Using the Printer Interface

Types of Printing

Passthrough Printing using the Printer Definition File

The Printer Definition file contains ASCII control codes used to control several different ASCII printers directly, bypassing the Windows print driver.  The BlueZone Printer Emulators convert SCS printer control commands to the selected ASCII printer control codes.  This may be desirable when printing on pre-printed forms where the font size and style used is embedded in the printer.

If fast, draft mode printing on dot matrix printers is required, the fonts embedded in the target dot matrix printers must be used.  Dot matrix printers cannot print True Type fonts in draft mode.

If your printer is not listed in the Printer Definition File, select a model that is close.  Many printers emulate other printers, therefore, selecting an emulated model instead will work.

The existing Printer Definition File may be modified to add a new printer or edit an existing printer.  Refer to the documentation for your printer for the appropriate ASCII escape sequences.

When to Use
When Not to Use
Mandatory Emulator Settings

Settings required in the Print Setup property sheet (choose File:Print Setup from the MenuBar) necessary to properly configure the emulator for this feature.

  1. Go to the Passthrough tab, check the Send all Data Directly to the Printer checkbox.

  2. Also on the Passthrough tab, check the Use Printer Definition to Convert Formatting Commands to Printer Escapes checkbox.

  3. Also on the Passthrough tab, select a printer from the list box.  Choose one that is close, or create a custom printer definition.

  4. Select a target printer, the Use default Windows Printer check box, or Print to File.

Ignored Emulator Settings

Settings that are have no affect once the Mandatory Settings are made.

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Using the Spool File Information Utility