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Raw Ascii Text to Printer?


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I have an oddball printer (well, it's a plotter that uses the HPGL graphics language). Filemaker will easily generate the exact ASCII codes that the plotter wants to hear. And, under Windows XP, the plotter is configured as a Generic Text Only printer.

I generate the needed plot codes (just a string of ascii characters) into a Filemaker Global text string. No problem.

I can easily export text from the global text field into a text-only file, and then print it with another program. That works.

But I don't want to go through the step of an intermediary file.

Is there any way to directly send the ASCII text directly to the generic printer, without Filemaker's formatting commands? (When I do a print to the generic printer, filemaker adds a lot of paragraph marks and line feeds and end-of-page marks)

Many thanks!

-Cliff

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