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Traditional UNIX programs and printing systems while using PostScript are largely not PPD-aware. PPDs are “PostScript Printer Description” files. They enable you to specify and control all options a printer supports: duplexing, stapling, and punching. Therefore, UNIX users for a long time couldn't choose many of the supported device and job options, unlike Windows or Apple users. But now there is CUPS. as illustrated in Printing to a PostScript Printer.

Figure21.2.Printing to a PostScript Printer.

Printing to a PostScript Printer.

However, there are other types of printers out there. These do not know how to print PostScript. They use their own PDL, often proprietary. To print to them is much more demanding. Since your UNIX applications mostly produce PostScript, and since these devices do not understand PostScript, you need to convert the print files to a format suitable for your printer on the host before you can send it away.

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