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Printing PostScript Files on AppleTalk with LocalTalk PC Card

PSS ID Number: Q39303 Article last modified on 11-02-1994

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The Apple LocalTalk PC card from Apple Computer, Inc., allows you to connect your PC to an AppleTalk network to share PostScript printing devices such as the Apple LaserWriter. However, the network printer selection utilities provided with the Apple LocalTalk PC card do not allow you to designate a specific printer port for sending print output to a network printer from within Word.

Therefore, the only way to print a Word document is to create a print file in Word, then direct the print file to the AppleTalk network PostScript printer using the LocalTalk PC card printing utilities. For more information on using these utilities, consult the “LocalTalk PC Card” manual (pages 74-77) or contact Apple at (408) 996-1010.


The instructions below assume that you have properly installed the LocalTalk PC card to gain access to the AppleTalk network. To create a PostScript print file and direct it to the AppleTalk network PostScript printer, do the following:

  1. From DOS, run the LWPRINT utility to send the Microsoft Word PostScript printer initialization file to the printer. This utility should be located in the directory containing the LocalTalk PC network utilities. The initialization file needs to be sent to the printer only once. The syntax of the command is as follows

    LWPRINT -a <filename>

    where <filename> is one of the following:

    MSSETUP.PS for Word versions 2.x

    APPLASER.INI for Word version 3.00

    APPLAND.INI or APPLASER.INI for Word versions 3.10, 3.11

    POSTSCRP.INI or POSTSCRL.INI for Word version 4.00

    POSTSCRP.INI for Word versions 5.00, 5.50

  2. Start Microsoft Word. From the Print Option menu, select one of the following printer description files:

    APPLASER.PRD for Word versions 2.x

    APPLASER.PRD for Word version 3.00

    APPLASER.PRD or APPLAND.PRD for Word versions 3.10, 3.11

    POSTSCRP.PRD or POSTSCRL.PRD for Word version 4.00

    POSTSCRP.PRD for Word versions 5.00, 5.50

    This will ensure that the document contains formatting information specified in the PostScript language when creating the print file.

  3. Create your Word document as usual, adding all of the special printing and formatting features that you want.

  4. When you are finished, print the document to a disk file by selecting the File option from the Print menu. Enter the filename of the print file when prompted, then press ENTER (this should be different from the filename used in Transfer Save).

    In Word version 5.50, choose File Print and enter the filename in the To File option box.

  5. Save the document using the Transfer Save command. This will ensure that you have a backup copy of the document in case you want to edit the document later.

  6. Quit Word and return to DOS.

  7. Start the PC LaserWriter program by typing LW, then press ENTER. The main menu will appear.

  8. Select Print from the main menu and press ENTER. The Print menu will appear.

  9. Select PostScript and press ENTER. The PostScript menu will appear.

  10. In the “PostScript File Name:” field, enter the full path and filename of the print file that you created in Word. If you are using special size paper or envelopes, select manual feed. Press the F10 function key to print the PostScript file. When the message “Print Job Completed” appears, the printing process is finished.

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