Overview

Introduction

The Understand Virtual Printing module provides you with the instruction and devices to develop your hands on skills in the defined topics. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Setup Printing to PDF
  • Printing a Document to XPS
  • Printing a Document to file

Exam Objectives

The following exam objectives are covered in this lab:

  • 220-901 1.14: Compare and contrast differences between the various print technologies and the associated imaging process (Virtual, Print to file, Print to PDF, Print to XPS)

Lab time: It will take approximately 1 hour to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Setup Printing to PDF

Operating systems like Windows gives you the capability to use virtual printers that will print a document to your preferred format. A virtual printer is not a physical printer that generates a tangible document, instead it’s a simulated device that utilize a system driver that creates the soft copy of the document in the intended file format.

In this exercise, you will learn how to set up a virtual printer by installing applications such as Cute PDF Writer and Foxit PDF creator.

Exercise 2 - Printing a document to XPS

XML Paper Specification (XPS) was introduced in Windows Vista as an alternative to using PDF. XPS is a document with a fixed layout and includes support for features like digital signatures and Digital Rights Management (DRM).

Most software vendors have included support for a new standard based on XPS called Open XML Paper Specification to provide interoperability with applications that produce documents based on Office Open XML standard.

In this exercise, you will perform tasks and learn how to use the Microsoft XPS printer driver which is built into a Windows computer.

Exercise 3 - Printing a Document to a File

The print to file feature is an old technology that you can use to print a document to a file in the event you don’t have an available printer, or you want to send a document or photograph to a commercial printer. Print to file was used in the days when printers were using parallel ports called LPT1 or LPT2.

When you use the print to file option, it creates a PRN file that contains text and other printable content with instructions for the printer like the number of pages to print in the document. These days, when high quality printers have become more affordable, you will hardly be using print to file but instead send the documents directly to a printer.

In this exercise, you will learn how to use the print to file option in a Windows application.

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