Canada Post phasing out home mail delivery, raising rates

OTTAWA, Ont. — Canada Post is phasing out home mail delivery and raising rates. 

The national mail service says rising costs and falling mail volumes have made it impossible to continue its traditional operations.

The federal Crown corporation plans to phase out home delivery within the next five years, replacing foot delivery with community mail boxes.

Canada Post says says about 6,000 to 8,000 positions will be eliminated over the same time period, mainly through attrition.

The postal service expects nearly 15,000 employees to retire or leave the company in the next five years.

About a third of Canadian homes still receive mail to their door, it said.

The announcement comes in the midst of the busiest time of year for postal outlets, which handle a dramatic rise in both letters and packages for the Christmas holiday.

But the company says its business model is unsustainable.

“Canada Post has begun to post significant financial losses,” it said in the announcement.

“If left unchecked, continued losses would soon jeopardize its financial self-sufficiency and become a significant burden on taxpayers and customers.”

Last month, Canada Post announced that it would ask Ottawa for financial relief next year to help support a restructuring of its business model and pension plan framework to assure long-term financial sustainability.

“The company will continue to bring the cost of labour in line with its competitors through attrition and collective bargaining over time,” it added on Wednesday.

The postal service has faced intense competition from couriers, as well as technology that has led to a growing popularity of consumers paying their bills and communicating online.

In the third quarter, Canada Post reported an improved, but still big, pre-tax loss of $109 million for the period ended Sept. 28. The pre-tax loss in the comparable period a year ago was $145 million.

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Converting PCL to Vector PDF | PCLTool SDK

Question:  What options are available when converting PCL to Vector PDF?

Answer:  There are four options available when converting to Vector PDF in the PDF Preferences dialog box.  They may be selected/deselected in the upper center portion of the PDF Preferences dialog box shown below.  Descriptions of each of the four Vector PDF options follow.

Converting PCL to Vector PDF

PDF Preferences Dialog Box

1.  Detect/embed single form overlay

This option is only for PCL files that have a single form overlay macro that is either executed at the top of each page or is set as an automatic overlay.  The converter images this page as a single PDF object to be referenced by each page.  This greatly reduces the size of the PDF created.

2.  Embed fonts referenced in PCL

This option finds the equivalent TrueType font for each font referenced in the PCL file and embeds it into the PDF created.  It honors the font substitutions listed in the font map (PTC32.map) file.

3.  Exclude Windows core fonts

This option finds the equivalent TrueType font for each font referenced in the PCL file and embeds it in the newly created PDF.  The Windows core set of typefaces is the EXCEPTION.  With these typefaces, it simply makes references to the Windows Core Set of fonts in the PDF file.  It honors whatever font substitutions are listed in the font map (PTC32.map) file.

4.  Embed fonts downloaded in PCL

This option converts the download bitmap fonts found in the PCL file into scalable TrueType fonts and embeds them in the PDF created.  This is useful when you have a high-volume print stream with mostly embeddable or remappable fonts, except a barcode or other unique font that was downloaded as a bitmap font.

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PCL Conversion Capabilities Table | PCLTool SDK

Question:  What conversion formats other than PDF can your products convert PCL into?

Answer:  Here is a table documenting all the different PCL conversion formats that are currently available.

Format

  Description

Bitmap

Vector/Text

Option(s)

PCL to Non-PDF Formats (using PTC32.dll or PTCNET.dll - or any .EXE that calls them)

  BMP

PCL or ASCII to BMP (Windows Bitmap)

Y

N

I, IV or V

  DCX

PCL or ASCII to DCX (Multi-Page PCX)

Y

N

I, IV or V

  DIB

PCL or ASCII to DIB (Device Independent Bitmap in memory)

Y

N

Only I

  EMF

PCL or ASCII to EMF (Enhanced Metafile) with BASE14 Set Fonts Only

Y

Y

I, IV or V

  EMF

PCL or ASCII to EMF (Enhanced Metafile) with support for all typefaces

Y

Y

I, IV or V

  HDC

PCL or ASCII to HDC (Device Bitmap in memory)

Y

N

Only I

  GDI

PCL or ASCII to GDI (Graphics Device Interface in memory)

Y

Y

Only I

  PCX

PCL or ASCII to PCX (Zsoft/Paintbrush)

Y

N

I, IV or V

PMF

PCL or ASCII to PMF (PageTech Metafile) - supports all installed TrueType fonts

Y

Y

I, IV or V

  PNG

PCL or ASCII to PNG (Portable Network Graphicsp>

Y

N

I, IV or V

  RAW

PCL or ASCII to EMF (Enhanced Metafile) with Multiple Page File option
that creates an EMF file. RAW

Y

Y

I, IV or V

  TIFF

PCL or ASCII to TIFF (Tagged Image Format)

Y

N

I, IV or V

  JPG

PCL or ASCII to JPG/ JPEG

Y

N

I, IV or V

  WMF

PCL or ASCII to WMF (Windows Metafile) with BASE14 Set Fonts Only

Y

Y

I, IV or V

  WMF

PCL or ASCII to WMF (Windows Metafile) with support for all typefaces

Y

Y

I, IV or V

  WMF

Not Supported in the WMF Format.

N/A

N/A

I, IV or V

  XPS

PCL or ASCII to XPS (Microsoft XML Paper Specification)

Y

N

I, III, IV or V

PCL to PDF Formats (using PTC32.dll or PTCNET.dll - or any .EXE that calls them)

  PDF

PCL or ASCII to PDF (Adobe Acrobat) in Flate/TIFF Grp 4 Raster

Y

N

III & V

  PDF

PCL or ASCII to PDF (Adobe Acrobat) in JBIG2 Raster (monochrome only)

Y

N

III & V

  PDF

PCL or ASCII to PDF (Adobe Acrobat) without embedded fonts

N

Y

III & V

  PDF

PCL or ASCII to PDF (Adobe Acrobat) with embedded fonts

N

Y

III & V

  PDF

PCL or ASCII to PDF (Adobe Acrobat) with converted & embedded download bitmap fonts

N

Y

III & V

JPEG And TIFF to PCL (using IMGCVT.dll or IMGCVTNET.dll or any .EXE that calls them.)

  PCL

JPEG to PCL for logos, macros or in-stream PCL

Y

N

see (1)

  PCL

TIFF to PCL for logos, macros or in-stream PCL

Y

N

see (1)

JPEG and TIFF to PDF (using IMGCVT.dll or IMGCVTNET.dl or any .EXE that calls them.)

  PDF

JPEG to PDF raster

Y

N

see (1)

  PDF

TIFF to PDF raster

Y

N

see (1)

JPEG and TIFF to XPS (using IMGCVT.dll or IMGCVT_NET.dll or any .EXE that calls them)

  XPS

JPEG to XPS raster

Y

N

see (1)

  XPS

TIFF to XPS raster

Y

N

see (1)

(1) IMG2PCL.exe/IMG2PDF.exe are included with all PCLTool SDK Options and with the PCLWorks Windows console.  IMGCVT.exe/IMGCVTNET.exe are included only with Options I, III, IV & V.  Custom programs using IMGCVT.dll or IMGCVTNET.dll are only in Option I.

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