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3611 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Jun 22, 2006 4:13 AM by Robbie Goodwin
Currently Being ModeratedApr 19, 2006 12:07 PM (in response to Richard Mcfarland)The .ps file option gets many people round printer incompatibilities with Classic, and one way to simply it is to ignore the .pdf stage and just manually drop the .ps file itself into any X print queue, which works most times…
Sadly I've heard of Desktop Print 2.0 only in a group of about 6 problems posted here around six months ago, very similar to yours.
So far as I could follow, no-one then had an idea what it was, what exactly it was meant for or where it came from - Google and Version Tracker couldn't help just now, either…iMac Tangerine; PowerBook Ali; G4 DP 1000, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 19, 2006 12:38 PM (in response to Richard Mcfarland)OK send something to your desired printer, and watch the printer icon climb into the dock.
Click and hold the printer icon and select Keep in Dock.
Any time you like, click the icon again to open the queue for that printer.
Next time you Save a .ps file, pick it up and drop it in that queue, whence it should automatically print…iMac Tangerine; PowerBook Ali; G4 DP 1000, Mac OS X (10.4.2)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 19, 2006 3:05 PM (in response to Richard Mcfarland)Check out PrintToPDF (shareware)- Mac printer driver that creates PDF files (readable by Adobe Acrobat Reader or GhostScript on any platform). You do not need to have the full Acrobat package (as opposed to the Reader) installed for PrintToPDF to work.
When you select PrinttoPDF, your music file will be "Printed" (converted) to a PDF file. Then you can print the PDF file in Classic or OS X.
Cheers, TomG4 AGP 400, 512MB, 100 & 120GB HDs, Mac OS X (10.3.9), OS 9.2.2, DSL, Zip, Canon LiDE30 Scanner, CD-RW, Canon i960 Printer
Currently Being ModeratedMay 21, 2006 10:46 AM (in response to Texas Mac Man)I had this problem (same error message and same workaround - PS file, etc.) and found another solution but, I believe that it requires a Postscript printer:
From a DVD copy of my old OS 9 System Folder, I retrieved the Printer Description file for my printer from System/Extensions/Printer Descriptions. I copied it into the
System/Extensions/Printer Descriptions of Classic system folder on my new G5. I installed PS 8.8 (available from Adobe website) and, using the Desktop Printer Utility, I "created" a desktop printer in Classic. It didn't show up on the desktop but, the next time I "Printed" from the ancient Classic application in question, it went right through to the printer.
I posted this answer in the Mac OS X Hints forum because I have been struggling for over a week to get to this forum. Only this morning did an Earthlink tech figure that, for inexplicable reasons, it is the local Earthlink access. Now, I am on the 800 number for a fee. If you want to discuss this, talk to me on the Hints forum for now.2 PMac G5's, PBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.6), Just moved to OS X!
Currently Being ModeratedJun 7, 2006 4:08 PM (in response to Richard Mcfarland)I had this problem running FoxBASE+/Mac, a 1990 executable which still runs perfectly and which a client still uses to track over $300 Million in custodial assets.
It ceased as soon as I changed the location for saving my .ps to a shallower folder so the path name would not be so long.
Also, the folder to which .ps files were going to be saved was the Desktop:volume:Users:myname:Desktop, so it was a somewhat circular reference to a folder that was also higher up in the path.
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Having posted this issue in another forum over a month ago, I just got an answer and a solution that cuts through all this!! Launch Classic; install the OS 9 driver, restart; go to the OS9 Chooser and choose your printer. After that, it works as normal - you can print directly to your printer with your classic application!2 PMac G5's, PBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.6), Just moved to OS X!
Yes, GeneMike, that does work for many printers, most of the time because that's how it's always supposed to work when there are no problems…
Sadly, since Classic is not pure OS 9 and many printer makers won't update their software, including drivers, to take account of that, the standard procedure often doesn't work.
Always try that method first, and always be prepared for it to fail.iMac Tangerine; PowerBook Ali; G4 DP 1000, Mac OS X (10.4.2)