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HP LaserJet 5200/5200L Series Printer - HP Traditional Postscript 3 Emulation Driver Features

When installing the printing-system software in Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Me, the HP Traditional PCL 6 Driver is installed by default. The HP Traditional PCL 5 Driver and the HP Traditional Postscript 3 Emulation Driver (PS Emulation Driver) can be installed by performing a Custom Installation.

NOTE: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 does not support the HP LaserJet 5200 print drivers, but print drivers for legacy HP devices can be used, whose feature sets closely match the HP LaserJet 5200 printer feature set. For instance,the HP LaserJet 5100 drivers can be used, but some print-driver features might be missing and print quality might be compromised. HP does not support the use of any print driver other than the driver that is supplied for the device. When the print drivers are installed in Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, the Add Printer installation method has to be used to install the PS Emulation Driver.

This section describes the options that are available on each tab of the PS Emulation Driver Properties interface. It also shows the tabs that are available on the PS Emulation Driver interface for Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Me.

Access to Print Drivers in Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Me

In Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Me, access is to a single set of driver tabs. To gain access to the print drivers, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers .

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Properties to gain access to all print-driver tabs.

The settings that are made on these driver tabs control print-job output and become the default settings for all software programs. The following print-driver tabs are available in Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Me:

  • Graphics

  • Fonts

  • Device Options

  • PostScript

  • General

  • Details

  • Sharing

  • Paper

Only device-specific HP driver tabs are described in this STR; the other driver tabs are part of the operating system. The following tabs are described:

  • Paper

  • Graphics

  • Fonts

  • Device Options

  • PostScript

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PS 3 Emulation Support for the HP LaserJet 5200

A set of 92 postscript soft fonts is included with the printing-system software. If wanting to permanently install soft fonts in the printer, postscript fonts are available from HP in an optional font DIMM. The PS emulation maintains full compatibility with Adobe PostScript when PostScript fonts are purchased from Adobe.

Users of Adobe-licensed programs might also have the right to use the Adobe PostScript print drivers from Adobe with the HP LaserJet PostScript 3 emulation PPD, which is available on the HP LaserJet 5200 printing-system software CD or from the HP Web site. When using the Adobe PostScript print driver, users must comply with all Adobe licensing agreements, as stated on the Adobe Web site at the following Web site:

www.adobe.com/support/downloads/license.html Non-HP site

See the Font support section of this STR for a list of the additional fonts.

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Help System

The PS Emulation Driver includes the following Help systems to provide assistance with printing and configuration options.

NOTE: Bubble Help, a feature of HP traditional PCL drivers, is not available in the PS Emulation Driver.

What's this Help

Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Me support What's this? Help.Access can be gained to What's this? Help messages in any of the following ways:

  • Right-click a control and then click What's this? . A pop-up Help window appears.

  • Click the ? button at the upper-right corner of the frame, next to the X, to change the cursor to an arrow with a question mark. When using this special cursor to select a control, the pop-up Help window for that feature appears.

  • Press the F1 key, and the Help window for the currently selected control appears.

Context-sensitive Help

When Help is pressed button on a driver tab or in a dialog box, a context-sensitive Help message appears.

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Paper tab features

To gain access to the Paper tab, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers .

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Properties .

  6. Click the Paper tab.

The Paper tab controls media and finishing options for the HP PS Emulation Driver. The following figure shows the Paper tab.

The Paper tab contains the following controls:

Paper Size

The Paper size selection area lists the paper or envelope sizes that the HP LaserJet 5200 printer supports. Use the scroll bar to scroll through the list of supported media sizes (forms), and then click the icon to specify the media that is required.

A red circle with a line through any of the paper icons means that paper size is available, but the driver setting needs to be changed before it can print on that media size. The setting might be on the Paper tab, such as the Paper source setting, or it might be a setting on the device control panel.

Clicking Custom page 1 , Custom page 2 , or Custom page 3 makes the Custom button available at the bottom of the Paper tab. Clicking Custom opens the Custom-defined size dialog box that can be used to define a custom paper size.

The following figure shows the Custom-defined size dialog box.

The following controls appear on the Custom-defined size dialog box:

  • Paper name text box. Use this option to type a name for this custom media size. Upto three custom sizes can be defined at one time.

  • Width spin box. Use this control to specify the width for this custom media size.

  • Length spin box. Use this control to specify the length for this custom media size.

  • Units group box. Click Inches or Millimeters to specify the measurement unit for this custom media size.

  • Transverse check box. Clicking this check box rotates the document 90° when it is printed on a roll-fed device. Depending on the size of the printed page, the media can be saved if the page is rotated when printing.

  • Restore defaults button. Click this button to restore the settings in the Custom-defined size dialog box to their original values.

Layout

Use the settings in this group box to specify how many pages of the document print on a single sheet. For example, clicking 1 up prints one page of the document on each sheet. Clicking 2 up prints two pages on each sheet of paper, dividing the sheet in half. The Layout group box values are ignored while printing an EPS file.

The following options are available in the Layout group box:

  • 1 up

  • 2 up

  • 4 up

Orientation

The settings in this group box specify how the document is positioned on the page. The following options are available:

  • Portrait option button. Use this button to print the document in portrait mode. When this button is clicked, the page icon shows an example of the portrait orientation.

  • Landscape option button. Use this button to print the document in landscape mode. When this button is clicked, the page icon shows an example of the landscape orientation.

  • Rotated check box. The Rotated check box becomes available when Landscape option is clicked. Select the Rotate check box to rotate the image on the page.

To see the current dimensions of the page, such as the paper size and the unprintable margins, point to the page icon, and then press and hold down the mouse button. The Orientation group box is replaced by the Page dimensions in inches group box as seen in the following figure. Releasing the mouse button restores the Orientation group box.

Paper source

This setting specifies where the media that is to be used is located in the printer. The default setting is Auto Select Tray , which causes the printer to use the tray that supports the paper size that has been chosen.

The following options are available:

  • Auto Select Tray

  • Printer Auto Select

  • Manual Feed in Tray 1

  • Tray 1 through Tray 3 , if installed on the device. If any of these trays are not installed, a red circle with a slash through it appears next to the tray name.

  • Each of the paper types that the HP LaserJet 5200 printer supports, such as Plain , Preprinted , and Letterhead . For a full list of supported paper types see Driver-supported media types .

Copies

Use this box to specify the number of copies to print. It is possible to print from 1 to 999 copies. This option is ignored when printing an .EPS file. Some software programs override this setting.

Unprintable Area…

Click Unprintable Area … to open the Unprintable Area dialog box, which is shown in the following figure.

The area of the page that cannot be printed appears in the Unprintable Area dialog box. Changing these settings to exceed the built-in page margins can cause the text in the document to be cut off when printed.

More Options…

Click More Options … to open the More Paper Options dialog box, shown in the following figure.

The single control on this dialog box is the Printing on both sides (duplex printing) group box.

NOTE: As a rule, extra memory need not be installed on the HP LaserJet 5200 printer in order to print on both sides. However, very complex double-sided print jobs might require additional memory.

Use the settings in this group box to specify how to turn the page if printing on both sides. When printing on two sides of the page, the document can be read differently depending on the way it is printed. For example, it is possible to have the pages of the document turn like a book or like a calendar.

When Flip On Long Edge or Flip On Short Edge is clicked, the page icon changes to illustrate how the printed document will look.

About …

Click About… to open a dialog box that contains copyright and version information about the print driver. The following figure shows the About dialog box.

Restore Defaults

Click Restore Defaults to reset the values on the Paper tab to their original values.

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Graphics Tab Features

To gain access to the Graphics tab, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers .

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Properties .

  6. Click the Graphics tab.

The Graphics tab specifies the resolution, halftoning, and scaling settings for the device. The following figure shows the Graphics tab.

The Graphics tab contains the following controls:

Resolution

Use the Resolution drop-down menu to specify the resolution for printing. Resolution is measured in dots per inch (dpi). The following options are available: The dpi setting for the HP LaserJet 5200 printer is 600 dpi.

  • 1200

  • 600 dpi . This is the default setting.

  • 300 dpi

Halftoning

The Halftoning options specify values for the number of lines per inch (frequency) and angle of the pattern that is to be used for halftone screens.

If print jobs have a moiré pattern when printing graphics such as photographs or detailed images, the settings might need adjustment. However, the default printer settings should work in most cases. Do not change these settings unless having experience using halftones. To return to the default settings after the changes have been made, click Use printer's settings .

Special

The Special group box contains the following options:

  • Print as a negative image . Selecting this option prints a negative of the image by complementing the RGB values or reversing the black and white values. Click this option to see the page icon change to reflect this setting.

  • Print as a mirror image . Selecting this option prints a mirror image of the document by reversing the horizontal coordinates. Click this option to see the page icon change to reflect this setting.

Scaling

Use the Scaling control to specify the size of the image to print. It is possible to specify from 25% to 400% of the original size. A setting of 400%, for example, prints an image four times larger than the original.

When a document is enlarged, only the portion of the document that fits on the page prints. The default setting is 100% .

Restore Defaults

Click Restore Defaults to reset the values on the Graphics tab to their original values.

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Fonts Tab Features

The Fonts tab controls the fonts for the HP PS Emulation Driver. The following figure shows the Fonts tab.

The following options are available:

Send TrueType Fonts to Printer According to the Font Substitution Table

Use this option to substitute a postscript printer font for the common TrueType fonts in a document. This can speed up printing because the TrueType fonts do not have to be downloaded. By default, common TrueType fonts are substituted when printing, but uncommon ones are downloaded to the device. If a printer font is substituted for a TrueType font, the printed document might not match the look of the document on the screen.

Click Edit the Table… to customize which TrueType fonts are downloaded and which printer fonts should be substituted for TrueType fonts.

Font Substitution Table

Click this option to open the Font Substitution Table dialog box, which makes available the options for changing the TrueType-to-postscript font mapping. The following figure shows the Font Substitution Table dialog box.

Always use built-in printer fonts instead of TrueType fonts

Click this option to use font-matching rules to find the best printer font to substitute for TrueType fonts in the document. TrueType fonts are not downloaded when the document is printed. This can speed up printing, but the printed fonts might not exactly match the fonts on the screen.

Always use TrueType fonts

Click this option to download TrueType fonts to the device when the document is printed. This ensures that the printed document looks the same as it does on the screen, but printing might take longer. Click Send Fonts As… to specify the format in which the TrueType fonts are sent to the device.

Send Fonts As…

Use this option to specify how TrueType fonts are downloaded.

The following options are available:

  • Send TrueType fonts as . This control offers the following settings:

    • Outlines . Use this setting for scalable outlines.

    • Bitmaps . Use this setting for bitmaps.

    • Type 42 . Type 42 fonts are TrueType fonts with headers that enable them to be rendered by the PS Emulation Driver.

    • Don't Send . Use this setting if no TrueType fonts are to be downloaded.

  • Threshold to switch between downloading bitmap or outline fonts, measured in pixels (in pixel size at the current resolution) . Use this control to specify the size of the font (in pixels) at which the PS Emulation Driver driver should switch from downloading TrueType fonts as bitmap (Type 3) fonts to downloading them as outline (Type 1) fonts.

    The most efficient threshold value varies depending on the printing resolution. For example, at 300 dpi, downloading TrueType fonts as outlines becomes efficient when fonts are about 25 points or larger. If this value is 0, outline (Type 1) fonts are always sent.

  • Favor system TrueType fonts over printer fonts that have the same name . Use this option to specify whether to use system TrueType fonts instead of printer fonts when the same font is found on both the computer and the printer. Printer fonts are the default.

    Using printer fonts can speed up printing because the TrueType fonts do not have to be downloaded. However, the fonts in the printed document might not exactly match the fonts on the screen.

  • Send PostScript fonts as . Use this option to specify whether to download PostScript fonts to the printer. The following options are available:

    • In Native Format . Click this option to download the PostScript font files to the device before the document prints.

    • Don't Send . If this option is clicked, no fonts are downloaded. This does not affect downloading of TrueType fonts.

Restore Defaults

Click Restore Defaults to reset the values on the Fonts tab to their original values.

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Device Options tab features

To gain access to the Device Options tab, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers .

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Properties .

  6. Click the Device Options tab.

The Device Options tab communicates information about the hardware configuration to the print driver.

When the driver is opened from within a software program, the Device Options tab includes only the Printer features controls. When opened from the Printers folder, the Device Options tab appears as shown in the following figure.

Changes that are made to Device Options tab are not reflected in the Properties settings until the modified device settings have been applied and the Properties tabs have been re-opened. For example, the duplexing unit will not appear until the following are modified:Device Options tab, click Apply , close the Properties tabs, and then re-open the Properties tabs.

The Device Options tab contains the following options:

This section also contains information about using job-storage features.

NOTE: Use the dynamic Change settings for: control in the Printer features and the Installable options sections of the Device Options tab to change the setting for the feature or option that has been selected.

Available Printer Memory

The Available printer memory control specifies the amount of memory in the device. If the value in this control does not match the amount of memory in the printer model, use the spin box to specify the correct amount of memory.

Printer Features

The Printer features group box shows settings that are specific to the printer. The settings can be changed by selecting the setting that need to be changed and then specifying a new value in the Change setting for list.

The following printer-feature settings are available on this tab:

FastRes 1200

The FastRes 1200 setting contains the following options:

  • On

  • Off . This is the default setting.

User

The default value for this setting is System Name (if available) . Additional values for this setting include numbers 1 through 20.

PIN digit 1 (for Private Job)

The default value for the PIN digit 1 (for Private Job) setting is 0 .

PIN digit 2 (for Private Job)

The default value for the PIN digit 2 (for Private Job) setting is 0 .

PIN digit 3 (for Private Job)

The default value for the PIN digit 3 (for Private Job) setting is 0 .

PIN digit 4 (for Private Job)

The default value for the PIN digit 4 (for Private Job) setting is 0 .

HPPJLEncoding

The HPPJLEncoding feature contains the control for the UTF8 feature.

Economode

The Economode feature contains the following options:

  • False (default)

  • True

Selecting this option extends the life of the toner supply and reduces cost per page. However, it also reduces print quality. The printed image is lighter, but it is adequate for printing drafts or proofs.

HP does not recommend the full-time use of EconoMode. If EconoMode is used full-time when the average toner coverage is significantly less than 5%, it is possible that the toner supply will outlast the mechanical parts in the print cartridge. If print quality begins to degrade under these circumstances, a new print cartridge needs to be installed, even if toner remains in the cartridge.

NOTE: The EconoMode setting might work only if a genuine HP print cartridge is installed. HP print cartridges can measure the life of the mechanical parts as well as the quantity of toner. If the EconoMode setting is used frequently, the mechanical parts can wear out before the supply of toner is depleted, increasing the risk of toner leaking. Use genuine HP parts to avoid this problem.

Collate

The Collate feature contains the following options:

  • On (turn off in application)

  • Off

Fit to Page

The Fit to Page feature contains the following options:

  • Prompt User for correct size (default)

  • Nearest Size and Scale

  • Nearest Size and Crop

  • Letter

  • A4

Print Quality

The Print Quality drop-down menu contains the following controls in the PS Emulation Unidriver:

  • 1200 dpi

  • FastRes 1200

  • 600 dpi

  • 300 dpi

Watermark

The Watermark feature contains the following options:

  • None (default)

  • Draft

  • Company Confidential

  • Company Proprietary

  • Company Private

  • Confidential

  • Copy

  • Copyright

  • File Copy

  • Final

  • For Internal Use Only

  • Preliminary

  • Proof

  • Review Copy

  • Sample

  • Top Secret

  • Urgent

  • Custom

Watermark (Pages per Sheet)

The Watermark (Pages per Sheet) feature contains the following options:

  • 1 (default)

  • > = 2

Watermark Font

The Watermark Font feature contains the following options:

  • Courier Bold

  • Helvetica Bold (default)

  • Times Bold

Watermark Size

Watermark Size . Settings for the watermark size range from 24 points to 90 points. The default is 48 points.

Watermark Angle

Watermark Angle . Settings for the watermark angle range from 90° to -90° in 15° intervals. The default is a 45° angle.

Watermark Style

The Watermark Style feature contains the following options:

  • Narrow Outline

  • Medium Outline (default)

  • Wide Outline

  • Wide Halo Outline

  • Filled

Watermark Intensity

The Watermark Intensity feature contains the following options:

  • Darkest

  • Darker

  • Dark

  • Medium Dark

  • Medium

  • Medium Light

  • Light

  • Lighter

  • Lightest

Print Watermark

The Print Watermark feature contains the following options:

  • No (default)

  • All Pages

  • First Page Only

Installable options

This section provides information to configure the printing options that can be installed for the HP LaserJet 5200 printer. The following controls are available:

Tray 3

This control specifies whether optional 500-sheet feeder tray is available(Tray 3 ) installed on the printer. The default setting is Uninstalled .

Duplex Unit (for 2-sided Printing)

The HP LaserJet 5200 printer is equipped with automatic two-sided printing (duplexing), which allows to print on both sides of supported media. Automatic two-sided printing is not supported for the following media types:

  • Transparency

  • Labels

  • Cardstock

  • Tough Paper

  • Envelope

NOTE: The HP LaserJet 5200 printer supports smart duplexing. The printer detects information on both sides of the print job pages and runs the pages through the duplexing unit only if printable information appears on the second side of the page.

Printer Hard Disk

When this option is enabled, the Job Storage option and the Mopier Mode option are enabled in the print driver. Use the Job Storage option to store print jobs and then print them later from the control panel. The multiple-original print (mopy) function is an HP-designed feature that produces multiple, collated copies from a single print job.

NOTE: A printer hard disk is not available for the HP LaserJet 5200 printer. Do not select the Installed setting.

Mopier Mode

The multiple-original print (mopy) function is an HP-designed feature that produces multiple, collated copies from a single print job. Multiple-original printing (mopying) increases performance and reduces network traffic by transmitting the job to the device once, and then storing it in memory. The remainder of the copies are printed at the fastest speed. All documents that are printed in mopier mode can be created, controlled, managed, and finished from the computer, which eliminates the extra step of using a photocopier.

The HP LaserJet 5200 printer supports the transmit-once mopying feature when the Mopier Mode: setting on the Device Options tab is Enabled .

Job storage

The default value for this setting is Off , which means that the print job will not be stored in the device.

NOTE: The job-storage feature requires at least 80 MB of total memory.

If the job-storage feature is enabled (with at least 80 MB of total memory), two Job Storage Mode settings are available on the Job Storage tab:

  • Proof and Hold

  • Private Job

To use job-storage features when printing, follow these steps:

  1. Click File and then click Print from the software program. The Print dialog box appears.

    NOTE: Clicking the print icon in the software program toolbar prints the job without using job-storage features.
  2. Click Properties . The Properties dialog box appears.

  3. Click the Device Options tab.

  4. In the Printer features setting, select the job-storage options by clicking the appropriate option button, and then complete any required fields.

  5. Click OK .

After sending a print job that uses the job-storage feature, the job can be released to print from the device control panel.

  1. Press (the select button; the one with the check mark) to open the menus.

  2. Press (the up arrow) and (the down arrow) until RETRIEVE JOB is highlighted on the device control panel, and then press (select ).

  3. Press (up) and (down ) to scroll to the user name, and then press (select ).

  4. Press (up ) and (down ) to scroll to the job name, and then press (select ).

  5. Press (up ) and (down ) until PRINT is highlighted on the device control panel, and then press (select ).

  6. Press (select ).

  7. If a PIN number is assigned to the job, press (up ) and (down ) to select the first digit of the PIN, and then press (select ). The number in the device control-panel display changes to an asterisk. Repeat this step for each of the remaining three digits of the PIN number.

    If no PIN number is assigned to the job, continue with the next step.

  8. Press (up ) and (down ) to select the number of copies to print.

  9. Press (select ) to print the job.

Sometimes it is necessary to delete a print job from the device memory. This can be done from the device control panel.

  1. Press (the select button; the one with the check mark) to open the menus.

  2. Press (the up arrow) and (the down arrow) until RETRIEVE JOB is highlighted on the device control panel, and then press (select ).

  3. Press (up ) and (down ) to scroll to the user name, and then press (select ).

  4. Press (up ) and (down ) to scroll to the job name, and then press (select ).

  5. Press (up ) and (down ) until DELETE is highlighted on the device control panel, and then press (select ).

  6. Press (select ).

  7. If a PIN number is assigned to the job, press (up ) and (down ) to select the first digit of the PIN, and then press (select ). The number in the device control-panel display changes to an asterisk. Repeat this step for each of the remaining three digits of the PIN number.

    If no PIN number is assigned to the job, continue with the next step.

  8. Press (select ) to delete the job.

VMOption

This option shows the amount of virtual memory (RAM) in the device. The following options are available:

  • 48 MB

  • 64 MB (default)

  • 80 MB

  • 96 MB

  • 112 MB

  • 128 MB

  • 176 MB

  • 192 MB

  • 304 MB

  • 320 MB

  • 512 MB

Restore Defaults

Click Restore Defaults to reset the values on the Device Options tab to their original values.

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PostScript Tab Features

To gain access to the PostScript tab, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start .

  2. Select Settings .

  3. Click Printers .

  4. Right-click the device name.

  5. Click Properties .

  6. Click the PostScript tab.

The PostScript tab controls the PostScript functions for the PS Emulation Driver. The following figure shows the PostScript tab.

The PostScript tab contains the following controls and options:

PostScript Output Format

Use the PostScript output format list to specify the format for PostScript files. The following options are available:

  • PostScript (optimize for speed) . Use this setting for printing most documents.

  • Optimize for Portability . Use this setting to create a file that conforms to the Adobe Document Structuring Conventions (ADSC). Each page of the document will be a self-contained object. This is useful, for instance, if a PostScript file is to be created and print it on a different printer.

  • Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) . Use this setting to include the file as an image in another document that is to be printed from a different program.

  • Archive Format . Use this setting to create a PostScript file that can be used later.

  • PJL archive format . This setting notifies the printer that the document is being printed in a different printer language.

PostScript Header

Use the PostScript header options to specify whether to send header information to the device each time a document is printed. The following options are available:

  • Download header with each print job . This is the default setting and is sufficient or most types of printing. Use this setting to print to a shared network device or to a file on a disk.

  • Assume header is downloaded and retained . If printing to a local printer, printing time can be saved by sending the header information to the device only once.

  • Send Header Now . Click this button to send header information to the device. This option is ignored when EPS , Archive , or PJL Archive formats are specified.

Print PostScript Error Information

Use the Send PostScript error information option to print postscript error messages after the document has been printed. The PS Emulation Driver can detect certain errors that Microsoft Windows cannot. If having printing problems, click this option. This information can help , a system administrator, or a device-support representative determine what caused the problem. The error message information is not included in EPS format.

PostScript Timeout Values

Use the following options to specify the postscript timeout values for the printer.

  • Job timeout . This control specifies how long the document can take to get from the computer to the device before the device stops trying to print the document. If 0 seconds is specified, the device continues trying to print indefinitely. The default setting is 0 seconds .The spin box can be used to change this value to a maximum of 32,767 seconds .

  • Wait timeout . This control specifies how long the device waits to get more postscript information from the computer. After the specified time passes, the device stops trying to print the document and prints an error message. If trying to print a very complicated document, value might have to be increased. If 0 seconds is specified, the device waits indefinitely. The default setting is 300 seconds . The spin box can be used to change this value to a maximum of 32,767 seconds .

Advanced…

Click Advanced … to open the Advanced PostScript Options dialog box, which appears in the following figure.

The following options are available on the Advanced PostScript Options dialog box:

PostScript Language Level

The PostScript Language Level specifies which PostScript language level to use, from 1 to the highest level that the device supports. Some devices support multiple levels. It is usually best to select the highest level that is available, because a higher language-level provides more features. In some instances, however, still level 1 needs to be used. For example, if printing a file to disk and that file will be printed by someone who has a level-1 device, level 1 must be selected.

It is possible to choose between PostScript Level 1 and PostScript Level 2 features for the HP LaserJet 5200.

Bitmap compression

Use this control to specify whether to compress graphics before sending the document to the device. If using PostScript level 2, or if using PostScript level 1 and a device connected to a serial port, click Compress bitmap images . If using PostScript level 1 and a device connected to a parallel port or if using a network device, click No bitmap compression .

Data format

This control specifies the protocol that the device uses for print jobs. The following options are available:

  • ASCII data . This is the default setting. When ASCII data is clicked, data is sent in ASCII format (7-bit), which might take longer to print but can be sent through any I/O channel, such as a serial, parallel, or network port.

  • Binary communications protocol is clicked. When Binary communications protocol , the device sends all data except special control characters in binary (8-bit) format. This format can be sent over parallel or serial communications ports and is faster than sending data in ASCII format. If this option is selected, click Send Mode to switch the device to Binary Communications Protocol (BCP) for future print jobs.

    NOTE: This option is available only if the computer is connected to the device through a direct connection (a USB or parallel cable).
  • Tagged binary communications protocol . When Tagged Binary Communications Protocol is clicked, all data except special control characters is sent in binary (8-bit) format. The binary formats can be sent over parallel or serial communications ports and are faster than sending data in ASCII format.

  • Pure binary data . When Pure binary data is clicked, all data except special control characters is sent in binary (8-bit) format. The binary formats can be sent over parallel or serial communications ports and are faster than sending data in ASCII format.

Send CTRL+D before job

This control specifies whether the device is reset at the beginning of every postscript document. The default setting is off (unselected). Pressing Ctrl-D resets the device to its default setting to ensure that previous print jobs do not affect the current print job. Using Ctrl-D might cause a print job to fail if the device is connected through a network. If the document fails to print when sent to a device that is connected through parallel or serial ports, select the Send CTRL+D before job check box.

Send CTRL+D after job

This control specifies whether the device will be reset at the end of every postscript document. The default setting is off (unselected). Ctrl-D resets the device to its default setting to ensure that future print jobs are not affected by the current print job. Ctrl-D might cause a print job to fail if the device is connected through a network. If the document fails to print when sent to a network device, click to select the Send CTRL+D before job check box.

Restore Defaults

Click Restore Defaults to reset the values on the PostScript tab to their original values.

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