Type 4 printer drivers are recommended when printing from eVo

[su_note note_color=”#acf596″]When printing directly from eVo, if possible a Type 4 printer driver should be used.[/su_note]

This is because eVo uses Type 4 (XPS) printing, so if a matching printer driver is used then no format conversion is required and that avoids any potential problems and saves time. It is possible to print to a Type 3 (GDI/EMF) printer driver directly from eVo, and Windows will automatically convert the output into GDI format so this will normally work, but it will take slightly longer to print due to the time taken for the conversion. Also on rare occasions it has been found that the conversion routine (which is built into the Windows printing system) can fail to work correctly, resulting in corrupted output being sent to the printer. This may prevent the print job being printed at all, possibly with an error being reported, or it may be printed but with the content not as intended. Switching to a Type 4 driver avoids this problem.

To determine the type of an installed driver, go to “Devices and Printers” in Control Panel, select any printer, then click on “Print server properties”. In the dialog which pops up, select the “Drivers” tab and all the installed printer drivers are listed along with the type of each one. Unfortunately, many printer driver downloads and installers don’t seem to mention which type of driver they going to install, so you may need to install a driver first in order to then look in that dialogue and find out which type it was. A driver is likely to be Type 3 if there is any mention of either that type, or GDI, or EMF. It’s likely to be Type 4 if there is any mention of XPS, WPF, or print tickets.