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trvlguy

I have searched through the forums looking for what might be an answer and I can't find anything, so my appologies if I have missed something already posted!

I have applications developed in Delphi and VB that print to a Zebra (barcode) printers. I have being trying to do the samething with AutoIt. Is it possible?

Here is a sampling of VBA code I use:

Open "LPT1:" For Output As #1

Write #1, "^XA"

Write #1, "^LH10,10^FS" ' Set label home

Write #1, "^FWn^FS"

Write #1, "^BY4,3,225^FS"

Write #1, "^FO15,30^ADn,36,40^FD" & sMessage1 & "^FS"

Write #1, "^FO15,80^ADn,36,40^FD" & sMessage1a & "^FS"

Write #1, "^FO15,130^ADn,36,40^FD" & sMessage1b & "^FS"

Write #1, "^FO15,250^ADn,36,20^FD" & sName & "^FS"

Write #1, "^FO15,300^ADn,36,20^FD" & sDept & "^FS"

Write #1, "^FO15,380^ADn,36,50^FD" & sMessage2 & "^FS"

Write #1, "^XZ"

Close #1

Thanks in advance for any assistance!

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jchd

Why not simply writing to the Windows printer device, like is done in your VBA example? _Much_ simpler and cleaner than doing the dirty job on the physical port yourself.


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trvlguy

Why not simply writing to the Windows printer device, like is done in your VBA example? _Much_ simpler and cleaner than doing the dirty job on the physical port yourself.

Sorry, I am kind of new at this - could you be a little more specific or give me an example? Thanks!

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jchd

Differences from VBA to AutoIt are not that big: your code should translate nicely into:

; of course you need to have data variables declared and loaded...
; I seem to recall that VBA appends a CRLF to every write except when instructed not to.
; In case this is wrong, change accordingly.

Local $hdl = FileOpen("LPT1:", 1)
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^XA")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^LH10,10^FS") ; Set label home
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FWn^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^BY4,3,225^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,30^ADn,36,40^FD" & $sMessage1 & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,80^ADn,36,40^FD" & $sMessage1a & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,130^ADn,36,40^FD" & $sMessage1b & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,250^ADn,36,20^FD" & $sName & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,300^ADn,36,20^FD" & $sDept & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,380^ADn,36,50^FD" & $sMessage2 & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^XZ")
FileClose($hdl)

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trvlguy

Differences from VBA to AutoIt are not that big: your code should translate nicely into:

; of course you need to have data variables declared and loaded...
; I seem to recall that VBA appends a CRLF to every write except when instructed not to.
; In case this is wrong, change accordingly.

Local $hdl = FileOpen("LPT1:", 1)
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^XA")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^LH10,10^FS") ; Set label home
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FWn^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^BY4,3,225^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,30^ADn,36,40^FD" & $sMessage1 & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,80^ADn,36,40^FD" & $sMessage1a & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,130^ADn,36,40^FD" & $sMessage1b & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,250^ADn,36,20^FD" & $sName & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,300^ADn,36,20^FD" & $sDept & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^FO15,380^ADn,36,50^FD" & $sMessage2 & "^FS")
FileWriteLine($hdl, "^XZ")
FileClose($hdl)

Thanks - I will try this - someone has run off with my printer - when I get it back will let you know. Thanks Again!

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Thanks - I will try this - someone has run off with my printer - when I get it back will let you know. Thanks Again!

Sorry so late getting back to you - I just got my printer back today. I tried the code and thought that I had before I posted the question and it still won't print - the application locks up on: FileOpen("LPT1:", 1) - I reran my VBA code to ensure the printer was correctly set up and it ran.

Any thoughts?

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jchd

Yeah, that's strange. I'll try to get it to work somehow...

Please try this. I don't even have a non-Ethernet printer here and my Brother barcode printer (networked as well) wouldn't eat Zebra code anyway.

#include <WinAPI.au3>

; insert data variables definition here

Local $sText =  "^XA" & @CRLF & _
                "^LH10,10^FS" & @CRLF & _ ; Set label home
                "^FWn^FS" & @CRLF & _
                "^BY4,3,225^FS" & @CRLF & _
                "^FO15,30^ADn,36,40^FD" & $sMessage1 & "^FS" & @CRLF & _
                "^FO15,80^ADn,36,40^FD" & $sMessage1a & "^FS" & @CRLF & _
                "^FO15,130^ADn,36,40^FD" & $sMessage1b & "^FS" & @CRLF & _
                "^FO15,250^ADn,36,20^FD" & $sName & "^FS" & @CRLF & _
                "^FO15,300^ADn,36,20^FD" & $sDept & "^FS" & @CRLF & _
                "^FO15,380^ADn,36,50^FD" & $sMessage2 & "^FS" & @CRLF & _
                "^XZ" & @CRLF

Local $tBuffer = DllStructCreate("char[" & StringLen($sText) & "]")
DllStructSetData($tBuffer, 1, $sText)
Local $nWritten
Local $hFile = _WinAPI_CreateFile("LPT1", 2)
_WinAPI_WriteFile($hFile, DllStructGetPtr($tBuffer), StringLen($sText), $nWritten)
_WinAPI_CloseHandle($hFile)
Edited by jchd

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Another excellent RegExp tutorial. Don't forget downloading your copy of up-to-date pcretest.exe and pcregrep.exe here
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PCRE v8.33 regexp documentation latest available release and currently implemented in AutoIt beta.

SQLitespeed is another feature-rich premier SQLite manager (includes import/export). Well worth a try.
SQLite Expert (freeware Personal Edition or payware Pro version) is a very useful SQLite database manager.
An excellent eBook covering almost every aspect of SQLite3: a must-read for anyone doing serious work.
SQL tutorial (covers "generic" SQL, but most of it applies to SQLite as well)
A work-in-progress SQLite3 tutorial. Don't miss other LxyzTHW pages!
SQLite official website with full documentation (may be newer than the SQLite library that comes standard with AutoIt)

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