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Print from MacOS X to Virtual Printer on Windows

  • On Win, create your queue into RIP and make sure you checked “Register as a printer” option into the Layout tab :
  • Go to Windows “Start->Control Panel->Printers and Faxes” and right click on the name of the queue created at step 1. Choose “Sharing…” and share your printer over the network.

NOTE: In some Windows versions (like XP), spaces are NOT allowed in the shared printer-name. When you share the queue, if you have spaces into the queue name, it is better to adapt the “Share name”, for example, from “Test Win, into “TestWin”

On Mac Leopard 10.6:

  • Now go to Mac into “System Preferences->Print&Fax”. Click on “+” button to add a new printer
  • Go to “Windows” tab and browse for your printer. Select the printer from the list and from the Printer Model pop-up menu choose other.


  • Locate and select the correct PPD.

Remark: If you have trouble adding your printer via Windows tab, you also have the following possibility:

1. Right click on the Tool Bar and choose Customize:


2. Drag and Drop the Advanced icon on the Tool Bar:


3. Access the Advanced Tab and choose “Windows->Another Device”:


Into the URL field add:


– username is the username of an account on the Windows computer.
– password is the password of this user on the Windows computer.
– computername is the network name of the computer
– printername is the name under which the printer is shared on the Windows computer.

Add a name for your printer, select the ppd file and click Add.

Remark: If you have trouble finding your printer, make sure you have both computers set on the same workgroup.

The location for the PPD is:

On Win: “\WINDOWS\system32\spool\drivers\w32x86\”

On Mac: “Applications\[software’s folder]\PPD”

The PPD file has the name of your printer, for example “Epson Stylus Pro 4800.ppd”

The printer will now appear in the Printer List and can be selected from all 3rd party applications.

Updated on May 19, 2022

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