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Re: Report Design tool to allow formatting print fields in an overlay



fixed

If you are in any way considering Designer, you should vet this out.
We've used the product for years on Windows XP and moved to Win 7 with
disastrous results.
Apparently it doesn't play nice with anything but XP and IBM hasn't really
addressed
the issue.

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From: Vernon Hamberg <vhamberg@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 12/10/2013 11:02 AM
Subject: Re: Report Design tool to allow formatting print fields in
an overlay
Sent by: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx



You might consider IBM's Infoprint Designer - it's a Windows app - might
be wysiwyg, IIRC.

I don't know the cost.

On 12/10/2013 10:26 AM, Stone, Joel wrote:
Is there a WYSIWYG way - like other OS's had 20 years ago? Probably
not. There are third party form tool vendors that may get close.

One option that may work better is: if the overlays are simply lines,
boxes, signatures & logos: consider using DDS keywords & page segments
INSTEAD of overlays.

There are numerous advantages including: dynamic line control, logo
placement and size control, signature control, etc.

With overlays, everything is somewhat fixed.

At least with DDS keywords, you are placing everything relative a x-y
grid. And as you change printers, the ink dots follow.

With overlays, there are two separate images that you are trying to
merge - it gets tedious and changes from one printer to another.



-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx [
mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Jeff Young
Sent: Monday, December 09, 2013 4:24 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Report Design tool to allow formatting print fields in an
overlay

Just a thought for grins, but I have a client with many overlays for
different forms (Order confirmation, Invoice, Credit, Purchase Order
...)
that will be sent as a PDF file via Fax or E-Mail or just print the PDF
locally..

Presently, I need to print the overlay and then attempt to align the
various fields with the overlay.

Is there a better mouse trap available?
Ideally, a tool that would let me bring the overlay up in a GUI editor
and
then place the fields where needed, saving the result as a DDS PRTF.

Thanks,

Jeff Young
Sr. Programmer Analyst






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