Canon's multifunction product line-up includes a full range of products with a combination of copy, print, fax and/or scan functionality. Whatever your need, Canon is sure to have a solution. Click here to learn more.
Canon's LASER CLASS Facsimile products have set the industry standard for high quality, plain paper faxes. High speed modems, fast scanning, enormous document memories and crisp, laser output keep faxing productivity at its peak. Click here to learn more.
Innovative Canon technology has changed the way images and text are put to paper. Today, Canon is leveraging its heritage in the printer business and its branding expertise to extend this market presence. Click here to learn more.
Innovative Canon technology makes it easy to quickly scan documents and images right into the user's computer. Click here to learn more.
Canon offers state-of-the-art large-format color graphics printing solutions designed with power, speed, flexibility and quality unsurpassed in the industry. Click here to learn more.
VL compression technology
Printing A4 sized image data at 600dpi in full color requires 100MB of image storage space. To process this quickly, compression technology must be fast and highly efficient.
VL (Visually Lossless) compression technology is one of the many image processing technologies used in the imaging processor. This unique Canon image compression technology appropriately balances the image quality and compression ratio of PDL*7 data.
When a command is received from a PC to print PDL data, the system first divides the data up into many small tiles. The segmented image data is sent, in random order, to the compression engine, where it is processed. What makes this technology notable is that when this happens, it automatically divides the data into two types.
It is difficult for people to notice compression degradation in natural images and complex computer graphics. This means that even if high compression coding is performed on images such as these, they will be recognized as being suitably high quality images. This type of image data is highly compressed using unique Canon compression method suitable for use with natural images and computer graphics.
On the other hand, compression degradation of text or lines in images is very noticeable, an encoding method which produces little degradation must be used. This type of image data is processed using unique Canon compression method suitable for use with text and lines, which produces little compression degradation.
In this way, automatically applying different compression methods depending on the type of image data makes it possible to achieve fast, highly efficient compression.
Improving business efficiency by optimizing office equipment.
Canon is creating new ways to work.
Digitization, networking, cloud computing and the diversification of business environments are all progressing apace. In order to keep up and expand business, a growing number of companies in recent years are turning to more efficient office environments.
One such company, based in Tokyo's Chuo Ward, is Kao Corporation. The company's headquarters had more than 100 copiers, printers and fax machines located throughout the building's floors. They viewed the considerable space that these systems took up, as well as the complicated maintenance and running costs associated with the machines, as issues to be resolved. The solution they chose was a Canon office multifunction system that combines copying, printing, faxing and scanning functions in a single device. Canon's advanced technologies, such as document processing, software and networking, make document work possible with high image quality, high definition and high speed. With Canon's help, Kao was able to reduce the number of devices it needed to just 30 multifunction systems, saving space while also cutting costs and simplifying maintenance. In addition, office workflows improved dramatically through the adoption of IC card authentication using employee ID cards, which boosted information security while at the same time enabled users to copy, print and perform other document-related tasks from any machine in the office. By collecting and analyzing usage statistics, the Canon multifunction systems also allowed Kao to visualize document processes throughout the company, which led to the promotion of digitized documents and incoming faxes.
In the field of office equipment, through innovative products and optimal solutions, Canon continues to provide new ways of working that are tailored to changing business environments.
Canon has developed a lightweight, compact architecture for product development. With this architecture, product developers can freely combine devices, operation panels, and capabilities into a full range of products, from single-function to multifunction printers, at low cost and in short development cycles.
The configuration-free architecture groups individual devices and functions into block structures that can be flexibly combined together into larger, more elaborate structures for the creation of various models. The blocks are also interchangeable and can be diverted from one structure to another to improve both development efficiency and product quality. This development environment also supports enhancements for mobile printing, authentication, and more advanced functions.
Canon's configuration-free architecture is equipped with a completely isolated language-dependent block capable of supporting product development in more than 30 languages.
The Canon Mobile Printing app provides iPhone® and iPad® users with the ability to directly print to their Canon imageCLASS, imageRUNNER, imageRUNNER ADVANCE multifunction devices and imageRUNNER Single Function printers over a wireless network. The application provides users with the ability to print:
Users simply tap through the application to send their print jobs to their Canon devices. The intuitive and streamlined user interface is easy to navigate and provides users with a simple but powerful mobile print application. In addition to providing mobile print, the app provides users with a full breadth of finishing features, making the app robust for both home and office use.
The Canon Mobile Printing app is helping keep pace with today’s demanding and changing workforce, who is on-the-go more so than ever, and is putting the power of Canon devices at the fingertips of iPhone and iPad users.
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This is a free app for Canon laser printers or multi-function laser printers (not PIXMA series or SELPHY series printers) to easily print images, PDF files*, web pages, etc. from Android tablets and smartphones.