Transfer Text File from PC to Apple II

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I would like to know how to tranfer a plain text file from a 32-bit Windows XP PC to an Apple //e in a way that it can be printed. I currently have two Super Serial Cards attached, one set up for ADTPro and the other for an Imagewriter. I have no issue with running extra programs or doing file conversions. I also have AppleWorks, but with ADT my software library isn't very limited.
Any advice would be appreciated.

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Re: Transfer Text File from PC to Apple II

So there's any of a number of ways you can achieve your stated goal, only some of which actually involve transfer. As I understand it, you have a (text?) file on the PC, and you'd like it printed by the Apple II (presumably by Appleworks or similar).

Scenario 1: exactly what you asked for - transfer an individual file
1. Get a terminal communications program for the Apple II (ModemMGR, ProTERM, etc.)
2. Get a terminal communications program for your PC (HyperTerminal may suffice)
3. Send the file from PC to Apple II, saving it somewhere you have sufficient space
4. Import the file into Appleworks and print away.

Scenario 2: using software you already have, transferring via disk image
1. Have CiderPress generate you a blank disk image
2. Use CiderPress to import your text file onto that disk image
3. Transfer that disk image to the Apple II via ADTPro
4. Start Appleworks, import file, and print

Scenario 3: using emulation
1. Use CiderPress to import your text file onto an Appleworks disk image
2. Boot Appleworks on an emulator
3. Print from there (i.e. http://gsport.sourceforge.net/printer.html)

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Re: Transfer Text File from PC to Apple II

When I was doing this type of operation years and years ago (win 3.1 days). IIRC I used MS Notepad to filter out some stray control and formatting characters. Keeping it 100% text made things tons simpler I learned.

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