[suggestion] Print to Any Printer Even Without Driver

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[suggestion] Print to Any Printer Even Without Driver

Post by forart » Wed Aug 05, 2009 8:13 am

I discovered this interesting article about x64 printer drivers, that may be useful for ReactOS too.
It’s at that point that you discover that Windows doesn’t have a 64-bit driver for your printer. Worse yet, the manufacturer may not provide one, either!

What the heck are you supposed to do now?

Fortunately, there IS a way. And, strangely enough, you have Mac OS X to thank for this solution!
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The first step is to go load this lovely web page:

How to Use a Printer Attached to a Windows XP Computer in Mac OS X
EDIT: here's the RedMon - Redirection Port Monitor website (source code is included).

Hope that helps, or at least inspires !
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Re: [suggestion] Print to Any Printer Even Without Driver

Post by coldReactive » Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:32 pm

And if we don't have OSX (or even an OSX Capable computer), and can't print to printers because of this problem? What about through cygwin? How will GNOME apps benefit from this?

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Re: [suggestion] Print to Any Printer Even Without Driver

Post by forart » Wed Aug 05, 2009 6:08 pm

Overview
The RedMon port monitor redirects a special printer port to a program. RedMon is commonly used with Ghostscript and a non-PostScript printer to emulate a PostScript printer.

RedMon can be used with any program that accepts data on standard input.

Using RedMon you create a redirected printer port. If you connect a Windows printer driver to the redirected printer port, all data sent to the redirected port will be forwarded by RedMon to the standard input of a program. The output of this program can be sent to different printer port, or the program can generate whatever output it desires.

A PostScript Windows printer redirected to a RedMon port can shared on a network. When this printer is configured to use Ghostscript and a non-PostScript printer, it appears as a PostScript printer to other network clients.

RedMon can also be used with an lpr client to provide transparent access to printers on Unix hosts. This is useful under Windows 95/98. Windows NT already has an lpr port monitor so there is no point in using RedMon for this. Another alternative is to use RedMon with PrintGLN, an HPGL pen plotter emulator.

The RedMon online help is available in English, French, German, and Swedish.

If you use the Ghostscript mswinpr2 device with RedMon under Windows NT, please read these notes.


Availability
RedMon works under Windows 95/98, Windows NT 4.0, 2000 and XP.

RedMon version 1.7 can be downloaded from ftp://mirror.cs.wisc.edu/pub/mirrors/gh ... dmon17.zip. Translations (possibly incomplete) for German, French, and Swedish are also available. Source code is included. The RedMon licence requires that you include the source if you redistribute RedMon.

All user text is stored in language specific resources. Translating RedMon to another language should be straightforward. Contact the author if you want to translate RedMon into your language.
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EDIT: the license used is the Ghostscript PostScript one, the "ALADDIN FREE PUBLIC LICENCE (AFPL)" that has been judged not free in this page.
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