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iDocs Color Text

With iDocs release 4.5 iDocs can now output mapped color text to any PCL 5c capable printer.

One can also use a color overlay. That does not require however iDocs 4.5.

Requirements

The target printer must be PCL 5c capable .

Please note that while the Hewlett Packard specifications for PCL 6 enhanced is that it is backwardly compatible with PCL 5c and 5e, in practice unless the printer specifications state that it is PCL 5c compatible the printer will probably not process PCL 5c.

Application Setup

  4/07/08                     iDocs Form Suite                        FM0465C3  
 14:54:45                Define a Form Application                    QSECOFR   
                                                                                
 Form  Application. . . . . .  COLORJOBL  ColorJobLog                           
 Form  Size . . . . . . . . .      3  Legal(8 1/2 x 14 in.)              F4=List
 Collate(Y/N). . . . . . . . . . . N     Use Mapped Fields Only (Y/N). . . Y    
 Orient (P)ortrait or (L)andscape. L     Pages per Overlay (1-9) . . . . . 1    
 Front Map File. :               F4=List Back Map File . . :             F4=List
 X adjustment value. . . . . . . .   0   Y adjustment value. . . . . . . .   0  
                                         Color Output  . . . . . . . . N F4=List
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                                
 Front Side                     Back Side               Form       Destination  
 Overlay   Seq  Drawer  Merge   Overlay           Merge Prompt     Out Queue    
 F4=List    #   F4=List Data    F4=List   Tumble  Data  F4=List    F4=List      
 COVL4500    1      1     Y                             *STD                    
                                                                                
                                                                                
                                                                              + 
                                                                                
 F1=Help  F2=Data Map   F3=Exit  F7=Footer      F8=Work with Mapped  Fields     
 F9=Advanced Functions  F12=Cancel   F15=Global Offset   F17=Import Map         

In the form or check application setup main page is the color type setting.

The choices are:

  • B/W LJ PCL 5e: N (Default). This sets the PCL output to PCL 5e, black/white LaserJet 4 PCL.
  • Color LJ PCL 5c: 6. This sets the PCL output to PCL 5c, color LaserJet PCL.
  • LJ 4500 PCL 5c: 8. This sets the PCL output to PCL 5c, LaserJet 4500 family PCL.

By default, color is set off when creating an application or check. Forms/checks from pre-color releases are brought forward as black/white. Setting this switch to N after defining mapped field color will cause iDocs to ignore the color settings. Setting this switch to 6 or 8 without color defined for mapped fields will cause iDocs to output PCL 5c with black as the font color.

Specifying the Mapped Field Color

This is the mapped field maintenance screen.

 4/07/08                     iDocs Form Suite                        FM2540S2  
15:05:28                    Map Field Maintenance                    QSECOFR   
                                                                               
 Form Name. . . . . . COLORJOBL     Field Name . . . JOBHDR     F4=List        
                                    Description. . . Job Header                
pooled File Source                                                             
 From Row . . . . . .   3           To Row . . . . . . .    4                  
 From Column  . . . .   2           To Column  . . . . .  132                  
                                                                               
verlay Target                                                                  
 Horizontal Position.  100  300dpi  Vertical Position. .   400   300dpi        
 Map Field  . . . . .       F4=List Map Type . . . . . .  2 F4=List  XY Mapping
 Font . . . . . . . .       F4=List Courier -NP 16.67cpi Regular               
 Line Spacing . . . .   35  300dpi  Font Rotation. . . .       90° 180° 270°   
 Form Side. . . . . .       F4=List Non duplex field                           
                                                                               
onditionally map                                                               
 If the value in column       to column                                        
 Map next field end                 Bursting. . . . . .   N  (Y/N)             
 of this field . . .   N  (Y/N)     Color . *PURPLE          F4=List
 Sort Sequence . . . .    F4=List                                              
                                                                               
 F3=Exit   F4=Prompt   F10=Save   F12=Cancel   F13=Configure Path              

The mapped field color specification is in the lower right corner, in blue in the above example. One can prompt using F4 for a list of colors by name:

  • *BLACK
  • *SILVER
  • *GRAY
  • *WHITE
  • *MAROON
  • *RED
  • *PURPLE
  • *FUCHSIA
  • *GREEN
  • *LIME
  • *OLIVE
  • *YELLOW
  • *NAVY
  • *BLUE
  • *TEAL
  • *AQUA

These are the 16 standard colors defined by the World Wide Web Consortium for web use.

You can also use a decimal RGB color triplet to specify any color in the sRGB colorspace. For example, *FUCHSIA above can also be specified as

255000255

Remember that the RGB triplet must be entered as 9 digits, and that it is decimal. Most people are used to seeing the RGB triplet in hexadecimal as it is used on the web.


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