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Chapter 8. Leaving the Nest: Printing, P... > Printing Issues in the Studio

Printing Issues in the Studio

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All our programs can print to our “Old Reliable” PostScript Level 2 laser printer except InDesign. The name of our printer doesn't even show up in InDesign's Print dialog box.


Could Old Reliable possibly be Really Old Reliable? Because officially, InDesign only understands PPD (Postscript Printer Description) files that are version 4.3 or later, as virtually every PPD made since the late 90s are up to. You can figure out the version of your PPD by opening it in a text editor and looking for a line that begins “FormatVersion:” (Figure 8-1). If you're not seeing the magic number 4.3 (or higher) after the colon, contact your printer manufacturer for an update. Most companies have a page on their web site where you can download the latest version of their PPDs free of charge.



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