iSeries and PDF

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AS/400 printing
Spool files
Hi Guys, I know there has been some discussion going on with PDF printing. We use CreatePrint for our printing solution off the iseries. But would like to investigate if its possible to merge spool file (invoice) with a PDF form (if there is such a thing) and print, possibily via IFS. Basically looking to a cost effective solution to convert a spoolfile into PDF and email to clients. Any ideas welcome. Thanks.

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We use a product from Gumbo Software named SpoolMail that works well and is low priced.

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  • Yorkshireman
    There are a number of 3rd party add on's that will do this. Google around and search the forums. You can also make your own PDF from RPG - a PDF is, after all, only a data file containing particular values. Source is on the web. If you are using Createform, then you will already be able to do all that you want. Generate the PDf as normal, and send it to a monitored outq, then have your monitor pick it up and send is as email, whilst archiving it as a master copy somewhere safe. Be sure you can always resend the origianl when the email fails or has been 'lost' etc. Used to do this stuff all the time for a major transport company. Building the forms is a pain, unless they seriously improved the product.
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  • WoodEngineer
    I agree with lovemyi regarding SpoolMail. We too have been using it for over five years. Works great. Easy to implement. Reliable. Reasonably priced. Can't get much better than that in the world of software.
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  • tjgm88
    Thanks Guys. Much appreciated. Have started investigations of some of the suggestions. Cheers!
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  • mcl
    We have an app we "wrote" in-house to generate a PDF from a SPLF and then email the PDF. Found all of the source on the web. Had to tinker around a bit with it but it works well. If you don't have time to fiddle with it, go for the third party stuff. regards Mike
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