Setting up a PostScript Printer

1. Choose Print Setup from the File menu.

The Print Setup dialog box will appear.

For Windows, the standard Windows PostScript print setup dialog box will appear. Follow the instructions that came with your computer or printer to configure for your specific PostScript printer. To print to a disk file, choose Printers from the Settings menu in the Start menu. Select Properities for the printer to set various advance settings including output device.

2. Select the custom PostScript printer driver.

Choose <<PostScript>> from the Type pop-up menu.

3. Select the PPD file for your printer.

Click the Browse button to the right of the PPD text box. A file selector will open from which you can choose the PPD (PostScript Printer Description) file that matches your printer model.

4. Choose the optimized screen.

Choose Default unless you want to specify a screen frequency. Depending on the PPD file you select, there may be more than one choice in the Screen pop-up menu or none at all. You can override the optimized screen values for each page or plate in the Plate Control dialog box. If you wish to specify a custom screen frequency, choose Custom from the Screen pop-up menu and click its Browse button to enter the angle and frequency for each plate.

5. Select the destination.

Choose Printer to direct output to a Linux, MacOS, or Windows printer. On AmigaOS computers, choose PAR: for printers connected to the parallel port, SER: for printers connected to the serial port, or Device for printers using a different device.

Choose Disk File to direct the output to a file so that it can be printed later or on another computer. Choose EPS Disk File to direct output to an Encapsulated PostScript File so that the page can be imported into another program.

6. Set the paper options.

Source: The options will vary depending on the PPD file selected, but most printers have a paper cassette and allow manual feeding.

Size: Select the paper size from those available for your printer. The Area text box will show the maximum imageable area for the paper size selected. If the size you are using is not listed, choose Custom and enter its dimensions into the Horz and Vert text boxes.

Orientation: Choose Portrait (vertical) or Landscape (horizontal). This is the orientation of the paper in the printer and does not reflect the orientation of the page. PageStream will automatically orient your page to best fit the paper.

7. Click Save or Use.

Choose Save to make the settings permanent, or Use to change them for this session.

SectionPPD files
PostScript Printer Description files provide your PostScript printer's specifications to PageStream so that it can offer you its extra options. PPD files contain a list of fonts resident in the printer, its pre-defined paper sizes, the resolutions it can print, and its optimized screens for color separations. PageStream assumes that your printer matches the selected PPD file.

PPD files are ASCII text files and are identical on all platforms. Printers normally come with a PPD file. If your printer did not include a PPD file, contact your printer manufacturer. PPD files are normally stored in the System:Extensions:Printer Descriptions directory on MacOS computers, and in the SoftLogik:Printers/PPD directory on AmigaOS computers. PPD files can also be found online at

If a PPD file is not available for your printer model, the General PPD file can be used for most PostScript printers with the standard 35 fonts. Do not substitute PPD files for imagesetters; always use the PPD file matching the imagesetter.


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  created:2006-04-18 09:29:23   last updated:2008-11-13 17:02:13
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User Contributed Comments For Setting up a PostScript Printer
Tim Doty wrote...2008-07-04 14:58:44

Some printers have a broken postscript implementation (Brother HL-4070 CDW, for example) that ignores the "Font Unload" directive. For these printers it is important to not change the setting. That is, leave "Font Unload" set to "Document". Setting it to "Page" has the unexpected result of using up printer memory because it fails to unload the fonts and PageStream is providing the font information again for each page.

When attempting to print a font catalog to such a printer it is necessary to send each page as a separate print job to avoid overflowing memory.

User Contributed Comments For Setting up a PostScript Printer