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Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby beebdidi » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:21 am

Hi,
While digging around, I found this product :

http://www.ipcas.com/products/centronic ... inter.html

Might be usefull to use modern printers.
I don't have an idea of the price anyway.

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby duikkie » Fri Nov 18, 2016 9:44 am

the datasheet is not very good :( , protocol is windows . i think we have a software/rom problem for the acorn


beebdidi wrote:Hi,
While digging around, I found this product :

http://www.ipcas.com/products/centronic ... inter.html

Might be usefull to use modern printers.
I don't have an idea of the price anyway.

Cheers

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby daveejhitchins » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:02 am

beebdidi wrote:While digging around, I found this product :

http://www.ipcas.com/products/centronic ... inter.html
I love the: You do not have the permission to see the prices :lol:

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby duikkie » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:13 am

Rare jongens die duitsers
maybe a only for german product ?

Not a bexit thing ;)


daveejhitchins wrote:
beebdidi wrote:While digging around, I found this product :

http://www.ipcas.com/products/centronic ... inter.html
I love the: You do not have the permission to see the prices :lol:

Dave H :D

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby beebdidi » Fri Nov 18, 2016 10:58 am

Yes, that was just a though
Maybe some new idea for a project ;-)

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby duikkie » Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:28 am

Go for it!! But sending text from a window pc has an other format then a acorn machine. I think you need an other rom in the convertor but a shematic or datasheet will help the chip is maybe a chxxxx

beebdidi wrote:Yes, that was just a though
Maybe some new idea for a project ;-)

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby george.h » Fri Nov 18, 2016 5:55 pm

beebdidi wrote:I don't have an idea of the price anyway.Cheers


daveejhitchins wrote:I love the: You do not have the permission to see the prices


If you have to ask the price, you probably can't afford it - as the old rule goes :lol:
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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby Elk Towers » Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:15 pm

Nick

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby beebdidi » Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:25 pm

OK !so I will forget buying one !
It's more than 10x the price of a printer...

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby rwap » Thu Apr 19, 2018 7:40 pm

I know this is an old thread, but I thought I would pop on and mention my own little project to provide a Centronics port to usb convertor.

It is called the Retro-Printer (www.retroprinter.com) and uses a Raspberry Pi (or other Single Board Computer) to process the captured data - converting ESC/P2 control codes to PDF and then sending the resulting output to any connected USB or Network printer.

I had seen the Ipcas convertor (and a couple of similar products - one in the USA and one in the UK) which both cost over £200; and wanted to produce something which would be much lower cost specifically aimed at the retro computer market.

Actually, for those who have not come across me before, this is something I started talking about in about 1997 when the supplies of the Epson Stylus Colour 850 seemed to dry up (this was the last printer I was using with my Sinclair QL home computer to run my business).

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby lcww1 » Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:22 pm

I’ve been keeping an eye on your retro-printer project for a while now, and I think a few other people on this forum are also aware of your project too. From your website, it looks as though you’ve been making good progress. Any idea when the retro-printer may become available?

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby Elminster » Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:07 pm

I am sure there are lot of people around who dont actually print much any more but given the ability to use modern printers on a Beeb, would happily get something like this just because it exists. And who doesnt have about a dozen RPis kciking about, I am sure they breed.

And I get to add something else to the retro hardware list.

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby rwap » Tue May 22, 2018 7:38 pm

lcww1 wrote:I’ve been keeping an eye on your retro-printer project for a while now, and I think a few other people on this forum are also aware of your project too. From your website, it looks as though you’ve been making good progress. Any idea when the retro-printer may become available?



The Retro-Printer is currently at the factory for final production of the module and case so we are hoping to have it available for sale in July.

In the meantime, if you are looking for just the conversion routines, we have released the ESC/P2 conversion routine on https://github.com/RWAP/PrinterToPDF so that this can be improved. It handles most ESC/P2 codes (unlike the various ESC/P conversion routines available on the internet).

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby lcww1 » Tue May 22, 2018 7:46 pm

rwap wrote:The Retro-Printer is currently at the factory for final production of the module and case so we are hoping to have it available for sale in July.


Many thanks for the update - that’s great news!

rwap wrote:we have released the ESC/P2 conversion routine on https://github.com/RWAP/PrinterToPDF so that this can be improved. It handles most ESC/P2 codes (unlike the various ESC/P conversion routines available on the internet).


This is also great news - I’m wondering if I might be able to use your code to assist with Econet printing as discussed here http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=14953 - something for me to investigate I think :-k

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Re: Centronics printer to usb converter

Postby rwap » Tue May 22, 2018 7:59 pm

Definitely - the ESC/P2 conversion routine has been released under the GPL license, so we welcome its use in other projects and of course, suggested improvements to the code.