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In a school eviroment a student is wanting to print a document or web content to a networked printer. Is it possible to have a que of some sort that will first gather all the print jobs. Then having the ability for a teacher to be able to view the content of the pending document for release finally to the network printer. Is anything of this sort that exist?????If anyone has any idea how to work this in an win2000 server, Active directory with group policy enforced please help!!!!
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If you use a PostScript printer, have the students print to file (OK, even the spool file will do). Then the teacher can open the print file with GhostScript to look at it, and print it. GhostScript only works with PostScript though, so that is why it has to be a PostScript printer. GhostScript is free and can be downloaded from many sites, including
http://www.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/

If you're only printing web pages, email the teacher the url, so the teacher can view and print it.
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Just realised there are some viewers for PCL (the HP printer language) files as well, These will let you do the same for PCL as GhostScript does for PostScript. Try this link:

http://www.visual.co.uk/viewer.html

And, in case I did not make it clear, these programs will read the spool (.SPL) file as long as the teacher has administrator priviliges. To stop the spool files from being printed immediately, just Pause the printer. Then after the teacher has viewed them (and deleted as necessary), restart the queue and the remaining jobs will print.

It does sound like a horrible job for a teacher though...
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