want to go without either of them. Each one is important in its own right. If you run into error messages about either one, make sure to resolve the issue quickly. Similarly, always update your printer drivers right away. When drivers are out of date, printing can be negatively impacted. With prompt updates, your computer and printer should keep performing optimally.

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