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Thu 29 May 2003

A Digression - About the Epson C1900 Aculaser

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Google is hitting this weblog in search of answers to "colour laser printing" and "Epson C1900 Colour Laser" - probably because these were mentioned in previous posts. My log file shows that they're coming from Mac users.

In case they're looking for the answer to : "how do you get the Epson C1900 Colour Laser Printer to support Postscript printing from OS X machines", the answer is :

The Epson sales reps and local tech support people may say that the Epson Aculaser series does not yet support OS X for Postscript printing. But they ought to know better. If you buy the Epson C1900 with the Postscript option, and if you're a Mac user, you'll get an OS 9-based CD. Open up this CD from an OS 9-based Mac, and look for the PPD file that is associated with this printer. It's called "EPSON AL-C1900 PS3". Copy this out and put it in the OS X machine. I place mine simply under "/Library".

Then, when you're asked to give a PPD file when you're setting up the printer in OS X's Print Centre utility, navigate into "/Library" and select the PPD file you placed there. And that's it. You get great Postscript printing from the Aculaser.

Actually, because of OS X's Quartz technology, you can get close to 90% of the quality of a Postscript printout, even without using the Postscript option. But, with the Postscript option, fonts look great even at very small point sizes, and they look more refined. Hope this helps. (And this method should work with all the other printers in the Aculaser series).

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