Report printing on laser printer 
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 Report printing on laser printer

I had been following the discussions earlier about print reports on laser
printers. I had the same problem where columns were going off the side of
the page and you were not able to see the complete report.

Here is the solution I used on a HP1200se laser printer.

**--------------------------------------------------------------**
** set up a default PCL font to be 17 pitch
**
** Matt Harting - Progressive Software Solutions
**--------------------------------------------------------------**
ESC = char(27)
FONT.RESET = ESC:"E"

PJL.CLOSE = ESC:"%-12345X"

PRINTER ON
PRINT FONT.DEFAULT.17CPI
PRINT PJL.CLOSE
PRINTER OFF
PRINTER CLOSE

This program sets the default pitch to 17cpi. So, anything that prints and
does not specify a font and pitch size will print at 17cpi. I have found
that windows programs like Word & Excel will send the control codes to
specify the font & pitch size. So, this will only affect reports sent
without the control codes. I found this a simpler solution than updating
hundreds of programs.

Matt Harting
Progressive Software Solutions

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Tue, 07 Jun 2005 02:26:46 GMT
 Report printing on laser printer

If you still cannot see the entire report, you can always try 17 cpi and
landscape.

Regards,
Charlie Noah

Quote:

>I had been following the discussions earlier about print reports on laser
>printers. I had the same problem where columns were going off the side of
>the page and you were not able to see the complete report.

>Here is the solution I used on a HP1200se laser printer.

>**--------------------------------------------------------------**
>** set up a default PCL font to be 17 pitch
>**
>** Matt Harting - Progressive Software Solutions
>**--------------------------------------------------------------**
>ESC = char(27)
>FONT.RESET = ESC:"E"

>PJL.CLOSE = ESC:"%-12345X"

>PRINTER ON
>PRINT FONT.DEFAULT.17CPI
>PRINT PJL.CLOSE
>PRINTER OFF
>PRINTER CLOSE

>This program sets the default pitch to 17cpi. So, anything that prints and
>does not specify a font and pitch size will print at 17cpi. I have found
>that windows programs like Word & Excel will send the control codes to
>specify the font & pitch size. So, this will only affect reports sent
>without the control codes. I found this a simpler solution than updating
>hundreds of programs.

>Matt Harting
>Progressive Software Solutions




Tue, 07 Jun 2005 18:38:04 GMT
 Report printing on laser printer

Quote:

> I had been following the discussions earlier about print reports on laser
> printers. I had the same problem where columns were going off the side of
> the page and you were not able to see the complete report.

> Here is the solution I used on a HP1200se laser printer.

The biggest danger to our ability to continue controlling our own Pick
destiny with printers are the so-called windoze printers where the
printer itself does not have a chip that controls the printing but
instead that control is driven direct from the ms-windows program
which is not accessible from Pick programs.

For that reason I have stayed loyal to Okidata, a company that puts
IBM PowerPC chips in its machines and is also a pioneer in proving
Linux drivers for their printers.

Henry Keultjes
Microdyne Company
Mansfield Ohio USA



Tue, 07 Jun 2005 18:52:41 GMT
 Report printing on laser printer
A subtly different point of view: I have ALL 18 laser printers connected
to HP JetDirect Boxes which are a little $149 interface about the size
of my hand that have an RJ-45 in for IP and a parallel DB25 out to the
printer.  There is only IP and the PCL 5 control codes in play here, no
Windoze, no MV spoolers, no special chips, no certain brands of printers
are needed - just PCL 5 compatible.  This topology allows Linux, Windoze
and Macs to all print to the same physical printers, it's just an IP node.

I one were to refer to the PCL codes I posted last week, sending these
control codes works for ALL printers in ALL O/S's. After all, it's just
a printer, it doesnt care where the content came from.

- Alan Gruskoff
www.performantsystems.com

Quote:


>>I had been following the discussions earlier about print reports on laser
>>printers. I had the same problem where columns were going off the side of
>>the page and you were not able to see the complete report.

>>Here is the solution I used on a HP1200se laser printer.

> The biggest danger to our ability to continue controlling our own Pick
> destiny with printers are the so-called windoze printers where the
> printer itself does not have a chip that controls the printing but
> instead that control is driven direct from the ms-windows program
> which is not accessible from Pick programs.

> For that reason I have stayed loyal to Okidata, a company that puts
> IBM PowerPC chips in its machines and is also a pioneer in proving
> Linux drivers for their printers.

> Henry Keultjes
> Microdyne Company
> Mansfield Ohio USA



Wed, 08 Jun 2005 01:15:10 GMT
 Report printing on laser printer

Quote:

> I one were to refer to the PCL codes I posted last week, sending these
> control codes works for ALL printers in ALL O/S's. After all, it's just
> a printer, it doesnt care where the content came from.

Alan:

I have to respectfully disagree.  Just try doing what you say with an
OKI OP4W and let us know how it works.

Henry Keultjes



Wed, 08 Jun 2005 07:14:45 GMT
 Report printing on laser printer
You only run into Windoze printer when you deal with cheap/home
printers.  Any real business printer (lexmark, HP, kyocera, Okidata,
etc) have their own processors and usually support PCL 5+ or
Postscript.  HP even sells a cheap 1200 model that handles pcl.  But
if you insist on running windoze printers, you can still print to them
via:

a) use aux printing with an emulator that supports aux printing.
b) share your printer.  All NT based products support a LPD daemon,
which will allow you to share the printer and print to it from a LPD
client system (like unix, or NT).

- Patrick

Quote:

> A subtly different point of view: I have ALL 18 laser printers connected
> to HP JetDirect Boxes which are a little $149 interface about the size
> of my hand that have an RJ-45 in for IP and a parallel DB25 out to the
> printer.  There is only IP and the PCL 5 control codes in play here, no
> Windoze, no MV spoolers, no special chips, no certain brands of printers
> are needed - just PCL 5 compatible.  This topology allows Linux, Windoze
> and Macs to all print to the same physical printers, it's just an IP node.

> I one were to refer to the PCL codes I posted last week, sending these
> control codes works for ALL printers in ALL O/S's. After all, it's just
> a printer, it doesnt care where the content came from.

> - Alan Gruskoff
> www.performantsystems.com



> >>I had been following the discussions earlier about print reports on laser
> >>printers. I had the same problem where columns were going off the side of
> >>the page and you were not able to see the complete report.

> >>Here is the solution I used on a HP1200se laser printer.

> > The biggest danger to our ability to continue controlling our own Pick
> > destiny with printers are the so-called windoze printers where the
> > printer itself does not have a chip that controls the printing but
> > instead that control is driven direct from the ms-windows program
> > which is not accessible from Pick programs.

> > For that reason I have stayed loyal to Okidata, a company that puts
> > IBM PowerPC chips in its machines and is also a pioneer in proving
> > Linux drivers for their printers.

> > Henry Keultjes
> > Microdyne Company
> > Mansfield Ohio USA



Wed, 08 Jun 2005 09:43:02 GMT
 Report printing on laser printer
Henry,

We are currently using HP1100 or HP1200 printers with good success. However, HP
seems to be firmly entrenched in Bill's pocket, and they may at some point go
to all Windoze printers. And, since Windoze is big in the market, they won't
have much trouble selling printers, although the profit margin won't be very
large. I wouldn't be surprised to see them at some point having to get out of
the printer market entirely (can we say "shot ourselves in the foot"?)

So how do we protect ourselves? What happens if Okidata goes the same
direction?

Regards,
Charlie Noah

Quote:

>The biggest danger to our ability to continue controlling our own Pick
>destiny with printers are the so-called windoze printers where the
>printer itself does not have a chip that controls the printing but
>instead that control is driven direct from the ms-windows program
>which is not accessible from Pick programs.

>For that reason I have stayed loyal to Okidata, a company that puts
>IBM PowerPC chips in its machines and is also a pioneer in proving
>Linux drivers for their printers.

>Henry Keultjes
>Microdyne Company
>Mansfield Ohio USA




Wed, 08 Jun 2005 19:00:34 GMT
 Report printing on laser printer
You missed the most import point Henry. I was speaking of any printer
that is PCL 5 compatible, those will work fine. If this particular
printer is PCL 5 compatible, everything works fine. Being stuck on
Okidata printers is just silly.

- Alan Gruskoff

Quote:


>>I one were to refer to the PCL codes I posted last week, sending these
>>control codes works for ALL printers in ALL O/S's. After all, it's just
>>a printer, it doesnt care where the content came from.

> Alan:

> I have to respectfully disagree.  Just try doing what you say with an
> OKI OP4W and let us know how it works.

> Henry Keultjes



Thu, 09 Jun 2005 10:15:50 GMT
 
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