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What about HP Photosmart inkjets?
Authored by: dcnblues on Oct 25, '02 05:20:27PM

I don't have SAMBA either... then again, I'm running Dave for OS X so it's got its own SMB service running.

Another problem... the additional printer drivers update doesn't include HP Photosmart inkjets in its printer list, and the Photosmart driver from HP doesn't recognize network-shared printers, only those connected via USB! [Tear out hair in frustration]

So, here's the workaround. It's ugly, but it works.

Set up a folder in the /Users/Shared directory, called Print Spool. Share it. Share permissions should be set so that everyone, even those on the network, has read/write/full control access. The system admin should also install a generic printer in the Print Center. It'll not be used, but it's a placeholder.

Each user on the Mac should then drag the Print Spool folder from the /Users/Shared folder to the dock, or make an alias and put it on the desktop.

When printing, instead of clicking "Print" in the settings dialog, click "Save as PDF". This uses the Quartz engine to render the document in PDF format. Then drop the resulting PDF file onto the Print Spool folder icon/alias. This puts the document into a shared folder that the Windoze "print station" can see.

Then go to the Windoze station, access the share (perhaps from a desktop shortcut, hmmn?), right-click on the document, and Print it using Adobe Acrobat. Once the doc's done printing and you've proofed your copy, trash it from the Windows machine and it's no longer in the queue.

The ugly part of this is you aren't actually doing everything from one box; you have to go somewhere else to complete your print job. At some point I'll have to see about scripting the print jobs, but that'd be a Windoze discussion and not appropriate here.



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