Tony Edgecombe

Capturing printer data

02 Jan 2009

Print Distributor is pretty flexible at capturing print streams, as well as handling Windows applications it's easy to setup printing from AS400, UNIX and mainframes.

I do occasionally get requests to capture data from a serial or parallel port, usually from some closed or embedded application. Often these closed systems have no mechanism to export data so people want to capture reports as a export mechanism.

Up till now I haven't been able to suggest a solution however I just came across Photologic run by Rick Hoffman, Rick has some interesting hardware "glue" which looks like it will help these customers.