SUMMARY - Printer Sharing between Sun and Apple MAC hardware

From: Eric Falen (ref@Esy.COM)
Date: Fri Jul 23 1993 - 09:31:24 CDT

I would like to thank all those that took the time and effort to respond to my recent request for information about printer sharing between Sun and MAC systems.

We currently use TOPS to share the Apple laserwriter printers with sun users, using the TOPS ascii conversion. TOPS will also pass postscript formatted documents without any reformatting. As SUN (aka SITKA ) announced no more upgrades for TOPS I can expect their support level to "assume the position" soon. We use both transcript and NewSprint to format files for printing. My concern was to be able for MAC users to send postscript formatted data from graphic packages to our Versatec large format co

By far the most frequently refered item was CAP

CAP (Columbia Appletalk Protocol) is a Public Domain product
CAP can be obtained by anonymous FTP from

rutgers.EDU src/{cap60.tar.Z,cap60.patches/*}
munnari.OZ.AU mac/{cap60.tar.Z,cap.patches/*}
gatekeeper.DEC.COM pub/net/appletalk/cap/{cap60.tar.Z,cap.patches/*} net/cap/{cap60.tar.Z,cap60.patches/*.Z}
src.doc.ic.AC.UK mac/multigate/{cap60.tar.Z,cap.patches/*}

another entry was netatalk

version 1.2.1 which is available via anonymous ftp from in /unix/netatalk

netatalk is an implementation of the AppleTalk Protocol Suite for
BSD-derived systems. The current release contains support for
EtherTalk Phase I, DDP, RTMP, NBP, ZIP, AEP, ATP, PAP, ASP, and AFP.
a mailing list to announce new releases and to answer
general questions: To join the list,
send mail to

There are commercial products

1. uShare Print Spooler from IPT.
   (805) 541-3000
   Partner from IPT
   IPT San Luis Obispo Ca 805 541-3000
   Ask for Gene Girrard

2. Net/Print (or something like that) from InterCon Systems Corp. or
   (703) 709-9890 (Voice)
   Intercon TCP/Connect II - Ian Brown 703-709-9890
   703-709-9890 or
   InterPrint InterCon Systems Corp - (703) 709-5500
   InterCon (; sales: -- tell them
    Eric William Burger -- sent you
   It's about $150-$200.

3. Helios called "Ether Share"
    SLIC card from HELIOS
    single slot S-BUS board which is the interface to the Appletalk
    ( PhoneTalk ) net
    HELIOS terminal ( SW shiped with the board ) gives a UNIX-login
    session on the MAC-screen

4. GatorBox by Cayman Systems or FastPath

5. Xinet has a product called K-Spool ( no additional information although this
     was rumoured to be a good product but costly )

additional information may be available (like sun-managers)

The following folks contributed directly/indirectly to this summary (Birger A. Wathne)
Maurizio Codogno <mau@beatles.CSELT.STET.IT>
Jon Piesing <>
Roland Hamblin EOS <>
Patrick McAndrew <> (SUN-Managers - LSI Logic - Munich)
Pat Cain (Denver) <pjc@denver.ssds.COM> (Robert M. Kuhn)
yves@BComeau.Hydro.Qc.CA (Yves Morin) (Ted Whitely)
Anthony Baxter <> (Russ Bebb) (Maria A. Barnum)
"David J. Brewer" <> (Emmanuel M. Paul) (Eric Burger)
William Devine II <>
Wei-Yeh Lee <> (Doug Jones)
Mike Raffety <>
Heas <> (Robert Freeman)
Matt Goheen <> (Morry Katz) (Glenn Satchell - Uniq Professional Services) (John Justin Hough)
Rick Fincher <>
amgen!usops!spomush@uunet.UU.NET (Steve Pomush)
Ted Rodriguez-Bell <ted@ssl.Berkeley.EDU>
"Richard J. Niziak" <>

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