Installing a PostScript Printer Driver
Really, you don't need to buy another printer. What you are doing here is installing the software that Windows uses to talk to a printer (that's what a "printer driver" is.) Instead of sending the printer instructions (put a blob of black here, there, and there) to a physical printer attached to your machine, the instructions are saved to a file. So now you have a file that says "put a blob of black here...". That file can be opened and read by lots of different programs which can convert printer instructions into "screen instructions" ("put a 10 pixels of black in the upper left corner...").
Note: The details of installing a printer vary slightly from one version of Windows to another. The instructions below are general. For more detail, read the Windows help files.
- Click on the Start Button
- Go to "Settings"
- If "Printers" doesn't appear in the Settings sub-menu, click on "Control Panel", and "Printers" should appear within the Control Panel
- Look for the icon labelled "Add Printer"
- Double click on the "Add Printer" icon
- You will be asked a bunch of questions about the new printer you're installing. We won't try to answer them all here, but we'll cover the important ones:
- This should be a "local," not "network printer
- The printer we recommend choosing is the "Apple LaserWriter Pro 600"
Note:There are several other printer drivers that are worth experimenting with if your .ps/.prn files don't look correct when you open them in GhostView:
- Adobe Generic PostScript Printer Driver for Windows and for Mac
- If you have color images, you may want to try the "Apple Color LW 12/660 PS" or some other PS printer driver with the word "color" in its name (e.g., some of the HP printers).
When you are asked what port this printer will connect to, tell it to use "FILE" (i.e., it will print to a file rather than an actual printer) Do not set this as the default printer for your system