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Checking PostScript Printer Capabilities

Following is a PostScript command file that can be used to get a PostScript printer to output a number of useful pieces of information that are needed to set up a Printer icon under Windows properly. It was printed from Wordpad in Win95 through the Generic/Text Only printer driver with the following instructions.

  1. Start, Run, type in Wordpad and press Enter.

  2. File, Open testps.txt.

  3. File, Page Setup, Printer, select Generic /Text Only, click Properties.

  4. Click Device Options, select TTY custom, click OK.

  5. Click OK, then set all four margins to 0; click OK.

  6. Click File, Print, OK.

This file could also have been printed with /usr/bin/lpr on a UNIX command prompt. The file prints Test Page and some printer statistics below that, as follows.

% filename: testps.txt
% purpose: to verify proper host connection and function of PostScript
%     printers.
/buf 10 string def
/CM {
   save statusdict/product get (PostScript) anchorsearch
   exch pop {length 0 eq
       {1}{2}ifelse
     }
       {2}ifelse exch restore
   }bind def
/isCM {
     CM 1 ge
   }bind def
/Times-BoldItalic findfont 75 scalefont setfont
150 500 moveto
(Test Page) false charpath
   isCM{gsave 0.0 1.0 1.0 0.0 setcmykcolor fill grestore}if
2 setlinewidth stroke
/Times-Roman findfont 10 scalefont setfont
150 400 moveto
(Your PostScript printer is properly connected and operational.)show
150 380 moveto
(The border around the page indicates your printer's printable
   region.)show
{ vmreclaim } stopped pop
vmstatus exch sub exch pop
150 360 moveto
(Max Available Printer Virtual Memory (KB):)show
150 340 moveto
dup 1024 div truncate buf cvs show
150 320 moveto
(Calculated memory size used for PostScript printer icon properties:)show
150 300 moveto
0.85 mul 1024 div truncate buf cvs show
150 280 moveto
(Printer Model:    )show
statusdict begin product show end
150 260 moveto
(PostScript Level:    )show
/languagelevel where
 { languagelevel 3 string cvs show pop }
 {(1) show } ifelse
150 240 moveto
(PostScript Version: )show
statusdict begin
   version show (.)show
revision 40 string cvs show end
clippath stroke
showpage
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