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The high costs of printer hardware can make a developer's job difficult when designing a product which has printing capabilities. Various methods exist for printing to virtual printers which avoid the need to purchase physical hardware during the research and development phases of a project as well as baseline troubleshooting of functionality.
Printer emulation is a critical part of reducing the overhead associated with a development lifecycle. Listed below are common printer hardware emulators/methods.
|Windows||PDFCreator||✔️||Recommended choice for Windows. Download|
|Windows||CutePDF||✔️||Good alternative to PDFCreator|
|Windows||PrimoPDF||✔️||Good alternative to PDFCreator|
|Windows||Microsoft XPS Document Writer||✔️||600 dpi only; known to degrade image quality|
|Windows||Microsoft Print to PDF||✔️||600 dpi only; known to degrade image quality|
|macOS||RWTS PDFwriter||✔️||Recommended choice for MacOS. Download|
|macOS||Lisanet PDFwriter||✔️||Requires workarounds for macOS 10.10+|
|Linux||CUPS-PDF||✔️||Recommended choice for Linux. Download via
|Windows||QPCPrint||✔️ ESC/P2||Windows 7 or lower, disable UAC. Download|
|Windows||Bematech||✔️ ESC/Bema||Download (Portugese language)|
||✔️ Raw||Configure, Inspect output using XVI32 hex editor|
|Windows||PSA Output Manager||✔️ IGP/PGL (Printronix Graphics Language)||Recommended for IGP/PGL/Printronix testing. Please inquire with TSC support for a link to this software.|
|Windows||Virtual ZPL Printer||✔️ ZPL||Recommended for ZPL. Visit site|
|All||Labelary||✔️ ZPL||Recommended for ZPL. Visit site|
|All||Zpl Printer (Emulator, Chrome app)||✔️ ZPL||Requires Chromium 109 or older. Download