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We probably started to understand the need in and , but at that point, we were locked in to functionality, and it took a couple more years to fully realize the capabilities required. By Jo Oliphant on Nov 16, As a technical specialist on this product in the early 90’s it was a complete joy to work with. DocuTech systems were the last known to use the XNS protocol for networking. Log in or register to access your WhatTheyThink Account. More than1, DocuTech systems are still active worldwide.

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Everyone knew that we were working on something groundbreaking, and everyone was giving it extra effort because of that. Inbefore the program was even really underway, he worked with a group doing exploratory concept work on digital publishing that led to the inception of the formal DocuTech program aroundand he stayed involved in the program through the late s, when he moved to the Intellectual Property Operation.

DocuTech systems were the last known to use the XNS protocol for networking. No one wanted to be responsible for it not meeting the mark or timeline. Another important feature of this earliest DocuTech was its ability to perform signature imposition and generate “2-up signatures” later 4-up was added in the proper page imposition order to create signature booklets.

Randy started with Xerox 39 years ago, and for a docktech portion of his career, he worked on the DocuTech program. I know the marketing team wanted even more features than we could deliver.

Remember that at that time, the mouse was just evolving and touch screen systems had barely emerged; DocuTech ultimately had both. In the process, it has helped hundreds of commercial and corporate print shops around the world build highly successful businesses.


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Cary Sherburne is a well-known author, journalist and marketing docuteech whose practice is focused on marketing communications strategies for the printing and publishing industries. In a Xerox blog post about the anniversary, a reference is made to a team consisting of several thousand engineers who drew upon Xerox technology from the copier, printer and workstation worlds.

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The controller and scanner where common for both models, but printrr Model 90 used a different print engine based on one developed for the previously announced Xerox printer. They were all very strong people in their respective fields, some of the best product development and software people we could find.

When you combined the quantity of features and requirements, the testing matrix was docuech large. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from March Pages containing links to subscription-only content.

The entire system was controlled by an electronic sub-system ESS of a proprietary Xerox design. This was the first product doxutech not only scanned an image but displayed it on the screen and allowed you to do electronic cut and paste on the screen and then print the revised document. A lot of the time in those early years was spent understanding the very different language and unique requirements of the commercial printing industry.

From Wikipedia, printsr free encyclopedia. Views Read Edit View history. The model numbers were chosen to reflect the page-per-minute print speeds of the two models. Connect on Twitter Facebook LinkedIn.

We probably started to understand the need in andbut at that point, we were locked in to functionality, and it took a couple more years to fully realize the capabilities required. The scanner also had a semi-automatic side feeder which could be used to scan large originals and computer fan-fold CFF input. In traditional processes, large runs of books, marketing materials and other pieces typically are printed, and then distributed to stores and warehouses for ordering.


For the first time ever, three distinct technologies — high resolution scanning, laser imaging, and xerography — were combined into a single publishing solution, delivering offset-like quality at a lower cost and in an unprecedented turnaround time. According to Xerox,production of the DocuTech line ceased in latebut more than 1, DocuTech systems have been confirmed to still be actively producing output worldwide.

As it turned out, the initial product that was launched was standalone, but Xerox knew the market wanted network connectivity, and it took Xerox a couple more years to make that available.

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About Xerox Xerox is helping change the way the world works. Remember that the whole desktop publishing revolution was happening around that time, and there were a lot of players.

The customer immediately grasped the concept and how it could change their business, but was quite surprised that at launch, there would prknter no way to send files over the network or export scanned files. In addition, there are a number of other competitors in the field, led by the Kodak Digimaster Production Printer, which is sold under a number of different brand names.