European Raster Image Processor for Common Fonts and Page Description Languages


EURORIP - 5167

Keywords raster image processors, page description languages, font servers, PostScript


Start Date: 01-DEC-90 / Duration: 28 months

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Objectives and Approach

The EURORIP project aims to develop a cheap coprocessor that will provide a PC with the ability to implement graphics applications with high performance and fidelity.

The Raster Image Processor (RIP) will consist of a board, which can be plugged into a PC (AT) or a PS/2 or compatible, with between 8 and 16 Mbyte of memory and using a modern CPU. It will provide several common page-description languages (PDLs), such as PostScript, together with outline-fonts as a common interpreter and a common font resource. EURORIP will be used as platform for standard PDLs and fonts in order to facilitate porting them to special raster image processors. It will directly drive a screen and a common laser-printer engine, and will be easily adaptable for special screens, laser or inkjet printer engines or typesetters, as it will handle coarse resolution (screens), low resolution (printers), and high resolution (typesetters) simultaneously. Adapting EURORIP for other hosts (such as mainframe computers) will be possible as well.

EURORIP aims to produce the first RIP to provide several interpreter languages at once, to solve the font selection problem by providing a font server, to enable a grey-scale screen display as true WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get), and to give colour enhancements to PDLs. The latter enhancement is needed for many applications in CAD, desktop publishing and office automation, but is not provided by existing solutions.

Particular project objectives are to:


CONTACT POINT

Mr Max Mehl
FRAUNHOFER ARBEITSGRUPPE
FÜR GRAPHISCHE DATENVERARBEITUNG
Wilhelminenstr. 7
D - 6100 DARMSDADT
tel: + 49/ 6151-100021
fax: + 49/ 6151-100099
telex: 4197367 AGD D

Participants

FRAUNHOFER ARBEITSGRUPPE
FÜR GRAPHISCHE DATENVERARBEITUNG - D - C
AUTOGRAPH INTERNATIONAL A/S - DK - P
URW GMBH - D - P


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EURORIP - 5167, December 1993


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