Just for the hell of it, I started looking at printing options for the A8 with regards to modern printers. In a previous life, I wrote printer drivers (if you own a Mac, one of my drivers is still installed w/the OS), and I'm not real keen on doing that for the A8 because PPD files give me a rash (and it's just a big pile of 'nope'). However, I was thinking about writing data to a PDF file. It's not *that* bad, and you can leave all the ugliness to whatever you use to print PDF files. On one hand, you have LIST "P:", and on the other, you have Print Shop.
My question is - is there a way to capture raw binary printer output? There weren't too many A8 printers out there so there can't be a plethora of formats to work with.
So, if you wanted to create a device, let's say F: (is F: used?), there has to be a way to capture the raw data, parse it, and turn it into something for a PDF. Has anyone looked into this? I did some reading on here and saving to PDF doesn't seem to work for every kind of task, which would make sense without a proper driver. But, there has to be a way to look at the data and turn it into something.
Anyway, thinking out loud.