January 20, 2005

How to make Quark 6.5 see your PPD for an Epson Stylus 3000 in Mac OS X

Quark keeps on coming up with new ways to piss me off. And I don't even use it. Well, suffice it to say that having Quark running nicely is essential for the happy function of my household. Nobody can live with a homicidal designer for long.

Despite having a properly installed and well functioning Epson Stylus 3000 working, Quark seems to think it doesn't have what it needs to actually use it. And even if you figure out what it needs, and put it where it looks like it should go, Quark refuses to recognize it. Most of this is really related to Quark's silly spurious error messages. The printer works, but Quark keeps spitting out messages about not having the proper PPD installed. Go figure.

What Quark keeps asking for is a PPD for the Epson. There seems to be one lying around from an old installation of OS 9 that looks like it's supposed to go into your home directory in
~/Library/Preferences/Quark/QuarkXPress\ 6.0/PPD/
But if you just put it in there, Quark pretends it can't see it. Sort of like a naughty kid.

After a great deal of mucking about, I figured out that Quark actually gets its PPDs from:
This seems to be in the root Library, not your home Library, but either might work. The funny thing about the contents of this folder, is that everything in it is g-zipped. Quark seems to look at the folder when it boots up, and unzips anything it doesn't already have. But it completely ignores anything that's not g-zipped. So what you have to do is g-zip the PPD, and stick it in there, and it seems to work! At least it shows up in Quark.

Why this has to be so damn difficult is one question, and why Epson and Quark do such a good job covering up an answer is another. But in the battle for overall evil, I think Quark wins hands down. Least value for the money and by far the worst tech support. But Epson is sure working hard to catch up.

You can save the following as a plain text file named "EPSON StylusCOLOR3000 v2015.802" and turn it into a ".gz" file with Stuffit or right from the command line.
gzip EPSON\ StylusCOLOR3000\ v2015.802

Or you could just download the one below.

This does appear to be copyrighted, but it sure seems like fair use to me. Epson makes it ridiculously difficult to get this file, seeing as how you need one of their printers to use it. And you need the file to make your printer work. So if you want to be totally legit, you can download it from ftp://ftp.epson.com/drivers/MSC3K56DE.SEA.hqx, unstuff it, launch Classic, install it (it nicely quits all your running applications in both OS X and Classic, presumably so it won't simply crash everything), and then copy the file where you want -- once you actually figure out where the heck it went!

It sorta seems like they just want to make it hard to use their old printers so you'll buy a new one. Fat chance, when they treat customers like this. And from what I've heard, they've started using other idiotic schemes to piss me off when I do upgrade.

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More printer stupidity

And even more Posted by Hal Eckhart at January 20, 2005 10:04 AM | TrackBack

Thank You..Thank You..Thank You..Thank You..Thank You..
For This article.

You Are A Genius! It worked.

After a great deal of mucking about, I figured out that Quark actually gets its PPDs from:
This seems to be in the root Library, not your home Library......

It's True.

Posted by: Jose Turcios at August 26, 2005 08:54 PM

Aw shucks. It's nice to know my raving helped somebody.

Posted by: Hal at August 26, 2005 09:51 PM

I spent a couple hours today trying to make the print utility add the epson 3000 downloaded driver I got from epson that is supposed to work on OSX 10.4.1, but can't find it to add it to the printer utility. No success. Will what you suggested solve this problem of not having the printer added to the printer utility list? hate to add to your mental burdens but hate to sell the epson and have to get another.
Carol Swann

Posted by: Carol Swann at May 31, 2010 07:30 PM

Hi Carol,
It's been a very long time since we had a 3000, but the answer is "I think so". It looks to me like you can put a PPD or a .gz file into the proper folder.

To simplify my instructions, just go to the finder and type Cmd-shift-g and paste this:
and hit enter. Then drag your driver into that folder (if it's not already there).

If that doesn't work, try the file I posted. It still seems to be there. I don't think it's really necessary to gzip the file though.

I don't have any way to test this, so Good Luck!

Posted by: at May 31, 2010 09:49 PM
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