Does anyone still use dot matrix?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by laserbeahm, May 30, 2004.

  1. laserbeahm macrumors member

    Feb 4, 2004
    Central Valley, CA
    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.
  2. jared_kipe macrumors 68030


    Dec 8, 2003
    I've got one back in my house in Colorado, wasn't apple, but it was old, loud, and sweet.
  3. KC9AIC macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2004
    Tokyo, Japan or Longview, Texas
    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.
  4. legion macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2003
    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)
  5. jemeinc macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2004
    South Jersey
    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...
  6. dvdh macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2004
    Uses for old dot-matrix printers . . .

    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 . . .
  7. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    Use mine for tri-colored receipts for landscaping.
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    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.
  9. MikeTheC Guest


    Apr 26, 2004
    Gallifrey -- Capitol City, Prydonian Sector
  10. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2002
    bat country
    if you ever saw Man... Or Astroman? 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.
  11. snooziums macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2004
    Evergreen State
    Speaking of which....

    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.
  12. 7on macrumors 601


    Nov 9, 2003
    Dress Rosa
    Check for an Apple Imagewriter. I checked Print Utility and that seems to have the drivers built in for OSX.

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