With ThinPrint Client Mac for ICA or ThinPrint Client Mac for TCP/IP you can integrate Macs into your ThinPrint environment. The client allows you to print over the Citrix ICA protocol or over TCP/IP; there is a separate installer available for each protocol. With this client, all printers created on the Mac will be automatically mapped into the remote desktop or terminal session – locally created printers, as well as network printers.
ThinPrint Client for Mac can be integrated into all Windows or Citrix environments (with or without a central print server). This is useful, for example, for home users, as they can then print from a XenApp or XenDesktop session via ICA to printers installed locally, while benefiting from ThinPrint compression.
ThinPrint Client Mac supports the following ThinPrint functions:
- ThinPrint print data compression, including bandwidth control
- AutoConnect: All Mac printers are automatically mapped into the session.
- Connection Service (ThinPrint Client Mac for TCP/IP only)
- In Citrix print server environments, a Citrix Universal Print Server is not required.
Scenario 1: with print server
If a central print server is available, you can use Driver Free Printing in a terminal session (or remote desktop session). That means that no drivers need to be installed on the terminal servers or the virtual desktops (except for TP Output Gateway). All native drivers are installed on the central print server only, where ThinPrint Engine runs. In the session, the shared printers of the central print server are connected automatically by ThinPrint AutoConnect.
You can choose whether to print directly from the print server to the Mac over TCP/IP or from a terminal session over ICA. In the latter case, ThinPrint Virtual Channel Gateway is used.
Scenario 2: without print server
If no central print server is being used, simply install ThinPrint Engine on the terminal servers. In the session, all Mac printers are created automatically by ThinPrint AutoConnect. In general, the universal PostScript driver TP Output Gateway PS is used for the session printers. This enables AutoConnect to transfer driver properties from the Mac to the session printers.