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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 > test.min
            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 one...).


       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

       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 sniffing...)

       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

       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 problems.

       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 (