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 47.

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 46 shows the default read only Snapshots that are established in the printer at the factory.

Table 46. Default Snapshots
Snapshot Name Description-Length x Width
InfoPrint-2up Letter 2-Up Letter - 11.0 in. x 18.0 in.
InfoPrint-2up Letter Tractorless 2-Up Letter (Tractorless) - 11.0 in. x 17.0 in.
InfoPrint-2up A4 2-Up A4 - 296.3 mm x 445.0 mm
InfoPrint-2up A4 Tractorless 2-Up A4 (Tractorless) - 296.3 mm x 432.0 mm
Letter Letter - 8.5 in x 12.0 in
Legal Legal - 8.5 in x 15.0 in
Ledger Ledger - 11.0 in x 18.0 in
A3 A3 - 296.3 mm x 445.0 mm
Standard Standard - 11.0 in x 15.0 in

Table 47 describes the required form settings and the values you can enter for a form.

Table 47. Settings for Forms -> Form 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.

Note:
You can define forms lengths up to 54 inches if the Signature Page feature (FC 4554) has been installed
Note:
Any of these features can affect performance.

For related information, see Valid Form Lengths in Inches .

This setting is saved in the current Snapshot when you save the current setting to the Snapshot.

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).

This setting is saved in the current Snapshot when you save the current setting to the Snapshot.

See System Characteristics for detailed information about minimum and maximum widths for each model.
Units This entry is for both Width and Length.

This setting is saved in the current Snapshot when you save the current setting to the Snapshot.

  • Inches
  • Millimeters
IPDS Form Name This entry must be a unique identifier.

Note:
This field is case sensitive.

This setting is saved in the current Snapshot when you save the current setting to the Snapshot.

12 characters maximum
IPDS 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.

This setting is saved in the current Snapshot when you save the current setting to the Snapshot.

0 to 65535
Form Bar Code This entry is used to specify the alphanumeric value of a bar code preprinted on special forms. These forms require the installation of the Forms Identification feature (FC 4464).

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

This setting is saved in the current Snapshot when you save the current setting to the Snapshot.

0000 to FFFF
Tractorless Select Yes if you are using paper without tractor strips. Select No if you are using paper with tractor strips.

This setting is saved in the current Snapshot when you save the current setting to the Snapshot.

  • Yes
  • No
Marks This entry specifies the toner mark position in reference to the top of the form (for tractorless forms only).
Note:

Earlier versions of the AFCCU microcode did not provide a separate Marks parameter, but did provide the following settings for the Tractorless parameter:

  • No
  • Yes: Print marks
  • Yes: Marks are on the page
  • Yes: Both

Table 48 shows how Snapshots containing Tractorless settings (from earlier microcode that did not provide a Marks parameter) are migrated to the newer microcode that provides both the Tractorless and Marks parameters.

This setting is saved in the current Snapshot when you save the current setting to the Snapshot.

  • 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 for Printer 2 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 copy edit marks.

This setting is saved in the current Snapshot when you save the current setting to the Snapshot.

  • 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.

This setting is saved in the current Snapshot when you save the current setting to the Snapshot.

  • < 75 gsm (< 20 pounds)
  • 75 - 98 gsm (20 - 26 pounds)
  • > 98 gsm (>26 pounds)
Table 48. Migration of Snapshot settings for the Tractorless and Marks parameters
Tractorless setting (earlier microcode without the Marks parameter) Tractorless and Marks settings (when Snapshots are migrated from earlier microcode without the Marks parameter)
No
  • Tractorless = No
  • Print registration mark for Printer 1 = Yes
  • Print registration mark for Printer 2 = No
  • Preprinted registration marks for Printer 1 = No
  • Preprinted registration marks for Printer 2 = No
Yes: Print marks
  • Tractorless = Yes
  • Print registration mark for Printer 1 = Yes
  • Print registration mark for Printer 2 = No
  • Preprinted registration marks for Printer 1 = No
  • Preprinted registration marks for Printer 2 = No
Yes: Marks are on the page
  • Tractorless = Yes
  • Print registration mark for Printer 1 = No
  • Print registration mark for Printer 2 = No
  • Preprinted registration marks for Printer 1 = Yes
  • Preprinted registration marks for Printer 2 = No
Yes: Both
  • Tractorless = Yes
  • Print registration mark for Printer 1 = Yes
  • Print registration mark for Printer 2 = No
  • Preprinted registration marks for Printer 1 = Yes
  • Preprinted registration marks for Printer 2 = No