Print from DOS to ANY windows device!
Email directly from DOS !
This page is largely obsolete as in most circumstances DOS Printer can automatically capture lpt1: printer jobs. It does this by installing a special "DOS Capture" printer which it can communicate with.
Unfortunately the generic printer driver in windows xp and windows 2000 sometimes strips out escape codes - so printing to a file may still work best under these operating systems. However, if it's just plain text, this method will work fine. It should work for most systems though - try the demo and see!
On windows 98 systems, DOS Printer is unable to access the printer queue. On these systems DOS Printer creates a special desktop shortcut which configures the freeware prn2file.com program to work with DOS Printer and then runs your DOS Program.
All you have to do is tick a button - here is a screenshot ...
DOS Printer can attempt to intercept jobs being sent to LPT1: from DOS Programs.
It does this by installing a "DOS Capture" printer driver which it can communicate with to "grab" jobs from the queue and turn then into text files.
This will not work on All systems. For example If you have DOS Programs that print Images, if you have a real printer attached to lpt1, if DOS Printer is unable to install the required printer or make the required registry changes due to some security or operating system issue. If this does not work you have 2 options:
What if your DOS program cannot print to the file:
There are 2 steps ...
The exact steps will very depending on what operating system you are using. The principles involved are explained here.
1. Create a new printer which prints to a file
2. Capture lpt1: (or lpt2:) output and redirect it to that printer
3. You can print from your DOS Program now ! Your printing will be directed to the file you specified. Set DOS Printer to monitor for that file and you should be ok !
(c) dsb 2002