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Notes

Ravitz Editor for Win32 and Wine is at www.re.ravitz.us .

No further updates will be made to PrintGL or PrintGF, and support will be very limited (4-09-04).

The "m" versions of PrintGL and PrintGF include only changes in the addresses. There are no functional changes.

PrintGL 1.62k is identical to 1.62j except for PrintGL/N. With PrintGL/N you can use "stdio" for the destination (menu or /d option) and/or the input file (command line only) and this will cause PrintGL to read or write via the standard in and out files. This lets you use i/o redirection. This should work with Redmon to make Windows NT/95 appear to have an attached plotter.

See http://ravitz.us/ for contact information.

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Download Files

PRINTGL.ZIP - PrintGL 1.62m - shareware pen plotter emulator (DOS, Win) (with PrintCAD) - size 296842

PRINTGF.ZIP - PrintGF 1.32m - shareware image printer (DOS, Win) - size 295502

RAVED.ZIP - Ravitz Editor 1.12b - free ASCII text editor (DOS) - size 147481

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Descriptions of Software

PrintGL is a pen plotter emulator package for DOS, Windows, and Windows NT/95. It prints or displays HP-GL (7475, 17440), HP-GL/2 (limited subset), or ADI (Autodesk Device Interface 4.0 binary) plotfiles on most PC graphics devices. It supports Epson and IBM 9 pin printers, Epson, Fujitsu, IBM, NEC, and Toshiba 24 pin printers, Canon BJ, BJC, and LBP printers, Epson Stylus, HP Laserjet, Deskjet, PaintJet, and HP-GL, HP-GL/2, and HP-RTL devices, IBM ExecJet and LaserPrinter, PDP ProTracer, Star SJ-144, PostScript printers, and others, EGA, VGA, VESA SVGA, and outputs DCX and PCX bit maps and Encapsulated PostScript files with preview bit map. Pen width, color, shading, and paper size, magnification, etc. are user selectable. Shareware - $50 (+$30 for Windows NT/95 version).

PrintCAD is a printer driver for AutoCAD, AutoSketch, Microstation, Cadkey, GenCADD, Draft Choice, PC-Draft-CAD, and other DOS CAD packages. It prints directly from CAD software via the ADI, HP-GL, or HP-GL/2 plotter driver. It is included in the PrintGL package.

PrintGF is an image printer for DOS, Windows, and Windows NT/95. It prints or displays BMP, DCX, GIF, PCX, and PNG files on most PC bit mapped graphics devices. DOS and registered Windows versions also handle JPEG, TARGA, and TIFF files. User controls include color or black/white, pattern and/or error diffusion dithering, brightness, contrast, and gamma for each plane, gray balance, blur/sharpen, edge smoothing, user selectable clip area, print size, portrait or landscape. It supports Epson and IBM 9 pin printers, Epson, Fujitsu, IBM, NEC, and Toshiba 24 pin printers, Canon BJ, BJC, and LBP, Epson Stylus, Fargo Primera, HP Laserjet, DeskJet, PaintJet, and HP-RTL plotters, IBM ExecJet and LaserPrinter, PDP ProTracer, PostScript printers, Star SJ-144, and others, EGA, VGA, and VESA SVGA, and outputs DCX and PCX bit maps. The DOS version requires XMS memory. Shareware - $34 (+$16 for Windows NT/95 version).

Ravitz Editor is a fast, powerful, mid sized DOS text editor. It has integrated outlining and overviewing, area mark manipulation (copy, fill, shift, sort, etc.), find/change, word wrap and reflow, line drawing, multiple file handling, change tracking, flexible user interface (function keys, mouse, menus), and it is configurable and programmable. Shareware - no charge.

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Tips

For direct connection to USB printers (i.e. not using the Windows driver), for PrintGL/W and PrintGL/N set up the printer as the default Windows printer and in PrintGL set "destination" "Win prt manager: ". For PrintGL/W you can enter the port name on the "Win prt manager: " line and for PrintGL/N you can enter the printer name on the "Win prt manager: " line, so it doesn't have to be the default Windows printer. I don't know of any way to do this from PrintGL/D.

In general, under DOS and Windows, the quickest way to get data to a directly attached printer is via the direct parallel port destination. Set "destination" "parallel port, delay: 1,0" or /DP1. On some printers, especially laser printers, this gives a dramatic improvement.

For PDF output, use PrintGL/W or PrintGL/N, set the "output format" to "Win prt" and set the default Windows print to Acrobat PDFWriter.

PrintGL and PrintGF work with any Pacific Data Products Protracer. Set the printer to IBM/Proprinter mode. Use the "PDP Protracer IBM" driver. For C size paper, set a prefix code ("modify output" or "other output" menu, or /J option) to 27,67,132.

Canon BJC printers (except the BJC880) work best in BJ native mode (/F&). Do not turn form feed off. They have a number of different print modes that trade speed against print quality. The default is not necessarily optimal for your application. Use these prefix codes ("modify output" or "other output" menu, or /J option) to set different modes.

For the Canon BJC5500 you need a prefix code ("modify output" menu or /J option) to use paper larger than 12x18.

Epson Stylus printers work best in Esc/P2 mode (/F$ or "output format" "Epson Stylus"). Do not turn form feed off. Use the following prefix codes ("modify output" or "other output" menu, or /J option) to handle different paper sizes.

For B size paper or other sizes on large format HP DeskJet printers use a prefix code ("modify output" or "other output" menu, or /J option) to set up the printer.

For maximum paper size on the DeskJet 1120C and later large format, HP-PCL DeskJets, use this prefix code.

Old HP DeskJet printers have a configuration switch for setting skip perforation off. This made it easy to use the top half inch of the paper. With new DeskJets use a prefix code ("modify output" or "other output" menu, or /J option) to set this up.

For large format HP-GL pen plotters use "output format" "HP-GL enhanced dpi: 508". Set the "window/margins" so that the margins are minus one half the window, for example 30,24,-15,-12. This puts the print window origin at the plotter origin (which is at the center of the page).

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