How To: Add new PostScript Printer Description (*.ppd) files
When printing with PostScript to a PostScript-enabled printer, a PostScript Printer Description or PPD file can be specified as a part of the print job. However, if the PPD file for the printer is not available in ArcMap or ArcInfo, it needs to be added.
- Locate the correct PPD file for the printer either from the driver intallation disk(s) or by downloading it from the printer manufacturer's Web site.
- Open the PPD file in a text editor, such as Microsoft Word or Wordpad, and note the "*ModelName: ...", which is usually in the first 20 lines of the file.
For example, in the PPD file the HP DesignJet 1055CM is listed as:
*ModelName: "HP DesignJet 1055CM PS3"
- Copy the PPD file into <arcinfo_workstation_install_location>\plotters\adobe_ppd.
- Open <arcinfo_workstation_install_location>\plotters\adobe_ppd\devicenames.map in a text editor such as Microsoft Word or Wordpad.
- Add the PPD file name, model name, and manufacturer following the example of the devicenames list.
For example, the HP DesignJet 1055CM is listed in devicenames.map as:
hp1055c1.ppd 'HP DesignJet 1055CM PS3' 'HP'
Use tabs to separate the text columns.
Restart ArcMap or ArcInfo Print and use PostScript and notice the newly added PPD file.