Leonard Rosenthol on Thu, 11 Oct 2001 18:30:19 +0200

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Re: [PLUG] Postscript (was Re: John "MAD DOG" Hall)

At 11:25 AM -0400 10/11/01, Walt Mankowski wrote:
I remember having a terribly hard time trying to print a postscript
document on a postscript window printer under NT 4.0.

I don't know what you tried, but you can just drag the PS file onto the icon of the printer that you wish to print to, and it will handle it - assuming a Postscript printer!

Maybe things
have gotten better, but then the problem was that windows always
wanted to associate the file with some application which would decide
how to print it.

Right. Direct printing of PS files is not something the average user does on Windows (or Mac OS) and therefore it's not setup as the "norm". But it's certainly doable on both platforms.

 Postscript files don't fit well into this model.
They're already formatted for printing, so you just want to send them
to the printer as is.

Exactly! HOWEVER, keep in mind that Postscript can also be VERY device dependant and that PS generated for one device may not print correctly (or even at all!) on another. This is why there are PPD's (Printer Property Descriptions).

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