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Printer Program?

Discussion in 'All Other Software' started by Boord, Nov 7, 2007.

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  1. Boord

    Boord Thread Starter

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    Background Info:

    I work for a very large corporation. I won't tell you the name of the company, but it does rhyme with "Tears and Foebuck". My actual job is to keep the productivity of in-home repair technicians high. Maximize productivity, minimize overtime and customer inconvenience.

    We use a few programs that assist us with this job, but two of them are even older than I am. It is so old that the newest version of Windows we can operate is Windows NT, or the program is not supported. My biggest problem with this program is that the only way to keep a record of anything is to print it. If the printer goes out, we have no records to speak of. Now, every night when I am don with the next day's routes I have to print out a bunch of reports that equate to a whole ream of paper. There are eight of us that have to print these reports and mine (almost a full ream) is the smallest. We then have to file these under the date of the routes. I find it hard to believe that my job is to keep productivity high for 160+ technicians but my own productivity is lacking.

    Details of this program:
    DOS Based (I think)
    CANNOT highlight anything to copy it.


    Now comes the time for my question, but keep these things in mind:

    I have no control over what program we use.
    This would not be a change made by me, just a suggestion to my supervisors.
    I am not looking to change this program, just find a way around its problems.



    Question: Are there any programs that would let you convert the "Print" option to where the program thought it was printing, but was just saving it as a document, or even an image so that a digital copy could be kept cutting the cost and bulkiness of these reports?
     
  2. helpmerick

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    Absolutely...use a program like CutePDF from www.cutepdf.com to create a "printer" that will create a PDF file when printed to.

    Good luck at "Tears and Foebuck"
     
  3. Squashman

    Squashman Trusted Advisor

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    That would probably work if the program wasn't DOS based. Can't say I have tested any of the Print to PDF programs in Windows NT.

    This may be an option for you.
    http://www.dsbglobal.com/dosprinter/CaptureLpt1.htm
     
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