Solved Setting Up A Print-to-File Option

August 10, 2012 at 12:07:55
Specs: Windows Server 2003
I'd like for all my employees to have the option to "print" whatever they like to their user share on the network to have it saved as a document or .pdf that they can access/print at a later time. Is there any way to set up a print-to-file option that will act as a virtual printer to be listed in the directory?

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#1
August 10, 2012 at 13:36:46
You do understand a printed to a file file is not readable again?

Why do you want to do this? You will end up with a huge amount of files on the server no one can read and most likely will not remember to delete after being printed.

What is the real issue you are trying to address?

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August 10, 2012 at 14:09:45
That's a good question. There is information in the small, proprietary software that our company used to use that will only display in a readable format when printed. I.E. There is patient data entered in many fields across many different menus, but when you send the job to a printer, the software will compile it all onto one simple sheet to read. Right now, we actually have to physically print those out. I thought it might be simpler to send those to a virtual printer instead that would just output them to a file.

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August 10, 2012 at 15:03:48
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Given the situation it looks like printing to pdf would be the way to go.

Here is a option:
http://www.pdflite.com/printer?gcli...

at least it would be readable. Staff would have to be trained to browse the storage folder and follow the file naming convention you establish.

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