Method of utilizing variable data fields with a page description language

CAFC
  • US 7,274,479 B2
  • Filed: 01/28/2004
  • Issued: 09/25/2007
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/18/1995
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A computer implemented method for generating a plurality of bit maps suitable for high-speed printing, comprising the steps of:

  • (a) providing a print specification, the print specification defining at least one variable data area and at least one static data area, and the print specification further defining at least one graphic state associated with the variable data area, the graphic state including at least one attribute controlling the appearance of items to be printed in the variable data area;

    (b) providing a plurality of variable data items;

    (c) processing the print specification, and during the processing step, identifying the variable data area and the graphic state associated with the variable data area;

    (d) retrieving a variable data item from the plurality of variable data items;

    (e) generating a bitmap for the variable item, the generating step including a step of applying the graphic state associated with the variable data area to the variable data item; and

    (f) repeating steps (d) and (e) for remaining variable data items in the plurality of variable data items, whereby the graphic state associated with the variable data area is applied repeatedly to generate a plurality of variable data bitmaps.

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