RPM Remote Print Manager Legacy Mac Printing Guide

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Configure Legacy Mac for RPM

The purpose of this document is to assist you in configuring the Mac OS, versions 7.6 or 8.1, to print through RPM Remote Print Manager® (RPM). It is intended for systems administrators familiar with CUPS and LPR/LPD printing. For these instructions, you need to know the IP address or DNS hostname of the computer on which RPM is installed.

Creating a Queue in RPM

  1. In the user interface, choose Create from the Queue menu.
  2. Enter the name of the new queue you wish to add and click Create. The new queue will be created.
  3. Highlight the queue and choose Settings from the Queue menu. Add the action(s) necessary to produce your desired results. For instance, if you want to archive the file to disk, add Archive to disk. If you want to print the documents, choose a Raw printer action.
  4. Now add any transforms you require. Macs typically send complex PCL or Postscript data, which can limit the number of useful transforms. You could insert a PCL banner page or use a string translation to modify the requested printer input tray. More complex transforms, such as converting to PDF or removing PCL codes, may not produce desirable results.

Note: These instructions are intended to provide only a brief introduction to RPM configuration. For more detailed instructions, refer to the RPM manual.

Creating a Mac LPR Printer


  • MacOS 7.6.x or MacOS 8.1 or later
  • LaserWriter driver version 8.5.1 or later
  • Desktop Printer Spooler and Desktop Print Monitor version 2.1 extension
  • Desktop Printer Utility 1.0
  • OpenTransport 1.1 or later
  1. Launch the Desktop Utility. By default, this utility is located in the Apple Extras folder.

    Apple Extras

  2. Select Printer LPR and choose the correct print driver. Click OK.

    New Printer (LPR)

  3. Press Change to modify the Postscript Printer Description (PPD) file. Select the printer type to match the actual destination printer.

    PostScript Printer Description

  4. Under Internet Printer, press Change. Enter the IP Address of the RPM host and your RPM queue name. Click Verify to test the connection. Click OK.

    Internet Printer setup

  5. From the File menu, choose Save. Name the printer and choose a destination folder for the printer icon. Press OK.

    LaserWriter setup

  6. To change the page orientation, input tray, or other printer options, you must modify them manually. To set the options, highlight the printer icon and select Change Setup from the Printing menu.

Instructions for later versions of OS X can be found in Mac OS X Printing Guide.