Distinguish between printer and plotter.
|Subject||Introduction to Computer System|
|NU Year||Set: 3.(d) Marks: 3 Year: 2012|
Distinguish between printer and plotter
Ø A plotter is a device that draws pictures on the page with the help of commands given through a computer. On the other hand, a printer is a device that brings images and texts on the page with the help of commands given through a network.
Ø A plotter provides the output in a format that is similar to a vector graphic whereas the output file data in case of a printer usually stored as bitmap or pixels.
Ø The main benefit of the plotter is that they draw lines and figures on the page with the support of a pen and therefore, produce continuous lines. The lines are not continuous for the printer and therefore is at a disadvantage.
Ø The main benefit of a printer is that people can get the document in hard copy format at a faster speed whereas the rate of a plotter is slower when compared.
Ø Plotter uses a pen and in other cases knives to give shape to the image commanded whereas a printer either uses a needle or a pen to get the job done.
Ø The primary type of printers is impact and non-impact printers whereas the main type of plotters is when the colors get different.