Please note: While this documentation is valid for all PStill versions, newer versions support a much more flexible 'networking' printing scheme that allows you print directly to GPStill without much ado. See the 'PStill_Guide.pdf' page 33 (part of the PStill/Win distribution or here) and follow the instructions there instead of the setup as described below.|
PStill does also work with other virtual printer programs like "CutePDF", see here for setup hints.
Setup PStill/Win as virtual printerPStill comes in two flavours, the GUI version is called 'gpstill.exe' and the command line version is called 'pstill.exe'. The later can be used in scripts or - with the help of a virtual printer driver like RedMon in an environment to produce PDF direct from any application without the need to save as PostScript before.
The following steps describe how to setup RedMon 1.2x for use with PStill/Win. Please note RedMon is a separate product of Ghostgum Software, Russell Lang, who gave me kind permission to present this information here and therefore you should refer to its own license if you choose to use it. All information given here is only for convenience. In case of questions about RedMon please refer to the original author.
Step 1. Get and install PStill/WinSee the PStill/Win page for details and the newest version of PStill/Win. Remember the path where you unpacked it, you'll need it in Step 3..
Step 2. Get and install RedMonSee the RedMon page for details and the newest version of RedMon. Be sure to read the license, RedMon is not part of the PStill distribution
Step 3. Create a new printer in WindowsUse the Windows 'New printer' wizard to create new PostScript Printer. Configure as 'Local printer', setup as 'Canon PS-IPU Color Laser Copier' for color output or as 'Apple LaserWriter II NT' for black/white output. Use the Windows supplied driver if possible.
Now select the port 'RPT1: Redirected Port' for the printer connection. If you do not see this port RedMon is not installed correctly.
Click on 'Properties' or 'Configure connection'. And use this dialog as a template:
You may need to change the values of the paths, both the program path (where RedMon should find the pstill.exe) and in the Arguments (where pstill should place its PDFs, the 'PDF output folder', in above example this is the c:\tmp folder). The @TITLE@ will be replaced by the true document title you create. If you want to produce for other formats change -F a4 to -F a3. This format setting is overridden by the job settings and only sets an 'outer' default limit on the page size.
Step 4. Setup the connection (Printer Properties)You need to modify the setting of the connection properties, if you use pstill now it will fail as it does not return status information to the Windows printing system. To setup finished the wizard dialog, give the printer a name and do NOT print a testpage yet. Open the printer properties again (right-click on the printer entry, then select Properties), select 'Details', select 'Spooler Setup'. Set it to 'Dataformat RAW' (direct printing to the printer, do not spool) and disable bidirectional. Click Ok. select 'Common' and print a testpage. After a few seconds you should find a file called 'testpage.pdf' in you PDF output folder. Likewise you can now print from any other Windows program and the document will be placed as PDF in the PDF output folder with the correct title (all special characters are translated to '_').
Tips and Troubleshooting
This information here is provided only for convenience, RedMon is copyright Ghostgum Software, Pty, Russell Lang, All rights reserved. CutePDF is a trademark of Acro Software Inc. Other trademarks are used for identification purpose only.
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