Before starting to work with neoStampa, you will have to select the printers you wish to use with the program, set the type of connection and other advanced parameters:
1) Access the Printer Configuration by clicking on File | Configure Printer… from the unfolded list or access by clicking on printer icon at the top of the window.
2) In the opened window, the 'Add...' and 'Remove' buttons allow you to introduce the printers you require in the list of installed printers.
3) With 'Add...' the drivers list opens, where you choose your specific driver brand and model.
4) You can configure the type of connection used for each printer. To do this, select the printer from the list and then select the required type of connection in the Connectivity section.
5) If you have various printers installed, only one of them will be the default printer. It is the one that will always be used when the program is started and when a new document is opened. To set the default printer, place the mouse on it, right-click on it, and select the option from the menu that appears.
6) The 'Test… button' on the lower part of the window, will allow you to try the connection, and if there was any feature that needs to be changed, the 'Options…' button allows to perform such changes.
Connecting a computer to a printer may seem a very simple thing to do, but in fact there are many aspects to take into consideration, some of which are anything less than obvious. There are always alternative connecting methods that can be done if regular procedures fail.
The most common problems in badly implemented connections are the following:
- The slowness in sending data makes the printer "halt" while data is being sent, and so it stops.
- Data interruption problems cause the printer to stop printing, or it makes it behave oddly.
Local Print Server Connection
This option is to be selected when ripping and print jobs with Print Server queue component of neoStampa. Once the option is selected, it will start the PrintServer automatically. Later, when preparing print jobs in neoStampa and send it to print, it will send the job to Print Server queue.
Remote Print Server Connection (PRNSVR)
This will configure the driver to print with remote Print Server. Add your printer driver and in connection select the remote Printer Server with connection type PRNSVR: (PrintServer). Click on Option and select the IP to your remote Print Server.
Also known as the printer port (LPTX). This type of system only needs a parallel cable, although it is simple to use, it can be slow. Many modern circuit-boards support high-speed parallel ports that comply with the IEEE1284 standard. However, to be able to use these ports, any system has two requirements. The port must be ECP configured and use a 32bit operating system (WNT, 2000, XP), and the parallel cable must also comply with this standard. If the system complies with these requirements, then you should enable this connection by configuring the parallel port in the program. From the printer's Configuration, chose the Lpt1 (parallel port) connection, and with the Options button, use extended ECP mode.
Several Parallel to USB converters exist, but in this case they are installed in the generic printer system, using the drivers of the converter. Configure the program connection as SPOOLER, and select the printer driver that has been configured for using the converter.
This is the fastest and most secure connection for the transmission of data. Some printers already support direct network connection. Also available in the market are Parallel Network converters, which are suitable. An important consideration is that such a converter is of good quality and conforms the IEE1284 parallel standards. If it does not, communication with the printer will be slow. In the latter cases you will need to configure the program connection as TCP/IP, and configure the IP addresses correctly.
Since the program is able to use the drivers of printers installed on Windows (SPOOLER), it is possible to connect them to any printer, with any kind of connection supported by Windows, as for example FireWire.