Special Processing of Uniface Print Files

Author: doug.kemp@noris.org (DKemp)


I have the need to convert a uniface print file created by the P_MSWINX device table into a tif-formatted image file. The objective is saving uniface output as documents in an third-party imaging module.

Does anyone have experience in processing the print job files? I am not sure how these files are formatted to begin any conversion.

Any help is appreciated.


Doug Kemp


  1. Hi Doug,

    it would be easier to install a "printer" who delivers TIF output.
    This is the same as most PDF generators which are installed as printers (like FreePDF).

    Just check the internet for "print to tiff freeware", you will get a lot of tools.

    Success, Uli

    Just as an example:

    Zan Print to File Virtual Image Printer 3.0 Z      Download

    Zan Print to File Image Printer for Windows 2000/XP is a virtual printer driver, it allows to print to file(print to TIFF, print to JPEG, print to BMP) in just few clicks. You can use it as a file format converter that intercepts and converts any printable document into standard TIFF/JPEG/BMP. Free download of Zan Print to File Virtual Image Printer 3.0, size 843.78 Mb.

    Convert to TIFF with TIFF Printer Driver 6 PEERNET Inc.    


    PEERNET TIFF printer driver creates high quality TIFF images from any Windows program. Common conversions include, pdf to tiff, doc to tiff, excel to tiff, autocad to tiff, web to tiff, jpeg to. Free download of Convert to TIFF with TIFF Printer Driver 6, size 6.04 Mb.

    ActMask Image Virtual Printer Driver 3.054 ActMask Co.,Ltd 


    ActMask Image Virtual Printer Driver, helps you develop own software based on ActMask Image Virtual Printer Driver, export JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, BMP, PCX, TGA file and get printing information from virtual printer driver. Simply print any file to ActMask Virtual. Free download of ActMask Image Virtual Printer Driver 3.054, size 2.88 Mb.

    Author: ulrich-merkel (ulrichmerkel@web.de)
  2. Thanks Uli,

    I actually didn't realize there was such a robust market for such a device driver. In my case, I needed to have great control over the resulting .tif file name, and it looks like that may be supported to some degree.

    I was still interested in knowing the actual format of the output print file though.

    Thanks for your help.


    Author: DKemp (doug.kemp@noris.org)
  3. Hi Doug,

    if you use P_MSWINX or P_MSWIN3, the actual output format depends on the VIRTUAL PRINTER DRIVER you selected in windows.

    All other P_xxxxx versions provide a fixed output format.

    As an example: P_POSTSCRIPT returrns a basic postscript format
    and you can postprocess this file using the filename in $result after the print statement.

    HTH, Success, Uli

    Author: ulrich-merkel (ulrichmerkel@web.de)
  4. i have some tutorials on how to print tiff vb.net. just like pdf generator ,we can install pdf printer to print out tiff files. you can also use image viewer that support tiff files to help you achieve your goal.

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