Fonts can be downloaded to
printers, but that takes time. If a form uses
several different fonts, or switches between
fonts, downloading may cause delay.
Communication problems may
also be involved here. QuickBooks may be
ordering print in a font which is not on the
printer. That could result in sending
the print over as bitmapped graphics, eight
little black dots at a time.
One step is to inquire of
the printer. It may be able to print
out a sampler of its resident fonts. The
command is usually a simple sequence of
buttons, but may involve holding one button
down for several seconds. (My cat can do
it! He stood on the printer to look out
the window.) Note, for example, that if
fonts in Flemish, Flemish Bold, and Flemish
Italic are listed, each of these a different
font. This list does not include
Flemish Bold Italic, meaning that the bold
italic font is not there. If point
sizes are given, these sizes are included,
but not others. In QuickBooks 5,
should find any available font through the driver. Setting up to print those fonts should make printing fast.
Some older printers may be
slow when printing TrueType fonts. This
can be a sticking point. QuickBooks 4
and earlier use TrueType Arial, as set up in
Windows, to print all constant information on
Resolution and print
quality may be accessible in the Windows
printer setups. Quality work takes
time, but better resolution than 300 dpi may
not be worth it. This is something you
have to try out.
Spooling means XE "spooling" that Windows stores the printer output on the hard drive, and sends it when the printer can accept it. Spooling allows the application to be faster with its part of the printing process, but delays printer output. Spooling in Windows 95 is discussed above as part of Windows 95 Printer Adjustment. Spooling in Windows 3.1 is discussed at the end of Windows 3.1 Printer Adjustment.
Memory within the printer
may be a factor. Expensive printers may
have 4 Mb or 8 Mb of memory. If a
manufacturer is designing a printer to sell
at a low price, memory is the first thing to
go. I forget what the next thing is.
The last suggestion is the
one you do not want to hear: new
equipment may help. (I can hear the
response from the guy with the 300 MHz
system, who still encounters slow