Ever since I upgraded to OS X Lion, I have noticed something different in the print dialogue. First the technical info: I am using a 2009 Mac Mini (4 GB RAM, OS 10.7.3) and I have a couple of printers that I use - one is a Brother laser printer (shared from an iMac, running 10.6.8) and a Canon Pixma Pro 9000, connected via USB to a Time Capsule.
When I hit Command-P to bring up the print sheet, I now get icons on the left hand side of some of the printer names in the printer list. One looks like a road sign - diamond shaped with a walking person in it, and the other is a circle with a wavy line (tilde?) in it. The other printer names have no icons next to them. I gather that the circle-and-tilde means "printer not available" (or something similar) - even though the printer is there!!! And then I wonder why the other printer names have no icons, and I have no clue what the "walking person" sign means.
I'm adding a couple of images so you all can see what I'm talking about:
What do these icons mean? I can find NO reference to them - even in Apple's knowledge base article http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4670 - this just looks like the screen shots from the 10.6 Snow Leopard page. I looked in the OS X Lion Missing Manual, but it has the same screen shots with no explanation of the icons.
This is pretty minor, but it's been bugging me for a while. Any explanation or reference to these icons would be appreciated!
Message was edited by: Richard Williams Jr (had to correct the link!)
The one shown next to the Brother is a maintenance alert. With the Brother being shared by 10.6.8 there was issues with that OS showing SNMP alerts for toner drum replacements.
And the Pro9000 icon is printer offline. Now this alert is probably showing because of the USB port of the Time Capsule does not support bidirectional communication and thus printer utilities. Refer to article TS1253.