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Apsfilter is a printfilter that lets you print different document types without having to convert them manually into something that your printer understands. Apsfilter workds with any flavor of *nix running lpd or LPRng. It supports GhostScript and various 3rd-party printer drivers. It autodetects file, archive, and compression types and supports printing on local and remote printers. General and "per printer-queue" based config files let you configure the printer for your needs, and you can change printing parameters on the fly without having to edit any config file. by using the lpr -C/-Z command line options. A SETUP script helps you to test various supported ghostscript drivers prior installation, makes the necessary entries in /etc/printcap, creates spool directories, and creates apsfilter default config files as needed.


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Download version 7.2.5 (stable)
released on 24 November 2002


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LicenseVerified byVerified onNotes
GPLv2orlaterJanet Casey4 March 2003

Leaders and contributors

Andreas Klemm Maintainer
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Resources and communication

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Software prerequisites

Kind Description
Weak prerequisite ghostscript (for non-PostScript printers)
Required to use acroread
Required to use netpbm utils).
Required to use psutils
Required to use A converter for each file format (typically ghostscript if you don't have a true PS printer and a bunch of other filter like: a2ps
Weak prerequisite psutils
Required to use ImageMagick

This entry (in part or in whole) was last reviewed on 7 January 2008.


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