This is primarily controlled by the printer driver. While many computers
can use compression and other tricks to keep memory footprints down, many
printers cannot. Think of the difference between a jpeg photo and a full
RAW uncompressed image taken by a D-SLR camera. In many cases, a print
driver has to take a word document and "convert" it into a language or just
raw data that the printer can handle. Vector images get comverted to
bitmaps, jpegs get decompressed, and other similar changes can cause a file
that is very small in word to be very large as it is sent to the printer.
So a large spool size can, in some instances, be perfectly normal behavior.
Higher end printers that use PS or PCL are better for this as those print
languages offer their own efficiencies in printing. There is a reason that
there are "business class" printers, even in the inkjet world.
It is also possible that you have a misbehaving driver that isn't being as
efficient as possible. Combine the two and bad things happen.
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"David Parkes" <wibble@newsgroup> wrote in message
> Hi There,
> Please could someone explain what is going on here. We have an SBS 2003
> server which is a print server for a oce print device. When we print a
> 700kb document out it is in the print spooler and it gets to about 70Mb
> spooled and still doesn't print. How come it gets so large? Is there
> anyway around this. The user says there isn't any pictures as such in
> there just office clip and word art!?!