INCA SPOOLER for Windows

How it Works

The application consists of 2 exe files, a DOS exe and a Windows exe.

  1. We start the Windows exe.
    This program is a server that sends our printouts to Windows spooler, when it is asked for, from the DOS exe.
    We select font and printer. We may also, configure the page setup, if we wish so.
    Server exe is ready to operate.

  2. In our DOS application, wishing to print through Windows spooler:
    We make the actual printing onto a text file, just as we would print to PRN device. Eg. we print onto file myfile. We then call the DOS exe with this file as argument.

    In our example: ilproute myfile

    The DOS exe will communicate with the server, which already is listening for requests, and which will finaly make the printout through Windows spooler.

    • The ascii text may contain several HTML like tags, such as <b> </b>, in order to create several text effects.
    • Instead of HTML like tags, the printout may include several Escape sequences, like that we would use if we would print directly to a dot matrix Epson printer.
    • If we choose to use the Escape sequences method:
      They are described in the help file and they are the same for any type of printer, no matter of model, no matter of manufacturer, we will use.
      The server will translate them to the specific commands required for each printer we use.

  3. Client(s) may reside on any machine of your network.

    Support is provided for TCP/IP, IPX/SPX, or any other type of network, where the client machine can see the hard disk of the server machine.

  4. For Unix:
    • First, we need to connect a Windows machine on the Unix, via TCP/IP network.
      Suppose the name of the Windows machine is win95.ourcompany.com.
    • We start Windows exe, as in paragraph (1).
    • In our Unix application, wishing to print through Windows spooler:
      We make the actual printing onto a text file, just as we would print to a printer device. Eg. we print onto file myfile. We then call the Unix exe with the name of the Windows machine and this file also, as arguments.

      In our example: ilptcp win95.ourcompany.com myfile

      The Unix exe will communicate with the server, which already is listening for requests, and which will finaly make the printout through Windows spooler.