• Direct Connect PostScript Printer Driver

    From Sargenle53@21:1/5 to All on Mon Oct 18 21:20:17 2021
    Hugh.

    I have been so interested in your updated LaserWriter driver that I have been searching with these 4 requirements.

    TCP port 9100

    PS 3

    PCL 5/5e to PCL 6

    Ethernet 10/100

    I came across this little B&W printer (Xerox B210) that seems to check all the boxes.

    https://download.support.xerox.com/pub/docs/B210/userdocs/any-os/en_GB/Xerox_B210_sfp_ug_en.pdf?_ga=2.127546381.1093801063.1634612854-971138043.1634612854

    I am going to buy this printer for use on the GS (ROM 01, GS/OS 6.0.4, Uthernet ll)

    Before I do, based on your knowledge of the driver, PCL and PS requirements, do you have any thoughts on compatibility.

    Mostly printing letters with TrueType and or Bitmap fonts.

    Leon

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  • From Hugh Hood@21:1/5 to All on Tue Oct 19 23:36:40 2021
    Leon,

    I re-checked the specs on that Xerox B210 printer and it *does* seem to
    check all the boxes for using it to print PostScript from GS/OS Desktop applications with the DCPPD under GS/OS 6.0.x with the Uthernet II card, Marinetti and TreeHugger. Very good.

    I see the B210 was a PC Magazine Editor's Choice, sports 1200 x 1200 DPI
    and is also very reasonably priced.

    You mentioned printing with TrueType and Bitmapped fonts:

    The DCPPD will print using the PostScript fonts that are either resident
    in the printer, or that have been downloaded in advance by the user.

    I searched in vain for a list of the PostScript fonts Xerox includes
    with the B210. All the docs mention printing a list of the resident
    PostScript fonts from the printer's control panel, but nowhere could I
    find a listing.

    I suspect that it has at least 90 resident PostScript fonts, and would obviously include the original 35 fonts (Courier, Helvetica, Palatino,
    etc...) contained in the Apple LaserWriter Plus, plus a whole bunch more.

    In your GS/OS applications, you will want to use screen fonts (either bit-mapped or TrueType with Pointless) that have names corresponding to
    the PostScript fonts present in the printer. The DCPPD does *not*
    download bitmapped IIgs fonts, but rather specifies in the PostScript
    job the name of the font requested. In most cases, if that font is not
    present, then the printer will use the Courier font instead.

    So, if the names of the fonts you using are even slightly different,
    there will not be a match.

    One solution is to rename (only if necessary, obviously) your TrueType
    font name (there are utilities to do this) so that it does match the
    PostScript font name.

    If you need to use a font that is not resident in the printer, it must
    first be downloaded to the printer. I might suggest the LaserBeam 1.1
    program (from GS+ Magazine) for doing that. It also allows one to
    re-name the PostScript font as it is being downloaded, so that would be
    another method of insuring a match between your GS/OS screen fonts and
    the printer fonts.

    Unrelated to the DCPPD --

    Your printer also supports PCL 5e, so you can also use it with the
    Harmonie drivers. As you probably know, Harmonie, since it sends a
    bit-mapped image of most objects (rendered on the Apple IIgs), will be a
    great deal slower than PostScript and probably much lower in quality.
    But, it *does* download font bitmaps if that is what you need.

    Finally -- since the interface here will be the Uthernet II / Ethernet connection, we still don't have a widespread way of printing from ProDOS
    8 applications (such as AppleWorks) over Ethernet. I do know this
    problem has been/is being worked on, but that's all the information I
    can share at the moment.

    Please let me know if I can answer any questions for you on any of this,
    and please let us know how it goes for you.




    Hugh Hood



    On 10/18/2021 11:20 PM, Sargenle53 wrote:
    Hugh.

    I have been so interested in your updated LaserWriter driver that I
    have been searching with these 4 requirements.

    TCP port 9100

    PS 3

    PCL 5/5e to PCL 6

    Ethernet 10/100

    I came across this little B&W printer (Xerox B210) that seems to
    check all the boxes.

    https://download.support.xerox.com/pub/docs/B210/userdocs/any-os/en_GB/Xerox_B210_sfp_ug_en.pdf?_ga=2.127546381.1093801063.1634612854-971138043.1634612854

    I am going to buy this printer for use on the GS (ROM 01, GS/OS
    6.0.4, Uthernet ll)

    Before I do, based on your knowledge of the driver, PCL and PS
    requirements, do you have any thoughts on compatibility.

    Mostly printing letters with TrueType and or Bitmap fonts.

    Leon



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