[vcf-midatlantic] NeXT printer emulator/bridge

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sun Jun 17 01:29:54 EDT 2018

On 06/16/2018 04:24 PM, Thomas Fuchs via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Hi everybody!
> I’ve a NeXTstation computer that is hooked up to my local home network. I
> wonder if there’s a piece of software (for Mac ideally) that can act as a
> printing server for it bridging to printers connected to the Mac (directly
> or LAN).
> (Essentially emulate a NeXT printer so the NeXT machine can print on a
> modern printer.)

  It should be able to talk to any civilized printer, i.e. any networked
Postscript printer that speaks the standard LPR/LPD protocol.  Just set
it up as a network printer.  No Mac required.

  Unless you mean something to connect to the NeXT's printer port.
That's a virtual impossibility; that's a direct video and timing output
interface that drives a fairly dumb controller within the NeXT laser
printer.  The Postscript interpretation, rasterization, etc are all done
by the display subsystem in the computer, not the printer.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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