The problem with precollated papers (as you've already mentioned in this discussion) is that you run into problems as soon as one of the copies exceeds 1 page in length -- then it starts printing on the wrong color. When they feed from separate drawers, however, you don't have that problem, since the program has complete control over it.

That's why I replied -- to make that suggestion.

On 8/6/2015 10:41 AM, Don Programmer wrote:
Forms would be received pre-collated from the supplier (i.e. white, blue,
pink, yellow, green; white, pink, etc.).

When appropriate client personnel return next week, they will evaluate the
suggestion that a new, dedicated printer be configured to print each page 5
times (before proceeding to the next page). This printer would only have
one drawer. [Since there are 5 colors involved, they are not considering a
multi-drawer printer.]

Thanks for all the suggestions.

On Wed, Aug 5, 2015 at 5:32 PM, Scott Klement <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

I've done something like this where we had a laser printer with multiple
input drawers. We put pink paper in one drawer, gold/yellow paper in
another, white (of course) in another, etc...

We changed the program to use DDS for printing, and there's the ability to
specify the paper drawer on a DDS keyword, so we coded the program to,
basically, print three times so it would print from each drawer.

We also printed things like "Sales Copy", "Office Copy", "Customer Copy"
at the bottom of each in case they ran out of a given color of paper.

We used overlays to print a nice form on the document, too. It looked
very professional... everyone was happy with it, and it only took me a few
days to make the changes to the application and get it all working. I
looked like a real hero on that one :-)

On 8/5/2015 12:13 PM, Don Programmer wrote:

Our client would like to replace the printing of 5 part forms (each a
different color) on a pin-feed with collated forms (not connected) with
same colors (in the same order) on a laser printer.

If these forms only printed on one page, using CL to change the number of
copies would work. However, these forms frequently exceed one page (which
would create page 1 white, page 2 blue, etc.).

The apparent best solution on IBM i would be a parameter on OVRPRTF that
would allow each page to be printed x times (default = 1), but none
(Client is on V7R1.) [Note: System z does have such a parameter in its

I have developed a procedure to utilize System i Navigator, but it adds
much time to the printing process.

I also know that I could table everything inside the program and print
page 5 times. However, this problem does not appear to be unique, so an
easier solution may exist. [If possible, the client would like to save
development dollars.]

Any recommendations?


PS I did see the November 2010 discussion 'Printer for 4-part forms'.

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