View Full Version : Does anyone still use dot matrix?

May 31, 2004, 12:14 AM
I know that we all remember the old Apple dot matrix printers. But does anyeone still have or use a dot matrix printer. I actually have to use one at work. I was just wondering if there was anyone else out there who uses one at work or home.

May 31, 2004, 12:51 AM
I've got one back in my house in Colorado, wasn't apple, but it was old, loud, and sweet.

May 31, 2004, 03:47 AM
We use an original Apple ImageWriter at home for printing out long databases. It's loud and annoying, but we've got lots of spare ribbons, and would rather not use up expensive inkjet cartridges.

May 31, 2004, 04:54 AM
I've used them at places I used to work at and my family has a few somewhere in a garage in middle-america. They're still useful because you need impact printers when you are printing to forms in triplicate and such (since you need the impact to make the marks through all the layers.) Obviously a lot of banks still use them and accounting departments (and legal offices)

May 31, 2004, 07:44 AM
I wish I still used mine... When I switched my company over to Mac that was the one area I had trouble with... I do about 40 duplicate invoices a day where the customer signs-keeps a copy & the driver keeps a signed copy... Asking the customer to sign twice was a bit unprofessional,imho...
I've since found paper that will serve the same purpose for my laser printer, though I pay dearly for it...

May 31, 2004, 08:02 AM
These people are not just using the old dot-matrix but reinventing the way that it can be used. Check out the link to HEAR what dot-matrix printers can really do . . .


May 31, 2004, 09:30 AM
Use mine for tri-colored receipts for landscaping.

May 31, 2004, 12:19 PM
I still have my C. Itoh Prowriter, which was later branded the Apple Dot Matrix printer, among other names but I don't use it anymore. I think I paid something like $350 for 120 characters per second in 1983. For that matter, I have Panasonic daisy wheel and Okimate 10 thermal ribbon printers here somewhere too.

May 31, 2004, 04:27 PM

Entirely too insane for words... but I will give it a listen...


May 31, 2004, 04:33 PM
if you ever saw Man... Or Astroman? (http://www.astroman.com/) in concert, not only did you experience the greatest live show ever in the history of this planet, but they also used an old apple dot matrix printer to do a song in some of their last shows.

May 31, 2004, 05:28 PM
Does anyone know where I can find a impact printer for the Mac OS? (such as dot matrix). I have had several times where I needed to print on carbon paper, and it is really annoying to have to type it on an electric typewriter.

May 31, 2004, 05:41 PM
Check ebay.com for an Apple Imagewriter. I checked Print Utility and that seems to have the drivers built in for OSX.