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Need JPG/GIF/BMP/TIFF print driver

By Vigilante
Sep 18, 2006
  1. Hey, been googling for a while but haven't found anything that looks good.

    Hoping to find a freeware print driver to print to bmp or tiff or jpg etc... Preferrably lossless format. Supporting large sizes as well.


    Does anybody use such a printer? What would be a good one?

    Thx
     
  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    what OS?

    Win/XP comes with 'Windows Picture & Fax Viewer'
     
  3. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,666

    It's XP

    I don't need a viewer, I need a print driver. So you know when you click File-Print, one of the options would be TIFF printer or whatever.
    The point is so that from whatever program I'm in, I can choose to print the page into a graphic file.
     
  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,351   +622

    google for PDF995; it will produce a PDF of ANYTHING :)

    from there you can print normally
     
  5. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

  6. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,666

  7. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

  8. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,666

    Nodsu, you changed your avatar, I hardly recognized you :)

    Well I gave it a shot with what you posted, installed gs and redmon, created a printer with the MS driver and the RPT1 redmon driver. Created the command file and setup the config, changed paths etc... But haven't got it to work. When I print, a dos box pops up for a second, so I know it's getting to the converter, but the output file is not created, and I can't seem to find a log if there is an error.
    But I'll keep working with it and see what I can do.
     
  9. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    You can debug this thing manually.. Don't use the port redirector and print directly to file using the PS printer. You end up with a PostScript file. Then open up a command prompt and run the gswin32c command with the shown arguments with that PS file redirected to it. You should get all the error messages in the command prompt window.

    Assuming your PS file is in C:\temp, maybe something like this:
    Code:
    c:\gs\gs8.00\bin\gswin32c.exe @c:\gstools\tif.rsp - < c:\temp\somefile.ps
    
     
  10. Vigilante

    Vigilante TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,666

    something happened to my redmon. I had installed them to program files (default) but I thought maybe the space between program and files was causing path issues. So I tried to move the folder, uninstall/reinstall, didn't work. Now if I try to install redmon, it says it's already installed. But if I run the uninstaller, it says error 2, file missing. And I do NOT have the virtual port anymore.
    ERRR, anyway, I'll have to fiddle with it some more in a little while.

    I do have a PS file I created by printing to a new port which is just a file name (c:\file.ps) and that works fine creating a file. Haven't tried your manual convert yet though, I will in a minute.
     
  11. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    If you installed GS, then it probably associated itself with .ps files too. So you can jyst open the thing and use the GUI for conversion.

    Kind of defeats your purpose of a TIFF printer though.
     
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