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#1 2015-07-29 22:56:31

techknight
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Printing to modern printers

well I took a splurge and picked up a modern"ish" laser printer.

It is USB only so no network, or anything. I can attach it directly to my PC.

That brings up the question: Is it possible to printer modern printers from vintage macintosh machines? Just curious. I am sure I would have to share the printer as a windows share, but from that point forward, I dont know.

any ideas?

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#2 2015-07-30 00:47:46

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Re: Printing to modern printers

If they support PostScript, sure, I would think so.

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#3 2015-07-30 00:52:50

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Re: Printing to modern printers

Printing...  Now that's a special kind of pain, particularly with older systems.  I was so scarred by printing in the 90s, I really try not to do it at all anymore.
If the newer printer supports postscript, then you just need some kind of bridge from PAP, the appletalk printer protocol, to the printer.  netatalk will do this, if you've got a linux machine and can print from that.  If the printer doesn't support postscript, but you can still print to it from linux, there use to be ways to convert from postscript to an existing linux printer config using ghostscript, but that was back in the days of lpd/lpr.

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#4 2015-07-31 00:51:19

techknight
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Re: Printing to modern printers

What about using a JetDirect? The JetDirect that goes with the laser I picked up, has Mac OS 9.1 support only, nothing older.

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