[Mono-dev] Get list of installed printers

Daniel Morgan danielmorgan at verizon.net
Sat Dec 31 13:49:11 EST 2005

If you can wait until the next release of Mono, it will have some 
limited System.Drawing.Printing support.
Windows will use Win32 GDI while Unix-like systems will use CUPS.  Or 
you can get it from Mono's subversion repository.


There are some alternatives to System.Drawing.Printing:
1. GnomePrint# which is part of GTK#.  It works well on Unix-like 
systems, but it seems to draw a mirror of what it should on Win32.  
Win32 implementation of GnomePrint uses GDI.

There is a PrintSample.cs included in gtk# that shows you how to use 

2. wx.net has printing support.  They have a Printing sample that shows 
you how to do printing in wx.net.  wx.net is available on Win32 and Linux.


3. Draw to a PDF.  Let your PDF reader print the PDF to a printer if you 
need it to be printed.  Most things these days don't get printed but get 
put into a PDF for online viewing.  There are plenty of .net APIs on 
sourceforge which will let you do this.


gigi gogu wrote:

> Hy there again,
> any ideeas in how can I retreive the list of printers installed on a 
> system?
> In Windows.Forms was easy:
> using System;
> using System.Drawing.Printing;
> ...
> ComboBox cmbPrinters=ComboBox.NewText();
> ...
> private void loadPrinters(){
>             int nr=PrinterSettings.InstalledPrinters.Count;
>             for (int i = 0; i < nr; i++)
>             {
>                 string printer=PrinterSettings.InstalledPrinters[i];
>                 cmbPrinters.AppendText(printer);
>             }
> }
> But in mono i get this error:
> Unhandled Exception: System.NotImplementedException: The req uested 
> feature is not implemented.
> in [0x00005] (at 
> /tmp/scratch/BUILD/mono-1.1.12/mcs/class/System.Drawing/System.Drawing.Printing/PrinterSettings.cs:272) 
> System.Drawing.Printing.PrinterSettings:get_InstalledPrinters ()
> ....
> Is there another way to get the installed printers?
> My mono version is 1.1.12_0.
> Dantes.
> P.S. A happy new year for all mono-developers! :P
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------

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