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How Do I Set My Apple Laptop to Print to the MCAD Public Printers?

(If you received your computer from MCAD or recently had it re-imaged by the Help Desk, all MCAD public printers should already be set up.)

Note: MCAD only supports printing for current students, faculty, and staff running OS X 10.10 ("Yosemite") and OS X 10.11 ("El Capitan").

Does the Home Directory name on your laptop (the little house icon) correspond to your MCAD Login username? (i.e., "jsmith")

-If YES, proceed to Section 1.

-If NO, and your laptop Home Directory name is something other than your MCAD Login username (i.e., "joesmith" or "happydude742"), proceed to Section 2.

Section 1

Before doing anything else, it is a good idea to remove any "old" MCAD printers you may have installed.

  • Open System Preferences.
  • Go to Print & Fax.
  • In the printer list, select any MCAD printers and click on the "-" button in the lower left-hand corner to delete them.

Then all you have to do is download this application (MCAD Printer Setup Utility).

Once the file has downloaded, it should automatically appear on your desktop as a printer icon. If it doesn't, you may have to double click it to open the disk image.

-Double-click/run the MCAD Printer Setup Utility app. Check off the printers you want installed and click OK.

-If you checked either of the Konica printers or the SB Canon, installers for those printers will open. Click through the steps to run those installers.

-Quit the Setup Utility. The printers will now show up in your Print & Scan System Preferences panel and all printer dialog boxes.

Note: you need to control-click on this app, then select 'open' to bypass the default security settings (which is fine).

You are done!

 

Section 2

Before doing anything else, it is a good idea to remove any "old" MCAD printers you may have installed.

  • Open System Preferences.
  • Go to Print & Fax.
  • In the printer list, select any MCAD printers and click on the "-" button in the lower left-hand corner to delete them.

Then, because your laptop username does *not* correspond to your MCAD Login username, you will need to download the CLIENT REQUIRED version of the MCAD Printer Setup Utility here.

Once the file has downloaded, it should automatically appear on your desktop as a printer icon. If it doesn't, you may have to double click it to open the disk image.

-Double-click/run the MCAD Printer Setup Utility app. Check off the printers you want installed and click OK.

-If you checked either of the Konica printers or the SB Canon, installers for those printers will open. Click through the steps to run those installers.

-If you do not already have the PaperCut Client app (PCClient.app) installed, the Utility should automatically drop it into your Applications folder.

-Quit the Setup Utility. The printers will now show up in your Print & Scan System Preferences panel and all printer dialog boxes.

Note: you need to control-click on this app, then select 'open' to bypass the default security settings (which is fine).

If prompted, log in with your MCAD Login

Make a test print. The first time you print you will be prompted to log in if you weren't before.

Before you click OK, we suggest you set the "Remember" option to "Until I Logout" so you're not constantly prompted to enter your MCAD Login.

Once you click OK, your file will be sent.

The PCClient app/window will stay open with a small window showing you your current account balance. It's fine if you want to collapse the window into your dock to get it out of the way. If you click on the "Details..." link, you will be brought to your printing account at print.mcad.edu.

You are done!

(Might we suggest, as a final step, that you add the PCClient.app to your Login Items menu? This will ensure that whenever you login/logout of your computer or restart it, the PCClient.app will launch automatically. To do this open System Preferences, click on the Accounts panel, click on your account, then click on the "Login Items" button to the right. Simply drag the PCClient.app icon onto the Login Items list and you're done!)

**NOTE THAT IF YOU QUIT OUT OF THE PAPERCUT CLIENT YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO PRINT**

(If you forget and accidentally quit out of the client, or forget to launch it, and you try to print a document, it will look like your file printed, but it won't show up in your release queue. Just remember that if you have a non-standard Home Directory on your laptop this will always be your first step in troubleshooting printing errors.)

 

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