Is there anyway to capture serial port data to PDF instead of to a printer?

by on February 22, 2013

Q: I have a compact device that wipes hard drives (it’s a “WiebeTech Drive eRazer Ultra”), then it gives me the option to print a label-sized report about the drive it just wiped. It does the printing via a DB9 serial port, which can be connected to a serial-attached label printer.

I’d like to capture that device’s printer output into a PDF file on my smartphone (Android). So, it seems there are two challenges: (A.) making the serial print output go from the device’s serial DB9 port, to either wireless (WiFi, Direct WiFi, or Bluetoothe), or directly to a Flash Drive, and (B.) interpreting the print output from that device, into PDF.


One Response to “Is there anyway to capture serial port data to PDF instead of to a printer?”
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    Since I posted this, I’ve learned that the WiebeTech Drive eRazer Ultra, was designed using Zebra brand printers, and emits ZPL II formatted text, via the serial port. So, Challenge (B.) will be to capture / interpret ZPL II formatted text, into an Acrobat PDF file.