INFOPRINT SERVER PDF conversion and printing issue.

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Hi Folks, Hopefully someone can help me. I am trying to implement the infoprint server to convert to PDF bring in a dynamic image with the AFPRSC and print to an infoprint printer. The conversion works nice and I can see the PDF in the IFS and it brings in the images in nicely however when I send it to the printer it is just printing a mess of characters ie %ICDS2PDF Version 1 Revision 21 %IBMPSC100 @@@@@@@@@@@@@@ etc etc The spool file is type *USERASCII should this be able to print to an infoprint? I have tried to repsool the file as an AFS but my dynamic images do not come in. Any help appreciated Thanks Paul

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You need to add an IPDS chip to your infoprint printer. They cost about $600. You should test if it works with an IPDS printer first to make sure.

<b>Adding IPDS to your printer will NOT allow you to print the PDF file (unless you convert the PDF back to AFP)</b>

What you need is a PDF compatible printer. One that can print PDF’s natively.
All of the current InfoPrint Solutions workgroup printers support the printing of PDF’s.
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If you have a PDF compatible printer, all you need to do is configure this printer on your AS/400 as either a RMTOUTQ or SNMP device and (most importantly) specify HPT *NO in your definition. Feel free to ask for more help on this.

Another solution would be to grab the file off the IFS and print from windows (via Acrobat etc…)
This will use the Windows driver to convert the PDF file to a PCL or PS file, which 99.9% of laser printers support.

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In order to generate the code you need, you should install 5722IP1 Infoprint Server, no need a real printer. This software permits to generate a psf configuration (CRTPSFCFG), a afp virtual printer device (crtdevprt). These are de two objects for transform a spool in pdf files in ISeries. Later if you need more explanation let us know.
Greetings,
Luis.

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  • Paul666
    Thanks for the replies. I am still havings issues. I am printing to an IBM INFOPRINT 1140 and we are currently printing AFPDS files to the printer in our current system sucessfully . I am trying to use the AFRSC command to pick up dynamic imaging and it works great when I email myself the pDF. My question I send the converted PDF (*USRASCII) to the printer with no luck and I did change the HPT to *NO. IF I respool to AFS I now loose the resources the overlays and my images. Any ideas and thanks??
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  • Paul666
    Hello, Just to clarify we are using inforprint server, I have created the PSF config and Map and PDF conversion, email - all work fine. What I dont understand is will the PDF directly print to an infoprint 1440 and if not and i need to respool i am loosing my resources ie overlay and AFPRSC images. Thanks for everyones input Paul
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  • Bigmac46
    I could be wrong on this but : Why not just print the original spoolfile on an i series printer? It already has what you need on it or you would not be converting it to a PDF. I ?think? printing the *.pdf will only print correctly if it is sent from/to a PC compatible. Most INFOPRINTs will work from either enviornment. We have many that serve a i series printers and etwork printers. IF I drag a PDF to my desktop I can print it on any network printer but not on the AS400(whoops) devices. I have been able to release and print it on any 400 printer or remote outq. I would love it if some one can tell us how to print PDFs fromIi series. Just thinking out loud( well with keyboard clicking away). Big Mac
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  • Paul666
    Hi, The reason i cannot print from the original printer file is that the AFPRSC command only brings in the images once you convert to PDF. I was hopeing the respool back to AFPDS would retain the images but they are missing. Thanks for the input though Paul
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  • Paul666
    Hi, Some more info that may help. I installed this guys routine that prints pdfs from the IFS and it works a dream so noticed he converts the type to USERASCII. So i can confirm the printer will print user USERASCII. I need to work out why the Info print version which is USERASCII will not print. P.
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  • QPFRADJ
    Sorry Paul, I believed you wanted to use a pdf file for sending by mail or another issue. We still have 5798af3 (yes, in v5r4m0 still working) for mixing overlays with data for printing in an AFP printer. Infoprint Server generates a pdf FILE, I suposse not for printing. I think it is unusefull for what you want. Luis,
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