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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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tips

How to quickly print a ruler

I was stuck today. I couldn’t find a ruler. Thankfully it’s very easy to print an accurate ruler on a piece of paper that you can use to measure things.

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pdf

How to add items to or remove items from the PDF print menu in OS X

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publishing

How to print a pdf booklet in OS X Mojave.

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printing

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

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printing

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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printing

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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How to print across multiple pages or make a banner in OSX

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You may remember back in the day of Macintosh SE, System 6,  ImageWriter,  Claris Works  and so on that you could print across several pages on a Macintosh and easily make a banner.  That beautiful feature has been completely missing since OS X was introduced in 2001.

There is a way to print across multiple pages. Save  your document as a PDF file, open it in Acrobat Reader (it’s free), and from there you can print it across multiple pages.