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Here are some info the new born :
- 13th of September 2001 : I'm trying to understand how CVS works any help would be appreciate
- 11th of September 2001 : My god, they are mad...
- 2nd of September 2001 : PyFD 0.2 is out. It integrates the lpr module. It has been nearly two month till the last update mostly because I'm seriously thinking about switching to PyQT...
- 12th of August 2001 : LPR module created for future integration in PyFD. It will be available asap.
- 8th of July 2001 : New PNG banners on in this page (without transparency). It is now "browsable" from Opera, Konqueror and Mozilla. I've still plenty of problem with Netscape 4.7x....
- 7th of July 2001 : New graphics on this page. Rimka 0.0.2 is out. It is a PJL/PCL editor. It's using wxPython intensively and is a little bit more advanced than PyFD.
- 2nd of July 2001 : PyFD alpha is out of the blue. Download it here.
Like plenty of other tools PyFD was created for "filling a gap".
I'm working as a 2nd level Support Specialist for a huge company. One of those dinosaurs who has invented Smalltalk, the GUI, the mouse and other stuffs. One day the french National Engineer rang from Brussels and told me "Yann, I'm in the X's factory, they have 80 printers down, they're printing the monthly accountancy report". A few minutes later I discovered that they were using 106 different "home made" fonts on their printers hardrives.
The main task of a support specialist is to simulate customer's issues. I had, then, to send these 106 different fonts on 8 differents printers in order to simulate the crash. And I had to do it quickly. I was -and I'm still- an absolute beginner in Python but I wrote a short and dirty script. Luckily it did the job...
Even if PyFd is only at its alpha stage the core application is able to :
- use Appsocket and LPR technologies.
- send one/several fonts to one/several remote printers (tested on Xerox and Tektronix printers).
- create an HTML report of what has been sent.
- check if the remote printers have their TCP port 515, 9100, 2501 and 2000 opened.
PyFD is using wxPython and wxWindows. After a quick double checking both seem to comply to GPL. Please go here for more details.
You may found below how the beast looks like:
The following links have been proven vital and still are :