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HP Designjet Printers - Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) and HP Designjet driver support
Mac OS X v10.6 'Snow Leopard' includes HP Designjet printer drivers plus HP utility for the full print and utility functionality.
The latest HP Designjet software and print utility for the HP Designjet printers listed below are also included in the Mac OS X 10.6 retail DVD, Apple Software updates , and all new Macs that are delivered with Snow Leopard.
Do not reinstall drivers from the original HP Designjet CDs or web downloads from previous Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4 or 10.5. Older software is not compatible with Snow Leopard. The latest Mac OS X 10.6 compatible HP print drivers are included in Mac OS X 10.6 DVD, Apple Software Updates, and new Macs. You will experience the optimum performance and functionality if the latest HP software is used.
Download current drivers
Follow these steps to check for the latest driver updates for your printer using the HP website.
HP Designjet Printer setup instructions
The following sections describe how to install your HP Designjet printer under the following circumstances:
Upgrading to a Mac OS X 10.6
If you are upgrading your Mac OS X 10.6 from Mac 10.4 or 10.5:
NOTE: If you are using or sharing a printer that is connected directly to an Apple Airport with a USB or Ethernet cable, these printer queues will NOT be recreated. A new printer queue can easily be quickly created using the steps below.
Printing from a USB Printer
Printing from a Network Printer
You can connect to HP printers on your local network (wireless and Ethernet) using Bonjour and IP, as well as shared printers connected to an Apple Airport base station.
NOTE: Apple does NOT support AppleTalk in Mac OS X 10.6.
On larger networks, outside the Bonjour link-local network, your printer may not show up in the list. In this case, you can connect to your printer using its IP address. An IP printer is a network printer that uses TCP/IP protocol (such as HP Jetdirect, LPD/LPR, IPP) to communicate with your printer. You will need to know the printer’s IP address or DNS name (available from the printer’s front panel or Network Configuration Page).
The latest HP Utility is included in Mac OS X 10.6. Use the HP Utility to manage and troubleshoot the printer. HP Utility is the new application replacing HP Printer Utility for your HP Designjet printers. Please check your users guide to find out if your Designjet printer includes HP Utility support.
The HP Utility can also be launched from the printer icon in the dock to open the Printer Browser window.
Configuring your HP printer with Snow Leopard already installed
Configuring your new HP Printer on a new Macintosh with Snow Leopard already installed, or after performing a clean install from the Snow Leopard DVD.
If you have installed the HP drivers from the Snow Leopard DVD, queues for your USB connected PostScript printers will automatically be created. The Apple Software Update application will launch automatically when detecting a USB connected Raster printer.
If the Apple Software Update application is not launched in your system, please follow the same steps as listed above in the Printing from a USB Printer section to create your queue.
For network setup, please follow the same steps as listed above in the Printing from a Network Printer section. For some HP devices, it may be important to make sure the Mac is connected to the Internet in order to access Apple Software Updates for the latest HP software.
Do not reinstall drivers from the original HP Designjet CDs or web downloads from previous Mac OS X 10.3, 10.4, or 10.5. Older software is not compatible with Snow Leopard. The latest Mac OS X 10.6 compatible drivers are included in Mac OS X 10.6, and you’ll experience the best performance and functionality if you use the latest HP software
HP Designjet Printers supported in Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard
HP Designjet Printers supported in the Mac X 10.6 Snow Leopard (DVD, Apple Software Updates, and new Macs that include Snow Leopard) – Print and Utility full functionality.
HP Designjet Postscript models
NOTE: The HP Designjet drivers in the Snow Leopard DVD do not include the ICC Profiles for your printers. In order to get the latest ICC Profiles please visit our Designjet Graphic Arts Portal at www.hp.com/go/designjet/support .
HP Designjet – raster (non-postscript) models
NOTE: The new drivers for these models are not included on the Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard DVD. The latest drivers for these models should be available from Apple Software Updates.
It is important to have the Macintosh connected to the internet during upgrade and installation to access Apple Software Updates.