Mac Laser Printer PPD for Panasonic KX-P1624 on Win-NT 4.0 Server

What Mac Laser Printer PPD will work with Panasonic KX-P1624 wide carriage dot-matrix printer (14"wide pin-feed forms) shared on a Win-NT 4.0 server?
LucidDreamerAsked:
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jkjungConnect With a Mentor Commented:
PPD stands for PostScript Printer Description.  This printer is about 7+ years old.  Dot-matrix printers at that time did not PostScript, like Epson's inkjet does now.  Thus, there is no PPD for it.

Most likely, the printer is connected directly to the NT Server.  Only the Wintel computers can print to it, because it uses MS's direct printer sharing.

Although you can use DAVE to access the network and see the printer, DAVE requires a PPD, which one does not exist for this printer.

The only REMOTE possibility of you being able to print on that printer is if the system administrator makes it available through TCP/IP.  Then, you can use the AppleTalk version printer driver for an Epson LQ.  (Make sure that your Mac's AppleTalk control panel is set to Ethernet.  This control panel is available ONLY in Open Transport.  If you are using Classic Networking, with MacTCP and Network control panels, this won't work.)

However, you can DEFINITELY use the printer DIRECTLY with your Mac.  You need the hardware from InfoWave's PowerPrint package.  It provides the Mac's serial-to-PC's parallel cord, as well as the Epson LQ driver.

I hope this helps.

--MikroData (jkjung)
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LucidDreamerAuthor Commented:
Yes, good advice, but what about RIP software to convert postscript from Mac's to image map print file for dot matrix?
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jkjungCommented:
That is also a novel idea.  However, this is not the solution to your problem.

You can use the RIP software to convert it to a printable bitmap image, saved into the print spool.  But why would you want to do that?...You still can't see the printer.  If you could see it, you would print directly (I mean, remotely) to it (without conversion).  Unfortunately, RIP software doesn't act like a PPD, otherwise, you could use the DAVE software.

The system administrator still has to set up the printer up on AppleTalk (correction from my original statement of TCP/IP, above).  He/she should set up a multiprotocol print server for it.  An HP JetDirect card (http://www.hp.com/net_printing/jetdirect/externalcards.html), Epson Multiprotocol Ethernet Print Server (MEPS; about $400) (http://www.zdnet.com/netbuyer/edit/cshopper/content/9710/cshp0181.html), Digital's RapidPrint 500 (http://www.printers.digital.com/products/prt_rp500.html), or similar hardware device.

These devices cost about the same amount.  It's just a bit expensive for such a small and simple device, and your company may find it not worth the purchase.  However, if the company is highly dependent on Mac work outputted to that printer, it should be one of the items on their shopping list.

I hope this helps.

--MikroData (jkjung)
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