Lois, Typically, you have to install a MICR chip in the printer to make the font available. Then there are special printer control codes used to turn on the font. I have forgotten most of my knowledge on IPDS printers, but you may be able to embed the control codes into the DDS to turn the font on and off as needed. You could also check with IBM and see if a MICR font exists for IPDS or AFP printers. Note - you need to contact your bank and have them verify a test run of the new checks so that they can check the MICR imprint. Positioning on the check form is critical, along with the quality of the printing. Here's the minor sales pitch (y'all knew it was coming): Depending on the volume of checks and other pre-printed forms that you use, you may be able to purchase a forms package and recover your costs in quickly. Determine the cost of all the pre-printed forms used in a year, along with a factor for operator setup and handling of all the forms. Subtract from this the cost of the same amount of plain copy paper and blank check stock (the special paper with watermark but no printing). Our electronic forms product, JacanaForms, easily handles MICR, bar-codes and all of your forms printing needs including email, interface to fax, and PDF. Momentum is the developer of JacanaForms, Info/WP and inTuator. Regards, -Greg Gregory Novak Manager North American Technical Services Momentum Utilities Pty Ltd (630) 985-1736 gnovak@xxxxxxxxxx www.jacana.com Making Information Work for your Business www.intuator.com -----Original Message----- From: Lois White [mailto:lwhite@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] Sent: Monday, November 14, 2005 10:42 AM To: MAPICS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [MAPICS-L] Payroll & A/P Checks Is anyone using their ISeries to print micr font? We have our check format set up to print on a laser printer but we are trying to figure out how to code the micr in the DDS. We understand that we need the special printer and ink, but we can't purchase a software package. (We are part of the automotive business so there is no extra cash right now - just ask GM.) Also, any pros and cons on micro printers would be appreciated. Thanks, Lois
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