[pdftex] Duplex printing?

Geoff Russell geoffrey.russell at gmail.com
Thu Feb 16 10:11:33 CET 2006

Hi Robin and Pawel,

Thanks for the interest, here's a little more of what I have found.

Using the ppd file I know that the postscript I need to insert into the
pdf output file is:  statusdict begin true setduplexmode false settumble end

I have tested this by taking the pdf output, converting to postscript
and inserting
this statusdict statment into the Setup. It works, and is what I might have
to end up doing - its just very messy.

So my revised question is: how do I get the above postscript
(statusdict ...) into
the pdftex output (if I were using dvips, I could use \special).

Geoff Russell.

PS. I'm using Linux.

On 2/16/06, Robin Fairbairns <Robin.Fairbairns at cl.cam.ac.uk> wrote:
> > > You can't embed some magic in a pdf that will force it to print
> > > duplex. At least nothing that could be used by normal printers.
> >
> > This isn't a "normal" printer and is quite happy to print duplex from
> > openoffice. But
> > something in pdftex output turns the duplex feature off.  The ppd file tells
> > me exactly what to put in a postscript file to turn duplex on (or off). If worse
> > comes to worse, I will convert the pdf to ps and insert the stuff with a little
> > script, but I can't quite believe that I'm the first person in the world to want
> > to use pdftex with a duplex capable postscript printer and that noone
> > has implemented
> > this.
> none of our kyocera printers (fs3820 x2, 5016 x3 and 9520 x2)
> accept anything other than postscript (though they call it kpdl:
> presumably they've "enhanced" postscript and can't bear not to have
> their name in it).  they all have duplexers (and the 9520s have
> staplers).
> how are you outputting to the printer?  indeed, what operating system
> are you using?
> since you talk about a ppd, i wonder if you're being fooled by the
> insane printer drivers that they supply for use under widnoze? -- i
> was for quite a while.  if you _are_ using widnoze, i could possibly
> help you.
> if you're using linux, i could talk to our guy who modified our print
> spooler for the new printers (we've had them <2 years -- just got fed
> up with hp's appalling service and have sworn off buying hp).
> robin

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