Page Buffering

Page buffering refers to the capability of spooling an entire image to disk before initiating the printing process. This technique is employed to achieve seamless and uninterrupted printing by storing the entire image or document in a buffer, allowing for a continuous flow of data to the printer.


  1. Large Format Printing: In large format printing, such as architectural drawings or maps, page buffering ensures that the entire image is spooled to disk before printing begins. This method enables the printer to maintain a constant motion, resulting in faster and more efficient output.

  2. High-Volume Production Printing: Continuous motion printing is crucial in high-volume commercial printing environments. Page buffering allows for the spooling of entire print jobs, reducing the need for pauses or breaks in printing, which can lead to increased productivity.

  3. Photographic Printing: Printers used for professional photo printing often employ page buffering to spool the entire image before initiating the printing process. This ensures that high-resolution images are reproduced without interruptions.


Spooling Configuration: Configure printing systems to support page buffering for continuous motion printing. Adjust spooling settings to accommodate the size and complexity of the images or documents being printed.

Disk Space Management: Ensure sufficient disk space is available for storing the entire image in the page buffer. Regularly monitor and manage disk space to prevent potential interruptions in continuous motion printing.

Printer Compatibility: Verify that the printer supports continuous motion printing with page buffering. Compatibility between printing devices and the spooling mechanism is essential for achieving optimal results.

Print Job Verification: Prior to initiating a print job, verify that the entire image has been successfully spooled to disk. This proactive step helps identify any potential issues that could disrupt continuous motion printing.

Print Speed Optimization: Fine-tune print speed settings based on the capabilities of the printer and the requirements of the print job. Optimizing print speed contributes to a smooth and efficient continuous printing process.