[WinPrnDev] Re: Help getting started

Dear Gary,

thanks for your reply. I will propose your approach to my employer next monday.

Best wishes
Dominik

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> Datum: Fri, 15 Feb 2008 13:19:37 -0000
> Von: garyp@xxxxxxxxxx
> An: winprndev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Betreff: [WinPrnDev] Re: Help getting started

> Dear Dominik,
> Some tools you might be able to link together to do what you want,
> GhostScript (obviously), then RedMon as a port monitor to kick off another
> action (http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~ghost/redmon/). To join PDFs in the past
> I
> have used a command line program called PDCAT.EXE but that seems to be
> chargeable these days, so you might want to check out PDFTK
> (http://www.accesspdf.com/pdftk/) which will allegedly merge PDFs. You
> should be able to link these tools together to create a solution without
> actually having to create your own driver.
> This guide should be quite helpful:
> http://www.stat.tamu.edu/~henrik/GSWriter/GSWriter.html 
> You'll have to work out some mechanism for closing off the concatenation
> though!
> Regards,
> Gary
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Dominik Gruber [mailto:gruber.dominik@xxxxxxx]
> Sent: 15 February 2008 12:11
> To: winprndev@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [WinPrnDev] Help getting started
> 
> 
> Hello all!
> 
> I am glad that, after hours of surfing the web for Windows driver
> development, I have finally found a mailing list with exactly that issue.
> 
> I am a university student working for our local hospital and I want to
> implement the following:
> A Virtual Printer Driver that takes one or more of any kind of printable
> Windows documents and joins them into one PDF.
> 
> As I have mentioned above I have already tried to search the web for some
> hints but most answers were like 'Go get the Windows DDK'...
> 
> I am completely new to Windows driver development so any information on
> how
> to start is highly appreciated.
> What I know is that I somehow have to register my printer-driver to the
> system so that applications can make use of it.
> I actually don`t want to use the Windows DDK. Therefore I have already
> taken
> a look at the opensource project 'PDFCreator'.
> But going through all the sources didn`t help a lot because a lot of
> basics
> are missing.
> For PDF creation I want to make use of Ghostscript/Postscript. 
>  
> I hope someone can provide me with links, hints and informations on how to
> get started with Windows printer driver development. 
> 
> Thanks in advance
> Dominik
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