Printing Overlayed Printer file

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Hi ! I have added an overlay to convert the AFPDS file to pdf in a folder. OVRPRTF    FILE(&PRTFIL) DEVTYPE(*AFPDS) + TOSTMF(&FOLDER) WSCST(*PDF) OVRSCOPE(*JOB) Is there any option that i can print these overlayed printer files directly on printer without placing it like a PDF file in a folder. Because we dont want the user to keep a copy the PDF file in their folder. Surey.

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  • WoodEngineer
    When we compile a print file which needs an overlay we specify these parms:
    DEVTYPE(*AFPDS)   FRONTOVL(*LIBL/WDMINV)    

    Then every time the form prints (invoices in this example) the overlay automatically prints.  No changes required to your program.

    There are instructions on this site and at IBM on how to create the overlay on your PC and put it on your IBM i so that it can be used in this manner.
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  • Sureyz
    Wood,


    Can you tell a bit brief about the use of FRONTLVL and why it is necessary?
    and there is no link in your reply as you mentioned.


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  • ToddN2000
    I think WoodEngineer means when you compile the DDS for the print file (PRTF) use these options. The FRONTOVL is for the front overlay. This is in case you are using 2-sided printing. When you use this print file in the future the overlay image will print along with the data. What are you creating your overlay image with? We use a package called Optio/FormsExpress. It works well for our invoices, BOL's and checks. We can archive the images if we need using RVI (RealVision). I'll see if I can find the link that might help.
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  • WoodEngineer
    Check out IBM's documentation of CRTPRTF command.  There you will find details about the front and back overlays.

    Use the search feature on this site to look for "AFP Print Driver" for details on how to create an overlay with tools you probably already have.  The only additional item you will need is IBM's free program which converts a PC form to an object usable on the IBM i.
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  • Sureyz
    If im not wrong,

    I just wanna know how can i print a AFPDS printer file in all kind of printers. Because i have gone through the IBM pages.There it is mentioned the AFPDS file can not be printed in all kind of printers. So i have tried to created and overlay for this and convert into PDF. its working fine. But the problem is when a user print a document it will be stored as PDF file. I dont wanna to do this. Its should be printed directly to printer(on any printer model).



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  • ToddN2000
    Where is this print file being stored? If the print file is coming from an I-series outq,  and the save after printing is coded *NO, there should be no copy left on the I-series. How is the printing being directed to a specific printer ? 
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  • WoodEngineer
    We find that HP LaserJet printers handle the AFPDS output very nicely.  I expect most laser printers would do so, as well.  We are not creating a PDF first but sending the report / form directly to the printer.
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