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PrintFile is Free Easy file printing in Windows systems.
« on: February 07, 2009, 08:57:11 PM »
PrintFile is Free Easy file printing in Windows systems.


PrintFile is a freeware MS Windows utility program that will enable you to print files fast and easily. The program recognizes plain text, PostScript, Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) and binary formats. Using this program can save you a lot of paper and thereby also saving valuable natural resources.

Selection of which files to print can be made by the normal Windows file selection dialog, or by Drag and Drop operations with one or several files. The latter facilitates batch printing of files.

PrintFile can also act as a print spooler, watching a specified directory for files. Whenever a file appears in that directory it will automatically be printed.

When printing text files PrintFile makes a configurable page layout of the text contents. Several logical pages can be placed on one page of physical paper (referred to as n-up printing). There are also several other configurable options controlling the layout. Text files can be printed on any printer that has a Windows printer driver. Text copied to the clipboard can also be printed in the same manner as text files. PrintFile can also do user configurable Pretty Printing of text files. Keywords and comments can be highlighted using different font styles and colors. This function is primarily intended for source code files.

Non text files are sent files directly to a Windows printer. In this case the program can be seen as a Windows replacement for the DOS command "copy/b filename LPTx" . However, unlike the DOS command, PrintFile works well with network printers that do not have a connection to any LPTx. Although this function is mainly intended for printing PostScript files, it could be used just as well for any file created by the "Print to File" option available for most Windows printer drivers. Such a print file can for instance be created on a PC without a printer and then be moved to another PC that has a printer, and there be sent to the printer using PrintFile.

The text file printing function is also something that can be used to enable old DOS program to print to USB printers that only works with a Windows printer driver.

PostScript files can normally only be printed on PostScript printers. If a conversion program like Ghostscript is available however, PrintFile can automatically make a conversion before sending the file to the printer. The program can also print Encapsulated PostScript Files (EPS). These files can normally only be inserted into documents and not be printed directly. It is also possible to control the positioning and layout of the EPS picture on the printer page. Both EPS files with and without preview can be handled. Other PostScript features are the possibility to select an arbitrary range of pages for the printout when printing multiple page PostScript files and to do n-up printing. By using a properly configured Windows PostScript driver connected to a file, this function can be used to get n-up printing from almost every Windows program.

PostScript and EPS files created on Macintosh and UNIX systems can also be printed by PrintFile.

PrintFile also works well with command line (DOS) programs. It has several command line options and can read data from command line standard input, e.g. a command line pipe.

More detailed information about the program is available in the help file attached to the installation package.


PrintFile runs on all versions of Microsoft Windows; from Windows 3.1 to Windows Vista. Different installation packages are used for 16-bit (Windows 3.x) and 32-bit (Windows 95 and later) operating systems.
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