Add additional printer description files
BeOS 5 adds more than 400 new printer description files, which means you can do PostScript printing from many more printers than before. If you have a PostScript printer that’s not listed in the Printer preferences panel, try this:
Go hit the Adobe web site and look around for a Postscript printer definition file (.ppd) for your printer model. If you happen to be a MacOS user, copy the file corresponding to your printer model from the System Folder (System Folder:Extensions:Printer Definitions).
After you download/copy it, make sure it’s got the right line endings — open it up in BeIDE and click on the little “file” icon in the bottom left corner and choose “Be,” then save.
Place the file in
When configuring your printer, choose “Apple Laserwriter Compatible”, and then select your newly-added printer model from the popup.
Hopefully you’ll be able to print now. :)
For more information on things you can do to get unsupported printers up and running, see Watts Martin’s article Don’t Give Up on Unsupported Printers at BeNews.
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