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Windows 7: Capturing data sent to Citizen 120D dot-matrix printer

23 Jun 2015   #1
Jingjing

Windows XP, home edtion, service pack 3, version 2002
 
 
Capturing data sent to Citizen 120D dot-matrix printer

How could I capture data that is being sent to a Citizen 120D dot-matrix printer? Instead of printing the data, I wanted it to be saved on a hard drive and viewed on the directly on a monitor. The printer already broke down.
The data is coming from APLEX 3100E8 Control Panel


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23 Jun 2015   #2
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

Hello Jingjing, and welcome to Seven Forums.

If you like, you can print to Microsoft XPS Document Writer instead of your printer to have it saved as a .xps file that can be view in the included XPS Viewer.

Print to the Microsoft XPS Document Writer - Windows Help
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23 Jun 2015   #3
Jingjing

Windows XP, home edtion, service pack 3, version 2002
 
 

Hi Brink,
The data is coming from a Building Security System. Once someone entered a pin code to disarm certain area, it will automatically print indicating the area and the code. The printer broke down and I wanted to automatically capture the data and store it in a separate computer.
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23 Jun 2015   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

I see. I'm not sure how it may work with the security system, but you should be able to use the method above to have it print to file and saved where you like until the printer is back online.

You could then also print out the .xps files if needed.
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23 Jun 2015   #5
GokAy

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

How much a new printer cost with respect to the security of a whole building?
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18 Sep 2015   #6
Jingjing

Windows XP, home edtion, service pack 3, version 2002
 
 

It's so rare. Can't find any more
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18 Sep 2015   #7
cyclops

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

If you have Adobe Acrobat Pro or want to download and install CutePDF you have a CutePDF printer or a Adobe PDF printer you can configure and it will generate a pdf. You would need to create a script for file naming and releasing the print to the save location or play with it further on your time as I have never played with that end of it. Could possibly create a separator page with pjl commands, but that is going too far to get into here Separator pages are either pcl.sep for pcl printer or ps.sep for post script printer, they are pre-loaded in windows and when setting the printer to do a sep page it will ask for the file location and you will just use those files.
Good luck
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18 Sep 2015   #8
cyclops

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Nothing says you need the same exact printer, right?
Scan through these,,,Citizen 120D Dot Matrix Serial Port Printer Great Shape Never Used | eBay
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18 Sep 2015   #9
UsernameIssues

W7 Pro SP1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Jingjing View Post
It's so rare. Can't find any more
Does the security app let you select another printer?
(I've seen apps that don't let you pick a printer.)

If you can change the printer, then cyclops's idea of using a PDF creation tool should work.
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