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 Post subject: Redirection of Windows XP print output
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:42 pm 
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I have a CAD program which can print an output in the form of a 2D plot. I would like to send the print output to a file instead of the printer. (I assume this is a postscript file or similar page description language, although I am not sure.) I can't find any way to this, either in Windows Help, or in your U/R Windows 2nd ed book. My OS is Windows XP Pro with SP3. My printer is HP1018 Laser Jet with USB interface. Any suggestions?

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 Post subject: Re: Redirection of Windows XP print output
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:54 pm 
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Libreoffice can print as a *.pdf

Hope that helps, good to have on a PC anyway useful as backup to MS Office (If installed)

Libre office is the "new" name for OpenOffice, as most of the developers jumped ship from the Oracle company


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 Post subject: Re: Redirection of Windows XP print output
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 3:57 pm 
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Normally you would just check the "Print to file" option in the Print dialog box. But not all programs or printers support that option, printing the resulting .prn file can sometimes be problematic, and you can't easily view .prn files either. When I want to print to a file I use doPDF to direct the print output of any application to a PDF file, which can be stored, viewed, and later printed as desired. Scott.


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 Post subject: Re: Redirection of Windows XP print output
 Post Posted: Fri Dec 10, 2010 4:35 pm 
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Scott wrote:
...I use doPDF to direct the print output of any application to a PDF file, which can be stored, viewed, and later printed as desired. Scott.


Very good, thank you Scott :)

Maybe in next book you could release your DVD-ROM with your top 10-100 software titles, probably a lot of work with licensing etc but your readers know they can trust those tools.


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