AFP report to PDF (20bytes naming convention for PDF)

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Hi All, 
I have a requirement to save my splf (reports with overlays - AFP format) in an IFS folder. 
I need to store them with a custom 20 byte name and in a PDF format. 
I tried SPL2PDF and it works as long as there are no overlays. So is there anyway to convert an AFP reports to PDF. 
We are in V5R4 and even tried using CPYAFPPDF. But this command was not supported. 
Any help or suggestion is appreciated. 
Thanks in advance. 
Rohitha


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Have a look at Gumbo Software Inc. They have a product Spool-a-Matic that does convert AFP to PDF. It’s specifically for iSeries and you can use their commands in a CLP. I’ve used it to convert AFP to PDF Ok but not tried overlays.

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  • Rohitha1Lavu
    Hey Shawn, Thanks for your suggestion. Here the problem is that i want to achieve it through a piece of code. Is it possible? Regards, Rohitha
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  • TomLiotta
    Thanks for your suggestion. Shawn's suggestion was for a PC environment and didn't apply to your situation. I haven't seen any useful solution for you other than IBM's InfoPrint Services product. If other members have suggestions, you'll need to verify if they cover AFP/overlays. Tom
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  • philpl1jb
    Can you view/print your document using Navigator? From Navigator you might be able to use Shawn's suggestion. Phil
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  • TomLiotta
    From Navigator you might be able to use Shawn’s suggestion. The question needs to be clarified. Particularly because of the comment about code usage, it seems like this is for an automated solution running on the server. Technically, it still might be feasible to automate it in concert with a PC; but I'm not sure it'd be a friendly solution to work with. If the volume of splfs is any significant number, it'll be interesting to see it in operation. Tom
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  • TomLiotta
    I've used it to convert AFP to PDF Ok but not tried overlays. AFP to PDF isn't overly difficult. Handling overlays makes it more complicated. However, the Gumbo Software product apparently can be put on the list as one that can handle overlays. There might be others. Tom
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  • Jfranz
    I've used Gumbo Spool-a-Matic for over a decade, putting pdfs with or without overlays into ifs files. You specify the file name. It handles many formats of pdf as well as other file formats. It has been a great product. The pdfs have been then displayed on iSeries web pages, emailed, ftp, or just archived.
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