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Printing text files/Generic Text driver

By andrewknapp ·
We have a problem printing text files through windows. We are using the Generic Text print driver as we are printing mainly to dot matrix printers. Other print drivers we have found will print in graphical mode which is too slow. Our application formats the files with the necessary paging/line feeds which are stored into text files. We just want to send the file to the printer without windows trying to format the file itself. The Generic text print driver keeps changing the file, which is a problem when trying to fit to printed stationery. We don't want to use DOS as we want the user to use the print dialog to state which printer to send the print to and we also want to print to laser/inkjet printers which will require Windows to format the file.

Any suggestions on other drivers other than Generic Text. Will the solution also work on NT?

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by OverClocker In reply to Printing text files/Gener ...

Laser and Inkjet printers have an option under printer properties to turn off graphics support. I would download the latest drivers for your printers and try those. My experience with generic drivers is that they offer minimal functionality. Also, you could contact the printer manufacturer - They should know.

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by andrewknapp In reply to Printing text files/Gener ...

I don't have a problem with laser or inkjet printers. We require windows to format using printer settings for fonts and landscape. These are normal report printers. The problem is only on dot matrix printers where we want to print text only usually onto pre-printed stationery or fan-fold labels.

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by mpdcsup In reply to Printing text files/Gener ...

Print drivers do not change files. And, they only modify the output stream when instructed to do so. What *application* are you using to print these text files? Have you tried Notepad? If so, what results are you getting that you are displeased with?

Why can't you use DOS and find another way for the user to specify the printer destination? Windows doesn't require any special or device-dependent drivers to send plain-text to a printer -- you neither have (nor want) use of any of the special functions or formatting supplied by the printer.

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by andrewknapp In reply to Printing text files/Gener ...

I know the driver doesn't change the output file. The problem with the Generic Text print driver, is it occasionally doesn't output lines feeds which are in the text file even though the paper has been set to the correct size on the driver and it isset to continuous with no page breaks.

The problem with using DOS to send files to the printer is we want most prints to go through windows to laser and inkjet printers which will require windows to format the font size and to change to landscape. Some large reports and prints onto pre-printed stationery do not require windows formatting as these are on dot matrix printers.

To have two different methods of sending prints to printers will be hard to manage from our application and from the users point of view.

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by andrewknapp In reply to Printing text files/Gener ...

Point value changed by question poster.

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by hicksdustin In reply to Printing text files/Gener ...

Have you tried setting up separate printers?
i.e. one printer is the dot matrix with its driver, another is the inkjet with its driver, and the third is the laser with its driver. to print select File>print. when the print dialog box opens, use the printer dropdown box to select the printer the user wants. This should work both for Win9x and NT.

Good luck,
Dusty

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by andrewknapp In reply to Printing text files/Gener ...

The problem isn't that we cannot select different printer drivers for different types of printers, we do. The problem is with the Generic text print driver with dot matrix printers where we want to print in character mode. It doesn't behave itself(See first message) and we cannot see any other driver which prints in character mode or a way to print through windows without windows changing the output.

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by expertpc In reply to Printing text files/Gener ...

Try JCWELD with the -ADD_TO_MY POINTS Variable

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by andrewknapp In reply to Printing text files/Gener ...

What does that mean?

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by expertpc In reply to Printing text files/Gener ...

Try JCWELD with the -ADD_TO_MY POINTS Variable

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