Print conditionally based on the printer's status with Integration Builder Follow

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Question

Is it possible to print (or not print) a print job based on the printer's current status?

Answer

Yes, this is indeed possible.

The Integration Platform will be able to work with the status of a printer in the same way that Printer Maestro shows this information in its "Status" column (see screenshot below as an example of "Offline, Error" and "Ready" status for 2 separate printer instances):

  • Create a "Shell Command" Action:

We will need to create a "Shell Command" Action inside the Integration Platform which makes use of the printer driver automation interface (SSDAL):

C:\WINDOWS\ssdal.exe /p %Printer% get status Executing 'Get' command

We will receive two possible replies: Offline or Ready.

The output will be written to the Integration variable %ShellCommandOutput% (or to a different variable if you define so.

** Also, have in mind that I'm using the %Printer% variable in my command line call, which means that I've been running some previous actions within my integration in order to read the printer name out of the trigger file. 

 

  • Create a conditional Print Action.

Once the status of the printer is available under the Integration variable %ShellCommandOutput%, I can now run a conditional Print Action (in the screenshot below, you can see that a "Print Command Script" action was used)  to e.g. only be executed when the Printer is "Offline".

 

 

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