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    Ricoh print driver - Auto colour select?

    Hey all

    I've recently come back to Ricoh after working as a Canon tech (my bad).

    Does anyone know if any Ricoh print drivers have an auto colour select option, instead of only being able to choose to print in colour or Black and white?

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    Re: Ricoh print driver - Auto colour select?

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but it would seem to me that what your asking is accomplished by simply setting the default to 'colour' in the driver?
    B&W docs print in B&W
    Colour docs print in colour

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    Re: Ricoh print driver - Auto colour select?

    Well it appears to me that if I choose colour when printing a pdf for example, that is made of of some colour pages and some black only pages, it will print all pages using CMY, and not print the black only pages using black toner.

    Canon had this option which worked very well, and the customer would charged accordingly. I am more concerned about the output of the document.

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    Re: Ricoh print driver - Auto colour select?

    Ok. Now I got ya.
    Then to the best of my knowledge, no there isn't

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    Re: Ricoh print driver - Auto colour select?

    If I remember correctly, the old RPCS drivers would separate the color from B&W clicks.

    Not much help now, I know.

    Also, what do you mean the “output of the document”…print quality, or click charge?
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    Re: Ricoh print driver - Auto colour select?

    Most dealers bill a higher rate for color pages. Bearing that in mind, when you default to Color in the driver, if a page has one color pixel, the page will be counted as color. If customers are concerned about cost, that could cost you a customer.

    As for printing black as CMY, it is a total waste of color toner.

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    Re: Ricoh print driver - Auto colour select?

    Quote Originally Posted by slimslob View Post
    Most dealers bill a higher rate for color pages. Bearing that in mind, when you default to Color in the driver, if a page has one color pixel, the page will be counted as color. If customers are concerned about cost, that could cost you a customer.

    As for printing black as CMY, it is a total waste of color toner.
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    Re: Ricoh print driver - Auto colour select?

    It's more that the document they have created is a mixture colour pages and some with black only, but with a large coverage on the page. The black pages are created from CMY and they don't really look that black at all. There may be a setting in the driver somewhere, currently investigating that.

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    Re: Ricoh print driver - Auto colour select?

    Are you using a PostScript driver? I seem to recall from years ago that it would tend to favour process black over just using black toner.

    You may want to experiment with a different driver to see if there's any difference in the output, as well as checking the Product Support Guide or other supporting documentation as there have been instances where they will break down what gets printed as mono and what as colour.

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    Re: Ricoh print driver - Auto colour select?

    Quote Originally Posted by sav1973 View Post
    It's more that the document they have created is a mixture colour pages and some with black only, but with a large coverage on the page. The black pages are created from CMY and they don't really look that black at all. There may be a setting in the driver somewhere, currently investigating that.
    To my knowledge there is no composite black for any Ricoh designed laser or LED MFP and I have been working on them since before the digital . If the pages were created using CMY then that is a function of the software used to create, not the printer driver. If in fact there are pages that are composite black, it is at the pixel level. In color mode the pixels will be printed according to the colors stored in the pixels. That is why they don't really look Black, because they are not.

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