Postscript Printers and Mac OS 9. Newly rephrased Question
Posted on 2004-09-01
Per other posts, I am rephrasing a previous question in hopes of honing in on finding the right printer for the
job at hand. Specifically, I have run Mac OS 8.6 for years with an HP Laserjet 4ML, creating and outputting
a variety of graphic intensive docs in Pagemaker (v 4 thru 6.5) that entailed Postscript fonts, and various
graphic elements. I do my own DTP for layouts of promotional pieces for my business...usually prepping a
layout that in turn goes to a print house.
What I've found out the hard way is that an "upgrade" to an HP 1012 was not the best choice since it is not
a PS printer. Guess i can save that one for another computer and use it for text.
What I Need to know, is what a good replacement would be for the 4ML...that will allow me to still run at
least OS 9 (tho preferably 8.6...) and still create/printout Postscript docs in these apps, under Mac OS (as well
as my existing one). Why do i want to switch? This printer virtually seizes and stalls my entire system while
outputting a heavily graphic oriented document in say, Pagemaker or Freehand. On stuff other than simple
docs without lots of fonts/graphics, it is intolerably too SLOW. I did get Powerprint and tried using that on
it whereby, instead of using the apple printer-cable connection, i tried USB to the printer's parallel port. Somehow
postscript language got lost in the translation going that route. Hence, I'm back to the same connection, via
regular printer cable...slow graphics printing....(but at least - accurate)
Not being a DTP fulltimer i'm out of my element with this and would be glad to get some specific advice on
alternatives that might give me significant speed improvement, while still allowing full postscript support for
older and, newly created docs on this G3... (a beige desktop, with upgraded OWC 533 MHz processor and
loaded RAM.... currently using OS 8.6. Willing to jump it to OS 9.22 if that's the only way to run a newer
faster PS printer.... Otherwise I have a G4/400 spare that could replace the G3 and is equpped with only USB,
no serial port... i don't know if any of my older docs could successfully be transferred to a G4 and a newer
PS printer, and still retain accurate formatting, fonts, et.al.