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Introduction

It is possible to print directly to a CAPS managed printer and charge the cost to one or other of the cost centres you have in your account. This avoids the need for a Pharos terminal on the printer, and allows print jobs to print almost immediately (unless the printer is busy of course). The normal style for CAPS printing involves releasing jobs from a holding queue once you get to the printer you want the job to come out of.

Pharos provides a popup service which is essentially a mini print release terminal on the desktop machine.

The following article steps through the process of creating a local printer in MacOS X pointing at the direct queue on a Pharos spooler, using the popup driver supplied by Pharos.

Requirements

prerequisites

CAPS PS drivers for RICOH MFDs.dmg

A generic RICOH postscript PPD set as described at Printers/UoA Generic Ricoh postscript. This places PPDs in /Library/Management/ppd and creates two CAPS printers for general purpose printing. It is not required for the process of creating a queue for direct printing. However, you do need a suitable PPD or driver for the device you are going to connect to -the generic option provides broad support across the RICOH printers and multifunction devices in use at the University when this article was written. It will also work with HP devices.

Popup841.dmg

You need to install the popup driver. The version I used was downloaded directly from the Pharos systems web site. This creates the necessary backend configuration to support popup:// type printing URIs.

Printers & Scanners

Go to System Preferences and locate the Printers & Scanners icon.

Printers and Scanners in the System Preferences window

Click on the icon to reveal the currently installed devices -in this example I only have two printers configured -basic CAPS devices created by the CAPS PS drivers installation touched on above.

Printers and scanners currently installed

 

Add a new printer

Click on the + to add a new device…

This will reveal the Add window.

Customise Toolbar…

We need to access advanced features to use the popup:// schema, so on a computer configured in the normal manner, you need to add the Advanced tool to the toolbar. Right click (or hold down the control key and click with the mouse) near the top of this dialogue to select Customize Toolbar….

Add advanced…

Drag the Advanced icon from the set on the tray revealed then close the tray to continue with the set up.

Select the Advanced icon in the Add window and after a short time where the Mac searches for possible printers and scanners you may have connected, you will be offered a detailed form to configure the device you want to add.

Fill in the form

Type: Pharos Print Server
Device: Another Device
URL: popup://<spooler address>/<queue name> in the example above, popup://sciprnp02.uoa.auckland.ac.nz/direct-110-285

Name: what you see when selecting the printer, make it useful and memorable -do not use the suggested option!
Location: whatever you like…
Use: Select Other… unless you have the specific driver you want to use available.

In this case I am going to use one of the PPDs installed above.

Select a PPD

After selecting a suitable driver, click Add to complete the process.

Done!

Let’s use it

Select the printer, configure the options

 

Select the appropriate account, project code, etc…

collect your prints!

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