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Mac-Compatible Impact Printer???

I need to print from a mac-based Filemaker file to a 4-part NCR tractor-fed form to a dot-matrix (AKA impact printer. I can only find Windows & UNIX-compatible .

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  • Cuffur Oct 30, 2008

    I do not have a printer yet. I am looking to buy a dot matrix printer to print a 4-part NCR continuous feed form with the tractor feed capability.


    The finished form size is 8.5 wide by 5.5 tall, with the fan-fold tractor perfs on the sides, the form is 9.5 wide.
    Many dot-matrix printers are available to do this but none I have found are compatible with a Mac OS.
    Okidata has a workaround using a networkable printer running on IP/TCP protocol thru a browser (FIREFOX?)
    Being a Mac person, I don't go much deeper (computer-wise) than plug and play.
    Thus...
    Help.

  • Tim Babcock
    Tim Babcock May 11, 2010

    Do you what the model number is on the printer?


    Is this printer using the round apple serial interface cable?

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Okidata works pretty good for 4 part forms. I've worked on dot matrix printers in the past and found that a lot of them jam with that big of a form and eventually burn the motor out a lot faster. Not a problem to handle on an Okidata.

I have yet to find a USB interface for one so that might be a challenge. Apple used to use a round serial interface. You might be able to find a workaround for that using a USB hub. I have a Belkin one at home that carries an Apple serial interface.

Another idea that could work is to use a parallel based print server with a eternet port on it. Then you can run it on a TCP/IP. The only time you need to use a browser is for administration setup on the print server by typing in the TCP/IP address into the browser.

Safari can work in place of Firefox. Make sure the printer server has Mac drivers for it.

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