So I got this SPAM today.. Ebay now tracks if you’ve clicked on anything (even when not signed in) and will alert you (and the seller no doubt) that something is price reduced.
I was looking at some old setup, and I remembered back in the 80s I had an Okimate 10 printer. It was without a doubt the worst printer I’ve ever used. Not only was it god awfully slow, it required special ink cartridges that were almost impossible to find (and if you did they were very expensive) but to print properly it required special glossy paper.
The test image is a picture from an Amiga Workbench. It’s immediately recognizable. But what is really cool, if you scroll down you’ll see something like this:
And here you can see how the OkiMate 20 was busy devouring a colour band from it’s virtual cartridge.
Peter has quite a few virtual printers on his blog, The one that caught my eye was the Epson JX-80. Windows NT supports that printer (probably many other OS’s but I was going to stick with something quick and easy). I took my 10 crash screen, and printed it out!
For some reason the printer emulator only is printing in monochrome, it’ll interpret the colour bands, but it doesn’t switch ink colours. I guess it automagically is doing that. Also I had to change the default Windows resolution of 144×240 to 144×120, to get it to print.
Of course if you wanted to the best thing to do is install an Apple Laser Write II printer, and have it output to a file, as they are PostScript printers. Then you can use ghostscript to convert your postscript file to a PDF, and print that email it, or remember what a pain write only devices are.
As an update you can download all of the printer emulators from the authors blog ptouchman.weebly.com
Now I’ve seen it actually spool stuff to the printer once the emulator is exited… I’m sure there is some way to kick these jobs better… I’ve also been trying to keep it as dumb as possible and there is a chance my HP printer /scanner thing doesn’t talk like a 1970’s style printer.. I’ll know more tomorrow..
But at the moment this should serve enough to get people started. Also you could redirect the parallel port out to a file, and then open that file in say word and print from there as well.
This is becoming a bigger deal now that future versions of Virtual PC no longer support things like parallel ports, floppy disks & sound blasters…. Qemu will be the only out for a few people.