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    rolmsted
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    Printing to a Postscript file

    Hello all,

    I am in the process of writing a procedure for Windows 9x and NT, which explains how to print to a Postscript file. As I attempt to do so on my on computer (running NT 4.0), I cannot locate one of the required files : Q2220523.ppd. It's not on my hard drive, and I don't have access to disks.

    Did I say that I'm modifying an existing procedure? It tells me to select QMS from the manufacturers list, and QMS-PS 2220 from the printers list. Well, I've been on to a couple of the drivers sites on the web, and they point me to the Minolta-QMS site http://www.qms.com/support/index.html, which unfortunately seems to be a blind alley. They have a pulldown list for selecting drivers but no "Go" button. Is it just me? It's ok, you can say so, I took my humble pill today. I also tried their ftp site, ftp://ftp.qms.com/, but I can't recognize what file I need to download.

    Obviously, I don't want to subject my users to a wild goose chase for these drivers. Once I find the right one I will post it in a convenient place for them.

    My questions:

    1. Are these selections (QMS, QMS-PS 2220) the best ones for a wide range of Windows users?

    2. What's the driver file named, and where can I find it?

    Thanks in advance,
    Rebecca

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    Re: Printing to a Postscript file

    All of the info you'd ever want to know about PostScript, and more, is on the web at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://partners.adobe.com/asn/developer/technotes/postscript.html>http://partners.adobe.com/asn/developer/te...postscript.html</A>

    Creating a PS file entails " printing" to a PS printer connected to FILE. So essentially any PS printer will suffice, although the QMS was for years the de facto standard, as it was one of the early colour PS printers in wide (North American) distribution. Minolta now owns QMS.

    The driver for the 2220 may be downloaded at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.qms.com/support/current_printers/mc2200_sup.htm>http://www.qms.com/support/current_p...mc2200_sup.htm</A> (Note that there are different flavours of the driver for various flavours of Windows)

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    rolmsted
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    Re: Printing to a Postscript file

    Tony,
    Thanks very much for your reply, and the background on why QMS was the vendor of choice. Also for the reference, though I admit I am daunted by the 912 page Postscript manual! I was able to track down the driver, and the procedure now works...but not exactly as I thought it would. It outputs a 'prn' file, not a 'ps' file.

    This is important because we require a file with the ps extension, as input to another process, which converts it to a pdf.

    How do I get a ps file as output?

    Still puzzled,
    Rebecca

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    Re: Printing to a Postscript file

    Rebecca:

    prn and ps are essentially the same thing, although I'm not completely sure whether or not simply changing the extension works. So, I tried it. Created a file in CorelDraw, and printed to a Device Independent PostScript printer as PRN and PS in turn (the printer driver gives the choice). I then printed both to PDF, after changing the PRN extension to PS (and renaming the file). Both are identical.

    Now, if the QMS driver doesn't give the same choice, the renaming may be the way to go, although not very elegant. Where the driver I used came from, I'm not sure, since I have so many graphics apps installed - probably Illustrator or Corel.

    Here's a Microsoft KB article on the topic:
    http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/ar...s/q158/0/81.asp that might help throw some light on this.

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    rolmsted
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    Re: Printing to a Postscript file

    Thank you, Tony, that piece of information was exactly what I needed to know (about the similarity between prn and ps files)! I renamed the file, ran it through my application, and it was happy! Also, thanks for the background article.

    Now, on to the rest of the day <img src=/S/angel.gif border=0 alt=angel width=15 height=21>.

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