In This Chapter
Adding a local printer
Adding a non-USB printer
Managing print jobs
Sending and receiving faxes
Setting up a shared printer
Of all the improvements made in Mac OS X over Mac OS 9, one of the most important is the simplified printing process — no Chooser, no strange printer ports ...just a heap of Universal Serial Bus (USB) and network and Bluetooth printing goodness. As I discuss in Book II, Chapter 3, if your USB printer is recognized by Snow Leopard, you can print within seconds of plugging it in, with no muss or fuss. A USB printer is connected physically to your MacBook, but you can also send print jobs over the network to a network printer or even to a wireless printer. (Unfortunately, if that network printer is in another room, you do have to get out of your comfortable chair to retrieve your printed document ...not even Snow Leopard is that powerful.)
But what if you want to send documents to a printer over TCP/IP (Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol)? To take care of tasks like that, you need to dig a little further — and I do so in this chapter. You also discover here how to use the features of the System Preferences Print & Fax pane and how to juggle print jobs like a circus performer.
The Printer Browser runs automatically whenever it's needed by Snow Leopard, but you can always summon it at any time by clicking the plus sign (or Add) button on the Print & Fax pane within System Preferences. ...