Find a printer
First, you should find a printer.
Add the printer to your system
If you’re asked for a username and password: use a username and password of any
local administrator (i.e. someone with sudo access).
- Under the Apple menu, select «System Preferences».
- Choose «Print & Fax».
- If the «Lock» icon is closed, click the lock to allow changes.
- Click the «+» under the list of printers.
- Find and select the Advanced option:
- OS X 10.4:
- Hold down the Alt/Option key and click More Printers.
- In the drop down box near the top, select Advanced.
- OS X 10.5+ (note: the first three steps need only be taken one time,
not once for each printer)
- Hold down the CTRL key and click in the icon bar.
- Select Customize toolbar from the context-menu
- Drag the Advanced button to the toolbar
- Click the Advanced button. There may be a delay before the
drop-down boxes populate.
- In the drop-down labeled Type (10.5+) or Device (10.4), select
Internet Printing Protocol (http) (10.5+) or Internet Printing
Protocol using HTTP (10.4)
- Choose a name for the printer (e.g.,
cis-color) and enter it in the box
labeled Name (10.5+) or Device Name (10.4).
as the Device
URL (10.5), URL (10.6+) or Device URI (10.4). Substitute the actual
name of the printer for «
Under 10.5+, you may enter a Location, if you wish.
Use a generic printer driver:
- 10.4: Select Generic for the Printer Model.
- 10.5: Select Select a driver to use next to Print Using and
choose Generic PostScript Printer, 1.3 in the selection box that
appears below. (NB: you can type in the entry box to narrow down the
list of drivers; entering «generic» will let you find the Generic
PostScript Printer, 1.3 more easily).
- 10.6: Select Generic Postscript Printer next to Print Using.
Some later versions of MacOS have broken this workflow. 10.10 Yosemite first broke it, although it was fixed in 10.12 Sierra. If these instructions did not work for you, please contact us
for more help. Please include the version of OSX you are running