PostScript settings...

One of the commands in the File menus of many windows. The PostScript settings influence Printing and saving to Encapsulated PostScript files.

Settings

Allow direct PostScript printing (Windows only)
this determines whether Praat prints explicit PostScript commands to your printer if it is a PostScript printer. This is what you will usually want. However, if you find that some of the options that you choose in the Print window seem not to be supported (e.g. scaling, printing two-up...), you may switch this off; Praat will then send native Windows drawing commands, which the printer driver will try to translate to PostScript. If your printer does not support PostScript, this switch is ignored. On Macintosh, this switch is ignored, because all printingis done in PDF. On Unix, this switch is superfluous, because all printing is done directly in PostScript.
Grey resolution
you can choose from two image qualities:
    • the finest quality for grey plots (106 spots per inch), which gives the best results directly from the printer;
    • a photocopyable quality, which has fewer spots per inch (85) and gives the best results after photocopying.
Your choice of the grey resolution influences direct PostScript printing and saving to Encapsulated PostScript files.
Paper size (Unix only)
you can choose from A4 (210 × 297 mm), A3 (297 × 420 mm) or US Letter (8.5 × 11″). This choice applies to Unix only; on Windows, you choose the paper size in the Print... window; on Macintosh, you choose the paper size in the Page setup... window.
Orientation (Unix only)
you can choose between portrait (e.g., 297 mm high and 210 mm wide) and landscape (e.g., 210 mm high and 297 mm wide). This choice applies to Unix only; on Windows, you choose the orientation in the Print... window; on Macintosh, you choose the orientation in the Page setup... window.
Magnification (Unix only)
the relative size with which your picture will be printed; normally 1.0. This choice applies to Unix only; on Windows, you choose the scaling in the Print... window; on Macintosh, you choose the scaling in the Page setup... window.
Print command (Unix only)
When printing on Unix, a temporary PostScript® file is created in the "/tmp" directory; it will have a name like "picXXXXXX", and is automatically removed after printing. This file is sent to the printer with the print command, which will often look like lp -c %s, where %s stands for the file name.

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