How to apply printer settings to DesignMerge Print Driver output
The InDesign PostScript File printing process, which is the process that the DesignMerge PostScript Driver uses, does not include printer settings. Therefore the DesignMerge PostScript Driver cannot include a specific printer's settings in its output. You would see similar results if you were to use the InDesign PostScript File printer to print a document.
The InDesign Export PDF and Export EPS processes, which are the processes that the DesignMerge PDF, PPML, and Creo VPS Print Drivers use, also do not include printer settings. Therefore the DesignMerge PPML and Creo VPS Print Drivers do not include printer settings.
However, omitting a specific printer's proprietary settings in DesignMerge Print Driver output allows you to process DesignMerge Print Driver output on whichever digital printer you prefer at the time that you choose to print the output.
Since printer settings are not included in the DesignMerge Print Driver output, the print controller will automatically apply its default settings if you choose to print the output directly. However, there are other methods available which you may use to apply custom printer settings to your DesignMerge Print Driver output:
- If your digital print controller provides a feature to set up hot folders, choose to print the DesignMerge Print Driver output as a file to a hot folder that has been set up to apply specific printer settings.
- If your print controller does not provide a hot folder feature, send the DesignMerge Print Driver output to the print controller's Hold queue where you can select printer settings for that output before you print it.
- If your print controller does not provide a Hold queue, first change the default settings for the printer to the settings you wish to apply, and then print the DesignMerge Print Driver output.
- If none of the above options are satisfactory, and you are using DesignMerge for InDesign, use the DesignMerge PDF Driver to produce PDF files. Then, open the PDF in Acrobat Reader, for example, and use that application to print the PDF, as this type of printing process (where you are printing pages that are in a single open document) will allow you to include custom printer settings. NOTE: If you are using DesignMerge for QuarkXPress, use the PostScript Driver to produce non-caching output as a PostScript file on your system, and then use Acrobat Distiller, for example, to convert the PostScript file to a PDF (or select a destination folder for the PostScript output that will automatically convert PostScript files to PDFs).
For more information, see the DesignMerge Print Driver manuals, available in PDF format in the DesignMerge product folder on your system.