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
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.