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Printing to a Fuji Xerox printer using Catalina

Most new printers have PostScript built-in although if you are trying to print to an older printer or you are in a workplace with lots of PCs they may not have built-in postscript. If this is the case the default drivers in OSX will not work.

Here’s how I got my a non Postscript Fuji Xerox printer working with my 2020 MacBook Pro running Catalina.

  1. Give the printer an IP address. (e.g. 10.0.0.200)
  2. Download the latest drivers manually from Fuji Xerox. (https://onlinesupport.fujixerox.com/processDriverForm.do?ctry_code=SG&lang_code=en&d_lang=en&corp_pid=DCVC2263&rts=null&model=DocuCentre-V+C2263&type_id=2&oslist=Mac+OS+X+10.15&lang_list=en)
  3. In System Preferences: Printers go to Add new printer, select IP then put in the options as follows:

I needed to select LPD because IPP didn’t work.

I needed to select FX Print Driver for Mac OSX. The default DocuCentre drivers (Called FX DocuCentre-II C4300 v3016.103 PS) did not work. The specific drivers for a printer rely on the printer having Postscript, whereas the FX generic print driver does not need the printer to have Postscript installed.

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Apple printing bug costing users thousands of dollars.

A bug in Apple’s OS X printing software could see consumers unknowingly pay thousands of dollars extra in printing bills. The bug causes some black and white documents to be billed as colour documents by an attached printer. Businesses on a commercial printing plan will be potentially paying thousands of dollars extra in printing bills.

The bug causes some black and white documents to be billed as colour documents by an attached printer.

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How to add ‘Booklet’ to the OS X Print menu

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Is ‘Create Booklet’ broken in Mojave?

The “Create Booklet” PDF action stopped working when Mojave was released. It seems to be to do with Apple requiring an increased level of application signing. What this means is that the old version of Create Booklet (that was free) that I wrote about here no longer works. You need to download the new version from the Apple App Store. (It costs $20). I’m not sure if it’s worth $20 just to be able to make a booklet. It may be worth it to you. In my opinion it should be a feature that the built in OSX print driver can do. But for now I cannot find any free options to do this.

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How to reverse the fold direction on a Fuji Xerox printer

I have a Fuji Xerox Apeosport IV (Docucentre) printer with a stapler/booklet folder.  I had an A5 booklet that I was printing but the fold was the wrong way so that the inside of the booklet was on the outside.   Thankfully there is a little setting from the print dialog box under ‘Printer Features.’ If you change it from ‘single fold’ to ‘booklet fold’ it just reverses the direction of the fold.

 

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How to stop paper curling in your laser printer – printing with the grain.

I have a Fuji – Xerox A3 printer that can staple and fold, but sometimes the paper curls up and so the printer doesn’t staple properly. I just discovered this fantastic tip from the Fuji Xerox website which has solved my problem so I thought I’d pass it on.

Paper should be fed with the grain direction parallel to the feed path. That is, a long grain A4 should be fed “long edge feed”. If you are not sure on the grain direction, simply tear a corner off one sheet, lick it and it will curl parallel to the grain direction.

 

I was feeding all my A4 pages long edge first, so that they came out sideways. This is the default way that my printer feeds. (It is an A3 printer and so it prints A4 pages sideways.) The printer prints faster this way because the page is shorter in the direction of travel.

But I did not realise that this is printing ‘against the grain’ and is what causes the paper to curl. I started printing lengthways and it’s a great improvement, especially when it’s a bit humid.

This only applies if you are printing with a laser printer because it heats up the page. This would not be an issue for an inkjet printer.  If you have an A4 printer this will probably not be an issue either because it can only print lengthways on a4  piece of paper.

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Resetting a drum cartridge in a printer

Many printer manufacturers have a built in counter on the drum cartridge in their laster printers. This is so that the drum cartridge will get replaced at a regular interval and remain in good condition. The drum can in many cases continue to function a long time after the counter has expired. It is possible to reset the counter in the drum cartridge to extend it’s life. Then you can wait until there are marks or faded patches on the printed pages before you replace the cartridge. In some cases I have been able to reset the drum cartridge 3 times, extending the life of my cartridge to 400,000 copies instead of the the recommended 100,000.

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How to create a Google cloud printer.

 

It can be a bit of a pain trying to print from you iOS devices or an Android phone.  Apple have helped by introducing Airprint,  but not all printers support Airprint so in some ways this has made the problem worse.  Yet again Google have come to the rescue. Google allow you to set up any of your printers as a ‘Google cloud printer.’  Here’s how.