Chapter 2. Advanced use of IBM Infoprint Designer for iSeries
There are some unique parameters that must be set correctly for the output to be
generated with the correct orientation. This is true for any landscape project.
This section describes how to generate an Infoprint Designer project to simulate a
function that is widely used on the iSeries for printing, namely Computer Output
Reduction (COR). COR is normally implemented without Infoprint Designer by
setting the printer file parameter for Page Rotation (PAGRTT) to *COR or *AUTO.
This is the default used in iSeries printer files, such as QSYSPRT, QPJOBLOG,
or QPSUPRTF. With PAGRTT(*COR) or PAGRTT(*AUTO), output that is normally
destined for impact printers with forms that are 14 inches wide and 11 inches long
is automatically reduced to print on cut sheet printers on 8.5 by 11 inch paper. For
a complete description of the rules of COR, see
iSeries Printer Device
The advantage of using COR is that a programmer does not need to make any
changes to print simple reports that were 132 or 198 characters wide by 66 lines
long (based on 10 or 15 characters per inch and 6 lines per inch).
The disadvantage is that there is no flexibility. The font is predetermined and may
even be different on different types of devices. Customers who previously
changed their printer files to fit on legal (8.5 by 14 inch paper) cannot take
advantage of COR if they must further reduce the output to 8.5 by 11.
With that said, it is possible to simulate the function of COR using Infoprint
Designer while at the same time add other enhancements that are otherwise not
available, such as:
• Adding an overlay
• Changing fonts for different parts of the report
• Adding conditional processing to format different pages differently
18.104.22.168 Understanding page origin
When designing a landscape application, the layout of the output is a function of
how it relates to the logical page origin. In most cases, the origin of the paper is
the top left corner when viewing the sheet in a portrait orientation. When you print
a landscape job, the origin remains at the same spot on the page. However, from
the data point of view, it becomes the bottom left corner.
There are additional considerations when printing to continuous form printers or
when using the
function available on some IPDS printer models. For more
information on this topic, see
IBM Page Printer Formatting Aid: User’s Guide,
22.214.171.124 Creating a landscape overlay
The page size and orientation for an overlay are controlled by the overlay settings
(Figure 38). While you are using the Overlay editor, select File-> Overlay Setup.
Then, select the Size tab. The panel shows the defaults, such as Horizontal (8.5
inches) and Vertical (11 inches) for Letter paper, with a 0 degree rotation. Do
This project is not included in the initial shipment of Infoprint Designer. It can
be obtained by ordering the most current PTF for the product.