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    SGI impressario Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

This is one of the Silicon Graphics FAQ series, which consists of:

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Topics covered in this FAQ:
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   -1- What is Impressario?
   -2- What printing solutions are available for IRIX?
   -3- What version of Impressario runs on what OS?
   -4- What should I know before updating to Impressario version 1.2?
   -5- What should I know before upgrading to IRIX 6.2?
   -6- Why are my printer icons now shell script icons?  Why do I no
       longer see printstatus and printpanel?
   -7- Do I need Impressario to print PostScript documents?
   -8- What printers are supported under Impressario?
   -9- What scanners are supported under Impressario?
  -10- What types of image files can Impressario print?
  -11- Can I write my own Impressario printer/scanner device plug-in?
  -12- What happened to the client software option in Impressario 1.2?
  -13- What is the mkbsdpr script (included with Impressario) used for?
  -14- What is the impr_desktop product?
  -15- Why do I need Display PostScript?
  -16- Can I use the serial port for HP printers with Impressario?
  -17- Is the Ikon 10088 parallel interface controller supported by
       Impressario?
  -18- Does Impressario support the HP JetDirect card?
  -19- Why won't my HP PaintJet work with Impressario?

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Subject:    -1- What is Impressario?
Date: 12 Jun 1997 00:00:01 EST

  Impressario is a visual printing and scanning environment.  Drivers for
  many popular printers and scanners are provided.  The current WWW pages for
  Impressario are at:

      http://www.sgi.com/Technology/Impressario

  The web pages are extremely out of date...

  PRINTING

  Impressario's printer drivers allow the user to control resolution, paper
  size, double-sided printing, text orientation, etc.  Impressario allows you
  to print many types of files (text and graphics).  See the question "What
  types of image files can Impressario print?" for details.

  Non-PostScript printer drivers utilize an Adobe(r) PostScript(tm) Raster
  Image Processor (RIP) to print image and PostScript files.  For Impressario
  2.0 and higher, this RIP is an extra-cost item.

  Impressario gives you full printer status in a network-transparent manner, so
  you can find out locally or from a remote system when the printer is out of
  toner, out of paper, has a jam, isn't turned on, etc.

  SCANNING

  Impressario also supports scanners.  The Graphical Scan tool allows you to
  scan data from a scanner, file, local or remote workstation display and send
  the data to a printer, file, or workstation display.  The Scanner
  installation tool provides a simple interface for installing and configuring
  scanners on your workstation.

  DEVELOPER'S KIT

  The Impressario Developer's Kit allows application and device plug-in
  developers to create software that fully supports printing and scanning in a
  manner that is consistent with the Impressario architecture.  This software
  is included standard with Impressario 2.0 and higher.

  FONTS

  The Impressario fonts subsystem contains 22 Type 1 PostScript fonts, which
  complement the base 13 fonts provided with Display PostScript. These
  additional fonts provide you with a complete set of industry standard fonts
  used in most PostScript printers.  In addition, these fonts can be used with
  the Display PostScript system to create true WYSIWYG applications.

  IMPRESSARIO 2.X

  Impressario 2.0 and higher is included standard with every SGI workstation
  and server.  In addition to supporting more PostScript printers, the 2.x
  releases provide a Kodak Color Management System interface that allows you to
  calibrate images you scan and print.

  Note that the PostScript RIP provided with Impressario 2.x is an extra-cost
  item not covered by the standard IRIX software license.  The PostScript RIP
  software is required for printing to non-PostScript printers.

------------------------------

Subject:    -2- What printing solutions are available for IRIX?
Date: 15 Oct 1998 00:00:00 EST

  There are several printing solutions available for IRIX (third-party 
  excerpts taken from "http://www.sgi.com/Products/appsdirectory.dir"):

    1. Standard IRIX print spooler

       Adequate for many PostScript printers, handles printing of text,
       PostScript, and IRIS RGB images.

    2. IRIS Impressario; http://www.sgi.com/Technology/Impressario

       Provides support for several printers, handles printing of text,
       PostScript, TIFF, JPEG, IRIS RGB, PhotoCD, and GIF files. 
       Includes a PostScript RIP (extra cost) to print to non-
       PostScript printers like the HP LaserJet, DeskJet, and DesignJet
       printers.

    3. ESP Print (Easy Software Products); http://www.easysw.com/print.html

       ESP Print is a collection of over 1200 printer drivers for the
       IRIX, Solaris, and HP-UX operating systems.  ESP Print provides
       transparent printing of text, PostScript, HPGL, GIF, TIFF,
       JPEG/JFIF, IRIS RGB, Sun Raster, PNG, and PhotoCD files to any
       supported printer.  ESP Print supports printers connected
       directly via serial, parallel, SCSI, and network printers as
       well as printers connected to MS Windows and Macintosh
       computers.  ESP Print uses the standard print spooler and is
       compatible with all IRIX and Solaris applications.

    4. FleXprint(tm) (Augrin Software ApS); http://www.augrin.dk

       FleXprint software offers easy printing in the UNIX environment
       with efficient use of PostScript level II printers connected to
       workstations or in network environments. The Motif based GUI is
       adaptive to the printer, reflecting the capabilities and choices
       for that printer. The interface gives full control of options
       for printer, page layout, image appearance and file compression
       to the user. Full functionality is also available through a
       command line interface for smooth system integration. FleXprint
       provides better quality and more speed than any alternative.
       Unique screen-to-printer color mapping with EasyColor secures
       matched and consistent color output. 

    5. FullPress(tm) (Xinet); http://www.xinet.com

       FullPress is a fully integrated OPI server that comes with a
       complete set of network applications for high-performance file
       sharing, print spooling (including comprehensive print queue
       management), and OPI server software. FullPress is transparent
       to the Mac user, allowing them to stay in their familiar Mac
       environment. It works with all major layout programs and
       supports all major image formats, including Crosfield Studio
       9000. FullPress reduces network traffic in any prepress
       environement where large image files are being shared over a
       UNIX/Mac network. This advanced Xinet software runs on IRIX 5.x
       and 6.x, and Sun SPARC stations. 

    6. Image Proof Printer Drivers (ColorByte Software)

       Image Proof Printer Drivers. With its sate-of-the-art CIE-based
       3-D lookup tables, ColorByte printer drivers provide "Out of the
       Box" results that are untouchable by any other workstation
       solution. Our Motif based interface with complete graphical page
       layout allows for user friendly control, and includes standard
       features like range/gradation spline control, hue compensation
       matrix, multiple image layout, sharpen/smooth, custom color
       table generation, scale, crop, step/repeat and much more. Full
       print spooling support as well as scriptable command line mode.
       All standard file formats are supported, plus optional
       PostScript support with ColorByte's PSrip. "On the Fly" printing
       technology means blazingly fast prints with small RAM/Swap space
       requirements, and each driver is fully networkable. Currently
       supporting: Fuji Pictrography 3000, IRIS Inkjet 3024, 3047,
       4012, Realist (includes SWOP colorspace option), Kodak XL7700,
       XLT7720, XLS8300, XLS8600, Mitsubishi s3600, s6600, Metrum
       Fotoprint 1000, NOVAJET III (Coming Soon!) **Available on SGI
       Workstations running Irix 5.x.**

    7. UNIXimager XL; http://www.oceana.com

       UNIXimager XL is a UNIX╝ based application for raster file
       printing on SCSI attached Kodak XL/XLT digital printers.
       UNIXimager XL offers a Motif based printer control panel for
       point-and-click control of all printer features including:
       scaling and positioning, image enhancement, color adjustment,
       annotation and reprint. Users have the ability to print their
       files using the graphical user interface (GUI) or from the
       command line. File formats supported include: TIFF, Targa, Sun
       Raster, SGI Image, JFIF, PBMPLUS, Alias Pix, Wavefront RLA, Utah
       RLE. 

       Supported printers include: XL 7700, XLT 7720. 

    8. PostShop(r) (VIVIDATA); http://www.vividata.com/postshop.html

       PostShop seamlessly integrates with UNIX applications to enable
       PostScript printing to non-PostScript printers, while also
       allowing drag and drop image printing to all supported printers.
       Image rasterizing is done via PhotoRIP TM, a software PostScript
       RIP, using the host CPU's processing power instead of the
       embedded printer controller or a separate, hardware Raster Image
       Processor (RIP) for non-PostScript printers. 

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Subject:    -3- What version of Impressario runs on what OS?
Date: 15 Oct 1998 00:00:00 EST

  IRIX      Impressario Version
  --------- --------------------
  3.3.*     Not available
  4.0.*     1.1
  5.0-5.1.* 1.1
  5.2-5.3   1.2
  6.0-6.1   1.2
  6.2       2.0, 2.1, 2.2.2
  6.3       2.1.1, 2.2.3
  6.4       2.1.1, 2.2.4
  6.5       2.2.5

  Impressario 1.0 users should update to version 1.1 or 1.2. Impressario 2.0
  users should update to version 2.1.  If you are under support, your upgrade
  is free.

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Subject:    -4- What should I know before updating to Impressario
                version 1.2?
Date: 18 Aug 1994 00:00:01 EST

  1. If you upgrade a system running IRIX 4.0.* or IRIX 5.1.* to IRIX 5.2 and
     you already have Impressario 1.1 installed then Impressario 1.1
     should continue to work under IRIX 5.2.  However, you should update to
     Impressario 1.2 as soon as possible after any update to IRIX 5.2

  2. Once you upgrade to IRIX 5.2 do not remove Impressario 1.1.  If you
     do, you should re-install the following subsystems from the IRIX 5.2
     distribution CD (for convenience these subsystems are also found on the
     Impressario 1.2 CD -- see the next item):

         print.man.desktop print.man.relnotes print.sw.desktop

  3. When you install Impressario 1.2 you will find that it has the
     following subsystems on the Impressario 1.2 CD:

         print.man.desktop print.man.relnotes print.sw.desktop

     As a minimum, install the default print subsystems (do not mark all the
     print product as 'keep' from inst).  The reason this is done is that the
     inst procedure removes all files associated with Impressario 1.1. 
     Some of the Impressario 1.1 files now reside in the print product and
     they will be removed when Impressario 1.2 is installed.  So, the
     print product must be re-installed when Impressario 1.2 is
     installed.  For convenience, the print product is supplied with
     Impressario 1.2 and it will  automatically install the correct print
     product (assuming you do not change the set of software to be installed
     using the inst utility).

     Note that the print product shipped with IRIX 5.2 is version 1.2. The
     print product found on the Impressario 1.2 CD is version 1.2.1.  They
     are both the same.  The higher version number of the print product on the
     Impressario 1.2 CD ensures that they are installed by the inst
     utility when you install Impressario 1.2.

  4. Do not load Impressario 1.1 (client or server software) onto an IRIX
     5.2 system.  There are OS patches in Impressario 1.1 which are not
     necessary for IRIX 5.2.  If Impressario 1.1 is installed on top of
     IRIX 5.2, you should be aware that the following files are replaced, and
     their corresponding IRIX 5.2 subsystems must be reinstalled.

	 File name                               Subsystem

	 usr/lib/lpsched                         eoe2.sw.lp
	 usr/lib/lputil                          eoe2.sw.lp
	 usr/lib/print/lptops                    eoe2.sw.lp
	 usr/bin/lp                              eoe2.sw.lp
	 usr/sbin/mkcentpr                       eoe2.sw.lp
	 usr/spool/lp/model/netface              eoe2.sw.lp
	 usr/lib/filetype/vadmin/printers.ftr    desktop_eoe.sw.FileTypingRules
	 usr/lib/filetype/vadmin/vadmin.ftr      desktop_eoe.sw.FileTypingRules
	 usr/etc/rshd                            eoe2.sw.tcp

     IMPORTANT: If you install Impressario 1.1 onto an IRIX 5.2 system you
     absolutely must re-install the above subsystems -- installing
     Impressario 1.2 (the correct version for IRIX 5.2) will not undo or
     replace the OS patches that Impressario 1.1 installed.

     Note: It is not possible to install a single file from a subsystem -- you
     have to install the entire subsystem.

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Subject:    -5- What should I know before upgrading to IRIX 6.2?
Date: 12 Jun 1997 00:00:01 EST

  If you are currently using Impressario 1.x, you will need to upgrade to
  Impressario 2.x when you upgrade to IRIX 6.2.  This is because the PostScript
  RIP provided with Impressario 1.x is a COFF executable, and COFF executables
  are not supported by IRIX 6.2.

  Impressario 2.0 and higher is included standard with IRIX 6.2 and higher. In
  addition to supporting more PostScript printers, the 2.x releases provide a
  Kodak Color Management System interface that allows you to calibrate images
  you scan and print.

  Note that the PostScript RIP provided with Impressario 2.x is an extra-cost
  item not covered by the standard IRIX software license.  The PostScript RIP
  software is required for printing to non-PostScript printers.  If you
  currently have a support contract with SGI and already have Impressario 1.x
  you can get the RIP license "free" from SGI.


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Subject:    -6- Why are my printer icons now shell script icons?  Why do
                I no longer see printstatus and printpanel?
Date: 18 Aug 1994 00:00:01 EST

  You probably updated to IRIX 5.2 and then removed Impressario 1.1. If
  you did this, re-install the "print" product from the IRIX 5.2 distribution
  CD.  The sub-systems are:

      print.man.desktop
      print.man.relnotes
      print.sw.desktop

  See the related question "What should I know before updating to
  Impressario version 1.2?".

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Subject:    -7- Do I need Impressario to print PostScript documents?
Date: 12 Jun 1997 00:00:01 EST

  IRIX includes a "Generic PostScript" device plug-in.  This device plug-in
  will convert ISO text files and RGB image files to monochrome PostScript and
  send the PostScript file to your printer (which must be able to process
  PostScript files).  You can install the Generic PostScript Device Plug-In
  using the Printer Manager.

  Starting with IRIX 6.2, all Impressario PostScript drivers are provided
  free.

  If you have a non-PostScript printer, you need to buy Impressario or one of
  the third party software packages to print PostScript files to your printer;
  or you may wish to investigate Ghostscript at 
  <http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/index.html> as a possible free solution.

  See the related question "What printing packages are available for IRIX?".

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Subject:    -8- What printers are supported under Impressario?
Date: 12 Jun 1997 17:15:00 EST

  The following is a list of printers supported by the various versions of
  Impressario.  If you don't see your printer listed here, see "What printing
  solutions are available for IRIX?" above.

  IMPRESSARIO 1.1 (from the Impressario release notes):

      Apple LaserWriter Plus, II, IINT, IINTX, IIf, and IIg [1, 2]
      Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 500C, 550C, and PaintJet XL300
      Hewlett-Packard LaserJet IIP, IIP+, III, IIIP, and 4 [3, 4]

  IMPRESSARIO 1.2:

      Apple LaserWriter Plus, II, IINT, IINTX, IIf, and IIg [1, 2]
      Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 500C, 550C, and PaintJet XL300
      Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 650C [3]
      Hewlett-Packard LaserJet IIP, IIP+, III, IIIP, 4, 4P and 4L [3, 4]

  IMPRESSARIO 2.0:

      Apple LaserWriter Plus, II, IINT, IINTX, IIf, and IIg [1, 2]
      Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 500C, 550C, 560C, 600C, 660C, 850C, 855C
      Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 1200C, 1600C
      Hewlett-Packard PaintJet XL300
      Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 650C, 750C.
      Hewlett-Packard LaserJet IIP, IIP+, III, IIIP, 4, 4P, 4L, 5L [3, 4]
      Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4Plus, 4V, 4Si, 5P, 5Si [3, 5]
      EPSON Color Stylus, Color Stylus Pro, Color Stylus Pro XL [3]
      Lexmark Optra L, Lx, Lxi, R, Rx [5]
      Genicom 7910, 7912 and 7916 [5]

  IMPRESSARIO 2.1, 2.1.1:

      Apple LaserWriter Plus, II, IINT, IINTX, IIf, and IIg [1, 2]
      Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 500C, 550C, 560C, 600C, 660C, 850C, 855C
      Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 1200C, 1600C
      Hewlett-Packard PaintJet XL300
      Hewlett-Packard DesignJet 650C, 750C.
      Hewlett-Packard LaserJet IIP, IIP+, III, IIIP, 4, 4P, 4L, 5L [3, 4]
      Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 4Plus, 4V, 4Si, 5P, 5Si [3, 5]
      EPSON Color Stylus, Color Stylus Pro, Color Stylus Pro XL [3]
      Lexmark Optra L, Lx, Lxi, R, Rx [5]
      Genicom 7910, 7912 and 7916 [5]

  NOTES

      1 - All Apple LaserWriter printers must be connected to system using a
          serial port.  All Hewlett-Packard printers must be connected to the
          system using a builtin parallel port.
      2 - Apple LaserWriter IIf printers with less than 4 Mbytes of memory are
          not supported.
      3 - HP LaserJet printers require a minimum of 1.5MB for 300 DPI
          printing and 4MB for 600 DPI printing.
      4 - Parallel only.
      5 - Parallel or HP JetDirect.

  THIRD PARTY DRIVERS THAT USE IMPRESSARIO

      1. Genicom - http://www.genicom.com

         Drivers for Genicom printers.

      2. GW Hannaway & Associates - http://www.gwha.com

	 Drivers for Kodak XL7700, XLT7720, XLS8300, XLS8600, DS8650,
	 Fujix Pictrography 3000, Mitsubishi S3600, S6600

      3. Torque Systems - http://www.torque.com

         Drivers for Calcomp 68000GA, TechJET plotters, HP DesignJet 650C,
         750C, ENCAD NovaJet II, III, Pro, RasterGraphics 5400, Xerox
         ColorGrafX 8900, IRIS 3024, 3047, 4012, Canon CLC copies.

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Subject:    -9- What scanners are supported under Impressario?
Date: 12 Jun 1997 00:00:01 EST

  IMPRESSARIO 1.1 (from the Impressario release notes):

      Hewlett-Packard ScanJet IIc
      Ricoh FS1
      MicroTek ScanMaker 600 ZS
      Sharp JX 320
      Epson GT 6000 [1]

  IMPRESSARIO 1.2:

      Hewlett-Packard ScanJet IIc and IIcx
      Ricoh FS1
      MicroTek ScanMaker 600 ZS
      Sharp JX 320
      Epson GT 6000 [1]

  IMPRESSARIO 2.0:

      Hewlett-Packard ScanJet IIc, IIcx, 3C, and 4C
      Ricoh FS1 and FS2
      Sharp JX 320, JX 325, JX 330, JX 600, and JX 610
  
  IMPRESSARIO 2.1, 2.1.1:

      Hewlett-Packard ScanJet IIc, IIcx, 3C, and 4C
      Ricoh FS1 and FS2
      Sharp JX 320, JX 325, JX 330, JX 600, and JX 610

  NOTES:
  
      1 - The Epson GT-6000 cannot scan more than 4096 dots per scan line. 
	  Thus, at higher resolutions, it might not be possible to scan all of
	  the scannable area.

  THIRD PARTY DRIVERS THAT USE IMPRESSARIO

      1. Easy Software Products - http://www.easysw.com

         Driver for Canon CJ-10/CLC-10 with SS-IPU.

------------------------------

Subject:   -10- What types of image files can Impressario print?
Date: 12 Jun 1997 00:00:01 EST

  All versions of Impressario support IRIS RGB image files, RGB and RGBA, color
  and grayscale, compressed and uncompressed.

  Starting with Impressario 1.2, direct printing of JPEG/JFIF, PhotoCD, TIFF
  6.0, GIF 87a and 89a, and FIT images are supported.  In addition both ASCII
  and binary PPM, PGM and PBM images can be directly printed.  Finally,
  Impressario 1.2 adds support for IRIS RGB files with 16 bits per channel, in
  all formats.

  Starting with Impressario 2.1, direct printing of Portable Network Graphics
  (PNG) files is supported (this is part of the ImageVision 3.x software).

  More file formats can be added to Impressario quickly and easily, without
  knowing anything about PostScript or printer device plug-ins.  See the
  Impressario Developer's Guide or the Indigo Magic Integration Guide for more
  details.  Every new file conversion filter is automatically available to all
  printers, so that file conversion filters need only be written once for all
  uses.

------------------------------

Subject:   -11- Can I write my own Impressario printer/scanner device
                plug-in?
Date: 12 Jun 1997 00:00:01 EST

  Yes.  You will need the Impressario Developer's Kit.  This software is an
  optional product prior to Impressario 2.0, and is included standard with
  Impressario 2.0 and higher.

  From the Impressario 1.2 release notes:

  The Impressario Developer's Kit allows application and device plug-in
  developers to create software that fully supports printing and scanning in a
  manner that is consistent with the Impressario architecture.

  A full developer's template for both scanner and printer device plug-ins
  along with a complete developer's manual are included. Starting in
  Impressario 1.2, the manual is supplied in both paper and online Insight
  format.

------------------------------

Subject:   -12- What happened to the client software option in
                Impressario 1.2?
Date: 12 Jun 1997 00:00:01 EST

  Impressario versions 1.0 and 1.1 were sold in two packages: client
  and server. The server software contained filters and device plug-ins
  for sending print jobs to a printer connected directly to a host
  workstation.  The server software was installed on the system that
  had the printer physically attached to it.  The Client software
  provided a graphical interfaces to the printing and scanning
  software.  The client software was installed on systems that would
  access the Impressario print server via a network connection.

  Starting with Impressario version 1.2 and IRIX 5.2, the client
  product has been obsoleted.  The graphical interfaces to printing now
  ship as part of IRIX 5.2 and later, so any SGI system can now be an
  Impressario client.  If your clients are all running IRIX 5.2 or
  later, you need only install Impressario Server on the system that
  has the printer or scanner physically attached to it.

  Prior to IRIX 6.2, scanner support, imprint, and psroff were not bundled;
  they were still part of Impressario Server.  IRIX 6.2 and higher includes
  both the client and server software as a standard part of the operating
  system (the PostScript RIP required for non-PostScript printers is still
  licensed separately).

------------------------------

Subject:   -13- What is the mkbsdpr script (included with Impressario)
                used for?
Date: 18 Aug 1994 00:00:01 EST

  Background:

  There are two common print spoolers in use with Unix systems: 

      The lp spooler.
      The lpr spooler.

  SGI uses the lp spooler.  If you wish to use a printer on a remote system
  that uses the lpr spooler then you need a way to submit print jobs to it. 
  SGI does supply the lpr spooler software (it is in the subsystem eoe2.sw.lpr
  and is not loaded by default).

  If you wish to use an lpr printer (which would be on another system on your
  network) then you should install the lpr spooler subsystem and configure it
  (see the lpr(1) and printcap(4) man pages for details).  At this point you
  could print to the lpr printer using the lpr(1) command.  However, you might
  also want to print from the Indigo Magic environment or from an application
  that only prints to the lp spooler.  The way to do this is set up an lp
  printer queue that forwards all of its print requests to the lpr spooler
  (which is what mkbsdpr does):

  From the mkbsdpr(1M) man page:

       mkbsdpr registers a BSD spooling system printer with the System V
       spooling system. This provides the ability to submit a print job via
       System V and have that job printed on a BSD based printer.

       mkbsdpr creates a System V printer interface program to communicate with
       a BSD print spooler. This interface program will normally keep a log of
       its activities in the file /var/spool/lp/log.  The -l option causes the
       interface program to keep its log in
       /var/spool/lp/etc/log/lp_printer-log instead.  The -v option causes the
       interface program to keep a more verbose log.

       mkbsdpr only provides connectivity from the System V print spooler to
       BSD print spooler. The program cannot be used for installing or
       registering a local BSD printer.

------------------------------

Subject:   -14- What is the impr_desktop product?
Date: 18 Aug 1994 00:00:01 EST

  This is the Impressario printer client software that was shipped with IRIX
  5.1.* systems.

  Starting with IRIX 5.2 it has been renamed to "print".  The new product
  subsystems are:

    print.man.desktop    
    print.man.relnotes   
    print.sw.desktop     

  Note that with Impressario version 1.2 a version of the "print" software is
  included on the Impressario CD.  See the related question "What should I know
  before updating to Impressario version 1.2?" for details.

------------------------------

Subject:   -15- Why do I need Display PostScript?
Date: 21 Mar 1994 00:00:01 EST

  Impressario requires the Display PostScript software.  All SGI systems that
  were delivered from the factory with IRIX 4.0.* or higher include Display
  PostScript.

  Systems delivered with an IRIX release earlier then 4.0.* did not include
  Display PostScript.  In addition, the 4.0.* update to these systems did not
  include Display PostScript (requiring 4.0.* upgrade users to purchase Display
  PostScript).  This has changed: all IRIX 5.2 updates will include Display
  PostScript.

------------------------------

Subject:   -16- Can I use the serial port for HP printers with
                Impressario?
Date: 12 Jun 1997 00:00:01 EST

  No.  Only builtin parallel ports (and in some cases, an HP JetDirect
  interface) can be used.  Note that some older SGI systems do not have a
  builtin parallel port.

  The hinv(1M) command can be used to see if the system has a parallel
  port.

  Also, the 8-pin "serial" port on newer HP printers is *not* compatible with
  any SGI workstation or server.  The port is used for LocalTalk connections to
  Macintosh computers.

------------------------------

Subject:   -17- Is the Ikon 10088 parallel interface controller
                supported by Impressario?
Date: 21 Mar 1994 00:00:01 EST

  No. The Ikon board is not supported.

  Note: The Ikon 10088 parallel interface controller is an optional VME board
  that provides a parallel port for older systems that do not have a built-in
  parallel port.

------------------------------

Subject:   -18- Does Impressario support the HP JetDirect card?
Date: 12 Jun 1997 00:00:01 EST

  If you're running Impressario 2.0 or later, the answer is yes.  Versions
  prior to 2.0 do not support the JetDirect card.

------------------------------

Subject:   -19- Why won't my HP PaintJet work with Impressario?
Date: 21 Mar 1994 00:00:01 EST

  Impressario supports the HP PaintJet XL300.  The PaintJet (a different
  printer) is not supported.

------------------------------

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