Setting up a non-PostScript Printer

SectionTo setup PageStream for non-PostScript printers with Windows:
When PageStream prints to a non-PostScript printer under Windows, it uses the standard printing system, so setting up PageStream for non-PostScript printers is the same as in an other standard Windows application.

PageStream will display the standard Print Setup dialog box for your printer when you choose PageStream's Print Setup command. Refer to your printer manual for more information on how to set up your printer for use with Windows.

SectionTo setup PageStream for non-PostScript printers with MacOS:
When PageStream prints to a non-PostScript printer under MacOS, it uses the standard printing system, so setting up PageStream for non-PostScript printers is easy.

PageStream will display the Page Setup dialog box for your printer when you choose PageStream's Print Setup command. Note that after you Click OK in Page Setup, MacOS will display the MacOS Print dialog box where you can alter, for example, the printing resolution (this will vary depending on the printer installed). Normally, you may simply Click OK in that dialog box without making any changes, unless you did not configure your printer previously. Refer to your printer manual for more information on how to set up your printer for use with MacOS.

SectionTo setup PageStream for non-PostScript printers with AmigaOS:
Unless you use a Preferences printer driver, PageStream will bypass AmigaOS's printing system completely. This requires setting up extra printing options, but, on the other hand, it provides increased flexibility.

1. Choose Print Setup from the File menu.

The Print Setup dialog box will appear.

2. Select a printer driver.

Choose a driver name from the Type pop-up menu. Select Preferences if you want to use PageStream with your AmigaOS printer driver.

3. Select the model of your printer.

If you chose the HP, Epson or Fargo drivers, choose the model name from the Model pop-up menu. If your model is not listed, choose the closest model from the list.

4. Select the printer port.

If you chose the HP, Epson or Fargo drivers, 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 output to a file so that it can be printed later, or on another computer.

5. Set the paper options.

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.

Offset: Some printers print pages offset incorrectly, even though they are supposedly compatible with the emulation standards followed by the custom drivers. You can offset PageStream's output to accommodate this by entering horizontal and vertical offsets into the Horz and Vert text boxes.

If you chose the HP, Epson or Fargo drivers, set these additional options:

Format: Choose Continuous feed for fanfold paper. Choose Single for sheets of paper.

Size: Select the paper size from those available for your printer. If the size you are using is not listed, choose Custom and enter its dimensions into the Horz and Vert text boxes.

6. Set the resolution.

Choose the print density from the Resolution pop-up menu. The lower the resolution, the faster PageStream will print. High resolutions provide better quality output, but take longer to print.

7. Set the dither type.

Choose the dither pattern from the Dither pop-up menu. Dithering prints dots in patterns to create the appearance of shades of gray or color. The dither options are:

  • Halftone: The size and density of the patterns (dots by default) is varied to change the gray or color intensity. With this dither method, the screens that you specified for individual objects in Line & Fill will be used.


  • Ordered: This is the standard type of pattern. Dots are of the same density and are printed in straight rows and columns.


  • Floyd-Steinberg: Intensities are formed by an algorithmic formula to distribute the intensities through neighboring dots. This dither option is very slow.


  • Threshold: This prints all colors in black or white, with no grayscales. This is recommended for text and for graphics that do not have grayscales or colors.
8. Set the screen type.

Choose the Screen pop-up menu to from select a predefined set of frequencies, angles and spots or choose Custom to define the frequency, angle and spot for each ink.

9. Set the color correction.

Choose the Color pop-up menu to select the predefined gamma and UCR/GCR color correction values or choose Custom to define the gamma levels for each ink and the UCR/GCR percentages.

10. Click Save or Use.

Choose Save to make the settings permanent, or Use to change them for this session. You may also save the settings to an external file, without changing the default settings, by clicking on the Save As button. The next time you want to use your saved settings, click on the Load button and select the file.


 

Setting up a non-PostScript Printer  Sub-Section  url:PGSuser/printsetup#anchor1751395
  created:2006-04-18 09:29:23   last updated:2006-09-02 21:11:15
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User Contributed Comments For Setting up a non-PostScript Printer
Deron Kazmaier wrote...2007-09-18 22:54:13

I would just mention here that I'm happy to report that UPAR: works after changing out the OS 3.9 port-handler to Stephen Rupprecht's edition. I'm surprised that the OS3.9 port-handler doesn't work because I don't recall ever seeing any bug reports submitted for it.

For those Amiga Pagestream users who may also have battled with inability to send printer data through UPAR, Aminet has Rupprecht's port-handler v. 41.4, but there is a newer version, 41.6, on his site at,

http://www.stephan-rupprecht.de/downloads/porthandler.lha

The latter is the one I put into service. I can now copy pre-printed data to UPAR: and it goes to the USB-connected printer. I am also able to enter UPAR: into the pagestream "Send to [device]" gadget and it also is able to print to the USB-connected printer. Previously I could do neither.

Which is all rather nice as I can now have my laser printer connected to the parallel port, and the inkjet simultaneously connected via USB.

-Ernest

User Contributed Comments For Setting up a non-PostScript Printer