What it does
Sends documents consisting of printer codes directly to a printer, bypassing the print driver. Typically the original print job contained the raw printer codes; RPM can also generate printer codes from other input types.
RPM has supported raw printing, also called direct printing, since the beginning. Starting with version 5.0 we have added:
- printing to Windows shared printers, using login credentials
- interactive printing, using login credentials
- print a number of copies; the text print action actually prints repetitively if the number of copies is more than one, rather than trust the Windows driver (since we're not using the driver, of course).
The raw print action also supports page range, using form feeds to delimit pages.
- Credentials Optionally, select the username, password, and domain for an account with sufficient access to the destination printer. An account with full access to the printer will allow RPM to control the filename passed to the Windows spooler.
- Add User Enter another set of logon credentials; when the Add User dialog is closed, the user interface will attempt to validate the login to ensure valid credentials.
- Interact with Desktop Some print drivers or port monitors may require a user to perform some predefined action prior to document output. For example, the FILE: port requires you to specify the filename. If your printer requires user interaction, select this option. Note: When this option is selected, the job will be printed only when the user specified in Credentials is logged on. If Credentials are not specified, this option cannot be selected.
- Printer Selection Select the printer to which jobs will be sent. This dialog shows a drop list of the printers the current logged in user has access to.
- Use and report page range and page count You can suppress page range printing by leaving this unchecked. If checked, the raw print action will honor the first and last page settings and will log pages as they are printed to the message log.
- Start page Begin printing all incoming documents on the configured page number. This is an estimated position only and is not guaranteed accurate. Use this feature at your own risk.
- End page Do not print pages beyond the configured number. Specify 0 to print to the actual last page of the document. This is an estimated position only and is not guaranteed accurate. Use this feature at your own risk.
- Copies Each document will be printed the configured number of times.