Printing to text file from DOS app

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I'm trying to export recipes from an old DOS recipe program called
Cook, and I think printing to a text file looks like my best bet.

So I setup a printer that prints to file, and set it to the default
printer, but the DOS app ignores it and tries to print to LPT1.

Anyone have any hints as how I might be able to print to a text file
using the DOS app's "print" option?

I thought maybe there's an answer that involves capture, but it's not a
network setup, so I don't know if that's relevant.

Thanks so much.
Kate
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    I think you need to setup the printer to print to a file.


    <rockstargirl@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1123533685.902927.277130@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    > I'm trying to export recipes from an old DOS recipe program called
    > Cook, and I think printing to a text file looks like my best bet.
    >
    > So I setup a printer that prints to file, and set it to the default
    > printer, but the DOS app ignores it and tries to print to LPT1.
    >
    > Anyone have any hints as how I might be able to print to a text file
    > using the DOS app's "print" option?
    >
    > I thought maybe there's an answer that involves capture, but it's not a
    > network setup, so I don't know if that's relevant.
    >
    > Thanks so much.
    > Kate
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    On 8 Aug 2005 13:41:25 -0700, rockstargirl@gmail.com wrote:

    >I'm trying to export recipes from an old DOS recipe program called
    >Cook, and I think printing to a text file looks like my best bet.
    >
    >So I setup a printer that prints to file, and set it to the default
    >printer, but the DOS app ignores it and tries to print to LPT1.
    >
    >Anyone have any hints as how I might be able to print to a text file
    >using the DOS app's "print" option?
    >
    >I thought maybe there's an answer that involves capture, but it's not a
    >network setup, so I don't know if that's relevant.
    >
    >Thanks so much.
    >Kate

    This may work:
    Try opening the program in a Dos Window if you can, get the recipe
    on the screen. Then on the menu bar select Mark, highlight the text
    you want then click on Copy. It's now in the clipboard and you can
    paste it into Notepad or Wordpad.

    Regards,

    Bill Watt
    Computer Help and Information http://home.ptd.net/~bwatt/
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    If your recipe program works from a command prompt window while running
    windows I would try something else if I were you I would screenprint the
    recipe to a JPG file then after doing all then close the program access the
    folder the saved JPG files are in and click to open in your image program. I
    prefer ULead iPhotoPlus 4 program because it has a print preview you can
    resize the image in and move to areas on page to print page ups different
    images, saves paper, also conversion to Black and White, lightening,
    resizing, and best of all Rotate & Flip, Crop, and Stitch.
    Get the Screenprint program from http://www.gadwin.com/ for free. Set it up
    for rectangular captures to a file with a number filename as 00000000 and it
    names each a higher number 000000001 000000002 000000003 etc. and save to a
    folder like C:\Target you create first. Read about the programming on Gadwin
    site, your like this method better than a DOS attempt to get recipes because
    you can name a folder then move the numbered files to it without having to
    rename each and then start anew with another recipe grouping and do the same
    for each grouping.
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    "Bill Watt" wrote:

    > On 8 Aug 2005 13:41:25 -0700, rockstargirl@gmail.com wrote:
    >
    > >I'm trying to export recipes from an old DOS recipe program called
    > >Cook, and I think printing to a text file looks like my best bet.
    > >
    > >So I setup a printer that prints to file, and set it to the default
    > >printer, but the DOS app ignores it and tries to print to LPT1.
    > >
    > >Anyone have any hints as how I might be able to print to a text file
    > >using the DOS app's "print" option?
    > >
    > >I thought maybe there's an answer that involves capture, but it's not a
    > >network setup, so I don't know if that's relevant.
    > >
    > >Thanks so much.
    > >Kate
    >
    > This may work:
    > Try opening the program in a Dos Window if you can, get the recipe
    > on the screen. Then on the menu bar select Mark, highlight the text
    > you want then click on Copy. It's now in the clipboard and you can
    > paste it into Notepad or Wordpad.
    >
    > Regards,
    >
    > Bill Watt
    > Computer Help and Information http://home.ptd.net/~bwatt/
    >
    >
    >
    >
  4. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    You need third part software to do it.

    There is a free one here
    http://short.stop.home.att.net/freesoft/print.htm#ptf

    <rockstargirl@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1123533685.902927.277130@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    > I'm trying to export recipes from an old DOS recipe program called
    > Cook, and I think printing to a text file looks like my best bet.
    >
    > So I setup a printer that prints to file, and set it to the default
    > printer, but the DOS app ignores it and tries to print to LPT1.
    >
    > Anyone have any hints as how I might be able to print to a text file
    > using the DOS app's "print" option?
    >
    > I thought maybe there's an answer that involves capture, but it's not a
    > network setup, so I don't know if that's relevant.
    >
    > Thanks so much.
    > Kate
    >
  5. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    the fix is always in the details
    "dos app" isnt enough detail for anyone of the knowlegable people to help
    try the printer settings within the application to see if there is an option
    to print to file.

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    <rockstargirl@gmail.com> wrote in message
    news:1123533685.902927.277130@z14g2000cwz.googlegroups.com...
    > I'm trying to export recipes from an old DOS recipe program called
    > Cook, and I think printing to a text file looks like my best bet.
    >
    > So I setup a printer that prints to file, and set it to the default
    > printer, but the DOS app ignores it and tries to print to LPT1.
    >
    > Anyone have any hints as how I might be able to print to a text file
    > using the DOS app's "print" option?
    >
    > I thought maybe there's an answer that involves capture, but it's not a
    > network setup, so I don't know if that's relevant.
    >
    > Thanks so much.
    > Kate
    >
  6. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    Reply at end

    On Mon, 08 Aug 2005 21:52:55 -0400, Bill Watt <nobwatt@ptd.net>
    wrote:

    >On 8 Aug 2005 13:41:25 -0700, rockstargirl@gmail.com wrote:
    >
    >>I'm trying to export recipes from an old DOS recipe program called
    >>Cook, and I think printing to a text file looks like my best bet.
    >>
    >>So I setup a printer that prints to file, and set it to the default
    >>printer, but the DOS app ignores it and tries to print to LPT1.
    >>
    >>Anyone have any hints as how I might be able to print to a text file
    >>using the DOS app's "print" option?
    >>
    >>I thought maybe there's an answer that involves capture, but it's not a
    >>network setup, so I don't know if that's relevant.
    >>
    >>Thanks so much.
    >>Kate
    >
    >This may work:
    >Try opening the program in a Dos Window if you can, get the recipe
    >on the screen. Then on the menu bar select Mark, highlight the text
    >you want then click on Copy. It's now in the clipboard and you can
    >paste it into Notepad or Wordpad.

    When you get into the Dos window and don't have the menu bar use
    ctrl+enter to toggle it on and off between that and a full screen.

    I use this copy/paste method from a Dos Window often.

    Regards,

    Bill Watt
    Computer Help and Information http://home.ptd.net/~bwatt/
  7. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.win98.gen_discussion (More info?)

    Thanks for all of your responses.

    I should have mentioned that there are hundreds of recipes, so anything
    I'd have to do by hand-- e.g., c&p'ing each individual recipe-- would
    be significantly time-consuming.

    And there really aren't any printer settings within the application to
    fiddle with.

    Unless I'm misunderstanding, image files aren't really what I need
    because the end goal is to import into another recipe program, which
    can import text recipes, but probably not jpegs.

    But thanks again for responding.

    I'll look into that free software. Thanks for the link.

    Kate
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