Mac Printing Guide

OSX, macOS, Bonjour, Printer, Print, CUPS, UNIX

See also: Mac - Adding a Printer, Mac Printing Tips, Visitor Printing, Printing, NRAO Acceptable Use Policy

Currently available printers

Charlottesville:    Linux, Mac

Green Bank:         Linux, Mac

New Mexico:       Linux, Mac

Basic Mac Printing, macOS 10.12+

NRAO managed macOS 10.12+ systems support CUPS printer installation via Managed Software Center (hereafter "MSC"). No printers appear on the default view - the "Software" tab - in MSC.

To view available printers, select the "Printers" category from either the "Categories" listing on the right side of the "Software" tab or the "Categories" tab.

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To initiate the installation of a specific available printer, simply select the corresponding "Install" button.

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When the components required to install the selected printer have downloaded, MSC should switch over to the "Updates" tab for the final installation.

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Select "Update All" to complete the installation.

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Printers, once installed, will show an "Installed" label within MSC; additionally, the "Install" buttons change to "Remove" for printer removal.

 

Basic Mac Printing, macOS 10.4 - 10.11

All NRAO site now use "Bonjour" auto-discovery to publish CUPS printers for use by macOS 10.4 - 10.11 systems. For more information on printing in macOS, visit the Mac 101 page.

The easiest and most reliable way to add an NRAO printer to a Mac is from an application's "Print" dialog.  This example uses Firefox, but most applications (excluding Adobe applications) should behave similarly.

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Choose the "Print" option in the application from which you want to print. Then pull down the "Printer" selector and choose "Nearby Printers." A menu should expand showing a list of discovered printers. If you do not see this option, you will need to add the printer from within System Preferences.

Select your desired printer from the list:

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If the printer you are looking for does not appear in this menu, it may be restricted from printing via Bonjour -- contact your Helpdesk if you need to print to a restricted printer.

A dialog should briefly appear as macOS retrieves driver information from the CUPS server:

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When this dialog appears the printer should be ready to use.

 

Removing a Printer

  1. Open "System Preferences," then select  "Print and Fax", and click "Printing".
  2. Select the printer you wish to remove and click the "-" button.
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