Mac OS X 10.4: Included printer drivers and PostScript PPD files

Mac OS X 10.4 installs printer drivers and PostScript Printer Description files(PPDs) for many printers. Some printer files included with Mac OS X 10.4might not be included with previous Mac OS X versions, and vice-versa. Thisarticle contains a list of all printer drivers and PPD files included with Mac OS X10.4. Please note that some of these drivers were created by open-sourceprojects (refer to the "Install Package" column in the list to find the driversource).

Tip: To ensure that you have the latest drivers for your printer, always checkyour printer manufacturer's website.Mac OS X 10.4 includes printer drivers from the following manufacturers (toview the complete list of drivers from all printer manufacturers, please scrolldown the window, or use your browser's Find feature to look for a specificname, such as "Olympus" or "Toshiba):

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Electronics For Imaging (EFI)
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List of included drivers
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List of included drivers
Hewlett-Packard (HP)
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List of included drivers
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(see also, Some Xerox printers may require newer PPDs)
Note: This list is subject to change without notice.

Open-source printer drivers (CUPS, Gimp-Print, Easy
Software Products)
Some of the included drivers were developed through the Gimp-Print open
source project. Others are sample CUPS drivers from Easy Software Products
You can use these drivers when no Mac OS X driver is available from your
printer's manufacturer or when the manufacturer's driver does not support a
specific feature of your printer. Please note that open source drivers may not
support all features of your printer.

Installing printer drivers
All included printer drivers are installed by default when you install Mac OS X
10.4. If you custom install Tiger, you can select which printer driver packages
you would like installed. The Apple LaserWriter PPDs and sample drivers
included with CUPS are installed as part of the Essential System Software
package and cannot be customized or installed separately from Mac OS X.
If you would like to install any of the optional printer drivers after installing
Mac OS X, insert the Install disc into your computer and use Optional Installs.

All drivers in this list are designed to operate in English. Many are localized for
additional languages as well. If you select a driver that has not been localized
in your primary language, it will appear in the next available language in the
order you specified in the International preferences, or in English.

Printer not listed?
If your PostScript level 2 or 3 printer doesn't appear on this list, get a PPD
from your printer's manufacturer or use the Generic PPD.
If your non-PostScript (inkjet, raster) printer does not appear on this list, get a
driver from the printer's manufacturer or try using a compatible Gimp-Print
driver. You can view a list of all printers that may work with a Gimp-Print
driver here.

Some printer features might not be available
Bundled printer drivers and PPDs may not offer every feature of a printer, such
as built-in faxing, scanning, or an optional sheet feeder. If your printer has a
feature that is not available, contact the printer manufacturer for more
information regarding the use of that feature. For example, the LaserWriter
16/600 PS Fax driver allows many printing features, but not the built-in fax
Printer drivers and PPD files included with Mac OS X
Tips and notes

1. The Driver Version column contains the PPD file version for PostScript
printers or printers using CUPS drivers.
2. Drivers that are denoted on the list as a Modern Driver are PPD files or
drivers designed for CUPS (printing architecture available in Mac OS X
10.2 and later).
3. Drivers that are not denoted as Modern Drivers cannot be selected
when adding an IP printer or Windows shared printer.
4. The drivers that list "ESP" as the manufacturer are sample drivers
included with CUPS.
5. Some HP printer drivers support a series of printer models. To
determine if a specific printer model is part of a series, see this website.


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