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If the goal is a nice overlay/digital pre-printed form then SPLTOOL has
this ability too.

1. Create the overlay and save it as PDF. Place this in the IFS
2. Convert the spooled file to PDF with SPLTOOL and specify the overlay
created in #1.

See examples here:


On Mon, Apr 25, 2022 at 8:44 AM Gad Miron <gadmiron@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:


AFPRSC is your friend
The way to do it :
1. save the Word doc template as a jpg file (other formats are available I
2. load the jpg file to a dir in the IFS (i.e /home/test)
3. add a AFPRSC keyword to the PRTF record
like AFPRSC('Template.jpg' *JFIF 0.0 0.0 (*PATH '/home/test'))
4. compile the PRTF with DEVTYPE(*AFPDS)

That's it, no need to deal with create overlay and such

if you do not want to change the current records in the PRTF
just a new record "Template" to the PRTF , affix the AFPRSC to it
and issue a corresponding WRITE in the RPG Program


date: Fri, 22 Apr 2022 11:33:19 -0500
from: DEnglander--- via MIDRANGE-L <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
subject: RE: RPG or SQL how to generate letters from a Word Document


The only way I know of to do that is to use overlays. The last time I did
that [it's been awhile] there was a printer driver I had to install in
word. You would print the template to that printer, which created a file
you copy to the system. Then I think I ran the CRTOVL command to create
the overlay from that template, and used an OVRPRTF in the CL that calls
the RPG program specifying the overlay created by the CRTOVL command
the template].

Not sure if that scenario still works, but it did quite nicely at the

Hope this helps.


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