there are several such packages out there. but let me offer a personal comment. we started to use one several years ago and we found out that we wanted additional data on the laser formatted report that did no exist in the standard bpcs spool file. so we modified the bpcs programs that generated the spool file to include this additional data. we were able to then generate the laser forms quite well using the package. but then as we upgraded bpcs, or applied ptf's, we found that we were always having to go back into these programs and reapply the changes to put the additional data on the spool file. i have been told by some of the forms software vendors that they have exit programs that will read a spool file, pick up a key (such as part number), and then go into the data base and pick up additional information that is not on the spool file and merge this additional information with the spool file data to create the output form. i do not know if this feature is common to all such packages. if you are going to need additional data that is not on the spool file. you're either going to have to modify the bpcs program or use some form of exit program. this may or may not be an issue to you when you are selecting to forms software. if i had to do it over, i'd look seriously at using the exit program approach rather than modifying the bpcs programs. chick doe barton instrument systems >>> TJedrzejewicz@contessa.com 07/09/02 07:46AM >>> This is a MIME message. If you are reading this text, you may want to consider changing to a mail reader or gateway that understands how to properly handle MIME multipart messages. -- [ Picked text/plain from multipart/alternative ] Folks -- We are considering a forms package, such as FormsPrint, to take the standard output and make is laser-friendly and cleaner. Have any of you implemented such packages and what suggestions do you have? Are there any that have generic BPCS forms already built? We are at 4.0.03 with Y2K done custom using windowing. Many thanks! Tom Jedrzejewicz Contessa Food Products THIS MESSAGE IS INTENDED ONLY FOR THE USE OF THE INDIVIDUAL OR ENTITY TO WHICH IT IS ADDRESSED AND MAY CONTAIN INFORMATION THAT IS PRIVILEGED, CONFIDENTIAL AND EXEMPT FROM DISCLOSURE UNDER APPLICABLE LAW. If the reader of this message is not the intended recipient, or the employee or agent responsible for delivering the message to the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution, copying, downloading, storing or forwarding of this communication is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify us immediately via email and delete the message from your computer files and/or data base. Thank you. _______________________________________________ This is the SSA's BPCS ERP System (BPCS-L) mailing list To post a message email: BPCS-L@midrange.com To subscribe, unsubscribe, or change list options, visit: http://lists.midrange.com/cgi-bin/listinfo/bpcs-l or email: BPCS-Lemail@example.com Before posting, please take a moment to review the archives at http://archive.midrange.com/bpcs-l.