I just got a printer for Castle Borepatch. The Queen Of The World started a new job and will be doing some working from home, and our old printers were, well, old, slow, and drank lots of expensive ink. And so we got a nifty new color laser printer.
Alas, that's where my problems started. When I changed jobs last fall I chose - no doubt in a fit of curiosity or whimsey - a Mac instead of a Windows laptop. And while the Mac sees the printer over the WiFi, and while the print queue says that everything is happy happy, it won't actually print.
It appears that the print jobs are being sent to the queue as PDF, and from there are going to /dev/null (they sure as heck aren't going to the printer). The little pull down that says "PDF" below has all sorts of PDF options, but nothing else - and there doesn't seem to be any option along the lines of "Screw PDF, just print the dang thing".
Any thoughts, Oh Mac gurus? I did have to pull down the newest driver from support.brother.com, but the laptop found the printer just fine via bonjour.
Of course, the Queen Of The World is printing up a storm from her Windows laptop. And reminding me that technology choices maybe shouldn't be made from whimsey. Oh bother.
UPDATE 10 June 2016 15:15: Success! It turns out that configuring the WiFi from the printer's front panel doesn't enable AirPrint, which is what the Mac was looking for. When I downloaded Brother's WiFi setup utility and ran it to set up the WiFi on the printer, it suddenly showed up in the Add Printer selections. It supposedly will let me print from the phones, too.
So the lesson is that Apple has "Insanely great" but pretty obscure ways of doing basic stuff (like wireless printing).