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       min12xxw - Convert pbmraw streams to Minolta PagePro 12xxW languages


       min12xxw [options]


       Min12xxw  is  a  filter  which  converts  pbmraw  streams  (produced by
       ghostscript, for example) to the printer language  of  Minolta  PagePro
       1[234]xxW printers.


       -h, --help
            Gives usage information (help)

       -v, --version
            Displays the version number and exit

       -e, --ecomode
            Enables  economic  mode  which  saves toner by leaving every other
            scanline blank. This degrades the printout's resolution a  little,
            the  effect  is most easily seen (and looks particularly bad) when
            printing in 300 dpi mode.

       -s, --status
            Query the printer status, page counter  and  whatever  information
            can  be  retrieved. The printer status is basically an unprocessed
            dump of what the printer sends, so unexpected things may happen if
            the  printer  sends  funny data because it got confused somehow...
            This might however still be useful. The  page  counter  and  other
            information is heavily processed and should be more reliable. Note
            that for queries to be made,  the  printer  must  (of  course)  be
            switched  on,  with all cables connected, and not be busy printing
            (or your print job may be truncated).  See  the  -d  option  below
            which  sets  the  device  file  to  use. This has so far only been
            tested on 1200W, 1350W and 1400W printers. Send mail if  it  works
            for others as well.

       -d dev, --device dev
            Sets  the device file to use for queries. The default is /dev/lp0.

            Please note that this option is only meaningful with the  "-s"  or
            "--status"  option.  If  you  intend  to  send  a  document to the
            printer, you have to redirect min12xxw's standard  output  to  the
            device file in question. See the documentation that came with your
            shell on how to do that.

       -n, --nomargins
            Disables the enforcement of the 0.17 inch margins on all sides  of
            the paper. The converter discards the equivalent of this length of
            its input because ghostscript outputs a full page with margins. If
            you  arranged  in some way for the input to be marginless, or have
            slightly larger paper, you can give this  option  to  include  the
            full  input  with  margins.  Please  note that for very small page
            dimensions, min12xxw might need  to  disable  enforcing  the  page
            margins for all pages following the offending page to make the job
            printable. In that case, a warning message will be printed on  the
            standard error stream to inform the user.

       -m model, --model model
            Sets  which  printer  model  to  produce output for. Currently, no
            checks for features only available to  specific  models  are  made
            (available  paper  trays differ from model to model, for example).
            Let me know if this causes problems. Available models are:  1200W,
            1250W,   1300W,   1350W,  1400W.  1200W  is  the  default.  As  an
            alternative, you can also symlink, link or rename your  executable
            to min1200w, min1250w, min1300w, min1350w or min1400w, thus making
            the model specified in the filename the default model. This  saves
            you  from  typing  the  model selection option again and again and
            again...  Please note  that  you  must  supply  the  model  option
            correctly  if  you drive any other model than what is the default.
            If you fail to do so, your printer will not produce any output  or
            react to status queries from the host.

       -r resolution, --res resolution
            Sets the resolution to either 300, 600 or 1200 dpi (600 dpi is the
            default). Keep in mind  that  you  need  to  produce  your  output
            accordingly.  It  is  also  possible  to specify the resolution as
            (horizontal)x(vertical)  resolution  (e.g.  -r   1200x600)   where
            horizontal   resolution   may   be  once  or  twice  the  vertical
            resolution. The maximum resolution is 1200 dpi  in  both  vertical
            and  horizontal  direction.  The  minimum  vertical resolution for
            mixed resolution printing seems to be 600 dpi.  300  dpi  printing
            has  only  been  tested  on  1200W,  1350W and 1400W models. Mixed
            resolution printing was seen for 13xxW and 1400W models only,  but
            tests  show  that  the 1200W is capable of handling it as well, so
            chances are that 1250W printers won't have trouble, either.

       -t tray, --tray tray
            Sets the paper tray to be used. Valid values for tray are  "auto",
            "tray1",  "tray2" and "manual", with "auto" being the default. Not
            all printer models have all sorts of paper trays. "auto" should be
            safe  on all of them, I think. In fact, the PagePro 1400W seems to
            have only this kind of paper tray.

       -p type, --papertype type
            Sets the type of paper used. Type can be one of "normal", "thick",
            "transparency", "envelope" or "postcard". "normal" is the default.

       -f fmt, --paperformat fmt
            This sets the paper format to be  used  for  the  print  job.  The
            default value for fmt is "a4". Valid values are given below.

          A4 paper (210 mm x 297 mm)

          B5 envelope (176 mm x 250 mm)

          A5 paper (148 mm x 210 mm)

          Post card (100 mm x 148 mm)

          Correspondence Postcard (148 mm x 200 mm)

          JIS Yokei 6-gou paper (98 mm x 190 mm)

          JIS Yokei 0-gou paper (120 mm x 235 mm)

          Chinese 16K paper (185 mm x 260 mm)

          Chinese 32K paper (130 mm x 185 mm)

          Legal paper (8.5" x 14")

          G. Legal paper (8.5" x 13")

          Letter paper (8.5" x 11")

          G. Letter paper (8.5" x 10.5")

          Executive paper (7.25" x 10.5")

          Halfletter paper (5.5" x 8.5")

          Envelope Monarch (3.875" x 7.5")

          Envelope COM-10 (8.125" x 9.5")

          Envelope DL (110 mm x 220 mm)

          Envelope C5 (162 mm x 229 mm)

          Envelope C6 (114 mm x 162 mm)

          Envelope B5 (176 mm x 250 mm)

          Choukei-3Gou paper (120mm x 235 mm)

          Choukei-4Gou paper (90 mm x 205 mm)

          Custom paper size

          Envelope 6 3/4 (3.625" x 6.5")

          F4/Folio paper (210 mm x 330 mm)

          JIS Yokei 1-gou (120 mm x 176 mm)

          JIS Yokei 2-gou (105 mm x 235 mm)

          Quad postcard (200 mm x 296 mm)


       gs   -q   -dBATCH   -dSAFER  -dQUIET  -dNOPAUSE  -sPAPERSIZE=a4  -r1200
       -sDEVICE=pbmraw -sOutputFile=-  -  <  |  min12xxw  -r  1200  >
            This  would  convert  a postscript file to a file test.min
            which could be sent directly to the printer, a 1200W to be  exact.
            The  output  is  rendered  at  1200 dpi. If you have to drive some
            other model, see the model selection option (-m) above.


       Min12xxw should  run  on  most  *nix-like  workstations  without  major
       problems.  Library functions which are known to be missing on non-Linux
       systems such as getline or getopt_long may have to be  replaced  by  an
       appropriate  substitute.   In  case of getline and getopt_long this has
       already been done. The query options may  or  may  not  work  on  other
       systems, depending on the characteristics of the printer driver and the
       interface used (USB, very old style parallel  port  or  a  more  recent


       Min12xxw  was  written without any documentation from the manufacturer.
       The description of the printer language may be inaccurate or even wrong
       because  it was obtained by looking at the output of the windoof driver
       only. The code dealing with the compression of raster data  is  in  its
       spirit   heavily   based   on   an   initial   driver   by  Adam  Bocim
       <> who  managed  to  find  out  how  things  are  done
       (thanks, Adam, you did a great job!).  This new version is considerably
       faster, implemented more cleanly and (hopefully) well documented.

       It also features querying  the  printer  status  and  page  counter,  a
       suggestion  made by Bruno Schoedlbauer <>, who
       also pointed me to a nice USB sniffer by Benoit Papillault for  Windoof
       98 and up, see  (That little
       program may  prove  very  helpful  on  similar  occasions.   Happy  USB

       David  Hamilton <> has helped a lot in testing
       and developing the support for the PagePro 1350W.

       Even though this program has been designed with care and much  thought,
       no-one  can  guarantee  that this program will not damage your printer,
       computer or even your neighbour's car, because  it  was  built  without
       knowing  exactly  how  things  work, it's only a (hopefully) reasonable
       guess. (However, my printer does still work,  even  after  the  testing
       phase when a lot of wrong stuff was sent to it. And my neighbour hasn't
       complained either...)

       Most of the available paper sizes have not actually  been  verified  to
       work  as  advertised - reports about successes or problems are welcome.
       Also the code for querying the printer is not heavily  tested.  If  you
       have  comments  to make or know more about the format than I do, please
       share your thoughts and your knowledge.

       13xxW series support seems to be relatively well tested  by  now.  Send
       mail  with  feedback  if  you  have  such  a printer and you experience

       1400W support is pretty new - please send e-mail if it works or if  you
       run  into  problems. Feedback on models for which support has just been
       completed is very important to improve and stabilise this support.

       Bugs and problems reports are generally welcome because  I  just  don't
       have the time to test everything out. I needed a filter and here it is.
       If it does not work - complain ;-)


       Min12xxw was written by Manuel Tobias Schiller  (