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Printer selection

Question asked by RickWhitelaw on Dec 14, 2009
Latest reply on Dec 16, 2009 by fxdb


Printer selection


I'm a bit stumped on this because it's new to me. I recently bought a new printer thinking to replace my monochrome laser workhorse with a multifunction laser. However, due to a difference in paper loading, the new printer is not suitable for printing cheques, or any numbered form for that matter. Basically the cheques must be loaded in reverse order for my printing script to preserve sorting and when I'm printing fifty cheques, several from different tables (i.e. different "print jobs"), it's not worth it. So I've kept the top-loading older laser to print cheques/forms. Altering my scripts to choose the proper printer was a no-brainer but, of course, this only applies to my machine. I'm thinking I need to create a printing preference table with a cartesian join to the highest level of the solution, and have the user, if there is ever another but me, choose  particular printers for  particular types of tasks, then refer to these choices in the various printing scripts. I have no idea how Filemaker stores Print settings or how to automate the process. I'm aware of Get(PrinterName) which returns the name of the Default printer. I also understand printer drivers can print a job in reverse order. Neither of these tools is a solution for me at this point. Is there a way to list all connected printers? 


I'm looking to reference two printing scenarios (and printers): cheques/forms and everything else and want to accomplish this without dialog.


Thanks in advance.


Oh yes . . . Mac OS X 10.6.2 FMPA 10 ver.3