Need a good ImageWriter Spooler

Need a good ImageWriter Spooler

Post by Mark E. Perki » Tue, 02 Jan 1990 18:31:00



    Has anyone had any (good) experience with ImageWriter spoolers?
Configuration is a 512E w/ 2MB (Dove).  MacSpool (Mainstay) is OK,
unless one wants to use a RAM disk.  The RAM disk part of MacSpool
doesn't allow loading at startup, so it's a pain in the %$* to use.
The spooler part causes no end of problems when used with
Switcher or with another RAM disk (i.e., RamStart).

    Can anyone tell me anything about the spooler from SuperMac?
Judging from the enthusiasm about DiskFit, my guess would be that
stuff from SuperMac is pretty solid, no?

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Need a good ImageWriter Spooler

Post by Jim Mac » Tue, 02 Jan 1990 17:31:00



Quote:

>    Has anyone had any (good) experience with ImageWriter spoolers?
>...
>    Can anyone tell me anything about the spooler from SuperMac?
>Judging from the enthusiasm about DiskFit, my guess would be that
>stuff from SuperMac is pretty solid, no?

Mark,

In my office we have 5 Mac Pluses used for word processing, linked with TOPS
and including 3 ImageWriter IIs.  We bought SuperLaserSpool for spooling (not
because we needed the LaserWriter spooling but because SuperSpool did not work
on a network) in hopes that it would work as advertised.  (SuperMac claims SLS
works for both Imagewriters and LaserWriters.

Unfortunately, our word processor in the office is Word 3.01, and
SuperLaserSpool does not spool worth a darn when used with Word.  If you spool
a document and then return to Word to type another, the spooled doc stops
printing while you are typing!  Even if you stop typing and leave the cursor
at the end of where you were working, the spooling remains paused.  Move the
cursor to previously typed text and spooled printing starts again.

I called SuperMac about this and they blamed it on Word, saying Word 3.01 is
too much of a CPU hog.  They were working on a fix to be out "real soon...".
(I called several months ago.)  No word on a fix yet!

I am not sure if any of this is pertinent to SuperSpool, or even to your
situation if you do not use Word 3.01.  However, in any situation, I would
insist on testing SuperSpool (on your system) before buying it!


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Need a good ImageWriter Spooler

Post by Stra » Tue, 02 Jan 1990 15:34:00



Quote:

>    Has anyone had any (good) experience with ImageWriter spoolers?
>Configuration is a 512E w/ 2MB (Dove).  MacSpool (Mainstay) is OK,

>    Can anyone tell me anything about the spooler from SuperMac?
>Judging from the enthusiasm about DiskFit, my guess would be that
>stuff from SuperMac is pretty solid, no?

The quality of the SuperMac Spooler (SuperSpool) is definitely not on the par
with DiskFit.  SuperSpool works, but I'm not terribly impressed.  Running
5.5/4.1 (no MF in this case), it does the basic job, but has its share of
bugs and idiosyncrasies.  Note: I have an IW I, not IW II.

For example:
1) sometimes bombs when returning to the finder while in the process of
printing,

2) making every page a separate logical print job (a real pain to cancel the
rest of a 10  or more page job that gets messed up),

3) difficult (impossible) to cancel the currently printing page

4) you have to make it your startup application (or at least run it before it
gets loaded)  After that, you use the DA to access it.

5) if you do anything on the Mac, the IW comes to a screeching halt until you
don't touch anything for ~ 5 seconds.  This can make you want to leave the
room while things are printing because it's rather disturbing.

6) draft mode is changed.  It's now like "middle" mode, but bi-directional
instead of uni-directional printing.  Leaves your printouts looking slightly
odd due to timing shifts of the printhead (at least on my IW).

On The other hand...

It can be deinstalled/reinstalled at a click of a button with the DA.

Comes free with a DataFrame disk as part of the utilities package.

Summary: It may be better than most (or all) of the other IW spoolers out
there, but I'm NOT impressed.  It's certainly not worth spending much money on.
--
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Advice for the day: "MSDOS - just say no."

 
 
 

Need a good ImageWriter Spooler

Post by Brian Die » Wed, 03 Jan 1990 00:55:00


Quote:>>    Can anyone tell me anything about the spooler from SuperMac?

>Unfortunately, our word processor in the office is Word 3.01, and

>I called SuperMac about this and they blamed it on Word, saying Word 3.01 is
>too much of a CPU hog.

>(I called several months ago.)  No word on a fix yet!

We have used SuperLaserSpool in our group for a couple of months now, and were
unaware of any hangup with Word 3.01 --- works fine thank you.  It also works
on my ImageWriter (not II) at home.  Perhaps since we got it so recently, the
"fix" was already "in."

At any rate, I received an upgrade offer from SuperMac just yesterday.  And in
the upgrade for SLS it mentioned 1) Multifinder compatibility and 2) Word 3.01
fix.

--
-Brian Diehm     (SDA - Standard Disclaimers Apply)
Tektronix, Inc.

 
 
 

Need a good ImageWriter Spooler

Post by Chang W » Tue, 02 Jan 1990 21:57:00



>>    Can anyone tell me anything about the spooler from SuperMac?
>We have used SuperLaserSpool in our group for a couple of
>months now, and were unaware of any hangup with Word 3.01 ---
>works fine. [deleted]
>...the upgrade for SLS it mentioned 1) Multifinder
>compatibility and 2) Word 3.01 fix.

Yes, I just received an upgrade notice from SuperMac about
SuperSpool 5.0. I've used SuperSpool 4.0, and found several
problems concerning Word 3.01, especially if I quit the Word
program while printing process is going on. SuperMac claims that
version 5.0 has no problems with Word 3.01, so this could be a
good investment. Except for Multifinder and Word incompatibility,
(obviously two BIG problems), SuperSpool is a fine program to
recommend. It will be released on Feb. 15, so check it out.

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