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Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

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Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

I have a ancient program that runs under DOS called money manager, which I can run under DosBox on my iBook G4. I'm starting to use money manager to keep track of my finances now I'm at university and need to be a bit more careful about what I spend!
Money Manager works fine, under the DosBox Emulator, however I have no way to print from it as DosBox doesn't support printing, without downloading and compiling a patch from CVS which I haven't a clue how to do.
Therefore I either need another emulator which will print directly or a way of taking a CSV (comma separated values) file and turning it into a printable format, then printing it automatically.
If anyone has any ideas on how I could get something like that to work, I would be extremely grateful.
To summarise I am running:
MoneySoft Money Manager v4,
in
DosBox 0.7
on
Apple Mac OSX 10.4 Tiger
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MikeWhitehead
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Re: Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

Could you use OpenOffice? You could import the CSV into Base and print from there.
EDIT: URL to Mac OS X OOo
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Re: Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

Or you could take a screen grab of the screen in DosBox and then just print out the resulting jpg.
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Re: Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

Mike, I'll have a go at that tommorow.
Dave that would waste too much ink, unfortunately.
Alternatively how much would it cost to pick up and run a printer that would work on an MS-DOS based system?
MikeWhitehead
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Re: Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

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Mike, I'll have a go at that tommorow.
Dave that would waste too much ink, unfortunately.
Alternatively how much would it cost to pick up and run a printer that would work on an MS-DOS based system?

Just a cheap dot matrix? Could probably get a usable one for £5-£15. Don't ask for setup help though, I don't do printing from DOS sorry Tongue
pberry
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Re: Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

If your file's in CSV that any spreadsheet program on any OS will be able to read it. You can then print from that program.
MikeWhitehead
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Re: Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

Yea, I suggested OpenOffice since it's free, and as far as I know it's all been ported in full to OSX, so shouldn't have a problem printing from there (you could even go the whole hog and make a pretty report too) Cheesy
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Re: Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

I believe it's NeoOffice on the Mac, though could be wrong
MikeWhitehead
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Re: Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

IIRC, NeoOffice is a suite for Mac that forked from OpenOffice.org to give Mac OSX support. There's OpenOffice.org for the Mac using X11 windowing system which can be found here.
Prior versions/different windowing systems need to use OOo Aqua I believe, which is in early alpha, so NeoOffice would be the better choice.
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Re: Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

Why not just purchase a native Mac OS finance management app Assos? I use Moneydance - the GUI takes a bit of getting used to, but it's cheap and works well.
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Re: Printing From DOS Program on a Mac

Because a) that wouldn't be as fun, b) I'm a poor student, why spend money on something when you've already got something that will do the job and c) I like money manager
Seriously I'll have a look later once I pick my iBook up from waitrose....