Wiki - Printer Emulators
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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+|
|macOS||CUPS-PDF for Mac OS X||Good alternative to RWTS PDFwriter. Download|
|Linux||CUPS-PDF||Recommended choice for Linux. Download via
||Windows 7 or lower, disable UAC. Download|
||Download (Portugese language)|
||Configure, Inspect output using XVI32 hex editor|
||Recommended for ZPL. Visit site|
|All||ZPL Emulator (Chrome app)||
||Based off Labelary. Download
Note: Increase the buffer to something large (e.g. 50000B) and use "set to host" to print.