[Techtalk] Virtual Printer

Conor Daly c.daly at met.ie
Mon Mar 31 09:20:06 UTC 2008

On Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 08:47:53PM +0000 or thereabouts, Joana Botto wrote:
> On Sat, Mar 29, 2008 at 3:16 PM, Andrea Landaker <qirien at icecavern.net> wrote:
> > On Sunday 23 March 2008 12:41:07 Joana Botto wrote:
> > > Hello,
> > >
> > > Thank you both for your answers. But that I already have implemented.
> > > I'm looking for a product like the paperless printer that is only
> > > available for windows. It has to have XLS and DOC and TXT and PDF
> > > available, not only PDF nor I can't say to users to use Open Office,
> > > that's already what they do.
> > > I have search a lot in the Internet and haven't found this product so
> > > I will assume that no one has implemented it in Linux.
> >
> > In Open Office you can open all these documents, and also save to these
> > formats.  Just choose "Save As..." and choose the format you want (XLS or DOC
> > or whatever).  So, instead of printing to the format, you save to the format.
> > Does that help at all?  I'm trying to figure out what exactly you are using
> > this for; sometimes in Linux you need to do things a little bit differently,
> > but you can usually get the same end result.
> Thank you Andrea, but that is not what I'm looking for. I don't want
> to use Open Office and having a virtual printer is a client
> requirement. I want to use a virtual printer that anyone in the
> network can configure and print to a number or formats. For the time
> my virtual printer only prints PDF, but i would like to have more file
> types.

A little bit of scripting should allow you to create a print filter that
will do the job.  You would use OpenOffice's commandline facility to convert
the incoming document to the required format.  Only difficulty is that I
don't know if it's possible to send the document as anything other than
postscript to the virtual printer in the first place.  

Conor Daly,                   
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