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PPDs for Non-PS Printers on Windows

CUPS-PPDs can also be used on Windows clients, on top of a “core” PostScript driver (now recommended is the CUPS PostScript Driver for Windows NT/200x/XP; you can also use the Adobe one, with limitations). This feature enables CUPS to do a few tricks no other spooler can do:

  • Act as a networked PostScript RIP handling print files from all client platforms in a uniform way.

  • Act as a central accounting and billing server, since all files are passed through the pstops filter and are therefore logged in the CUPS page_log file. Note: this cannot happen with “raw” print jobs, which always remain unfiltered per definition.

  • Enable clients to consolidate on a single PostScript driver, even for many different target printers.

Using CUPS PPDs on Windows clients enables them to control all print job settings just as a UNIX client can do.

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