With the PDF printer, you can send the newly created PDF to a real printer after the PDF is saved. This enables you to implement a workflow where you create a PDF archive of all your print jobs.
This post will show you how to create such an archive printer as a separate printer on your system.
First, you download the latest PDF printer and install it from a command line with the following command line switches:
Setup_BullzipPDFPrinter_11_1_0_2600_PRO_EXP.exe /SILENT /PRINTERNAME=”Archive PDF Printer”
This will install a new virtual PDF printer on your computer. The new printer is named “Archive PDF Printer”. After the installation has completed, you can use this printer as a normal PDF printer.
We need to configure it to send all print jobs to a PDF archive folder and to another real printer. This is done with the global.ini file in this location:
C:\ProgramData\PDF Writer\Archive PDF Printer\global.ini
Open the global.ini in a text editor and add the following lines:
[PDF Printer] Output=C:\Archive\<username> - <date> <time> - <guid>.pdf ShowSettings=never ShowSaveAS=never ShowProgress=no ShowProgressFinished=no ShowPDF=no ConfirmOverwrite=no PrintToPrinter=yes PrinterName=Microsoft XPS Document Writer PrinterSelection=Specific
The output setting specifies the name of the saved PDF document. The output name uses macro names that will be substituted by real information at run time. You can see a complete list of macros here:
All the show settings control the dialog. The settings used here will hide the printing dialog and automatically save the PDF.
The printer settings control how the PDF document is printed to a normal printer.
You can read about more show and printer settings here:
Please note that you need the professional or expert edition to send the document to a normal printer.