printing over the network between OSX and 9.2

I had an idea this morning, but I’m not sure whether it will work.

I’ve searched the BBS and can’t find a mention of it, but it seemed as if it all should work [from my ignorant point of view at least]

I have a machine running 9.2 with an appletalk printer

I have another machine running 10.4

both are connected via ethernet

What I thought I could do was have a folder action running on the 9.2 machine that took the contents of the folder, printed one copy, then deleted the file

I want to use the drop folder to put PDF files into from the OSX machine

Is this possible? [I understand it’s a bit convoluted, but it might be easier than finding a jetdirect card for the older appletalk printer]

I’m happy enough to cobble the applescript together myself, but it seemed such an obvious idea there should be something pre-existing out there, but google searchs have proved me wrong on this [unless I’m also inept in searching for this solution]

thanks in advance


originally posted in the quieter areas of the Mac OS section, but now here [it does have some pertinence too here I guess]

It certainly seems feasible. You would write an OS 9 AS folder action and stick it on a folder in that machine that was shared. You can certainly share files between an OS 9 and an OS X machine (but my OS 9 machine just died about a month ago so I can’t test anything now) because I used to do it to back up the “9” machine through my “X” machine to a Firewire disk. Then you’d drop stuff in that folder from your X machine and provided you had the appropriate software there to print it, you could.

My own solution was simpler: I abandoned my old 4 ppm Apple Personal Laserwriter and bought a low end USB HP laser printer.

hi nine,

you could certainly do this in AppleScript, but i wonder if this:

might serve you better.


Adam, thanks, I’ll follow up on getting the finder to print one [file]

Waltr, thanks a bunch for the link, I’ll follow that through, but it looks exactly like the thing I need.

I appreciate your input fellas