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Lesson 12. Printing > Understanding the Printing Process

Understanding the Printing Process

When you print from an application in the Mac OS X graphical interface, the application uses the Mac OS X imaging frameworks to create a PDF spool file that is passed off to the Common UNIX Printing System (CUPS), a cross-platform open-source printing solution. When you print from the command line, the spool file might be in a different format, such as text or PostScript. CUPS allows you to print to PostScript and raster printers, whether they are connected directly to your computer or shared over a network.


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