Jarmo Uusitalo <j.uusitalo at kmf.gu.se> writes:
>I apologise if this question is answered in some FAQ etc, but...
>I would need a "translator" from plotter instructions to page
>1) A inkjet printer (Canon BJC-820) that uses a
>Epson LQ 2550 Windows driver.
>2) A spectrophotometer that uses a
>Epson FX-80 driver, i.e. a plotter driver.
Er, the FX-80 is a dot-matrix printer. You should find the output
will print on any printer (including your canon) with Epson emulation.
You'll just get rather chunky output (the FX-80 was a 9-pin printer,
and so could only achieve, if memory serves, about 180dpi).
>spectrophotometer seems to be able to send general
>plotter instructions. (The control program was written back
>in 1988 and does not seem to be updated since then, Sigh!)
>Thus, in order to use the Canon printer I would need a
>way to translate the instructions coming out from the
>spectrophotometer control program into a page description that
>could be understood by a bubble-jet printer driver.
As longas your canon is in epson emulation mode, it should work
without any translation.
>Is there anyone out there that
>is aware of such a "translator"?
>If so many thanks,
>(else we will have to return the printer (we cant return the
>spectrophotometer, we need it...)).
If your terminology above is wrong, and you do actually mean a plotter
(just not the Epson FX-80 raster type printer), then what you want is
to set the spectrophotometer to print PostScript, if at all possible.
If you can do that, and print the PostScript to a file, you can later
print it on a Macintosh or on any other printer by using the free
PostScript interpreter, GhostScript, available for Unix, MS-DOS, OS/2
and lots of other platforms.