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Re: [SLUG] Using CUPs to help direct printing PDFs
- To: Stuart Guthrie <slug@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: Re: [SLUG] Using CUPs to help direct printing PDFs
- From: Phil Scarratt <fil@xxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 13:17:59 +1000
- Cc: slug@xxxxxxxxxxx
- Organization: Draxsen Technologies
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Stuart Guthrie wrote:
I'm looking for a solution to print PDfs from windows clients directly.
ie no opening of Adobe Acrobat reader.
Since the proposed install includes a Linux box, I'm wondering if I
can't just use CUPS as a printer server for the various printers?
PC w. attached printer (smb address //PC1/printer1)
--> ipp or something
--> CUPS Printer Server
--> smb://PC1/printer1 (printing via postscript).
The other alternative is an icky windows client install of ghostscript
and redmon or some such.
I've done the CUPS --> smb:// bit before, just wondering if I'm right in
assuming CUPS can handle direct submits of PDFs?
"PDF documents provide a great way to pass around documents on the
Internet. They have many uses, such as sending quotes and invoices to
business clients. Two of the main reasons the PDF format is so popular
is that it preserves all of the document's formatting exactly and it is
easily viewable on almost all platforms. For many computer users stuck
in the Windows paradigm, creating PDF documents means forking over
precious cash to the folks at Adobe. However, this article will show you
how to use Linux, Samba, and Ghostscript to provide a PDF creation
service to both Windows and Linux users. Of course, all of this can be
obtained for free."
Basically describes a way of setting up a PDF printer for windows and
linux users. It basically sets itself up as a PS printer and then runs
ps2pdf on the ps file. Can even have auto-installable drivers ready for
windows clients when they connect. I modified the script a little to
suck the title out of the generated ps file and rename the final PDF
file (by default it uses date_time i think).
Only negative is it does not do a save as - but that was no big deal for
me the script can dump the file in the users home directory anyway.