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JOHN BLESSING updates his fast Stop Press page printer
AMS Stop Press, formerly known as Pagemaker, is a popular DTP package. It gives superb results but takes a long time to print a page. In our October 1987 issue we presented a utility that allowed you to trade off some print quality in return for faster printing.
The program was written to work with printers which are truly Epson compatible and expect 960 bits in graphics mode. There are, however, a large number of printers such as the Shinwa CP80 which don't follow this convention and give a printout which is too narrow.
Program I and II are new versions of the original programs and give a full-width page with these printers. They are used in exactly the same way as described in the original article, but for the benefit of new readers here's a summary.
Type in and run Program I. It will generate some machine code and save it to disc as convert.bin. When you want to print a page, run Program II which will load convert.bin before asking you to choose the required print mode - draft or high quality.
Draft leaves a thin gap every seven pixel lines while high quality fills it in by repeating the previous line.
At the next prompt put your Stop Press disc in the drive and select the page to be printed. The process is then fully automatic and is far faster than the normal Stop Press routine.