firstname.lastname@example.org (Fr) wrote in
Hmmm...it sounds almost like a standard printer spool file (or whatever
they're called) although they usually have the extension .PRN. Any Windows
program can produce them--not just SolidEdge (whatever THAT is ;) ). The
rest of this post will assume that this is in fact a spool file.
It's basically a disk image of the data that gets sent out over the
parallel port to the printer. They are printer-specific so you won't be
able to use them with a printer of a different model than what was selected
when you created the file.
If the printer is local to your machine (i.e. plugged into your parallel
port) you should be able to print it with the following command (from the
copy /b whatever.pri lpt:
If it's a network printer you will either have to copy the file to that
machine or else find a utility that can print .PRN files (they're out there
according to past USENET messages--search
"print prn file").
However, be cautious with this advice. If it isn't a spool file then you
will wind up printing reams of garbage. Be prepared to power down both the
printer and the computer to recover.
Suggest you invest in an inexpensive .pdf writer (visit
and save your files as .PDF rather than a .pri file which is of little use
to anyone, difficult to manage and not very 'portable'.
Because .PDF files are generated from Postscript, they are a 'true to
print' file (with controllable resolution etc.) and have the added advan-
tage of being viewable via Acrobat Reader.
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