Mac OS X 10.3 or later: Printing in Classic using a Mac OS X inkjet printer driver
If you're using a Classic application, you can print from it using a Mac OS X printer driver. This applies only to inkjet (raster) printers that use a single driver to print from either Mac OS X or Classic applications. Here's how to do this in Mac OS X 10.3 or later.
Note: Mac OS X 10.4 or later automatically sends Classic print job to the Mac OS X print queue, but the steps in this article can be used if you are unable to print normally from Classic.
- From the Finder Go menu, choose Go to Folder.
- In the resulting dialog, type /Applications (Mac OS 9)/Utilities and then click Go (or press Return).
Note: This command only works if your Mac OS 9-related folders are on the same volume as Mac OS X. If they are on a different volume (or partition), navigate to the Utilities folder in the Applications (Mac OS 9) folder on that volume.
- Double-click Desktop Printer Utility to open it.
- In the New Desktop Printer dialog, select "Translator (PostScript)" and click OK.
- In the resulting dialog, click Create.
- Type a name for your new desktop printer, such as "PostScript Translation," then click OK.
- Quit Desktop Printer Utility.
- Open the Classic application from which you wish to print. When you're ready to print, choose Print from the File menu.
- In the resulting Print dialog, choose your new desktop printer ("PostScript Translator," or whatever you named it) from the pop-up menu, and click Save.
- In the resulting dialog, give your file a name (or use the name that is provided automatically), select a location where the file will be easy to find later (such as your desktop), and click Save. (The file may take a moment to appear on the desktop or in a Finder window.)
- To print the PostScript file, drop it on a desktop printer icon, or on the name of a printer in Printer Setup Utility. If you drop the file on the Printer Setup Utility icon in the Dock, it will be printed to the default printer.
Tip: You can view and print your new file from the Preview application, where advanced printing options, such as print quality and duplex settings, can be used.