14 - Known problems
- Some mail client programs does not
allow Printfil sending the print jobs via e-mail through them without
showing a security alert message.
How to disable that message to send mail without user intervention depends by the specific mail client used. For example:
Microsoft Outlook Express:
- Go to Tools -> Options -> Security
- Remove the checkmark near the "Warn me when other applications try to send mail as me" option
The first time Thunderbird is invoked by Printfil it
shows you the warning and asks you if you want to see it again in
future. Answering "no" will setup the mapi.blind-send.warn parameter as
false. To change it programmatically:
- Go to Tools -> Options -> Advanced -> Configuration Editor
- Setup the "mapi.blind-send.warn" option to false (to disable the warning) or true (to enable it)
- On some Windows
systems, the network services do not immediately
start at the PC bootup, but only when other
services are started and/or a firewall software
has been initialized.
So, Printfil could start before the networking
services and, if it's configured to capture a
parallel port in Mode 1, 2 or 3 (which makes use of those services), it could
show an error message instead of capturing the
If your system is affected by this problem, you
can solve it:
- By capturing the port in Mode 0 (the
default in Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows
Vista, Windows 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 2012, Windows 10)
- By changing the Startup program's
- By the DelayStartup Printfil's option (please see Chapter 4)
- By removing the shortcut to Printfil from the Startup
menu and running it later on by the
desktop icon or a batch file.
- On some Windows
9x/ME systems, the LPT capturing option may takes
a few seconds before completing the process. This
may slow down Printfil's startup and you may
experience a little delay if you are printing to
a printer which is physically connected to the
captured LPT port.
- During the creation
of a PDF file via GhostScript on some systems,
"Error 1" may be shown.
The most common cause it the installed
GhostScript version which does not like the CTRL-D
character which is sent at the end of the
Go to Control
Panel->Printers and Fax
Right click the
"Printfil" printer and choose
Click the "Device
Set "Send CTRL-D
after each job" as NO
Apply the changes.
On Windows 9x/ME systems some
WMF background files which were working ok with Printfil versions prior
to 5.0 may be not correctly merged on the page anymore. We didn't
experience this problem neither when Printfil merges the very same WMF
files on NT-based systems (Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP,
Windows 2003, Windows Vista, Windows 2008, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 2012, Windows 10), nor with BMP
background files on the 16 bit systems above.
The problem may be solved by opening those WMF
files with a graphical editor (CorelDraw, Paint
Shop Pro etc.) and by saving them again.
some Windows 95 and NT 4.0 systems, Printfil may show an
error message at startup and close immediately.
This is due to some Windows DLLs which are not
updated on that OS. The easiest way to update
them is by installing Internet Explorer 4 or newer on the
old Windows machine (on NT 4.0 you also have to install the latest Microsoft Service Pack 6).