Hi Joel

One of the main reasons for different scaling and things moving around is unprintable areas at the edges of laser printer pages. Not that this is everything, but it is very common.

So it might not be IBM i that's the problem - it may be doing exactly what it's told - it might be the programming.

OK, I'm ducking now!

Things like page segments and overlays have to be given some offsets, in order not to have these problems. So maybe push back some, if you can determine that these are the problem areas.

Now sending PDF in a stream to a connected printer also works - if the printer understands PDF. It can also be done with PCL form the IBM i, although you may still have to manage margins.


On 10/23/2012 10:20 AM, Stone, Joel wrote:
My mgmt has had it with IBM Iseries-attached printers being fickle with behaving differently from one printer to another.

Fonts don't print the same, scaling behaves differently, logos wont print on some printers, etc.

They want them to work like other OS's in 2012 where things just print right.

The only way I can think of to get OS400 to print consistently would be to create a PDF file and send it to a printer instead of using OS/400's antiquated print facilities.

Is there a better method?

Can OS/400 print a PDF file and still have complete control with the writer such as stop/start, release, start at page 100, etc?


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