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which program can open printer file?

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I use win95,and I have no printer. So I set my win95
printer,let it output a *.prn file on harddisk when
some program require printer sever.But I can't find a
program to open *.prn file. Please tell me,how can I
read the *.prn file.
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Question by:goodboy_syl
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by:afsoch
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Please install TTY printer, make it default and reselect output to file. Next time during printing, you will print in any *.prn file. Now this file in standart ASCII text.

Or you wish to save all formats?

Best regargs
afsoch
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by:demarb
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I have used just a plain text editor to read .prn files many times ie notepad, though as afsoch stated it may only work on ASCII output. I wasn't the one who output the files I read so I'm not sure how they output them.
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bam87 earned 200 total points
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you can open a dos command window and issue the following command:

copy <filename.prn> prn /b

note that /b is essetial for the printing to work.

Bam87

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by:afsoch
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bam87 remember us how to print *.prn file on printer, but....
if I understand, goodboy_syl don't have prn at all ;)
And what driver will be usefull?

Sorry, installing driver for any printer, othen then TTY, will add Esc-commands in *.prn for selected printer, that's why they will be impossible to read on screen.
Install same drivers for some main for you printers and - good luck - print from this drivers to *.prn file. After that, you may print them on the other PC as bamb87 advised.

I think the best alternative is to read this original (non-prn) files on you comp and then save in other format.


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by:afsoch
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Last note...
ESC-commands for different printers are very difference...

I don't Know any progroram to read any *.prn file.

Thanks
afsoch
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