The tools menu provides a number of configuration, backup and diagnostic features.
The Options dialog allows configuration of common options that are used across all virtual printers and actions:
If you want to use the Ghostscript action then you will need to set the path to the Ghostscript executable here. Choose the file with the name ending with c as this is the command line version Print Distributor needs. Both the 32 and 64 bit versions are fine although we recommend the 64 bit version for performance reasons.
If you encounter any problems using the Ghostscript action then set the property Diagnostics to force any error messages from Ghostscript into the Print Distributor log. This option should be off by default as it forces the Ghostscript window to open on screen which can be distracting.
Before and After are sets of actions that are common to all virtual printers, typically you will put logging or archiving actions in these properties but it could be anything you need to run for every printer.
By default each virtual printer runs it’s actions independently of other virtual printers. This means if you have a very large document on one printer that doesn’t block smaller documents on other printers. This may cause problems if you are calling an external application so set this option to only allow a single document to process at any time. Note this will not change the order documents are processed on a printer, they are always handled on a first-in first-out basis.
These options let you configure Print Distributor for your mail server and are used by the Send Mail action to Send messages.
Standard Printer Base Port
The standard printer connects to Print Distributor using a TCP/IP connection to the loopback address. By default it uses port 9200, incrementing the port for each new virtual printer. You can change the starting port with this option.
Print Distributor keeps it’s options and log files in a folder in %ProgramData%, this menu gives you quick access to this folder.
Send a Windows test page to a virtual printer, this is handy when you are setting up a new printer and want to check if it works. This is function is also available on the toolbar and from a context menu on the virtual printer.
Send a raw .prn, .ps or .pcl file directly to a printer, bypassing the printer driver.
Backup and restore your virtual printers. You can restore a configuration from versions 5 and 6 as well as current versions.
During restore Print Distributor may prompt you to add drivers if the originals aren’t available, you can choose an alternative if the original isn’t available.