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Most Windows applications do not provide a choice of printer engines, using only a Windows printer engine. However, ArcMap provides you with a choice of three: Windows, PostScript, and one that requires a separate license, ArcPress. These engines will produce a slightly different output, depending on the printer and the Windows printer driver installed.
There are two basic types of Windows printer drivers: Windows PostScript, which sends printer-specific PostScript to the printer, and Windows native, which sends printer-specific native language to the printer.
If unsure whether the Windows printer driver available is PostScript or not, check the Windows driver properties.
Check the Printer Driver Properties. For both Windows NT and Windows 2000, open Start / Settings / Printers and open the properties by selecting the printer and selecting File / Properties.
With Windows NT, there is an icon of a printer in the upper left-hand corner on the General tab; if the printer driver is PostScript enabled, this icon will appear with the letters "PS" next to it. There will also be the name of the printer driver in the Driver box on the middle of the General tab, which should indicate whether the current driver is PostScript enabled or not.
With Windows 2000, the icon and printer driver name are on the Device Settings tab.