I am sending some zipped files to a server, using IBM FTP CS V1R4(exec pgm=ftp). Is it possible to FTP a file in PDF format or some other more printable format than text?

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I am sending some zipped files to a server, using IBM FTP CS V1R4(exec pgm=ftp). I am executing cobol and ftp programs...Is there any possibility of returning the reports as PDF files (or some other more printable format than text). I mean when a user opens a zipped file they want to see PDF file, not txt. Currently, I ftp the zipped files, and when a user opens the zipped file it is in .TXT format.... Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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A- Yes it is possible to zip a pdf file.

B- IBM FTP doesn’t care what the file format is, it will transfer .txt, .asc, .zip, .exe, almost any file.

C- It will even hadle .pdf files. The trick is in creation of the ‘PDF’. On a PC you set a PDFwriter as a printer option and print the file to ‘PDF’.

D- Not being old enough to know COBOL that well, my question is “Can you batch the output to a third program or does anyone know of a ‘PDFwriter’ for the ’400′?

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  • Master6
    Thanks a lot for the reply... Yes, i know that the trick is in creation of the PDF file...but i am doing it in mainframe. That's why I would like to know what steps should be taken to zip a file in mainframe into a PDF format and then ftp that file? Any jelp is appreciated....Thanks again...
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    Hi. I am sending some zipped files to a server, using IBM FTP CS V1R4(exec pgm=ftp). I am executing cobol and ftp programs...I need to FTP a file in some printable format. Is there any possibility of returning report files in some other more printable format than text. It isn't necessary to be a PDF file. As i know of, the average compression to txt file is about 97%, zipping to a PDF file will cause to lose an efficiency of compression. What cam be used to save the efficiency. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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  • Cglancy
    If your organization will allow it, you can use CutePDF to create a pdf file - http://www.cutepdf.com/ I've used the free version and it works just fine. Once the report/file is on your PC or LAN simply send the report/file to print through the normal Windows PC method (menu, File -> Print), change the printer destination to point to the 'cutepdf' printer (gets defined during installation). Cutepdf converts the output to a pds file instead of physically printing it. Then you can zip the pdf file created, FTP it, & your user's will be happy (& impressed). Hope this helps!
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