If you are simply doing lines, boxes, font sizes, a great method is to use DDS printer file keywords to generate them (instead of an overlay).
And use page segments for signatures, logos, graphics, etc.
If you are already using external printer files, it may be possible to do WITHOUT pgm changes.
Just a thought.
Not sure how complex your overlays are - but if they could be replaced with DDS commands it may work out better.
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Mike Cunningham
Sent: Thursday, October 31, 2013 7:29 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: AFP/IPDS laser printers
Can anyone recommend a good IP laser printer that supports AFP/IPDS printing? We want to create overlays with our spooled output and then send to a printer. Looking to eliminate a proprietary Xerox printer language we use to create overlays now and get back to something more universal. We current create overlays to use with emailing some documents (POs) but when we print POs we use preprinted forms. We are on V7.1. We have not done this but think we could use the built in PDF output and associate it with an AFP output queue and then FTP a PDF to any printer that supports receiving an FTP of a PDF. But just having an AFP/IPDS compatible printer sounds a lot easier. Color is not needed but could be useful. 70-80 page per minute range on the printer.
Or we look into how to load an overlay to an HP printer and then how to trigger the use of that overlay from a non-AFP spool file.
VP of Information Technology Services/CIO
Pennsylvania College of Technology