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I think you're a bit hard on print to file, Leo. I used it when i was printing many copies of a large document (like a book), for two main reasons.
1 - it takes PagePlus a relatively long time to perform the print
2 - setting all the print parameters (page range, even/odd, print quality, borderless, dup[lex, #copies) is easy to mess up
3 - (the THREE main reasons...) if I had the document open I sometimes made unintentional edits in the 2 days it took to print
Also - copy to PRN only works (for me) if my printer is connected to a parallel port, and dragging a PRN file to a printer icon also does not work for me. I just tried it again.
The only way I've found that works is to share the printer and use a DOS box to copy the PRN file to the share name of the printer. I've never tried to drag a PRN file to a shared printer.
A .prn file should be much smaller than a .PDF file. It can be used to circunvent driver shortcomings. The file contains the actual commands the printer supports and can be executed on an operating system which does not support the attached printer. For example, some recent printers do not have Windows 98 or Windows 2000 drivers. The printers can be "installed" in machines running those operating systems but using a "lesser" driver. For example, most LaserJet can be installed as "LaserJet III". But then features of the later models will not be available. If a document is prepared in a machine with the correct driver for the printer then eMailed as .Prn to the machine that uses the "lesser" driver, it will print just as it would print in the source machine.
wasn`t able to go all the way but this was helpuf coz anytime I have a proble, printing would go to run net stop spooler and everything is erased and go back to start.Thanks
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