HP to Abandon Adobe PostScript for Xionics Clone

The truce is over between Hewlett-Packard and Adobe Systems. HP will introduce a new version of its Printer Control Language (PCL) and revamp its strategy to offer PostScript Level 2 with its midrange Laserjet printers.

Adobe has announced that HP will no longer license Adobe PostScript Level 2 in 1997. Adobe estimates it could lose revenue of US$38 million when HP transitions to a clone version of the printer control language that has been developed by Xionics Document Technologies. Advances in PCL 6 give HP the latitude to adopt Xionics' version of Postscript, sources say.

HP is declining to comment on its plans for PostScript, but it will introduce PCL 6 this week. PCL 6 has an object-oriented approach that allows the language to work more closely and effectively with Windows Graphics Display Interface (GDI) and a modular architecture that allows for alternative PostScript Level 2 and HTML-compatible plug-ins, analysts say.

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