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Printing PostScript files to a line printer

Posted on 1998-09-09
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OK, I'm not trying to do this personally, but I'm being badgered by someone who is...  User has a PostScript file of what is actually a pretty simple report (straight text, no graphics) and they want to print it out, under VMS, to a line printer.

PostScript printer not available (unless anyone knows of a PS line printer :-).  Likewise, a plain text version of this report is also not available (due to a combination of limitations in the way the report writing software exports data and the fact that the MS Generic Text driver doesn't support Landscape mode).

I know it's not trivial to convert PS to text, so I'm guessing that the most likely answer to this is going to be "can't do it".  If someone *does* know how to, I'll bump up the points appropriately...

Alternatively, does anyone know of a generic text only Windows printer driver that supports Landscape?  An answer to either question will solve the problem...
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Postscript printing requires a *smart* printer that understands Postscript formatting codes. Period. No options. It doesn't matter if the *content* is straight ASCII, it's still rolled in a Postscript wrapper and will *NOT* print on lineprinter.

Instead of trying to turn the page to LANDSCAPE, just diddle with the page dimensions and make the page 11" WIDE and only 8-1/2" high. This prints on a landscape page without requiring sending a "rotate to landscape" command.

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The bit about a PS line printer was a joke - hence the smiley.  My question was whether there was any way of taking a PS file and outputting it in plain text, with rudimentary formatting (we're talking tab seperated columns and rows here).

As I noted, I'm aware that it's not trivial to extract a text representation of a PS file, but it's not impossible.  I'll clarify my question: has anyone done this or come across it?

Using custom page dimensions is fine in theory - and was one of the first things tried - but  the software being used to generate the output doesn't like this and can't be pursuaded to generate correct output in that case.
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