Simulate a text printer

Hello Experts,
I have some legacy software that use zebra printers connected as TEXT PRINTERS.
How do I simulate a text printer on my computer ?
we need to test the legacy software in order to develop a vb versión
but we dont want to buy a zebra printer only for thar purpose.
Regards,
RGuillermoProject ManagerAsked:
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carlmdCommented:
Have you tried creating a printer and set it to print to a file?

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/print-to-file#1TC=windows-7
DansDadUKCommented:
If you change the port associated with your printer instance to FILE: then all output will go to a (nominated) file.
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Windows still supports a "generic" text only printer, so you can just add that, and send it's output to a file.  A decent step by step of this at the link below, although it will vary slightly from version to version of Windows.

Once you do this, try a test with Notepad and print a small set of data to that printer.  It should prompt you for a file name when you print it, and you can then view the file to see the output.

http://www.kbytes.co.uk/Articles.asp?articleid=58

~bp
Bill PrewIT / Software Engineering ConsultantCommented:
Once you get the output in a file, it should be in ZPL format (Zebra Programming Language).  There aren't a lot of great ZPL emulators out there that can show you a graphical representation of the ZPL on the screen, but here are a couple that you might want to look at.  Should help you understand the general layout of the label, etc.

http://labelary.com/viewer.html

http://zplviewer.sourceforge.net/

~bp

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