Custom Print Dialog

stephen barncard stephenREVOLUTION2 at
Tue Jan 11 00:02:16 EST 2011

Quicken has these issues too  - no custom dialog box for writing checks
except one that opens before to the Print dialog that asks for the starting
number and the app decides how many copies are needed.  I've never changed
the "number of copies" field when using Quicken, but I imagine printing
dupicates of checks with wrong numbers would be bad so I don't do it.
Quicken is a pretty popular app. My take is don't worry about it. You
certainly won't be violating HUI 'standards' whaever they are. Perhaps we
all should give users the benefit of the doubt - can't hand-hold everything,
or provide for every eventuality. Print handlers are complex and best left
to the system way. It would be more of a HUI mistake to make your own dialog
that may throw the user.

MacOS does allow for a special pane for the application - like used in
Safari - and might be something that could be set up with an external.

On 9 January 2011 16:03, Marty Knapp <martyknapp at> wrote:

> Has anyone rolled their own print dialog for Mac? I'm working on an app
> that I hope to get into the Mac App Store and am concerned about violating
> the HIG. Currently my users have a choice of how many cards to print per
> page, along with a few other options that need to be set before I call for
> the print dialog. I have to inform the user not to change the quantity in
> the subsequent standard mac print dialog, as that will potentially print
> multiple copies of a multi-card page, which might confuse people.
> But looking at the dictionary, it doesn't look like there are too many
> options when making you own print dialog. For instance, if you're printing
> to an ink jet printer, I see the only color option is on or off - no control
> over the type of paper (plain, high-gloss, etc). As my printers here don't
> have multiple paper trays, I can't tell if that shows up in printerFeatures.
> Any advice for me?
> Thank you,
> Marty Knapp
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Stephen Barncard
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