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[Tutorial] How to print coupon networks coupons (like Target.com) to PDF.

erickplaystatio 54 December 21, 2012 at 05:04 PM More Target Deals
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Hi all,
I just discovered this method and I hope it helps the rest of you. I don't have a printer at home, but I do at work, but I can't install the Coupon Activator on my work computer. I really wanted the buy-one-get-one-free Haagen Dazs, so I came up with this method.
Note: Instructions are for Windows 7, should work with other versions also.

1. First you'll need PDFCreator. [sourceforge.net] The coupon activator will print to your default printer, but it HAS to be a physical printer.

2. Click on the Windows Logo button (Start menu) -> Device and Printers -> Add a printer.
2a. Choose a Local Printer and leave the port as LPT1.
2b. Hit next and choose a physical printer model, for example, I chose HP 910, the first HP in the list. Here's a screenshot. [imgur.com]
2c. You don't have to share the printer, hit next and finish.
2d. Oh yeah, set this as your default printer.

3. Install the coupon activator from Target's website if you haven't already.

4. Go to http://coupons.target.com and choose your coupons. Print your coupons.

5. You should have a tray icon by your clock now that says 1 (or more) document pending for you. Double click this tray icon.

6. You should now have a list of queued print jobs in front of you that looks like this. [imgur.com]

7. Click on Printer on the upper left or hit Alt + P. Click on Use Printer Offline. Then click on Properties in the Printer Menu.

8. Click on the Ports tab and change the port to pdfcmon.

9. Click on the Advanced tab and change the Driver to PDFCreator. Hit Apply and OK.

10. Go back to your Print queue, click on Printer or Alt + P again, and uncheck Use Printer Offline.

Voila, you should now have PDF versions that you can store and print later!

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#2
nevermind. i see you didn't do this for fraud purposes but thats what a lot of people are going to do with this information.
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Quote from erickplaystatio View Post :
Hi all,

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I think I got this to work but where does the PDF end up saving?
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I think I got this to work but where does the PDF end up saving?
You should get a popup from PDFCreator after the you've unchecked "Use printer offline." After you get this popup. [imgur.com]
On the bottom right click Save and choose where you'd like to save the pdf.
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Quote from erickplaystatio View Post :
You should get a popup from PDFCreator after the you've unchecked "Use printer offline." After you get this popup. [imgur.com]
On the bottom right click Save and choose where you'd like to save the pdf.
I never got a popup. Is PDFCreator the only one that this works with? I have PDFXchange as my PDF printer.
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I never got a popup. Is PDFCreator the only one that this works with? I have PDFXchange as my PDF printer.
I have never tried PDFXchange. Try right-clicking on the queued print job and click restart.
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Thanks OP!
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#8
Thanks! Now if someone could only figure out how to replicate this on a Mac so I don't have to boot into Windows...
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Thanks! Now if someone could only figure out how to replicate this on a Mac so I don't have to boot into Windows...
Sorry, I don't have access to any Macs!
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When do 9. Click on the Advanced tab and change the Driver to PDFCreator. Hit Apply and OK.
The printer will change its name...
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#11
I tried doing this with CutePDFWriter, and it didn't work...almost everything was the same except the name of the driver, but I thouhgt it would work anyway. THe one difference is that in my printer tray icon, when I opened it, the status was already "error'
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#12
This worked (took 2 tries). Thank you!

Word to the wise though - make sure you go slow when installing PDFCreator and pay attention to what you're installing because it tries to install a bunch of bloatware at the same time.


Quote from erickplaystatio View Post :
Hi all,
I just discovered this method and I hope it helps the rest of you. I don't have a printer at home, but I do at work, but I can't install the Coupon Activator on my work computer. I really wanted the buy-one-get-one-free Haagen Dazs, so I came up with this method.
Note: Instructions are for Windows 7, should work with other versions also.

1. First you'll need PDFCreator. [sourceforge.net] The coupon activator will print to your default printer, but it HAS to be a physical printer.

2. Click on the Windows Logo button (Start menu) -> Device and Printers -> Add a printer.
2a. Choose a Local Printer and leave the port as LPT1.
2b. Hit next and choose a physical printer model, for example, I chose HP 910, the first HP in the list. Here's a screenshot. [imgur.com]
2c. You don't have to share the printer, hit next and finish.
2d. Oh yeah, set this as your default printer.

3. Install the coupon activator from Target's website if you haven't already.

4. Go to http://coupons.target.com and choose your coupons. Print your coupons.

5. You should have a tray icon by your clock now that says 1 (or more) document pending for you. Double click this tray icon.

6. You should now have a list of queued print jobs in front of you that looks like this. [imgur.com]

7. Click on Printer on the upper left or hit Alt + P. Click on Use Printer Offline. Then click on Properties in the Printer Menu.

8. Click on the Ports tab and change the port to pdfcmon.

9. Click on the Advanced tab and change the Driver to PDFCreator. Hit Apply and OK.

10. Go back to your Print queue, click on Printer or Alt + P again, and uncheck Use Printer Offline.

Voila, you should now have PDF versions that you can store and print later!
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#13
I did all the steps but when I open the pdf file it is blank!! i tired several times but still same
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#14
this is what i needed help with Frown
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