Print to printer and simultaneously print to PDF file

Hello,

Can someone recommend a program or script that will enable printing to a physical printer while simultaneously printing to a PDF file without any or very little user intervention?

Thanks so much,
Mike
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Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network ManagerCommented:
1. What do you use to print to a PDF?
2. Are you printing to a locally attached printer or a network printer?



jumptohighAuthor Commented:
Hello pony,

I am printing to a network printer.  

We currently use CutePDF to print to a PDF file.  We are open to any program if this would help with automating the process.

Thanks  
jumptohighAuthor Commented:
The network printer is an HP 4015N
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Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network ManagerCommented:
The first part og the code was taken from:  http://www.experts-exchange.com/OS/Microsoft_Operating_Systems/MS_DOS/Q_23377498.html

You will need to use the proper printer share name for your printer in the first NET USE line and the actual location/name of your file.


@echo off

IF EXIST LPT1: NET USE LPT1: /DELETE
NET USE LPT1: \\USOWMAPP001\HPLASERJ
PRINT E:\JERRYCANYOUSEETHIS.TXT
NET USE LPT1: /DELETE

REM Added the following to print to CutePDF
REM CWP2 is the port CutePDF uses on my system

PRINT /D:CWP2 E:\YERRYCANYOUSEETHIS.TXT

EXIT

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jumptohighAuthor Commented:
Hi Pony,

I am sorry;  I didn't make my question clear enough. We are printing from a medical billing application.  When we print the bills from the application, we would also like them printed to a PDF file without any additional intervention.  Will the code above do this?

Thanks much,
Mike
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network ManagerCommented:
@jumptohigh

I don't think what I have offered will do what you want.  That code will print text based files. (I also see that I "fat fingered" line 11 with the filename)

Does your application have the ability to save as PDF? If so, then you can save the file and then print it otherwise you may need to converse with the maker of the application to see if they have a suggestion.
jumptohighAuthor Commented:
Hi pony,

Thanks so much for trying.  No, the app cannot save as a PDF. The makers of the application suggested to scan the printed bills back into the computer if we want to retain copies of mailed bills!  That is more than double work!

Mike
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network ManagerCommented:
Steven CarnahanAssistant Vice President\Network ManagerCommented:
You may also want to look at this:   http://lpr.brooksnet.com/broadcast-printing.html

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jumptohighAuthor Commented:
Thanks for your help and excellent links!
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