How to include a signature on a spooled rpt to be emailed

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We want to email letters that we currently are printing off the I5..We have scanned the signature on to the I5..how can we include this signature at the bottom of each letter to be emailed?

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  • pdraebel
    We are using a Software called "Interforms" that could probably achieve what you want. It takes a i5 spoolfile and converts it to ASCII spoolfiles. In the process one can add logos and such, so an Image of a signature should be no problem.
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  • pdraebel
    If you do not have the funding to invest in a package you could investigate printing with Overlays. I have not done that but the basic idea would be to create a spoolfile that prints the Signature and from that create an overlay that would be used together with the Letters you want to print out.
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  • memallazzo
    Thanks for the ideas....as always money ia an issue...I have never used overlays...if I understand an overlay..it prints a "form"...my hesitation to go that route...the signature would not always be on the same line...these are various letters generated on the I5...so I don't think that an overlay would work here..am I correct? Thanks
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  • TomLiotta
    I did something similar maybe a little over 15 years ago, so I don't have a clear memory. At the time, we were using IBM 4029 printers which might complicate things. In any case, I believe I created a page segment out of the signature. (It was secured by an *AUTL). The PAGSEG() keyword in PRTF DDS was mostly defined with variables to allow programs to control positioning. The positioning values were retrieved from a data structure stored in a data area named after the PAGSEG() -- this let me run various tests with different values in the data structure to fine tune where the PAGSEG() appeared on the page. I wouldn't use a data area for your case since the signature probably needs to be handled for multiple forms. A file, perhaps keyed by PagSegName plus FormName or some similar compound key would be better. A program would retrieve positioning values at initialization time, before opening the PRTF. You should be able to print the signature on just about any form easily. Tom
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  • TomLiotta
    BTW, you are using your own externally-described PRTF, right? I.e., you're not just overriding QSYSPRT or QPRINT or some other system PRTF. Tom
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  • memallazzo
    Tom Interesting....i've never used / created a page seg..yes I am using an externally defined print file
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  • TomLiotta
    i’ve never used / created a page seg.. I only needed to do it once, so I can't claim expertise. I recall that it was a fairly easy process and that it gave pretty much the exact results we needed. At that time, the AFPRSC() DDS keyword wasn't available for us. But looking at it now, I might have gone that way instead (if we had PSF/400 and InfoPrint Server). I've never used it, so I can only say that it looks very interesting. If you have a decent print management setup, you might look into it; otherwise it will probably just confuse the issue. Read References for the V5R3 AFPRSC DDS Keyword for reference to obstacles. For basic Page Segments, you probably should start by doing things in the step-by-step way -- Creating AFP Resources Using the IBM AFP Printer Drivers. That's reasonably close to what I had to do, though things are a little better now. Tom
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