From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. In traditional processes, large runs of books, marketing materials and other pieces typically are printed, and then distributed to stores and warehouses for ordering. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The system was also capable of printing on sheet sizes up to 14×17 inches. With its ability to digitally scan, edit and store documents for later retrieval, and also its ability to output stitched or tape-bound books, the DocuTech Production Publisher was arguably the first fully integrated ” print-on-demand ” publishing system. Connect on Twitter Facebook LinkedIn.

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It allowed paper documents to be scanned, electronically edited, and then printed on demand.

Document Management Document Management. The DocuTech also played a role in succeeding waves of innovation including the transition from analog office copiers to multifunction digital devices that scan, fax, copy and pinter, as well prnter the development of variable-information printingwhich uses data to personalize documents at a massive scale. In fact, I remember being in a meeting with members of the development and launch team at a pharmaceutical company that ultimately became a beta site.

Support and Printee Support and Drivers. Although no one really envisioned what DocuTech would ultimately become when work began inthere were a number of engineers working on all of the different concepts that would ultimately go into a digital publishing system. This was the first product that 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.

DocuTech – Wikipedia

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. Both were exciting new pieces of technology.


Nonetheless, they became a very successful beta site and were able to utilize existing capabilities while pushing for more. The controller and scanner where common for both models, but the Model 90 used a different print engine based on one developed for the previously announced Xerox printer. Everyone knew that we were working on something groundbreaking, and everyone was giving it extra effort because of that.

In fact, the Xerox DocuTech line of publishing systems is largely credited with establishing the “print-on-demand” industry. Remember that at that time, the mouse was just evolving and touch screen systems had barely emerged; DocuTech ultimately had both.

This was truly a docutefh product that is credited with launching the print-on-demand market and ultimately generated billions of dollars of revenue for Xerox and its customers. Randy started with Xerox 39 years ago, and for a good portion of his career, he worked on the DocuTech docuhech.

Docutdch this system’s network connectivity was limited to Xerox’s proprietary XNS network, a DocuTech Network Server was also offered which enabled the now growing family of DocuTech Publishing Systems to be utilized with a broader set of networks.

DocuTech systems were the last known to use the XNS protocol for networking.

A Legacy of Making Work, Work Better. 25 Years Ago, the Xerox DocuTech Initiated Print on Demand

We were coordinating board development in El Segundo, California, with software development on both the East and West Coasts, and print engine development in Building in Webster. The system was also capable of printing on sheet sizes up to 14×17 inches. All articles with unsourced statements Articles with unsourced statements from March Pages containing links to subscription-only content.

The customer immediately grasped the concept and how it could change their business, but was quite surprised that at launch, there would be no way to send files over the network or export scanned printeer.


In traditional processes, large runs of books, marketing materials and other pieces typically are printed, and then distributed to stores and warehouses for ordering.

More than1, DocuTech systems are still active worldwide. The late Chip Holt was often called the father of the DocuTech, not that he was the originator, but he led the program through the development and launch.

They did a great job and worked hard, and they were docuttech mandatory overtime for years. The entire system was controlled by an electronic sub-system ESS of a proprietary Xerox design. Inbefore the program was even really underway, he worked with dovutech group doing docuteech 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.

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.

Xerox DocuTech’s 25th Anniversary

It was a great product, and every engineer should have the opportunity to work on a product like this at least once in their career. Cary Sherburne is a well-known author, journalist and marketing consultant whose practice is focused on marketing communications strategies for the printing and publishing industries.

While I was involved with the program beginning in late in sales in Silicon Valley, Docugech had a much deeper and longer involvement. Develop applications and solutions: The DocuTech is an improved version of the DT, with a Sun Microsystems workstation controller replacing the original controller and scanner.

We had to be able to take output from any source and be able to run it reliably.