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Printing directly to a printer

I am using Delphi3.02. Is there a way to print directly to the printer? I need to print individual mailing labels to an epson printer (4013 labels) and qreport doesn't seem to cut it.
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jfreisen
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viktornetCommented:
What do you need to print directly to the prinet??? Simple text, bitmap, other images???

Vik
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philipleighsCommented:
Hi,

You should avoid printing to the printer directly. Let your epson printer driver do this for you.

You don't have to use quick reports though.

Consider using the Canvas property of the Printer object to do your drawing.
Something like this:

Printer.BeginDoc;
Printer.Canvas.TextOut(100, 100, "Some text");
Printer.EndDoc;

You can get the width of the page (in pixels) using the Printer.Width property. Change the font using Printer.Font (or Printer.Canvas.Font, I forget which one).

You'll be in for more work than using quick report though.
Why is it that quick report doesn't do that you need?

Phil.

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Answers2000Commented:
OpenPrinter, WritePrinter, ClosePrinter APIs let you send data directly to a printer.

You can call these form Delphi.

You are then responsible for sending all escape codes, etc.
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jfreisenAuthor Commented:
I have a program that prints one to two labels at a time to an Epson printer(4013 labels). I have not been able to get it to work with Qreport2.0k so that it prints 1-2 labels and does not do a form feed. I am using Nt and 95 and setting up the printers are a little bit different(custom paper size, Form feeds, ect).
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