• Subject: RE: Printing with Code V / Magnu
  • From: "jt" <jt@xxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2000 21:26:56 -0500
  • Importance: Normal

Dan,

>>The text is printing under the "straight through mode".  Could that be a
reason why I can't get text and barcode on the same line?

Yes.  I didn't understand that the text was printing in straight-thru mode.
As I recall, once you go into graphics mode you are creating a horizontal
band that prints only graphics.  You can print text within the graphics
band, but you have to position each piece of text to a location (by
specifying inches/dots from top and left, rather than SPACEB and column).
Hopefully there is minimal text that needs to print next to the barcode.

>>Are you no longer using a printer with a magnum card?

The company I used to work for about 5 years ago was using them (to print
labels).  Shortly before I left, they were being phased out and replaced
with thermal printers.

jt

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
[mailto:owner-midrange-l@midrange.com]On Behalf Of D.BALE@handleman.com
Sent: Monday, November 06, 2000 9:56 AM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: RE: Printing with Code V / Magnu
Importance: High


jt,

The bar code is printing on the right side of the page, covering columns not
used to print text.  Originally, using SPACEB(x), the bar code would print
on
one "line", then the text would print after a SPACEB(1).  When I changed
that
to SPACEB(0), the text line disappeared completely.  BTW, the bar code is
the
only thing that I have printing under the "magnum mode".  The text is
printing
under the "straight through mode".  Could that be a reason why I can't get
text and barcode on the same line?

The manual refers to the printer as being a "Printronix" printer.

I may try answering my own question above and keep the whole report running
under "magnum mode" to see if that fixes things.

Are you no longer using a printer with a magnum card?

Dan Bale
IT - AS/400
Handleman Company
248-362-4400  Ext. 4952

-------------------------- Original Message --------------------------

Dan,

Simple answer is:  Yes, you can print bar code and text on the same
horizontal line.

Several things could cause the text to get wiped out.

One is that something else (in this case the bar code) is overlaying the
same area of the print surface.  The bar code should have a length
attribute; maybe that is too long.  Or maybe the start positions and/or
widths cause the two to overlap.

Another thing that could cause the text to disappear is that the control
characters setting the start position, or setting the font and width are not
100% correct.  The Magnum card is pretty particular.

One unlikely possibility is that the print buffer filled up right at the
point that your missing text was getting loaded.

I'm sure there are other possible causes.

When I used a Magnum board, IIRC it used "Printronix" control codes.  I
think that is not exactly the same, but very similar, to the QMS control
codes you're using.

Hope that helps,

jt

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-midrange-l@midrange.com
[mailto:owner-midrange-l@midrange.com]On Behalf Of D.BALE@handleman.com
Sent: Friday, November 03, 2000 7:20 PM
To: MIDRANGE-L@midrange.com
Subject: Printing with Code V / Magnum


Anybody out there using "Code V" and/or "Magnum" to print barcode or other
graphics?

The simple question is:  Is it possible to print a bar code and a line of
text
on the same horizontal line?  (The problem is that the entire horizontal
area
that the bar code is printed on wipes out any text that "should" print in
the
same area.)

Other questions may follow if there's someone out there that's still using
this technology.  ;-)

Some of the details:

I am looking at a manual that is dated back to 1982.  It has a title of "QMS
*
Quality Micro Systems, Inc."  Inside it describes a "Magnum controller"
which
basically turns a dot matrix line printer into a graphics printer.  You
print
graphics by way of including control codes in your print stream from the
AS/400.

The printer itself has a dual identity, presumably manufacturer & reseller:
   Mannessmann Tally
   Model: 691 667026
   Ser#:  T2EFG045812

   IDEA  Part#: B19848-001
         Mod#:  13054-01
         Ser#:  T2EFG045812

I would *greatly* appreciate any help on this topic.

Dan Bale
IT - AS/400
Handleman Company
248-362-4400  Ext. 4952
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