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Forms Maintenance

  • Date: Nov 02, 2015

Forms Maintenance

OM Plus uses the form name associated with an output job to ensure the correct paper is loaded in the destination before printing. The form name for the output job must match the form mounted on the destination, which is usually set when the job spools by using the –f form_name command line option of dcclp.

For example, when accounts payable wants to print checks and use special check paper or special micro toner cartridges, the check output job would spool using the form name “checks” and when the checks output job is submitted it will not print until the correct paper or toner is loaded in the printer. By mounting the form checks on the destination through OM Plus before loading the new paper in the destination, all other output jobs in the destinations queue not needing the form checks are held while the check job prints. When the check job completes, stock (default paper) can be returned to the destination and the form that was on the destination before the check job can be mounted.

OM Plus uses two types of forms, standard and advanced. They are:

  • Standard forms: ensures that the correct paper is loaded in the destination and sends a download file to the destination before the output job.
  • Advanced forms: de-spools to multiple locations, divides a report equally over multiple destinations, or divides a report based on a preset number of pages per section.
  • To access this component, from the OM Plus Control Panel, double-click Forms Maintenance, and then the following Form Definition screen appears.

OM Plus DM Form Definition

Using Standard Forms

Standard forms can be added, modified or deleted to ensure the correct form is loaded for the output job.

CREATING FORMS

1. In the Form Name field, enter a new form name.

2. In the remaining fields, enter the appropriate information, and then click Save.

3. When a message appears indicating the new form is updated, click OK.

MODIFYING FORMS

To modify existing forms, select the form from the Form Name field, make changes, and then click Save. When a message appears indicating the form is updated, click OK.

DELETING FORMS

Select the form from the Form Name field, and then from the File menu, select Delete. When a message appears to confirm the deletion of the form, click Yes.

FIELDS

FORM NAME

Select an existing name, or enter a name for a new form. Assign the form a functional name (for example, checks or PO). The form will be referenced by this name on the spooling command line or from the request status screen.

MOUNT REQUIRED

Does this form need mounted on the printer before a request can print. Operator intervention may or may not be required for mounting forms. If N is selected, any spooled file requesting this form will automatically de-spool regardless of the form mounted on the destination. If Y is selected then a request will only de-spool if the form mounted on the selected destination matches this form. Otherwise the request is marked with a status of fpend. See the ‘fpend’ event script, Under the ‘Using Event Processing’ section of this manual.

LINES PER PAGE

Enter the value to use for page counting purposes. On some data types, OM Plus counts pages by counting form feeds, if present in the output job, or by counting the number of lines until it reaches the lines per page value. In the example, the check contains 22 lines per page. If this is not set correctly, the number of pages OM Plus counts will differ from the number of pages that print.

ENABLE FORM DOWNLOAD FILE

If set to Y, a copy of the file name in the Copy Download File From Host File field is sent to the destination before the output job. If set to N, the download file is not sent.

COPY DOWNLOAD FILE FROM HOST FILE

Indicate to allow the form file (if a true electronic form) to exist for Windows in the %OMHOME%\form\ folder and for UNIX in the $LPHOME/form/ directory with the required filename downloaded. This file was created the first time the form was defined from this screen. The Client allows the downloaded file to be updated from a more recent or another file on the computer by selecting this option. The Character–based interface requires the form to be deleted and re-added to update the downloaded file.

ENABLE POSTLOAD FILE

If set to Y, a copy of the file name in the Copy Download File From Host File field is sent to the destination after the output job. If set to N, the download file is not sent.

COPY POSTLOAD FILE FROM HOST FILE

Indicate if this file, if similar to the downloaded file, should allow for resetting of the destination after de-spooling with this form. Selecting this option allows for Windows %OMHOME%\ form\\ postload and UNIX $LPHOME/forms/ /postload file to be updated without deleting and re-adding the form.

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