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HP LaserJet 5200/5200L Series Printer - HP Traditional Postscript 3 Emulation Driver Features
When installing the printing-system software in Microsoft Windows 98 or Microsoft Windows Me, the HP Traditional PCL 6 Driver is installed by default. The HP Traditional PCL 5 Driver and the HP Traditional Postscript 3 Emulation Driver (PS Emulation Driver) can be installed by performing a Custom Installation.
NOTE: Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 does not support the HP LaserJet 5200 print drivers, but print drivers for legacy HP devices can be used, whose feature sets closely match the HP LaserJet 5200 printer feature set. For instance,the HP LaserJet 5100 drivers can be used, but some print-driver features might be missing and print quality might be compromised. HP does not support the use of any print driver other than the driver that is supplied for the device. When the print drivers are installed in Microsoft Windows NT 4.0, the Add Printer installation method has to be used to install the PS Emulation Driver.
This section describes the options that are available on each tab of the PS Emulation Driver Properties interface. It also shows the tabs that are available on the PS Emulation Driver interface for Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Me.
Access to Print Drivers in Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Me
In Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Me, access is to a single set of driver tabs. To gain access to the print drivers, follow these steps:
The settings that are made on these driver tabs control print-job output and become the default settings for all software programs. The following print-driver tabs are available in Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Me:
Only device-specific HP driver tabs are described in this STR; the other driver tabs are part of the operating system. The following tabs are described:
PS 3 Emulation Support for the HP LaserJet 5200
A set of 92 postscript soft fonts is included with the printing-system software. If wanting to permanently install soft fonts in the printer, postscript fonts are available from HP in an optional font DIMM. The PS emulation maintains full compatibility with Adobe PostScript when PostScript fonts are purchased from Adobe.
Users of Adobe-licensed programs might also have the right to use the Adobe PostScript print drivers from Adobe with the HP LaserJet PostScript 3 emulation PPD, which is available on the HP LaserJet 5200 printing-system software CD or from the HP Web site. When using the Adobe PostScript print driver, users must comply with all Adobe licensing agreements, as stated on the Adobe Web site at the following Web site:
See the Font support section of this STR for a list of the additional fonts.
The PS Emulation Driver includes the following Help systems to provide assistance with printing and configuration options.
NOTE: Bubble Help, a feature of HP traditional PCL drivers, is not available in the PS Emulation Driver.
What's this Help
Microsoft Windows 98 and Microsoft Windows Me support What's this? Help.Access can be gained to What's this? Help messages in any of the following ways:
When Help is pressed button on a driver tab or in a dialog box, a context-sensitive Help message appears.
Paper tab features
To gain access to the Paper tab, follow these steps:
The Paper tab controls media and finishing options for the HP PS Emulation Driver. The following figure shows the Paper tab.
The Paper tab contains the following controls:
The Paper size selection area lists the paper or envelope sizes that the HP LaserJet 5200 printer supports. Use the scroll bar to scroll through the list of supported media sizes (forms), and then click the icon to specify the media that is required.
A red circle with a line through any of the paper icons means that paper size is available, but the driver setting needs to be changed before it can print on that media size. The setting might be on the Paper tab, such as the Paper source setting, or it might be a setting on the device control panel.
Clicking Custom page 1 , Custom page 2 , or Custom page 3 makes the Custom button available at the bottom of the Paper tab. Clicking Custom opens the Custom-defined size dialog box that can be used to define a custom paper size.
The following figure shows the Custom-defined size dialog box.
The following controls appear on the Custom-defined size dialog box:
Use the settings in this group box to specify how many pages of the document print on a single sheet. For example, clicking 1 up prints one page of the document on each sheet. Clicking 2 up prints two pages on each sheet of paper, dividing the sheet in half. The Layout group box values are ignored while printing an EPS file.
The following options are available in the Layout group box:
The settings in this group box specify how the document is positioned on the page. The following options are available:
To see the current dimensions of the page, such as the paper size and the unprintable margins, point to the page icon, and then press and hold down the mouse button. The Orientation group box is replaced by the Page dimensions in inches group box as seen in the following figure. Releasing the mouse button restores the Orientation group box.
This setting specifies where the media that is to be used is located in the printer. The default setting is Auto Select Tray , which causes the printer to use the tray that supports the paper size that has been chosen.
The following options are available:
Use this box to specify the number of copies to print. It is possible to print from 1 to 999 copies. This option is ignored when printing an .EPS file. Some software programs override this setting.
Click Unprintable Area … to open the Unprintable Area dialog box, which is shown in the following figure.
The area of the page that cannot be printed appears in the Unprintable Area dialog box. Changing these settings to exceed the built-in page margins can cause the text in the document to be cut off when printed.
Click More Options … to open the More Paper Options dialog box, shown in the following figure.
The single control on this dialog box is the Printing on both sides (duplex printing) group box.
NOTE: As a rule, extra memory need not be installed on the HP LaserJet 5200 printer in order to print on both sides. However, very complex double-sided print jobs might require additional memory.
Use the settings in this group box to specify how to turn the page if printing on both sides. When printing on two sides of the page, the document can be read differently depending on the way it is printed. For example, it is possible to have the pages of the document turn like a book or like a calendar.
When Flip On Long Edge or Flip On Short Edge is clicked, the page icon changes to illustrate how the printed document will look.
Click About… to open a dialog box that contains copyright and version information about the print driver. The following figure shows the About dialog box.
Click Restore Defaults to reset the values on the Paper tab to their original values.
Graphics Tab Features
To gain access to the Graphics tab, follow these steps:
The Graphics tab specifies the resolution, halftoning, and scaling settings for the device. The following figure shows the Graphics tab.
The Graphics tab contains the following controls:
Use the Resolution drop-down menu to specify the resolution for printing. Resolution is measured in dots per inch (dpi). The following options are available: The dpi setting for the HP LaserJet 5200 printer is 600 dpi.
The Halftoning options specify values for the number of lines per inch (frequency) and angle of the pattern that is to be used for halftone screens.
If print jobs have a moiré pattern when printing graphics such as photographs or detailed images, the settings might need adjustment. However, the default printer settings should work in most cases. Do not change these settings unless having experience using halftones. To return to the default settings after the changes have been made, click Use printer's settings .
The Special group box contains the following options:
Use the Scaling control to specify the size of the image to print. It is possible to specify from 25% to 400% of the original size. A setting of 400%, for example, prints an image four times larger than the original.
When a document is enlarged, only the portion of the document that fits on the page prints. The default setting is 100% .
Click Restore Defaults to reset the values on the Graphics tab to their original values.
Fonts Tab Features
The Fonts tab controls the fonts for the HP PS Emulation Driver. The following figure shows the Fonts tab.
The following options are available:
Send TrueType Fonts to Printer According to the Font Substitution Table
Use this option to substitute a postscript printer font for the common TrueType fonts in a document. This can speed up printing because the TrueType fonts do not have to be downloaded. By default, common TrueType fonts are substituted when printing, but uncommon ones are downloaded to the device. If a printer font is substituted for a TrueType font, the printed document might not match the look of the document on the screen.
Click Edit the Table… to customize which TrueType fonts are downloaded and which printer fonts should be substituted for TrueType fonts.
Font Substitution Table
Click this option to open the Font Substitution Table dialog box, which makes available the options for changing the TrueType-to-postscript font mapping. The following figure shows the Font Substitution Table dialog box.
Always use built-in printer fonts instead of TrueType fonts
Click this option to use font-matching rules to find the best printer font to substitute for TrueType fonts in the document. TrueType fonts are not downloaded when the document is printed. This can speed up printing, but the printed fonts might not exactly match the fonts on the screen.
Always use TrueType fonts
Click this option to download TrueType fonts to the device when the document is printed. This ensures that the printed document looks the same as it does on the screen, but printing might take longer. Click Send Fonts As… to specify the format in which the TrueType fonts are sent to the device.
Send Fonts As…
Use this option to specify how TrueType fonts are downloaded.
The following options are available:
Click Restore Defaults to reset the values on the Fonts tab to their original values.
Device Options tab features
To gain access to the Device Options tab, follow these steps:
The Device Options tab communicates information about the hardware configuration to the print driver.
When the driver is opened from within a software program, the Device Options tab includes only the Printer features controls. When opened from the Printers folder, the Device Options tab appears as shown in the following figure.
Changes that are made to Device Options tab are not reflected in the Properties settings until the modified device settings have been applied and the Properties tabs have been re-opened. For example, the duplexing unit will not appear until the following are modified:Device Options tab, click Apply , close the Properties tabs, and then re-open the Properties tabs.
The Device Options tab contains the following options:
This section also contains information about using job-storage features.
NOTE: Use the dynamic Change settings for: control in the Printer features and the Installable options sections of the Device Options tab to change the setting for the feature or option that has been selected.
Available Printer Memory
The Available printer memory control specifies the amount of memory in the device. If the value in this control does not match the amount of memory in the printer model, use the spin box to specify the correct amount of memory.
The Printer features group box shows settings that are specific to the printer. The settings can be changed by selecting the setting that need to be changed and then specifying a new value in the Change setting for list.
The following printer-feature settings are available on this tab:
The FastRes 1200 setting contains the following options:
The default value for this setting is System Name (if available) . Additional values for this setting include numbers 1 through 20.
PIN digit 1 (for Private Job)
The default value for the PIN digit 1 (for Private Job) setting is 0 .
PIN digit 2 (for Private Job)
The default value for the PIN digit 2 (for Private Job) setting is 0 .
PIN digit 3 (for Private Job)
The default value for the PIN digit 3 (for Private Job) setting is 0 .
PIN digit 4 (for Private Job)
The default value for the PIN digit 4 (for Private Job) setting is 0 .
The HPPJLEncoding feature contains the control for the UTF8 feature.
The Economode feature contains the following options:
Selecting this option extends the life of the toner supply and reduces cost per page. However, it also reduces print quality. The printed image is lighter, but it is adequate for printing drafts or proofs.
HP does not recommend the full-time use of EconoMode. If EconoMode is used full-time when the average toner coverage is significantly less than 5%, it is possible that the toner supply will outlast the mechanical parts in the print cartridge. If print quality begins to degrade under these circumstances, a new print cartridge needs to be installed, even if toner remains in the cartridge.
NOTE: The EconoMode setting might work only if a genuine HP print cartridge is installed. HP print cartridges can measure the life of the mechanical parts as well as the quantity of toner. If the EconoMode setting is used frequently, the mechanical parts can wear out before the supply of toner is depleted, increasing the risk of toner leaking. Use genuine HP parts to avoid this problem.
The Collate feature contains the following options:
Fit to Page
The Fit to Page feature contains the following options:
The Print Quality drop-down menu contains the following controls in the PS Emulation Unidriver:
The Watermark feature contains the following options:
Watermark (Pages per Sheet)
The Watermark (Pages per Sheet) feature contains the following options:
The Watermark Font feature contains the following options:
Watermark Size . Settings for the watermark size range from 24 points to 90 points. The default is 48 points.
Watermark Angle . Settings for the watermark angle range from 90° to -90° in 15° intervals. The default is a 45° angle.
The Watermark Style feature contains the following options:
The Watermark Intensity feature contains the following options:
The Print Watermark feature contains the following options:
This section provides information to configure the printing options that can be installed for the HP LaserJet 5200 printer. The following controls are available:
This control specifies whether optional 500-sheet feeder tray is available(Tray 3 ) installed on the printer. The default setting is Uninstalled .
Duplex Unit (for 2-sided Printing)
The HP LaserJet 5200 printer is equipped with automatic two-sided printing (duplexing), which allows to print on both sides of supported media. Automatic two-sided printing is not supported for the following media types:
NOTE: The HP LaserJet 5200 printer supports smart duplexing. The printer detects information on both sides of the print job pages and runs the pages through the duplexing unit only if printable information appears on the second side of the page.
Printer Hard Disk
When this option is enabled, the Job Storage option and the Mopier Mode option are enabled in the print driver. Use the Job Storage option to store print jobs and then print them later from the control panel. The multiple-original print (mopy) function is an HP-designed feature that produces multiple, collated copies from a single print job.
NOTE: A printer hard disk is not available for the HP LaserJet 5200 printer. Do not select the Installed setting.
The multiple-original print (mopy) function is an HP-designed feature that produces multiple, collated copies from a single print job. Multiple-original printing (mopying) increases performance and reduces network traffic by transmitting the job to the device once, and then storing it in memory. The remainder of the copies are printed at the fastest speed. All documents that are printed in mopier mode can be created, controlled, managed, and finished from the computer, which eliminates the extra step of using a photocopier.
The HP LaserJet 5200 printer supports the transmit-once mopying feature when the Mopier Mode: setting on the Device Options tab is Enabled .
The default value for this setting is Off , which means that the print job will not be stored in the device.
NOTE: The job-storage feature requires at least 80 MB of total memory.
If the job-storage feature is enabled (with at least 80 MB of total memory), two Job Storage Mode settings are available on the Job Storage tab:
To use job-storage features when printing, follow these steps:
After sending a print job that uses the job-storage feature, the job can be released to print from the device control panel.
Sometimes it is necessary to delete a print job from the device memory. This can be done from the device control panel.
This option shows the amount of virtual memory (RAM) in the device. The following options are available:
Click Restore Defaults to reset the values on the Device Options tab to their original values.
PostScript Tab Features
To gain access to the PostScript tab, follow these steps:
The PostScript tab controls the PostScript functions for the PS Emulation Driver. The following figure shows the PostScript tab.
The PostScript tab contains the following controls and options:
PostScript Output Format
Use the PostScript output format list to specify the format for PostScript files. The following options are available:
Use the PostScript header options to specify whether to send header information to the device each time a document is printed. The following options are available:
Print PostScript Error Information
Use the Send PostScript error information option to print postscript error messages after the document has been printed. The PS Emulation Driver can detect certain errors that Microsoft Windows cannot. If having printing problems, click this option. This information can help , a system administrator, or a device-support representative determine what caused the problem. The error message information is not included in EPS format.
PostScript Timeout Values
Use the following options to specify the postscript timeout values for the printer.
Click Advanced … to open the Advanced PostScript Options dialog box, which appears in the following figure.
The following options are available on the Advanced PostScript Options dialog box:
PostScript Language Level
The PostScript Language Level specifies which PostScript language level to use, from 1 to the highest level that the device supports. Some devices support multiple levels. It is usually best to select the highest level that is available, because a higher language-level provides more features. In some instances, however, still level 1 needs to be used. For example, if printing a file to disk and that file will be printed by someone who has a level-1 device, level 1 must be selected.
It is possible to choose between PostScript Level 1 and PostScript Level 2 features for the HP LaserJet 5200.
Use this control to specify whether to compress graphics before sending the document to the device. If using PostScript level 2, or if using PostScript level 1 and a device connected to a serial port, click Compress bitmap images . If using PostScript level 1 and a device connected to a parallel port or if using a network device, click No bitmap compression .
This control specifies the protocol that the device uses for print jobs. The following options are available:
Send CTRL+D before job
This control specifies whether the device is reset at the beginning of every postscript document. The default setting is off (unselected). Pressing Ctrl-D resets the device to its default setting to ensure that previous print jobs do not affect the current print job. Using Ctrl-D might cause a print job to fail if the device is connected through a network. If the document fails to print when sent to a device that is connected through parallel or serial ports, select the Send CTRL+D before job check box.
Send CTRL+D after job
This control specifies whether the device will be reset at the end of every postscript document. The default setting is off (unselected). Ctrl-D resets the device to its default setting to ensure that future print jobs are not affected by the current print job. Ctrl-D might cause a print job to fail if the device is connected through a network. If the document fails to print when sent to a network device, click to select the Send CTRL+D before job check box.
Click Restore Defaults to reset the values on the PostScript tab to their original values.