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10.3: Apply Quartz filters to print jobs System
I was installing and testing my HP printer on Panther today and noticed that there are a few new options tucked away in the Print dialog (I mean besides the fax!). For one, the Colorsync pop-up panel brings up the ability to apply Quartz filters to print jobs. There are seven built in filters, as seen in the screenshot, plus the ability to create your own (Add Filters). Upon creating your own, the Color Sync utility fires up and gives you a bevy of options to filter your print jobs and integrate them into a PDF workflow.

Definitely one of the unsung features to be found in Panther.

[robg adds: The ColorSync Utility (which lives in Utilities) seems to be a very powerful little app, showing you the effect of the various filters as they're applied, along with a slew of other options. Even if (like me!) you're not a graphics wizard, it's worth checking out at least once.]
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10.3: Apply Quartz filters to print jobs
Authored by: liquidgood on Oct 31, '03 12:19:01PM

this is a neat feature, though i'd never use it for photoshop stuff; i've been using it to print grayscale to a shared epson printer -- it would always print in color, without letting me remotely change the setting.



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10.3: Apply Quartz filters to print jobs
Authored by: ScienceMan on Oct 31, '03 12:49:11PM

How about a filter that imposes "Draft" or other selectable text at controllable shades and/or colors on the printed page?



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10.3: Apply Quartz filters to print jobs
Authored by: hamarkus on Oct 31, '03 02:28:40PM

Some printer drivers (or rather the PPDs, since the driver for PS printers is somehow the same for all printers) have this option under printer features (called watermark or overlay) to print something like 'Draft' or 'Copy' over a page. You can use this feature even if you don't have such a printer, you have to install the PPD (get the PPD and create a new printer to which you associate the PPD), select the new printer when trying to print and print to a ps-file, which you then distill.

Sounds complicated but I'm using it regularly nevertheless, using watched folders with Distiller helps a bit. A printer PPD with this feature would e.g. be HP Laserjet 4000.



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10.3: Apply Quartz filters to print jobs
Authored by: ScienceMan on Nov 01, '03 07:11:37PM

Does this work only within some applications? I tried setting up a localhost-based dummy IP printer based on the HP4000, but this feature did not appear subsequently under the Printer Features pull-down menu in the print dialog.



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10.3: Apply Quartz filters to print jobs
Authored by: hamarkus on Nov 02, '03 08:32:21AM

Sorry, you have to use the PPD for the HP Laserjet 4050, I'm printing to a LJ 4000 but using the 4050 PPD, which I had completely forgotten. In that sense you could even try to print to your printer but using a slightly different PPD which might have that feature built-in.



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10.3: Apply Quartz filters to print jobs
Authored by: epicycle on Nov 01, '03 11:30:07AM

This filter works great what you want to save a file as PDF but it ends up being a HUGE file. Try choosing the "Reduce File Size" menu item and then print to a file. I did it on a few and they went from 1 MB PDF to 300K PDF, not to shabby.

Sean



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