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Old Mac Printers' Interface

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Does anyone know about what communication interfaces Apple
used in it's old printers (unfortunatly don't know printer's
model).
Tanks for advance.
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As I now the Apple Talk interface is used by Apple for a very very long time. So I think almost every plle printer should work with Apple talk.
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Eh!
I'm not really sure what your asking. I'll have a go at an answer, but I may be off track, so please add a bit more to your question.

Apple printers print via Quickdraw. Quickdraw can be changed to postscript to allow full compatibility with Postscript printers. Postscript printers have more capabilities than plain old quickdraw and as such a postscript driver is better than quickdraw being turned into quickdraw.

Printers could use either Appletalk, or serial (or TCP/IP).


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by:atlas
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Eh!
I'm not really sure what your asking. I'll have a go at an answer, but I may be off track, so please add a bit more to your question.

Apple printers print via Quickdraw. Quickdraw can be changed to postscript to allow full compatibility with Postscript printers. Postscript printers have more capabilities than plain old quickdraw and as such a postscript driver is better than quickdraw being turned into quickdraw.

Printers could use either Appletalk, or serial (or TCP/IP). Each model needing relevant hardware and software to perform its job, ie you couldnt put any printer on AppleTalk it had to be and AppleTalk printer (you can buy a kit that will turn any printer into a Ethernet or TCP/IP printer, but you'll need a driver for it, if its postscript then usually any printer will then work with the LaserWriter).
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