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Thermal Receipt Printer?
« on: June 22, 2011, 10:00:55 PM »
Hey people,
                Im currently setting up a TD2 in two small casinos and have a quick question. Ive configured the receipts for the tournament (entry and rebuy/addon) although i have no idea how to get them to print via our thermal printers (Epson model M129C's). Has anyone had any joy printing via a thermal printer if so id appreciate any help.

Cheers Ben

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Re: Thermal Receipt Printer?
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2011, 12:34:44 AM »
I use a thermal printer with TD. You will have to set it as your default printer. You may have some editing to do with your receipt template to make it fit properly. Also to note, if you are using TD version 2.5.12, the print dialog will open up on the extended display (if you are using one). To be sure, when the print dialog opens up, drag it to your desktop to confirm the thermal printer is actually selected. Once you confirm this, every other print job can be completed by a few "Enter"s.
With the beta version of TD (v2.6) there is an option where TD will simulate a "enter" keystroke for youand speed up the printing process (this can be found on the preferences tab>printing).
Also be sure to set the print settings through IE. Select Print in IE then select Page Layout and set your preferences there. I would suggest removing headers and footers.
I average over 700 players per week in my club and print a lot of receipts. Mahound, stuamarr, Corey and myself (and many others) are here to help you with all you need. Don't hesitate to post for anything. Hopefully you will soon be able to participate and help others here too
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Re: Thermal Receipt Printer?
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2011, 08:48:38 AM »
yep, ditto Jody's response, best option is a window based USB thermal printer, as TD uses Windows Printer server to spool.

You would also be wise to update to the beta version 2.6b5 from here: http://www.thetournamentdirector.net/forums/index.php?topic=2738.0
as Jody has already said it includes a keystroke to "bypass" the print dialogue (It keystrokes the <PRINT> button for you) and it also avoids the dialogue popping up on the extended display if you are using one.
As Jody also mentioned you will need to set the thermal printer as your default printer in START>DEVICES AND PRINTERS>Right Click on Printer and Select "Set as Default Printer"

The other thing I did was to open up Internet Explorer >PRINT>PAGE SETTINGS and set your margins to 0 all round with -Empty- on all your headers and footers, this will let you use the full 6" page of your receipt, you should also use another browser such as Chrome for everything else as you can then print normally to an A4/Letter printer with normal margins.

When it comes to editing your receipt, you can use an HTML editor  such as Pagebreeze HTML to edit the form data to how you want it.

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Stu
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Re: Thermal Receipt Printer?
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2011, 10:12:48 AM »
So the Auto Print function is working for you guys then (the preference that automatically presses the OK button on the Print dialog)?

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Re: Thermal Receipt Printer?
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2011, 01:34:05 PM »
works like a charm! This is one of the features I credit to speeding up my registration time.

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Re: Thermal Receipt Printer?
« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2011, 03:19:27 PM »
Awesome.  So glad to hear it's a useful feature.

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Re: Thermal Receipt Printer?
« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2011, 11:19:56 AM »
brilliant feature Corey, working a treat for me too! what a difference it makes to entries.  Really has made TD a lot more professional.

Stu
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Re: Thermal Receipt Printer?
« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2011, 05:37:12 AM »
guys I'm trying to modify the recepit.html template:
first problem is that left border still works as default even if I've modified it in the IE options,while right border works like a charm.
second problem is that I would like to modify the parameters in the recepits: I've opened the template and I see item0-item1-item2 etc...
what if i want to add the name of the player, and other data?
Should I use the tokens?
What's the token for the player's name?

thank you guys

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Re: Thermal Receipt Printer?
« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2011, 09:12:58 AM »
Hi Linker,

I think you will probably find that the border is deafult to the printer itself, for example I have 0cm border all round on my page setup on IE,but this still creates a small border all around,  You could also check your printer settings in devices and printers and make sure that the printers windows settings are set to the minimum borders all around.

With regard to editing your receipt you need to use an HTML editor such as pagebreezeHTML, when you load your receipt it is how it will look, you need to insert the tokens under tha HTML code tab (see attached picture.) What I did was enter the tag where I wanted it in CAPITAL LETTERS then goto the HTML tab and change it to an actual tab for example I would enter LASTNAME then click accross and change it to <lastname>

The tokens are:
<eventname>
<date>
<time>
<receiptnumber>
<salesperson>
<nickname>
<firstname>
<lastname>
<streetaddress>
<city>
<state>
<zipcode>
<country>
<phone1>
<phone2>
<email1>
<email2>
<notes>
<id>
<tablename>
<seatnumber>

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Re: Thermal Receipt Printer?
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2011, 10:16:54 AM »
FYI, the tokens stuamurr listed are listed in the user manual included with the software.