Thank you for all the replies and advice everyone! I'm really glad that there's still such an active and friendly Atari 8-bit community willing to help out people fairly new to the hobby.
So at this point it seems pretty well determined that graphics printing on an Atari 1025 is a "no go", which leaves my options being to either still get a 1025 and just use it for text printing in AtariWriter then get a 1020 plotter for printing graphics from AtariArtist via a screen printing program or try to hunt down an Okimate 10 or 20 (presumably with an interface device) that can do both; assuming I can find replacement ink ribbons for it or re-ink them myself.
I suppose that makes the next question "Are there Okimate 10/20 drivers available for AtariWriter and image printing software for AtariArtist that supports the Okimate 10/20?" It sounds like the Okimate printers certainly have the capability to print both text and graphics from a hardware standpoint, but finding the software to do so could be another matter. There does seem to be a pretty extensive amount of drivers available for AtariWriter, but so far the only graphics printing software I've found for AtariArtist images is for the Atari 1020 plotter.
Of course I'm also open to any other printer options that would have the software available to support text printing in AtariWriter and printing AtariArtist graphics images, and once again monochrome dot matrix is just fine for both. Any ideas?
It's been decades of course, but I do believe that the Okimate printers are Epson compatible in text mode, in which case they can be used with pretty much ANY word processor since most either had built-in Epson compatiblity, were programmable to be so and also, many printers also had dip-switches on them to put them into various compatibility modes as well. or there were third-party Epson drivers that could be incorporated into most WP's or you just load up the document into another printing program for Epson compatibility. Tons of third party PD drivers were released back in the day. Bottom line, it's all a matter of locating the drivers for the WP used, if that WP doesn't already have the driver or the ability to make it yourself. I'm sure someone here could point you in the right direction when the time comes.
IIRC, I think Okimate 10 and 20 came with required interfaces, you just bought the version that had the interface for Atari computers. So, that interface should be included IF you find, for example an Okimate 10 or 20 that came with the Atari interface. I'm pretty sure you can buy any Okimate though, and then get an interface for it as you said, if you aren't lucky enough to find one with the proper interface already. My guess would be standard parallel port on the Okimate's, so any old interface like the Apeface or Microprint (the one I have for my Panasonic printer) or the ICD PR: connection or Atari 850 (these are full-on interfaces for many Industry standard peripherals and not just for printers like the less expensive ones ^ here.
I definitely remembered correctly about the included interfaces. However, something I did not know, the Okimate printers used wax-ink cartridges, so this could be an unforeseen problem. But I'm willing to bet with a little clever thought these old printer cartridges could be "re-inked" still. I'll look into it more and see if anyone already has figured out a way: https://en.wikipedia...wiki/Okimate_10
I haven't been able to find out a lot about the Okimate 20, no wiki page for it, but this is what I did find out: Okimate 10 is a 9-pin printer and Okimate 20 is 24-pin. The Okimate 20 is superior for graphic print-out. I have yet to find out if the 20 uses the same wax-ink ribbon cartridges or not.
Edited by Gunstar, Mon May 7, 2018 5:36 PM.