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

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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?
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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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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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