PDF stored on IFS drive how do you get native AS400 to print

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Documents are being stored into an IFS folder as PDF. Need the ability to have a native AS400 print them. Any ideas on how this can be done?

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The first thing to realize is that you can’t directly print a PDF you must run ti thur a conversion program, the most commonly used is ADOBE.

We use KEYES Overlay and PDF software to add a document overlay to a spool file then convert it to a PDF. The software will place the PDF in an IFS folder and/or send it to a native AS400 OUTQ. The network programmer was able to send the PDF thru ADOBE on the network and print the file.

There are 3 ways you can print the PDF from the AS400 OUTQ.
1) have ADOBE installed on your AS400.
2) Buy a chip that can be installed on a printer that is “PDF Print Capable”. The chip does the conversion and runs about $600.00.
3) Have a printer that is capable of “Direct PDF Print”. I have found only one company that has “Direct PDF Print” and that is RICOH. The printers run about $500.00. The Direct PDF Printers have the conversion software built into them.

I’m looking for a way to send a PDF from a folder to an OUTQ on the AS400 so that I can do a reprint. You can contact me at RCLARK@RUSKIN. COM.

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  • BigKat
    you could build a process to do a OVRPRTF QSYSPRT DEVTYPE(*USERASCII) and then create and run an FTP script to namefmt 1 put /IFSdir/file.pdf /qsys.lib/qsysprt.file
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  • JDroke
    That looked too easy BigKat. It didn't work for me - I got garbage.
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  • JDroke
    I guess that, after further research, the thing I missed is that the printer must be a POSTSCRIPT printer for this to work.
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  • BigKat
    That is good to know about the POSTSCRIPT printer requirement. I know that a client is using this process to print documents in remote warehouse locations that are generated from a centralized third-party application. It just so happens that their printers are of the right type. :)
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