Strydent will not support Mac OS X

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by gopher, Aug 28, 2002.

  1. gopher macrumors 65816

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    That's what their support person sent me. If you feel this is wrong, nicely let their sales department at 1-800-663-6222 know.

    Powerprint supports numerous Parallel printers through USB and is the only solution to do so.
     
  2. oliverlubin macrumors regular

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    re: Strydent not supporting X

    have you looked into setting up/enabling CUPS with your system?
     
  3. Nipsy macrumors 65816

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    ...and soon Thursby will quit updating Dave, Watson wil be a PC product, etc.

    The reason these people do not want to invest resources it that the products they developed are now part of OSX.

    Dave is now redundant. Printer drivers are now redundant. Watson is now Sherlock.

    The OS is causing people to abandon development, because the OS does what their product did, often better than their product did it.

    Hopefully, these developers will make new, different, and exciting software with their newfound free time.

    I feel bad for the guy who wrote Watson though...for Apple to give him a trophy at WWDC, and then steal his work...not cool.
     
  4. nixd2001 macrumors regular

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    IMHO (oops, nearly forgot this ;)

    It's been the way of the general personal computing industry for the last twenty years that a high proportion of successful third party products (whether hardware or software) gradually migrate towards being supplied by the manufacturer. Products have a natural lifespan and trying to push them beyond this tends to only end in tears (or pink slips).
     
  5. gopher thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Oh I 've looked into CUPS, but that only supports existing USB drivers. There are no parallel drivers for X last I looked. Strydent would make it possible if they just got enough calls.
     
  6. balliet macrumors member

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    Do you have an extra pc laying around? Just throw linux or freebsd on any old box, attach the printer, and print over the network. Thats what I do with my LaserJet 4L. Or you could pick up a jetdirect or something similar.
     
  7. Nipsy macrumors 65816

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    If you are using USB to Parallel technology, I would think that if the printer has a PPD, and you call it USB via CUPS, you should be set.

    Here's a crib-sheet:
    http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20020827081141461
     

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