knowing if a printer is connected

BNig niggemann at
Thu Nov 19 13:40:32 CST 2009


tell application "Printer Setup Utility"
	set Current_Printer to name of current printer --> set a variable for the
name of your current/default printer
end tell

this applescript tells me the currently selected printer on MacOSX 10.5.8


Peter Brigham MD wrote:
> I have a stack system that is being used on laptops (at this point Mac  
> OSX only). One of my beta testers uses it in three different  
> locations. Among many other things, the stack prints out notes and  
> various other text files from within Rev (running in IDE on RevMedia  
> 4.0 -- eventually I'll get to porting it as a standalone). As it  
> stands now, the user needs to select the currently available printer  
> using the system preferences. I need a way to discover if the printer  
> designated as active in the system preferences is actually the one  
> that is plugged into the USB port. I have a way for the user to change  
> the printer from within the stack, but I'd like to avoid the situation  
> where he tries to print something and gets the bobbing printer driver  
> icon in the dock telling him that that printer is unavailable (because  
> he's at a different site and forgot to change his printer designation).
> The ideal solution would be to be able to detect the currently  
> connected printer and send any print job automatically  to that  
> printer, but I'd settle for just being able to post an alert when  
> trying to print to notify him that he is about to use an unavailable  
> printer. How do I detect what printer is connected? Or at least,  
> detect if a designated printer is connected or not?
> -- Peter
> Peter M. Brigham
> pmbrig at

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