Windows 7 is now compatible with Soft Xpansion's (news, site) Print to Document SDK, the company's technology that allows the installation of virtual printers. "Virtual" because they don't exist and, because they don't exist, don't actually print anything.
Printers That Don't Print and the Quest for Universal Language
Even though Soft Xpansion's printer doesn't have any tangible characteristics, it is still implemented into an operating system like any regular printer. This way it can be selected in the "Printers and Faxes" folder from your desktop. But why would you want to access a printer that doesn't print? To deceive your software, of course!
These days documents are sent in digital form rather than on paper, and Soft Xpansion's argument is like this: just as there is no natural universal language for writing paper documents, there is no universal format for digital content storage. Digital documents are written with different software programs which support various file formats and tend to come from entirely different sources.
In an attempt to resolve this issue, Soft Xpansion's invisible printer aims to "deceive" the software which can print and obtain from it the necessary data in a universal digital format. After the information has been sent to the Soft Xpansion's printer and received by it in a universal format, its main task is fulfilled and the only thing to do is to transfer these data to the program product which needed them.
The Invisible Printer version 7.2
The 7th version has reportedly been restructured and modified in big new ways, including:
- Runs on Windows 7
- For 32- and for 64-bit operating systems (Windows based)
- Stronger functionality of components and methods
- More flexible than previous versions (Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows ME and Windows NT are no longer supported. As a consequence, the limitations forced by these operating systems no longer apply)
The Soft Xpansion team says, "This system's spread wide and not only in business sector, but also in private use. The actual version Print to Document has been adopted for such architecture as well as for the networks with various operating environments."
Check out the team's product page for more information on the tool.