Currently Being ModeratedAug 8, 2012 5:02 PM (in response to kellyfromvancouver)
Not really. You can downgrade back to Snow Leopard, but only if you have a model that supports Snow Leopard.
Downgrade Lion to Snow Leopard
1. Boot from your Snow Leopard Installer Disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button. When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.
2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Note the SMART status of the drive in DU's status area. If it does not say "Verified" then the drive is failing or has failed and will need replacing. SMART info will not be reported on external drives. Otherwise, click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.
3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.
4. Quit DU and return to the installer. Install Snow Leopard.
This will erase the whole drive so be sure to backup your files if you don't have a backup already. If you have performed a TM backup using Lion be aware that you cannot restore from that backup in Snow Leopard (see below.) I suggest you make a separate backup using Carbon Copy Cloner 3.4.1.
If you have Snow Leopard Time Machine backups, do a full system restore per #14 in Time Machine - Frequently Asked Questions. If you have subsequent backups from Lion, you can restore newer items selectively, via the "Star Wars" display, per #15 there, but be careful; some Snow Leopard apps may not work with the Lion files.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2012 12:00 PM (in response to Kappy)
Maybe I'd do this for one computer, but I can't back up terabytes of data, downgrade 30 workstations, install the driver, and then upgrade them to Lion again. This would take weeks of work and create huge downtime for users.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2012 12:01 PM (in response to kellyfromvancouver)
Thanks for the suggestion, though...
Currently Being ModeratedAug 9, 2012 12:04 PM (in response to kellyfromvancouver)
There is no other way to downgrade to Snow Leopard. Rosetta is no longer available for either Lion or Mountain Lion. Contact Canon for driver updates, if any. That would be the simple solution.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 10, 2012 1:10 PM (in response to kellyfromvancouver)
Why not downgrade one computer to Snow Leopard. Then in the System Preferences/Sharing box, turn on Printer Sharing...
Currently Being ModeratedAug 10, 2012 3:51 PM (in response to MlchaelLAX)
Let me clarify: I can connect to the printer. I can print to it with a generic driver (which only allows for uncalibrated printing to letter-size paper - not good enough in a graphic design studio). But I cannot install the proper Z3000 RIP driver into new computers running Lion, as the installer is Power-PC. I've contacted Canon, who say they no longer support this printer (which cost $20,000+ seven years ago). Maybe I can bypass the installer by copying the required files (PPD, etc.) from a mac with the printer installed to the Mac running Lion?
Currently Being ModeratedAug 11, 2012 2:11 AM (in response to kellyfromvancouver)
...I've tried moving over the driver and PPD from the latter and placing them in the same locations in the Library folder on the former, but then get an error when I try to create a printer in System Prefs.
After placing the driver and PPD in their respective folders, did you reboot the computer and repair disk permissions?
I've looked around on the web and asked Canon about an upgraded installer, but they don't support this model anymore...
Canon states that the Mac OS X print driver v3.51 and CanonPPD v3.25 are compatible with Lion. See here. (The zip docs contain dmg files.)
Currently Being ModeratedAug 11, 2012 11:48 AM (in response to LilyLC)
There are users here who are well acquainted with using the utillty PACIFIST (I am currently not one of them).
This utility allows you to open the installation package and extract the individual files that are installed into the Mac. There must be some sort of "instruction file" that tells the installation package where to place each file and there must be an ability to open it and read it.
Then you could manually install all of the necessary files into your Updated Mac and see if this works!
Hopefully someone will post the exact instructions for using Pacifist in this way (time for me to learn, too!).
Currently Being ModeratedAug 12, 2012 5:36 PM (in response to LilyLC)
@LilyLC The OP already said that they could use a generic driver and presumably the more specific Canon PostScript driver. The big problem they are having is those drivers are not the same as the ColorPass Z3000 RIP driver. There might be a later one, but the one I found with a quick Google search is here. I have no idea if there are any PDEs or other binaries in that driver that might be PPC only.
@MichaelLAX The installer for the RIP device is not a standard Apple installer package. Pacifist will not work on the type of installer used for this software. Pacifist will only work with Apple's package installers.
@kellyfromvancouver The best I can offer has probably already been suggested. Downgrade one machine to OS X 10.6 and install the software. Copy all the files installed over to one Lion machine to see if it will work. Hopefully Canon will at least help you determine all the files that the RIP installer puts on your system. If the RIP software works on the test Lion machine, then you can look at ways to push it to the other computers you have. Unfortunately, you may find that there are PPC only binaries in the RIP software and it just will not work with Lion.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 14, 2012 12:28 PM (in response to kellyfromvancouver)
Our company has a Canon C3220 Colour Copier and a ColorPass Z3000 RIP…
I know the driver/PPD still works, as they work in Lion on Macs that have been upgraded from Snow Leopard after the driver was installed. I've looked around on the web and asked Canon about an upgraded installer, but they don't support this model anymore, even though it's not that old and was a VERY expensive setup to buy.
I did get a chance to take a look at the installer in OS X 10.4.x. The installer installs a PPD Plugin, PPDs, and a filter. Luckily the filter (/usr/libexec/cups/filter/fierycupsfilter) still works as it is required by the PPD for processing any job.
What does not work in Lion and Mountain Lion is the PPD Plugin that contains the job accounting and the notes section. If you can live without that, then I think you should be able to get the rest of the function in Lion with just the PPD and the filter mentioned above. Here is a screen shot showing the unsupported PDE--
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 4:47 PM (in response to Matt Broughton)
Sorry for the delay in responding to your helpful advice. I've been busy with my "real" job. I'm sending out good karma to Matt for pointing me to the specific files (I had the others in the right places, but didn't know about the fierycupsfilter) I had copy over from a Mac running Snow Leopard. I also moved over the pref "InstalledPrinters.plist" to the Library/Printers folder and the PPD to the Library/Printers/PPDs/Contents/Resources/en.lproj/ folder and ther Printer Proxy to the ~/Library/Printers folder. After a restart and a prompt from the Printer System Preferences to "repair permission for improperly installer printer", I can access (almost) all of the features of the printer.
I've never posted a question before, and was surprized to get some responses. Thanks to Kappy, MichaelLax, LillyLC and Matt for the interest in this issue.
Currently Being ModeratedAug 17, 2012 6:08 PM (in response to kellyfromvancouver)
I am glad to hear that you have at least partial capabilities that will hopefully serve the majority of your needs.