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    Virtual PS Printer

    Hello,
    In Windows I could create a printer and point it to a file. I could then select any driver I wanted and apply it the printer. This was usful for printing Postscript (level) documents to file. Is this possible in Ubuntu? I have installed cups-pdf but this only allows me to output in PDF format. Similarly, the "Print to file" option in the printer dialog only allows me to select PDF as the output. Is is possible to printer to a virtual PS printer in Ubuntu 12.04?

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    Re: Virtual PS Printer

    Uhmmm, the CUPS print system turns any printer into a postscript printer. So if your printer is otherwise working, then all you need to do is send the postscript (or PDF) file to the printer and it will print.

    http://www.aeronetworks.ca/howtos/print-howto.html

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    Re: Virtual PS Printer

    Thanks for the reply. I don't understand it though! Maybe I am explaining the problem wrong.
    Printing on PC is working. However, I need to print to a file, in Postscript format. In Windows this was accomplished by setting up a printer with a Postscript driver but making the Printer Port by a filename. This would prompt to save the printed file as and the format would be Postscript. While I do get a "Print to file" option in Ubuntu I only get the option to save as PDF, not Postscript!

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    Re: Virtual PS Printer

    Are you sure? The Print to File-option sure does have the option for both PDF and PS on my computer, and has had that in all the previous Ubuntu verions as well (as long as the print to file feature itself has been available...)
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    Re: Virtual PS Printer

    I'm sure.......see attached. Also, changing the output file to .PS still saves it in PDF format!
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    Re: Virtual PS Printer

    Quote Originally Posted by horizonuser View Post
    I'm sure.......see attached. Also, changing the output file to .PS still saves it in PDF format!
    That's interesting. I just noticed you are using Lubuntu, so perhaps it's a question of some library that's not installed by default in Lubuntu but is on Ubuntu...

    Which program are you printing from? The available options change depending on what the program itself allows, for example printing from Evince adds the option fro SVG output... Although I don't think I've ever seen the dialog without both PS & PDF options at least.

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