Is it possible to somehow install PDFCreator on USB stick, in some way to achieve "hardware" printer emulation on non-PC devices?
I have an idea of connecting an USB stick instead of printer and when print request comes from device (Windows CE based) the PDFCreator would create PDF file and automatically save file in some folder eg. \\printouts\\?
I think that it would be possible to have a hardware box that does, what PDFCreator does, but it would require some serious hardware programming and more than an ordinary usb stick, so this is something we probably will never do.
Thanks for your answer.It was just an idea - I'm not specialist at this matter.
The problem in your case is that you need a Windows printing driver for the device in Windows CE and not a Win XP driver. A simple USB device that supports every device with an USB port will not work because you need a Windows CE driver for printing in CE, a Unix driver on any Unix operating system an Apple driver for Apple computers and so on.
Changing PDF Creator so that it will run on Windows CE will very time consuming, so I dont think it will be done.
What you can do is that you install a Windows CE printing driver for a printer with a very easy protocol like text only. Then you can set the output not to the printer, but to your PC. Then you can write a program for your PC that listens to port 9100, parses the data and generates a .pdf. If it is enough that you see that the printer is printing at all you only need to put a message box if data arrived.