[time-nuts] HP 3048 question: how to export graphs?

Stephen Tompsett stephen at tompsett.net
Mon Oct 16 07:00:17 UTC 2017

How about PrintCapture with a Prologix interface?

On 15/10/2017 20:03, Richard (Rick) Karlquist wrote:
> I am running an HP 3048 under HTBasic and I
> have a nice looking phase noise graph on the
> screen.  I want to export the graph to the
> world outside of RMB.  Using the "Hard Copy" or "Plot"
> function keys does nothing, probably because
> I don't have an HP-IB printer or plotter
> connected.  (I actually have the extremely
> rare HP-IB printer on hand, but I don't want a paper
> copy, I want a .bmp or something like that).
> I see that HTBasic has a Win-Print driver,
> so I loaded that FWIW.  I don't see how to
> make the RMB software connect to it.  The
> HTBasic manual discusses how to print text
> using this driver, but I want to print (or
> plot) graphics.
> The HTBasic site also shows a Microsoft
> supplied HPGL filter that sounds like it
> might emulate a pen plotter.  The HTBasic
> manual says that you can write "PLOTTER IS
> <filename>".  Maybe that will work.  I see
> in the existing RMB code the program calls
> line 25148 PLOTTER IS CRT and elsewhere
> PLOTTER IS HPGL.  The 3048 help file says
> holding down the shift key while pushing
> the Plot button redirects to the HPGL plotter.
> Can I simply replace "HPGL" with "<filename>
> or something?
> Then there are the Result (RESU) files.  Does
> anyone know how to translate them into
> anything readable?
> As a last resort, I am using the keyboard's
> "Print Screen" key to copy the screen to the
> Windows 7 clipboard.  It is then available
> to any Windows program.  That's clumsy but
> better than nothing.
> As a hardware engineer, even this simple software
> stuff is above my pay grade.  Any help would
> be appreciated.
> When I first got the 3048, I tried PN3048.
> I realize it can effortlessly export graphs.
> According to the author, it does not support
> various features that I need (and apparently
> never will).  So I am stuck in the RMB world.
> Rick N6RK
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