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Similar to any other computer hardware the printer also requires device drivers so that it interacts with the computer. These printer drivers let your operating system know the type of printer you are using and also ways to control the printer. The print processor or the printer driver is basically a piece of software which converts the required data to be printed to a specific form in the printer driver. The key purpose of these printer drivers is to let applications do the printing task without being aware about the technical details in every printer model. It is important you don’t confuse printer drivers with print spoolers as they just queue the print jobs and send them to be printed in sequence.

UNIX Computers and other computers that use these common UNIX operating systems like the Mac operating system X, the printer drivers are generally implemented as filters. They are generally named as front end for the printing system, whereas the printer spoolers in these printers make up the back end. The backends are also used to find out the available devices. During start-up every backend is asked for their list of devices they support and also the available information about them.

There is actually no system with printer drivers for MS-DOS operating system, as every application is packed with their own printer drivers and they were fundamentally descriptions of the printer commands. The printers are also provided with their own drivers for several popular applications. However, initially the application also applications required tools to edit the printer description and in such case there were no ready drivers. During the days when MS-DOS operating system was largely used, most of the printers had emulation modes for IBM Proprinter and Epson FX80 commands. This seemed that these printers also worked well with Windows 3.0 and this was also very common among gnomephones.

In Windows operating system, printer drivers generally make use of XPS or GDI programs. These programs further use the same standards of API to draw pictures and text on both the paper and the screen. Printers that natively use GDI are generally known as Winprinters and they are considered to be incompatible with other operating systems. However the API of Win32 also lets applications to send data right to the spooler while sidestepping the printer drivers, but only a few applications can actually use this program option.

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