Originally posted by Chucker
The part that relies on Apple's APIs, however, IS JUST a printer driver. The surrounding software is essentially RAD, and thanks to Carbon works across Mac OS 8 and Mac OS X 10.4.
What do you base that belief on?
The fact, that when I had my company, and all of the machines that used these interfaces began failing at the same time, and the companies, at first, had no idea as to why, but when they did research into what was happening, they all came up with the same conclusions, that Apple removed support for some required technologies from the OS.
At first, most had hopes that it wouldn't take long for them to fix the problems, but then they were reporting that the problems were more serious than believed. This was well known in the commercial photographic industry, and was reported in the industry publications. Manufacturers sent out letters enumerating the problems, and recommended that we revert to 10.2, which we, and others did, to run the machines until they could come up with solutions. some of those solutions never appeared.
SCSI, for example, is desirable for certain graphics arts printers because of the speed, and control, SCSI gives. Ethernet just isn't in the same league. I have had printers that used both, and the ethernet solution was much slower, even when they went to 1GHz connections. firewire was no better for this purpose.
Sometimes, the newer tech is NOT better than the old. I know that it was expected that 1.6GHz firewire would finally take over, but it has not appeared.