The Virtual Print Driver allows you to print TIFF images directly to OnBase, from any application capable of printing to a standard Windows® printer. This allows you to store almost any kind of document, whether it is a Microsoft® Excel workbook or a web page, as an image document in OnBase. Appearing as a standard printer to your existing Windows® applications, the Virtual Printer spools all print jobs as multi-page TIFF files, which can then be imported into OnBase.
The Virtual Print Driver operates in much the same way as a physical print device, supporting several page sizes, color modes, and resolutions. When saving in color, images are saved as TIFF files using either LZW or JPEG compression. When saving in black and white, images are saved as TIFF files using CCITT T.6 compression.
The Virtual Print Driver can be composed of the following components:
- Print Driver: The Print Driver abstracts the details of specific print devices away from Windows programs, so that printing can be done in a generic fashion. Users do not have to concern themselves with the specifics of different printers; the driver takes responsibility for rendering documents in a uniform manner.
- Print Monitor: The Print Monitor acts as an intermediary between the OnBase client and the print driver. When active, the Print Monitor notifies OnBase when new print jobs are available.
- Virtual Print Driver Listener: The Virtual Print Driver Listener acts as either a standalone feature or an intermediary between the OnBase Unity Client and the print driver. When active, the Virtual Print Driver Listener notifies OnBase when new print jobs are available.