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Advanced Printing Software under True64 5.1B

Anita Otto
Occasional Contributor

Advanced Printing Software under True64 5.1B


I use the Advanced Printing Software Version 1.2. Most of the printers are HP LaserJets. I use the printer driver from the software but documents written in Adobe Postscript 3.0 are not printed. I test it with Generic PCL driver, nothing.
Is there everybody who can help me? Thanks!
Ralf Puchner
Honored Contributor

Re: Advanced Printing Software under True64 5.1B

First of all, not every laserjet is PS compatible, most of them can only print PCL.

Please try to print a normal text file via PCL driver. If this works, try to convert the PS files into another format compatible with PCL or select a PS driver if your printer supports this option (have a look into the manual of the printer)

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Phillip Brown
Frequent Advisor

Re: Advanced Printing Software under True64 5.1B

You might try ghostscript. It will convert postscript into quite a few other formats. Pick one that works for you. While this isn't the printing solution (and there probably is a way to get this to work via the APS) this is a good workaround:

You'll want to use the Open Source Software Collection and download the ghostscript stuff. With it, you can translate to PCL.

By far, the easiest and best way to install and manage your freeware is through the "tachometer" program. Read about that here:

You'll want to install the following items: (get the real names from "tachometer list")

gs Ghostscript is the PostScript(TM) language interpreter
gv An X11 ghostscript frontend
ghostview An X11 user interface for ghostscript

And the fonts:


Good luck!
Phillip Brown
Frequent Advisor

Re: Advanced Printing Software under True64 5.1B

I wrote:
>>"With it, you can translate to PCL"

Sorry, but that may not be true. There used to be a drive called hpdj that you had to compile as a backend to ghostscript to do this.

That's been replaced by the driver called pcl3. If that's an option, you'll want to compile with that driver included.

If not, see the following page for more info: