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Print from an application to a file that can be opened in a more common application

Last Modified: 2010-04-12
Using WinXP Pro SP2 and a specialize peice of alignment software for aligning tires on a vehicle.  Right now when our technician is done he must print the measurements from the software and give the paper to our service tech.  The service tech then scans the paper and then can email that paper to wherever it needs to go.  I want to eliminate the scanning.  I would like to allow the tech to hit print and  everything that was to be printed on the paper be "printed" to this file.  I'm not sure if the file would be .pdf or a .bmp or .jpg or what.  
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Another good free PDF writer is PDF995. See


If you only want to see the text of the print (i.e. no graphics or pictures), use the Generic/Text Only driver that ships with Windows. Install it from the Add Printer wizard, and for the port select "File". That way you'll be asked for a file name to print to.

In my opinion, pdf995 does not play in the same league as PrimoPDF. With PrimoPDF you get software from a company that has a name in the PDF world (ActivePDF), with pdf995 you get a piece of shareware without support. Don't bother with anything but professionally supported software.
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