Print/convert .prn file

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mahatch, May 29, 2008.

  1. mahatch macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
    Hello everybody!

    You will save me if someone knows how to fix this problem. I need to print a e-ticket for a flight, and I was using a Windows computer at my school to get the file, so I put print to file, expecting a pdf, but when I looked at it later and tried to print it at home, it was a .prn file. I haven't been able to do anything with it. I attached the file in case that helps, but I had to change the ext to txt to get it to upload, so maybe it's pointless...

    I tried using Adobe's online pdf converter, but it won't recognize it as an accepted file type. I tried using ghostscript ps2pdf, but that also didn't work, even after I tried changing the extension to .ps. I also tried dragging and dropping the file into my printer's queue, but that just opened up a blank TextEdit window. Then I added the printer with an Apple PS driver, but it just started printing gibberish instead of the file.

    I am running Leopard. The printer is connected thru USB and is a HP Deskjet 460. I feel like if I add the printer and choose the right driver, dragging and dropping the file into the queue will work. But I don't know how to figure it out.

    If anyone can help with an idea of how to convert this file to something that I can print easily, or how to print the file directly, you would be my new best friend.

    Thanks in advance!


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  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    PRN files contain printer commands. Unfortunately, they are also printer-specific, so, unless you have the same make and model of printer as the one you were using at school, you won't be able to do anything with the .PRN file.
  3. agentphish macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2004
    typically e-tickets are sent to you in email...thats why they are shouldn't you be able to simply re-print the e-ticket from your email or something?
  4. SpareKnowledge macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2008
    PRN files

    Just ran into this problem. What I did is somewhat crude. I brought up a terminal window. Assume the prn file named file.prn is in your home directory. Then from the terminal window you type this

    lpr file.prn

    And it will print. That assumes the windows OS and mac OS were thinking of the same printer. My two operating systems share the same printer.

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