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visual studio 2010 vb + printdocument1

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I have chosen my printer i want to print to.  It is a pdf creator.  You send to it and it comes out PDF.

I have a postscript document that I sent to the printer and it sits there with status of spooling.

Is there a command i need to send to printer to:  Below is the code I wrote.



Function myPrintDocument(ByVal myDocument As String)
        On Error Resume Next
        Me.PrintDocument1.DefaultPageSettings.PrinterSettings.PrinterName = "ScanSoft PDF Create!"
        Me.PrintDocument1.DefaultPageSettings.PrinterSettings.PrintFileName = myDocument
        Me.PrintDocument1.DefaultPageSettings.PrinterSettings.PrintToFile = True
        Me.PrintDocument1.Print()
    End Function

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by:Bob Learned
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The Print method should spool the job to the printer, and the PDF creator should handle writing to the file, so I don't believe that you need PrintToFile = True.
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it stays in spool status.  any idea?  wont print.  its a pure postscript printed file that i want to push through to print through the pdf printer creator and it just sits there spooling.
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how can i take a postscript file and print it out?  I manually chose to print with the scan pdf creator and it did not take the postscript commands in the file and make a document with lines and forms and wording.
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by:Bob Learned
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If you have a Postscript file, and you need to print it with a printer that understand Postscript commands, then you can set the PrintToFile = True, and the PrintFileName.  I don't understand what the PDF Creator is for, unless you are trying to create a .pdf file from the Postscript file.
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now i get the print queue stuck in the printing state instead of spooling.
what should i do?
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Is there a problem with the Postscript file?  Can you print this file manually?
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what steps do you suggest for me to process this manually?

thank you.
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by:Bob Learned
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You should be able to open the .ps file in your browser, and print from there.
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i am not able to.  The .PS extension is not recognized.  I do not have anythiing other than MS office to open the file.  I do not have special tools, patches, updates that would assist to open this file.

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Try downloading, and installing Ghostscript, Ghostview:

Ghostscript, Ghostview and GSview
http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/

GSPRINT uses Ghostscript to print a .ps file to a Windows printer

GSPRINT - Ghostscript print to Windows printer
http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/gsview/gsprint.htm
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this helps with what i need to do.  I did not want to install anything extra, but i guess i have no choice.
Thank You.
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