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Hitachi DDP 70 (with MicroPress)
Black & White laser printer, max. 600x600 dpi, works Perfectly
Recommended Driver: Postscript (Home page, View PPD, directly download PPD)
Generic Instructions: CUPS, no spooler


Printer supports direct text printing with the 'us-ascii' charset.


I used the original PPD (supposedly just written to support MacOS and MS Win printing) with CUPS, which can use LPD as a backend to send the print data out. All options can be used: select 1 of 5 trays; choose A4, Letter, A3, A3 FullBleed etc.; duplex printing; print on forms; 1-up, 2-up,...16-up; use watermarks; RipNHold; 2 output destinations with face up or down each etc.

The device at the moment is run by a (MS Windows NT Server based) Harlequin RIP which is upgraded by the MicroPress software; after you've sent the job to the (NT-) RIP (which sends the binary TIFF-like data to the output device), the RIP can keep your RIPped data in the form of bitmapped pages for further manipulation: preview, delete pages; insert pages from a different job; merge jobs; rearrange the order of pages; use different imposition schemes; delete areas on pages or move, invert, scale or rotate them; paginate the pages etc.

After the manipulations there is no need of re-RIPping; the printers start printing immediately putting out paper. The system is used for purposes like "print on Demand" (PoD), personalised printing, print variable data, 1:1 marketing, jobs that often need a re-print with some minor changes in between print runs (when it is much more expensive to do the time-consuming process to re-RIP the complete data again and again). It is a system for professional digital printing capable of doing up to 400.000 prints per month per unit.

The system is capable of running as a print cluster of up to 12 connected printer units which can share a huge job amongst themselves or work on different ones each. (The maximum cluster gives you 840 ppm and a monthly volume of 4.8 million prints).

(tested by Kurt Pfeifle)

Consumables/Refills: toner


The following driver(s) are known to drive this printer:

Recommended driver:

Postscript  (driver home page)
This driver is free software.
Type: PostScript
Download:PPD file: View PPD, directly download PPD