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Problem printing .psd files from Mac to printer using Windows 2003 print spooler

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Macintoshes can not print .psd files using Adobe Photoshop CS3 to our Dell 3115 Printer via the Windows 2003 Print Server. Word and other types of documents print fine from the Mac to the 2003 print spooler. Trying to print .psd files to the Dell 3115 from the print server results in huge file sizes in the queue. Created an IP Printer on the mac that connects directly to the Printers IP address and that works. It seems like my print spooler does not know how to handle the .psd files even though I do have the Postscript 3115 driver installed. What am I missing on my 2003 Server? The one strange thing I notice is that my print server shows the port the printer is connected to as NtwkPort00 instead of the actual tcp/ip port number I am used to seeing.
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by:Arthur_Mino
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G'day,

The problem here is that your print server does not support postscript printing.
You need to install some sort of a RIP.

http://www.eurosystems.lu/index.dml?unten=produkte/Pjannto-RIP2-e.htm&von=html
http://www.dtgweb.com/shop/search.php?mode=search
http://www.serendipity-software.com.au/products/blackmagic/

PostScript needs special processing.
Hope this helps,

Cheers,

Arthur
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by:adamant40
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Sorry to be dense, but doesn't the PostScript driver that I have installed on the 2003 server provide that function? When Windows users print postscript files, they work OK. I thought using "Windows Printing" on the mac and pointing it to the PS driver's queue would take care of that. Other types of documents do print. I apologize if I'm missing something basic here.
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Arthur_Mino earned 2000 total points
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G'day,

The postscript drivers that go with the printer allow the printer to print postscript files, but it doesn't do any rastering, which is what Photoshop is sending.

Check this link out
http://www.zuberphotographics.com/page_RIPPrinting.htm

The other option I can suggest is create a PDF file of the Photoshop print job you're trying to print and re print that through Adobe PDF Reader.

Should work.
Hope this helps,

Cheers,

Arthur
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by:adamant40
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Thanks very much for the excellent article, I definitly learned something. I will leave the Mac's printing directly to the printer since that works.  
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