Convert to PDF

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Please guide on how do we use Convert to PDF from i series navigator.

We are on V5R4.

Need the steps to be followed in order to convert a spool file to a pdf.

What needs to be done in order to save it to a location on the PC.

 

 

 

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If you’re not allowed to install freeware on your iSeries, the only way you can convert a .txt file to PDF using iNav is to have the licensed program product 5722IP1 Infoprint Server installed on your iSeries. It works, just not as well as the various freeware in terms of ease of use.
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Hi JohnsonMumbai,

What I know you can convert from the spool only one-by-one with the Navigator.
Do the following:
– Select the spool from the Navigator you want to convert to PDF
– Right click and select Export
– A dialog screen is displayed, where you can choose the destination folder. The export suggest to use *.txt for the spool file.
– Open the converted spool with OpenOffice (you can download from openoffice.com for free) and just click on the PDF icon

If you need to automate and use frequently I should recommend a very good and cheep tool: SpolFactory.com

Good luck
YuVa

Or, even more cheaply (free), download CutePDF(www.cutepdf.com).

This should create a “printer” on your pc.

On the AS400, create an output queue that points to this printer.

When releasing the print you may have to answer a MSGW with an ‘I’ (Ignore) followed by a “G”(Get on with it?), after which you’ll get a window prompting you to save your pdf wherever you like on your system.

The CutePDF “printer” can also be used to save anything else that you might print from your pc (e-mails etc.) into pdf format.

It is very useful.

Andy M.

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Also, if you want you may send the spool file to your email with the SNDDST command (or SNDDSTJS, if you are working with Advanced Job Scheduler). With this, the spool file is sent to your email as an PDF file in attach.</b>

Thanks Andy.
I did the free software download and it works fine on the pc.
I would like to convert about 60 packets on the AS400 to pdf and then send to 60 user dept. laser printers. Am I all wet?

Dave K…
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hi,
my friends mentioned one to me about his issues, he said Simpo PDF Creator is very good product to solove this problem, if you wish,you can search in google to get it.
hope it can help you out.
Kethy

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  • BigKat
    How soon till you go to i6.1 (V6R1)?
      OVRPRTF FILE(print-file) DEVTYPE(*AFPDS) WSCST(*PDF)
              TOSTMF('/usr/local/pdfs/my-pdf-file.pdf')
     
      CALL PGM(program)
     
      DLTOVR FILE(print-file)
     
    Instead of a spool-file, you have a PDF that is ready for distribution! NO changes to the report program itself are required, just change the calling CL – or add a wrapper CL – to do the override, call the program, (distribute it), and remove the override.
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  • JohnsonMumbai
    We are on v5r4, we would like to convert the spool file which are statements to be sent to customers to pdf. Also we need the name of pdfs to be the customers number which is to be take from within the spool file. Is that possible too.
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  • YuVa47
    JohnsonMumbai, According to what you are writing you have ONLY one choice. Check out SpoolFactory.com and I know that it will solve all your needs and is not expensive. YuVa
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  • RVP400
    Hi, Check this article out: http://www.mcpressonline.com/programming/rpg/has-your-system-i-emailed-someone-today.html It describes how to convert a spool file to PDF and save it to the IFS or sending it via e-mail. The article includes the program, some examples and its all FREE! Regards, RVP
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  • Lovemyi
    There is another relatively inexpensive product called SPLTOOL and MAILTOOL from Bradley V. Stone at BVS.com, I believe. Just goodle Bradley V. Stone and you will see his website. The products are very reasonable and work really great on V5R3 and V5R4 machines. Lovemyi
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  • svankipu
    Hi Johnson, Use this command (WRKWTR) & check whether u have this WRITER (PDFMAIL) in your AS/400. once it is there; take opt-2 on the spool-file & take F10(for addl. attributes) & change the following:- 1) Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . PDFMAIL 2)Save file . . . . . . . . . . . *YES 3)User Defined Data . . . . . . . 'mailtag(xxxxx@yyyyy.com)' - this would be your mail-id & hit enter; it would send an PDF-attachment to your INBOX; save it to wherever you want. Thanks
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  • Rohitha1Lavu
    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 V5R1 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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  • TomLiotta
    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. AFAIK, if you require AFPDS with images/overlays, the only real choice is IBM's InfoPrint Services. If someone else knows about other products that handle AFP/overlays, they can add more comments. You can, of course, write your own. The PDF specifications are available from Adobe, and AFPDS specs are available from IBM. Tom
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  • Hesham1966
    I have a problem when transfer Arab from a data of as400 V 5.3 to a PC  the arabic not appear not corect .note I work on a Windows 7 please help me
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  • Sureyz
    Mr.BigKat

    Can you please explain me how to do the conversion in your opinion..
    Because i have tried to do.. its not working.


    Surey
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