Adding Personal Printers

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Personal Printer with ThinPrint Output Gateway

The Personal Printer created and shared on the Personal Printing server (by the installer) is designed for printing from Windows applications (it uses the ThinPrint Output Gateway).Certain printer properties cannot be selected because the printer model is not yet known when printing from an application.

Personal Printer (here, on the Personal Printing server)

Setting up Personal Printers for Mac and Linux machines

If your users want to select certain printer properties that the ThinPrint Output Gateway does not offer, or if they also want to use Personal Printing with applications that run on non-Windows systems, you can alternatively create a separate Personal Printer object for each printer model. Please note that the driver names of these native Personal Printers and those of target printers must match exactly. In contrast the Personal Printer’s denomination is arbitrary.
You can use universal drivers to simplify driver installation. The following drivers are recommended:

  • Universal Printer Driver for BR-Script (Brother)
  • Canon Universal Printer Driver
  • Dell Open Print Driver
  • HP LaserJet 5
  • HP Universal Printing
  • Universal Print Driver (Konica Minolta)
  • Kyocera Classic Driver
  • Lexmark Universal Printer Driver
  • Driver for Universal Print (Ricoh)
  • Samsung Universal Print Driver
  • Xerox Global Print Driver

Example 1: In your company exist three HP Color LaserJet 4700. For these physical printers you have to create only one single Personal Printer object, e. g.: Personal Printer HP Color 4700
However if you have also an HP Color LaserJet 9500 in your company you have to create another Personal Printer object for this purpose, e. g.: Personal Printer HP Color 9500

Example 2: Alternatively you can use one of the HP Universal Printing drivers for all four physical HP printers (however only the static mode of this driver is recommended). Please note that in this case all five printer objects have to use the same driver, thus also the respective Personal Printer, e. g.: Personal Printer HP

In detail:

  • Open the printer’s folder and find out the exact driver names of the printers cre­ated there, e. g.:
    • Kyocera FS-C8500DN XPS
    • OKI C7200

finding out the exact driver name

  • For each driver create a specific Personal Printer using the same driver. Connect this printer to a specific printer port (type: ThinPrint PrintToStorage) and share it. See the example in following two screenshots.

selecting ThinPrint PrintToStorage port for each Personal Printer

Personal Printer created with a native driver

Note! From Windows 2012 R2 type-4 drivers can’t be connected to third-party printer ports anymore. That’s why use type-3 drivers with ThinPrint PrintToStorage Ports.

example for a type-3 driver, in this example: OKI Universal PCL 5

Creating additional printer ports

In case you create additional Personal Printer objects (see Personal Printer for Win­dows machines) maybe that additional printer ports are necessary to increase the print performance by processing multiple print jobs simultaneously.

Note! You can create a specific ThinPrint PrintToStorage port for each Personal Printer in order to separate the print data streams, for example, in case of several print jobs at the same time. However, avoiding the option Enable printer pooling is mandatory!

Enable printer pooling is not supported by ThinPrint PrintToStorage ports!

  • With port creation, select ThinPrint PrintToStorage as port type and then New Port.

adding Personal Printing port: port type ThinPrint PrintToStorage

  • Select Print to Personal Printer in the configuration menu of the new port and enter a port name.

adding Personal Printing port: Select Personal Printer and enter a port name

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