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Establishing Form Settings

Setting form values

Forms -> Form Settings

Before you can print forms, you must establish settings for the form or determine which of the default forms settings already established (Snapshots) match the forms you intend to use.

You must identify all forms used in the printer before you can complete the form-loading procedure. You can identify and store forms before you attempt to load them into the printer, or you can identify and store them while you load them. Identify forms with the values for the settings described in Table 39.

Once you identify and save the form settings in a snapshot, all future uses of that form need only identify the snapshot name during the loading procedure.

Table 38 shows the default read only snapshots that are established in the printer at the factory.

Table 38. Default Snapshots
Snapshot Name Description-Length x Width
IBM-2up Letter 2-Up 8.5 in. x 11 in.
IBM-2up Letter Tractorless 2-Up 8.5 in. x 11 in.
IBM-2up A4 210 mm x 297 mm
IBM-2up A4 Tractorless 210 mm x 297 mm

Table 39 describes the required form settings and the values you can enter for a form.

Table 39. Forms Settings
Setting Description Value Options
Forms -> Form Settings
Length Specify the length dimension of the printed output as measured in the process direction (parallel to the tractor holes). You can specify this dimension in millimeters or inches and in lengths from 76 to 432 millimeters (3 to 17 in.).
Note:
The printer can stack only forms that are prefolded at lengths between 178 to 432 mm (7 to 17 in.) between the fold perforations. To stack printed forms lengths of less than 7 inches or greater than 17 inches, see Stacking Forms.

Specify the length either in millimeters as a whole number or in inches to two decimal places. The printer rounds to the nearest 1/6 inch the length you enter and displays it on the screen.

Notes:
  1. You can define the forms length at 25 or 28 in. if either of the following features has been installed.

    For 25-in. forms length, select Feature 8B3929.

    For 28-in. forms length, select Feature 8B3930.

  2. You can define forms lengths up to 54 in. if the Signature Page feature has been installed
Note:
Any of these features can affect performance.

For related information, see Valid Form Lengths in Inches or Table 33.

See System Characteristics for detailed information about minimum and maximum lengths for each model.
Width Specify the total physical form widths (including the 0.5-inch tractor hole carrier strips on either side of the form). For information about the form widths supported by different printer models, see System Characteristics.

When you enter a value in inches, use a decimal for fractional dimensions (for example, 13.5). When you enter a value in millimeters, do not use a decimal point (use whole numbers only).

See System Characteristics for detailed information about minimum and maximum widths for each model.
Tractorless Side Verify Mark Location Specify the location of the side verify marks. This entry specifies the vertical distance of the side verify marks (measured from the leading edge of the form).
  • Inches
  • Millimeters
Units This entry is for both Width and Length.
  • Inches
  • Millimeters
Form Name This entry must be a unique identifier.

Note:
This field is case sensitive.
12 characters maximum
Host Setup ID This entry is defined by your company to tell the host system if the form loaded in the printer is the correct form for the print job being sent to the printer. The host system checks the form loaded in the printer and compares the form definition in the Host Setup ID.

If the loaded form is the form required by the Host Setup ID, the job is sent to the printer. If the loaded form is not the form required by the Host Setup ID, an error message is posted on the host system console.

Use 0 if no checking is to be done.

0 to 65535
Form Barcode This entry is used to specify the alphanumeric value of a barcode preprinted on special forms. These forms require the installation of the Form Barcode Checking feature.

Use 0000 for all forms that do not have a preprinted barcode.

0000 to FFFF
Tractorless Select Yes if you are using paper without tractor strips. Select No if you are using paper with tractor strips.
Note:
Requires RPQ 8B4265.
  • Yes
  • No
Marks This entry specifies the toner mark position in reference to the top of the form (for tractorless forms only).
Note:
Requires RPQ 8B4265.
  • Set Print registration mark for Printer 1 to Yes if you want Printer 1 to print a registration mark, which is typically read by Printer 2.
  • Set Print registration mark for Printer 2 to Yes if you want Printer 2 to print a registration mark, which is sometimes required by post processing equipment.
  • Set Preprinted registration marks to Yes for Printer 1 if the form that you are using has a preprinted registration mark on the page for registering printer 1.
  • Set Preprinted registration marks to Yes if the form that you are using has a preprinted registration mark on the page for registering printer 2.
Oversize Paper This entry indicates whether printing is to extend into each carrier strip 3.8 mm (0.15 in.). Selecting Yes also turns off any other printing in the carrier strips, including side verify marks and copy edit marks.
Note:
For code levels higher than version 11.4, RPQ 8B4287 is required. It provides the ability to disable Side 2 Verify so that the Oversize Paper function can be used. RPQ 8B4285 may be desired. It provides the ability to suppress yellow warning messages on the console when Side 2 Verify is disabled for oversize paper.
  • Yes
  • No
Paper Weight This entry indicates to the printer the weight of the form you are defining. This enables the printer to compensate for the form weight during printing.
  • Light: 12-15 pound (39-48 kg or 45-51g)
  • Normal: 16-22 pound (51-71 kg or 60-80 g) forms
  • Heavy: 23-42 pound (61-135 kg or 83-157 g) forms
  • Light
  • Normal
  • Heavy