PDF Creator Server Print PDF to printer


#1

We are trialling PDF Creator Server, and have our queue setup to save the PDF to a network share (which is in turn local to the print server) and then to print to a specified network printer located elsewhere on the network, but still on the same print server as PDF Creator Server. I’ve received reports back that the prints are very slow to actually come off the printer. The PDFs that are created appear fairly quickly on the network share and are around 200kb each. Is there a setting I need to look at changing to speed up the printing? I’ve currently got PDF Creator Server set to use 8 threads, and the logging level is set to Warn.


#2

Hi,
the print action will use Ghostscript to directly send the initially created Postscript file to the printer. Since the Postscript file is more or less uncompressed and can be huge, it might be faster to print the output with help of the “run script” action and a viewer capable of printing silently.

Best regards

Robin


#3

Robin

Thank you for the suggestion, I will look at that option, and let you know if I have any problems.

Tim


#4

You are welcome. If you are exclusively exporting to PDF, you could have a look at SumatraPDF, which other users have used for this task successfully, it is one of the few viewers capable of printing to a specific printer 100% silently.


#5

Robin

I’ve set that up and it is printing (faster it appears), I did have an issue with number of copies, but have whilst typing this found the token so am now successfully passing that to my script.

Tim


#6

Hi Tim,

the numbers of copies can be tricky and I am afraid there might also be situations where the token doesn’t get these right, since there are some applications which might simply duplicate the Postscript code according to the number of copies, instead of setting the actual number of copies property, so best keep an eye on this to see if the application(s) you are printing from support it properly.

Best regards

Robin