DocuSP, Nuvera & iGen3
Printing Multiple Master Fonts from QuarkXPress 6.x
X.3 and Higher
When trying to print from QuarkXPress 6.5 on a Macintosh
running OS X.3 or later, documents containing Multiple Master fonts generate PostScript
errors and won't print.
QuarkXPress is unable to manage Multiple Master font locations and font calls and
printers' PostScript level 3 interpreters would be instructed
to look in the wrong place for printing resources, generating a PostScript
error and a print abort.
Robert Zacherl of IMPRESSED GmbH in Hamburg, Germany posted
a message to
that says his company offers a modification of your PPD file that forces QuarkXPress
to process Multiple Master fonts properly. (I've tried it and it works!)
Robert's message directed users to send as many as 2 PPD files
(PostScript Printer Description file, a helper file that lets your print command
know what paper sizes, finishing options, etc. are native to your printer model)
for your printers, convert them to .sit or .hqx files (not .sea files) and email them as
attachments to him at
firstname.lastname@example.org. He will modify
your PPDs and email them back
Once you've received the modified PPDs, follow the directions
below to enable QuarkXPress to print your documents. This modification will not
affect how your other applications print.
This modification is the result of the work and research of
the engineers at Impressed GmbH who are the sole distributors of this modification. You are not
licensed to apply this modification to other PPDs or to distribute their PPDs
to other people.
To install the modified PPD
- Unstuff the file.
- Copy the PPD to your
- Open your Printer Setup Utility.
- Select the printer you wish to modify.
- Click on the Show Info icon in the
utility's tool bar to open the Printer Info window.
- Click on the scroll bar to the right of
Name & Location to open a drop-down menu.
- Click on Printer Model to show the
current PPD information.
- Click on the scroll bar to the right of the current PPD and
scroll down to the modified PPD for your printer. It will have the word
at the end of its name.
- Click on the [Apply Changes] button
and close the Printer Setup Utility.
To apply these changes to QuarkXPress
- Open QuarkXPress.
- Click on the menu bar choice: Utilities
to open a drop-down menu.
- Click on PPD Managerů to open its
- If you see the modified PPD in the list shown in the top
window, make sure there is a check mark next to it in the Include column so that QuarkXPress can use it to write PostScript code.
(Both the QuarkXPress application and the system drivers are used to convert
the application document to PostScript code for the printer).
- If you do not see the modified PPD in the top window, use the
[Selectů] button to browse to the directory that
contains the modified PPD.
NOTE: If you haven't already done so, this is your
opportunity to get rid of all of the printer models you DON'T use but that
appear in your QuarkXPress setup window. If you remove the checkmarks from the
printer models you don't use, you won't have to see them in the Print dialog.
- When you're ready to print, select
- Select Setup on the control bar in
the Print dialog.
- Click on the scroll bar to the right of the
Printer Description field and select the modified PPD from the
- Program the remainder of your print specifications as you
- Select your modified printer in the
Setupů] and [Printerů] dialogs.
Your QuarkXPress document with Multiple Master fonts should print.
Created by Norman A. Teck
October 19, 2005