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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 22, 2018, 09:11:20 pm »
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OTOH, the Generic Postscript (Enhanced) driver built in to PSPRINT usually works quite well. It supports colour, duplex, high resolutions, and a good set of standard paper sizes.
IIRC this driver does not allow less than 12.x mm margin form paper boarders. This was the reason why I started playing with importing ppd files some time ago. Is this quite true? Or do I mix things up here?

That may well be true, but it's a pretty specialized requirement for non-photo printers (most of which aren't Postscript anyway) and I'm Michael hasn't mentioned needing such a thing.

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 22, 2018, 05:02:01 am »
It's a sad fact that some PPDs just cannot be made to work with (any of the) OS/2 Postscript drivers.  The underlying driver engine (whether PSCRIPT, PSPRINT, or whatever) is quite old, and was written in an era when your typical PPD file was a few KB in size with a fairly basic set of commands.  (PIN itself is also a pretty dumb and not very well-written program.)  It's possible that this PPD you're trying to import is simply too large, to complex, or too unorthodox to be importable.  (Without being able to examine it, I can't say for sure.)

OTOH, the Generic Postscript (Enhanced) driver built in to PSPRINT usually works quite well. It supports colour, duplex, high resolutions, and a good set of standard paper sizes.

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 20, 2018, 08:51:56 pm »
However, when I attempt to print two lines of text from e.exe to the created printer, both lines are printed on the same line of the paper.

Arg.  I know I remember this, and I know I spent a long time trying in vain to solve it... I just can't remember when it was, or find my notes on it, just now.

From what I remember, that only occurs when doing a direct ASCII print (such as from the old E editor) when the printer object has a TrueType font set as the default text font.

Go the the "Text Format" page of the printer object properties, and change the font to a Type 1 font like "Courier". 

My best guess is that the vertical font metrics are somehow being lost when rendering ASCII with a TrueType font, but I never figured out where or how that was happening.  (It doesn't happen if the font is rasterized, but of course then you lose the advantages of font downloading.)

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 18, 2018, 02:51:38 am »
Not knowing that the installed version from ArcaOS5 was newer, I think that I've overwritten it with the one from your web site in the several locations that it's in.  Is it possible to just install the printer drivers from the CD?  I've deleted and reinstalled printers with both prndrv and with Print Manager and can't seem to get a working printer.

OK, first let's make sure you're back at PSPRINT version 30.906. 
  • Find the file \CID\SERVER\PRINTPAK\PSPRINT.ZIP on the ArcaOS DVD.  Unzip it to a temporary directory somewhere.
  • Go into the Printer Manager.  From the menubar, choose File -> Manage presentation drivers.
  • Scroll down and select PSPRINT.DRV (it will probably be the last one on the list).
  • Select the "Add/Update" button. From the file dialog that comes up, go to the temporary directory from step 1 and select PSPRINT.DRV.
  • If prompted to update the version used by existing printers, say Yes (although I recommend you delete all printers and recreate them, as I posted earlier).

Once done, you can delete the temporary directory you unzipped PSPRINT.ZIP into.

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Is it possible to update the installed version of hplip?  That has a driver for the OfficeJet Pro 8740 that works pretty well in Linux.

I'm not sure what the latest OS/2 build is, but you can probably find it via yum or ANPM...

(OTOH, manually updating HPLIP is not something I'd recommend unless you're very familiar with CUPS.)

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 15, 2018, 03:40:00 pm »
Is there a command to reinstall the just printer drivers from the installation CD?  I've tried updating the printer drivers with instpdr from the latest psprint zip file and copying files from \sys\install\prrndrv, and now I can't import any .ppd file at all.  I'd rather not reinstall the whole system, so is there a way to just install the printer drivers in the right places from the install CD?

First,

Assuming you have ArcaOS, just use the Printer Manager to delete ALL printers and drivers.  (Alternatively, use prndrv.exe with the -d switch from a command line, if you have it.)

Then start installing printers again, using the Printer Manager (PrintMan). 


Second,

Use the PSPRINT driver, not PSCRIPT.

ArcaOS 5.0 already includes the latest (30.906) version of PSPRINT, so do not try to install the version from my website, which is actually older.  (I really should update that, but since others did much of the work on 906 I need to get an OK from the appropriate people first.)  30.906 (in particular, PIN.EXE) has some critical fixes for importing PPDs that will cause older versions to crash.  (These are not guaranteed to fix every instance of this, but your odds are much better.)


Third,

Do not use the ancient and unsupported InstPDR tool.  (Where did you even find it? I'm pretty sure I removed it from my website years ago.)  This tool has been obsoleted and replaced by PrintMan.

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Hardware / Re: How to find or extract a Postscript printer driver?
« on: March 14, 2018, 03:51:27 pm »
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However, I am using the version supplied with ArcaOS5.0.0 so it is possible it has been updated since then and is now more capable?

Yes, there is a problem in 5.0, that is fixed in 5.0.2. It didn't affect every printer, but you may have one that has the problem. It is, apparently a timing thing, where it tries to use the PPD file, before it has been created.  The fix is supposed to be released to the world, but I don't see any announcement. It may be going through the conversion to be a RPM package, which always seems to take a lot longer than one would expect. I noticed an announcement recently, that the BJNP RPM package had been created (that is for Canon wireless printers). If you have the 5.0.2 ISO file, install \CID\SERVER\ARCAPKG\CUPSGUI.WPI and you should get the update.

The current versions of PRINTMAN and CUPSWIZ are both available from: http://www.altsan.org/os2/printing/index.html


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Applications / Re: Dynamic Icons
« on: January 18, 2018, 02:55:35 pm »
http://www.altsan.org/programming/os2/index.html#itheme
I have it here, but I'd rather not upload it until I can review it for any necessary updates for the current Icon Themes version.

Thanks Alex, please let me know when you release it on your website.


OK, it's up now, along with the latest version of Icon Themes itself.
http://www.altsan.org/programming/os2/index.html#itheme

It's been updated to support all the icons supported by the current ITheme, but created themes should still work fine with any 2.x version.

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Applications / Re: Dynamic Icons
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:15:35 pm »
Hi

Is there a way to download the "Icon Theme Toolkit v2.1" ? I was not able to find it on hobbes or on Alex's homepage.

Regards

I believe it lived on the eCS BetaZone.

I have it here, but I'd rather not upload it until I can review it for any necessary updates for the current Icon Themes version.

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Applications / Re: Dynamic Icons
« on: January 16, 2018, 03:48:40 pm »
Alex, what happens if you run "rebuild new themes" from the Theme applet ? Will it bind the resource files (create by rc with the -r switch) to the DLLs in question ? In short: will that also lead to a selection of a specific theme ? Will this change be applied on next system start ? Or will it even be applied immediately ?

Only the ancient version 1.x of Icon Themes had that feature. I don't even remember how it worked, but  IIRC it simply builds the resource files, it doesn't install them.

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Applications / Re: Dynamic Icons
« on: January 16, 2018, 04:15:21 am »
FWIW, that is an ancient and quite obsolete version of the HOWTO. The latest HOWTO and toolkit was version 2.1 released in December 2011.

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Setup & Installation / Re: How to - Install Fonts on OS/2
« on: January 07, 2018, 10:37:44 pm »
That one will require a reboot to make the font available, though.

Maybe I should add a function to RXUTILEX.DLL for registering fonts without a reboot... well, something for the wish list, perhaps. :)
I wouldn't mind if RXUTILEX.DLL would contain a function to register one or more fonts.
By the way, the script is a variation to the one Alex Taylor provide on his site.

Huh? I don't provide any script like that on my site...

I do provide an executable, which works in an entirely different way (and does not require a reboot).

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Setup & Installation / Re: How to - Install Fonts on OS/2
« on: January 07, 2018, 01:28:02 am »
You can also try a REXX script that can add .ttf-files
This script can extract and add them from .zip-files and WarpIn Packages as well

That one will require a reboot to make the font available, though.

Maybe I should add a function to RXUTILEX.DLL for registering fonts without a reboot... well, something for the wish list, perhaps. :)

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Multimedia / Re: Saving OS/2 icons - OS/2 icon format in 2017
« on: December 21, 2017, 08:27:36 pm »
In my experience, the best way to produce colour-accurate icons is to create them as 24-bit bitmaps first. This requires using a 'placeholder' background colour in place of what will end up as transparent areas (this should be a colour that doesn't otherwise appear in the image; I normally use light magenta).

Then, open the bitmap in Embellish and convert it to Palette mode – this will down-convert it to 8-bit colour.  Embellish usually (about 95% of the time in my experience) does a better job of this than PMView, although it depends on the image.  Save the bitmap, preferably under a new filename.

Then, open the image in PMView. If it's not already cropped to the correct size, do so now (do NOT resize it, however, as this will undo the colour down-conversion and you'll have to repeat the previous step with Embellish again).  Then copy the image into the clipboard from PMView.  Open a blank icon file template which has the correct resolution already defined and selected (e.g. 40x40, 8-bit palette) and paste the image in.  Assuming the clipboard image dimensions exactly match the icon's image dimensions, the palette in Icon Editor will automatically be converted to match the image in the clipboard.  This only seems to work if you used PMView to copy the image – I'm guessing PMView knows how to add the palette information to the clipboard alongside the image.

Finally, in the Icon Editor, replace the placeholder colour with transparent background.

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General Discussion / Re: Trying to get the forums back.
« on: October 07, 2017, 03:50:40 am »
Some ideas:
  • Have you allowed cookies from os2world.com?
  • Have you tried it with a new profile?

OK, changing my OS2World.com cookie settings from allow session cookies to allow all cookies seems to have fixed it (knock on wood).

Evidently something changed in the forum settings to require this.

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It is strange but I can not access ticket 1191. It says "Access Denied".
Should it be this link? https://mantis.arcanoae.com/view.php?id=1191

That should be fixed now.

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