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Switch printers using Terminal in FileMaker Pro
Authored by: rlaan on May 26, '05 03:54:51AM

Just to make things certain, after using this scriptcode I turned ALL filemaker printersettings off in the script, so basically I print without page and printer setup and I just show the print dialog to check that the right printer is indeed selected... And it has been for the last week.

Funny thing, using other printers in a diffrent filemaker app seems to work fine using the official Filemaker method... The behaving is eratically...


The box said, Windows 95 or better, so I bought OS X.

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Switch printers using Terminal in FileMaker Pro
Authored by: Greg Torok on May 27, '05 11:25:21AM

I really, really, really wished this worked for me, but setting this up to switch and print multiple jobs to multiple printers within a single FileMaker script is still not working. I removed all Page Setups and Print settings and still no joy.

I'm trying to use this to change to multiple printers and print within a single script. Basically I need, in one script, to change to a small label printer, print a label, change to a large label printer, print a different label, change to a laser printer and print a document.

Has anyone been able to get this to work to print a document to printer A, switch to printer B and print it there too, then switch back to printer A all within one script or series of scripts, without hitting Cancel at the print dialog (because that seems to clear FileMaker's preference for the last used printer, then the next dialog shows the correct printer)?

Even when I use the Shell method, unless I Cancel a print request between each printer change, Filemaker retains the last used printer regardless of the current default. I'm using GUI scripting to cancel a print job between each new printer selection, which I'd like to get away from as it slows things down.

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