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Tom Skowyrski
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Preconfigured settings for printer in Mac OS X(High Sierra)

I have a Xerox AltaLink C8030 printer in the office and most of the computers are Windows-based but we have one MacBook(MacOs X High Sierra). I want that printer to be set up as it is for Windows computers. I set up 4 logical printers pointing to one physical printer, the first one is set up to print one side Black/White, the second one is set up for one side but in Colour, the third one is set up for 2sided Black/White and the fourth one is set up for 2sided Colour. I've read on the Apple support site that the options depend on software that you use but my question is whether there is a way to set up this printer as I mentioned above no matter what software we use since it's not a problem in Windows.
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Tom Skowyrski

8/22/2022 - Mon
Eoin OSullivan


If you want the OSX user to print directly to the printer then OSX support can support "virtual" printers in that you can add the same printer 4 times .. but the Apple Support Site is correct in that the driver software will determine if you can save different parameters as DEFAULT on each of the 4 virtual printers.  Some printer software always defaults to the same setting whenever you open the printer and although you can save preset configurations ... you may not be able to FORCE the printer to only use the ones you want.

The short answer is install the relevant OSX printer software .. add the printer and see can you set B&W one side as the defaults .. then repeat for another instance setting different options.
Tom Skowyrski

Adding new printer did not provide us with any new options we were looking for, even when using Xerox driver.
Eventually, we opted for installing the latest Xerox driver and then creating presets for configuration user required i.e. black&white, colour, 1 sided, 2 sided, etc. for both Xerox printers. The presets were configured through printing windows within Word and then it is available to other software including Adobe.
The most confusing problem was that we couldn't add the options to the printers directly in System Preferences, but instead even presets have to be done through the programs you are using to print.
Tom Skowyrski

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