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  • Redirecting printer OUTQ to IFS with Overlay as a PDF

    Ok, I'll try to put as much detail without being too word'y, so here is some background info:
    The current setup is that we have an ancient third part overlay designer called Create!Form from BottomLine Tech., no longer supported.
    The Create!Form software is loaded on a Windows XP desktop(Latest Version of Windows it will work on) and after the overlay is designed on the XP desktop, its overlay definition is sent to the as400/i5, which has the corresponding Create!Form Server application.
    When a spool file is sent to the designated OutQue, the form type is what determines which overlay is used.

    Ok now here is the current printing process as far as I can determine, please bear with me as I am not a printing/OutQue expert.
    Example below is for a Work Order:
    The work order is sent to the OutQue where the overlay is applied. There is a Gauss server that either picks up or has an associated printer queue, and stores it as a .PDF on Gauss for anyone to lookup in SpyView. (Oh yeah, currently we have a Gauss Server, which runs an application called SpyView,.which uses work order number as an index to be looked up in SpyView)

    Here is what is needed:
    Gauss & SpyView are being decommissioned. So the powers that be would like ME, to store the spool file with its overlay, as a .PDF on the IFS for anyone(any other server or application) to pickup or reference. I am struggling mightily to figure out how to get the overlay applied and then store the spool file as a PDF. I know about the CPYSPLF to a PDF and save it to the IFS, and I thought I had it all figured out with this command, but when I apply that command on a spool file in the specified Outque described below, it does not have the overlay applied in the pdf, ,,.......HELP!!?!!?


    Like I said I am not very knowledgeable about all these printing/Outque parameters and options.
    So here/below is an example of what I am talking about, it is used with the Gauss server, which seems to be associated as a remote printer queue.
    Not sure how most of this(Outque parameters) works, so any/all help and explanations of "How To's" of possible solutions is appreciated! As I have never before setup Remote Outques or any of this User Data Transform stuff.
    Also, let me know if you need any other info.

    Outque Description (Wasn't sure if I should insert an image or just copy/paste the parms, oh well):

    Queue: MAGELDEV1 Library: QUSRSYS
    • Status:
    • Writer active . . . . . . . . . . . : Y
    • Writer name(s) if active . . . . . . : MAGELDEV1
    • Output queue held . . . . . . . . . : N
    • Maximum spooled file size:
    • Number of pages . . . . . . . . . . : *NONE
    • Starting time . . . . . . . . . . . :
    • Ending time . . . . . . . . . . . . :
    • Writers to autostart . . . . . . . . . : 1
    • Display any file . . . . . . . . . . . : *NO
    • Job separators . . . . . . . . . . . . : 0
    • Operator controlled . . . . . . . . . : *YES
    • Order of files on queue . . . . . . . : *FIFO
    • Data queue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : *NONE
    • Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :
    • Authority to check . . . . . . . . . . : *OWNER
    • Remote system . . . . . . . . . . . . : KNLEGMAD
    • Remote printer queue . . . . . . . . . : KNLEGMAD
    • Queue for writer messages . . . . . . : QSYSOPR
    • Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : *LIBL
    • Connection type . . . . . . . . . . . : *IP
    • Destination type . . . . . . . . . . . : *OTHER
    • Host print transform . . . . . . . . . : *NO
    • User data transform . . . . . . . . . : CFS100 (I believe this is a program that is used by the Create!Form to apply the overlay. I just don't know how this parameter works.)
    • Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : CFSSYS270
    • Manufacturer type and model . . . . . : *WSCST
    • Workstation customizing object . . . . : HPPJLPS
    • Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : LASERS
    • Image configuration . . . . . . . . . : *NONE
    • Destination options . . . . . . . . . : *NONE
    • Print separator page . . . . . . . . . : *NO
    • User defined option . . . . . . . . . : *NONE
    • User defined object:
    • Object . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . : *NONE
    • Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . :
    • Object type . . . . . . . . . . . . :
    • User driver program . . . . . . . . . : *NONE
    • Library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . :
    • Spooled file ASP . . . . . . . . . . . : *SYSTEM
    • Text description . . . . . . . . . . . : *BLANK

  • #2
    Have you looked into IBM's Infoprint Server? You could probably make do without it but it will make your task a lot easier.

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    • #3
      Normally, overlays are added when the program prints a document. You are asking that it be applied after it has already been placed in the output queue which is a strange idea to me. Not sure how that would work? I guess that you'd have to modify the document in a user data transform program, but that would be much more advanced programming.

      A much simpler approach would be to apply the overlays when the program prints it. This can be done either using the OVRPRTF command, or better yet in the DDS for the print file itself. You can also use OVRPRTF to make it output as a PDF in the IFS, avoiding the output queue altogether. But, if the overlay has already been applied, your CPYSPLF idea would work, too. I think OVRPRTF would be simpler, though, from what you've told us.

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