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Automation Tool for Printin a large number of files

by MarkSchmidtLV / May 16, 2010 4:44 PM PDT

Hi There,

I am searching a piece of software that will allow me to print a large number of PDF Files automatically, and after printing, move the files to a new location.
Yes, this could be done with a batch of some sort, BUT the problem is, I can't use the standard printer from windows, but have to change some stuff in the printer settings (actually, just one drop-down-box to load a pre-defined mix of settings).

Does anyone know a software (it doesn't have to be freeware) that can do this? Or maybe a mix of software?

Thanks a lot guys,


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by Kees Bakker / May 16, 2010 5:17 PM PDT

For the duration of this batch change the Windows default printer to the settings you need. Then set it back to the 'normal' default.


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Word-around not working
by MarkSchmidtLV / May 16, 2010 5:26 PM PDT
In reply to: Work-around.

Hi Kees,

thanks for your feedback.

This is - unfortunately - not possible.

We have to print at least two types of files (brochures and normal A4 pages), so the finishing differs. On our printer drivers (for Canon CLC 3220), you can pre-define certain settings. However, you can't apply these settings as "default".

So, only changing the printer won't do the trick.



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Re: doesn't work
by Kees Bakker / May 16, 2010 5:35 PM PDT

That's a problem then. On my Canon consumer printer I CAN apply settings to a default printer. In fact, I've got my one physical printer defined under 3 names: 'standard', 'draft' and 'double'. To print in draft or double (2 pages on 1 sheet of paper) I just select that "alias".

And here at work I can set my own default settings to our big Oce printers and save them.

Sorry to see it can't be done with a more professional Canon printer or a later OS than Windows XP. Are you sure? It's standard Windows functionality, setting properties of a printer and saving it.


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by MarkSchmidtLV / May 16, 2010 10:19 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: doesn't work

Dear Kees,

All the settings are done in a Canon-Specific Driver - I have made a Screenshot here (don't mind the german Wink ):

Whenever we open a new print dialog, it resets the settings to standard.

I thought of a little screen recorder, that just chooses the right stuff from the Dropdown-Menu and Presses "Print now".



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Re: Canon specific driver
by Kees Bakker / May 16, 2010 10:52 PM PDT
In reply to: Screenshot

Yes, that looks more or less like our Oce-driver here.

But I can call that also directly from the printer properties (in stead of indirectly when opening the file). And then when I press OK it's stored in the printer properties and not in the file. And when it's stored in the printer properties and it's the default printer, it's used.

So I just installed my consumer grade printer at home a second time, gave it another name, changed the properties from Start>Printers and faxes and use that copy. And if I had to use it 20 times, I could make it the default printer during that 20 times.

I can't try it with our Oce, because I don't have the printer driver CD. But I'm rather sure our system manager could.

Can't you?


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No I can't :(
by MarkSchmidtLV / May 17, 2010 1:24 AM PDT

Hi Kees,

it won'T accept the changes as default - and immediately on launching the Windows Driver Settings, it loads the EFI Driver.
So - no chance this way Sad


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(NT) That's a pity.
by Kees Bakker / May 17, 2010 5:26 AM PDT
In reply to: No I can't :(
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I'm thinking AutoIT.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 31, 2010 12:12 AM PDT

While I bet this could tackle this issue the problem is that you may have to be a programmer at heart to get it done. Sorry but while I would bet this could do it, I only offer the link without offering to write the scripts.

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