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I'm developing a Windows application that should support printing to a group of specific printers (for instance, Bixolon SRP-350, etc.) Those are special printers with special paper dimensions, etc. I need to test my software with them. Obviously one solution would be to buy each of those printers, so before I jump into doing that, I'm curious, is there such thing as printer emulation or a virtual printer available?

Here's what I need. You know when you install a PDF printer, it prints into a pdf file instead of the paper, right. So if there's a software that would allow me to see how my print would look for a specific printer by outputting the result to PDF or anything on the screen with a ruler on the side for dimensions, that's what I'm looking for. At this point I'm just checking if such solution even exists?

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Yes, you can install the needed printer without having it connected, then use the "Print to file" option in the standard "Print" dialog box.

(Someone who actually has tried this please expand... I just know it's possible.)

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That is a very clever solution. I can't image I didn't think of it myself :) Let me see if I can download a test driver without having an actual printer.... – ahmd1 Jul 9 '13 at 20:19
Just tried it, unfortunately when I installed a driver for Bixolon SRP-350 it installed OK but I couldn't see it in the list of printers to try it. – ahmd1 Jul 9 '13 at 22:33
@ahmd1: Then install an actual printer; I'm sure the Printers control panel has an "Add Printer" option which lets you select any model. – grawity Jul 9 '13 at 23:16

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