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How do students print from a MAC when on campus?

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Article SummaryThis article explains how to setup a college printer on an Apple computer.
This article is for students.

The easiest way to print is with the web print portal. You don't need to install any software, and you print from your web browser. For more on this, see How do I print using web printing at the college?

CAUTION! Do not print password protected PDFs to the web print portal. Your document will not print, and it will slow down the queue for everyone else. Please print password protected files using the method explained below.

If you want to print from an application, you can print to a Find Me printer where you tap your ID card to release your print job or a direct printer usually located in classrooms.

Note: You must be connected to the college network or VPN for the installation to be successful. 

To install PaperCut and printer queues on your Mac

  1. Download the installation file

Please click:
  • here to download the installation file for the WOODROFFE printer files installer
  • here to download the installation file for the PEMBROKE printer files installer
Note: If a window pops up with a list of your print jobs, you already have PaperCut installed and can skip to printing for the first time.
  1. Open the installer and run the installation file

  • Find the downloaded DMG file you downloaded in step 1 (shown as 1 on the image below) and double-click it to mount the installer file.
  • Double-click on the Install FIRST.pkg file (shown as 2 on the image below) to begin the installation.
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  • When the installer runs, you will need to select Continue.
  • Then you will be prompted to enter your local computer username and password. These are your Algonquin College network account credentials.
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  1. Refer back to the installer dmg and run the Student Printers Woodroffe installer

  • Run the second installer to install the printers. The name will differ if you are at Pembroke.
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  1. When the installer is run you need to enter your local computer username and password

  • Enter your local computer username and password when prompted.
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  1. Choose from the list of printers you want to install

  • Checkmark the printers that you would like to install and press ok. Please note this menu will differ for Pembroke.
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  1. The installer is now installing the necessary files

  • The installer will install the printers that you choose from the list.
  • It will also install PaperCut into your applications folder and create a login item so that PaperCut will start each time you login.
  • Please note the names for the printers for Pembroke will differ slightly.
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  1. After the installation is finished Papercut runs and asks for your college login

  • Once PaperCut is run, it will prompt for your college username and password.
  • Choose Remember my identity as shown below.
  • If for some reason it does not run, please look for in your Applications folder
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  1. When you print for the first time you will be prompted for your college username and password

  • The first time you print a document make sure you select the correct printer in the print dialog box.
  • You will then be asked to enter your college username and password (Example username woodroffe\smit0123).
  • Click Remember this password in my keychain.
  • Once the print has left the printer queue you can go to the printer and collect your job.
  • If the printer has a card reader you will have to first tap your student card or login with your college username and password at the printer to release the print job
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