PRINTING OVERLAYS FOR MUTIPLE PAGE LETTER

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Is it possible in a printer file to have the duplex feature on using a front overlay and a back overlay, but use the FORCE keyword to have it print on two pages - not front and back? I know that the back overlay only works when duplexing is on. Anyone up for a challenge. Thanks.

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I’m not certain that I understand what you want to do. But if you’re trying to print the back overlay on the front of the next sheet of paper, I don’t believe that will work.

What you can do is use page definitions and form definitions to change the overlay which prints on a given page. Data in the printout, such as the text “Page 2″, can trigger the change to a different overlay. I would recommend an AFP tool to do this — something like Infoprint Designer makes it a lot easier to keep it all straight.

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  • TheaGoldsby
    Perhaps this will help. We have a program that creates a two-page spooled file with different overlays on each page (not front and back). To accomplish this, we have four records in the printer file. The information on page 1 and 2 is in records PAGE1 and PAGE2. The overlays are in records PAGE1OVL and PAGE2OVL. Here is the DDS for the overlay records: R PAGE1OVL OVERLAY(OVL1 0 0) R PAGE2OVL OVERLAY(OVL2 0 0) (The names of the overlay objects are OVL1 and OVL2.) The print file is compiled with *AFPDS printer device type. The RPG program contains the following four statments: WRITE PAGE1 WRITE PAGE1OVL WRITE PAGE2 WRITE PAGE2OVL
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  • TheQuigs
    TheGoldsby has an easier solution to implement. You can even use a field to communicate what overlay to use. e.g.: A R REC2 OVERLAY(&LIB/&OVLS) A LIB 10A P A OVLS 8A P You can even specify the overlay-offset 'down' and 'across' positions like: A R REC2 OVERLAY(&LIB/&OVLS &POSD &POSA) Then use program-to-system fields like LIB and OVLS above.
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