Sometimes when I'm working on my laptop, I want to queue up a few documents to print later, since I'm not connected to a printer at the time.
However, actual printer queues are not designed for this; they immediately try to print the document, and all suddenly start printing as soon as I get on the network, which is not generally what I want to do. Moreover, sometimes I want to change the order of documents in the queue, which is not very easy, particularly once some of them have started printing.
Also, sometimes printing fails because e.g. the printer runs out of paper or toner, and I want to re-print the document to a different printer. This is not straightforward with e.g.
system-config-printer; I generally have to go back, re-open the PDF reader, and start over again. None of the PDF readers I know let you keep a list of documents to print later, but this might be a hidden feature of a PDF reader somewhere that I don't know about.
Anyway, here's what I want to be able to do:
- Specify a list of PDFs I want to print.
- Keep that list on disk so that I can close the application or reboot without losing the entire list.
- Specify the printer(s) I want to send them to in advance without being actually connected to those printers at the time.
- Specify printing options like color, duplex, and number of copies.
- Change those printer assignments and print options later.
- Wait until I press a button or run a command to actually print the document(s).
- Keep a separate list of documents that have already been printed, in case the printing doesn't work or I want to reprint them later.
I know I could hack something together with a shell script,
lpr, and a list of paths in a text file, but I can't help feeling that this problem has already been solved in a more robust and elegant way.
- Don't require that the documents be open in a PDF reader. I want to print them, not browse them, and there's no reason they have to be the same application.
- More than one list.
- Also work for Postscript, DjVu, and other page-description formats.
- Drag and drop from file managers.