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Postscript
 
This driver is free software.
Type: PostScript
 

Generic Instructions: CUPS, PPR, LPD/LPRng/GNUlpr, PDQ, no spooler, PPD aware applications/clients,

Important for Windows clients: The CUPS PostScript driver for Windows has a bug which makes it choking on PPD files which contain GUI texts longer than 39 characters. Therefore it is recommended to use Adobe's PostScript driver. If you still want to use the CUPS driver, please mark "GUI texts limited to 39 characters" to get an appropriate PPD file.

Select printer:
the PPD file

 

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Generic Postscript "driver". Generally, for Postscript printers, you will not need a driver, as all applications produce PostScript. For the printing system getting access to the printer-specific features the manufacturer supplies a PPD file for every PostScript printer. Use this PPD file instead of a Foomatic-generated one to get all functionality of your PostScript printer working. The files provided by Foomatic are generic files which contain only some standard options, use them only if you do not find an appropriate PPD for your printer.

One can make use of all functionality which the PostScript printers have under Windows/MacOS when one uses the PPD file coming with the printer, downloaded from here on OpenPrinting, from the manufacturer's home page, or from Adobe's web site (do "unzip -L [filename].EXE" to get the PPD files). If there are several different PPD files for your printer model and none dedicated for Linux or Unix, the PPD for Windows NT works best in most cases.

CUPS and PPR support PPD files directly, LPD/GNUlpr/LPRng, PDQ, CPS, and spooler-less users can set up their printers with foomatic-rip as they would set up a printer with a Foomatic PPD file. foomatic-rip works as well with manufacturer-supplied PostScript PPD files. This way all PostScript printers work perfectly under GNU/Linux or other free operating systems. Ghostscript is not needed for them. See also our PPD documentation page for instructions.

See the tutorial chapter "Some Theoretical Background: CUPS, PPDs, PostScript, and Ghostscript" (PDF) for detailed information about PostScript and PPD files.


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