Distributed TIFF print services via TCP/IP WAN
Pipeline Supplies' Email Metals Group needed to print important test reports (scanned TIFF G4
files) at field offices all over Australia (plus New Zealand and SE Asia in the
near future). These reports were constantly updated on a central office IBM
RS/6000 system and needed to be easily available in high quality hard copy at
any remote site as part of product delivery. They had already tried regular
distribution of DAT cartridges to stand-alone PCs at each remote site but the
information was not timely enough. Printing from the central system was
considered, but that would have required sending large print jobs over
relatively slow links or upgrading all printers. Instead, they installed
SwiftServe on their central system and "no license"
SwiftView Viewers on outlying Windows 3.1 PCs. SwiftView's client/server ICS command
link routes ICS commands from UNIX pipes to a
designated remote PC via TCP/IP. These commands cause that remote
SwiftView to load and print the TIFF G4 documents located on the central
RS/6000 via TCP/IP and SwiftServe. The transfer of data in Group 4
format minimizes load on the existing WAN link.
The result - an easily
supported and timely TIFF printing solution using existing TCP/IP WAN
connections, SwiftView standard products and already installed Windows 3.1 systems
with attached printers. The total cost was $2,000 for 10 concurrent
SwiftView sessions plus about 3 man-weeks of effort. The savings are
approximatley $50K per year in direct costs alone, but, more importantly,
Pipeline Supplies has a much better system.