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Support for Continuous-form, High-speed, High-volume Laser printing
When the rush to provide AFP/APA printing capability began in the 1990s, most vendors all but forgot the roots of laser printing - Compatibility Mode - which is still the most cost-effective mode of laser production work ... and the choice of most first-time, entry-level print operations.
The VSE Print Manager provides the easiest-to-use, quickest-to-learn and most comprehensive set of tools for anyone who uses Compatibility Mode printing.
The VSE Print Manager has three main components: CPIMAGE, CPSETPRT, CPPRINT. Once installed, each of these programs may be selected to run in place of either IBM or Siemens/Ocè 3800 support or they can run in addition to that support making a conversion to The VSE Print Manager simple and quick.
First-time installation is a breeze. Most sites are fully operational in less than 1 hour and classes on site take from 4 - 8 hours for both operations and programming/setup personnel.
CPIMAGE is the functional equivalent to IBM's IEBIMAGE or Siemens/Ocè's SIEIMAGE; but its capability includes functions that are either unavailable from IBM or Siemens/Ocè - or only available using separate "feeder" programs. For example, without CPIMAGE Graphmod or Copymod (text) rotation is done using a program that "feeds" its output into IEBIMAGE or SIEIMAGE.
CPIMAGE also makes laser printing document preparation easier for the novice user, or an old pro, through simpler and more powerful commands. Even though FCBs are rarely used in their classic form when using the VSE Print Manager - by using CPIMAGE to create them, if you must, they may be created easier than with any other tool - see CPSETPRT, below. Dynamic Storage Modules or DSMs, unique to CPPRINT, are also defined using CPIMAGE.
DSMs can reduce the amount of spooled data by as much as 90 percent!
CPSETPRT is the functional equivalent to IBM's IJVSPRDV or Siemens/Oce's SIEHPDRV; but it uses control statements to perform many tasks that Siemens/Ocè does not (for example, CPSETPRT can rotate and underline Graphmods on the fly as well as generating XTBs automatically for more than four Graphmods in each of the printer's Character Set buffers!) IBM's IJVSPRDV has no control statements and, thus, cannot take advantage of any special Siemens/Ocè hardware features.
can "generate" an FCB on the fly - bringing to an end all of the library
clutter and "naming convention" worries from cataloging these phases.
It also ends the headache related to trying to use a newly-modified FCB after the spool
system has loaded the old one!
The CHARS= parameter has greater flexibility with CPSETPRT, too. Its first parameter, CPMG, is a "trigger". The second and, optional, third parameters concatenate to form the eight-character book, or member, name that will be used to control the printing process. The fourth parameter supplies an optional sublib/membertype override.
* $$ LST CHARS=(CPMG,book,name,MT)
is a multi-tasking print manager for 3800 laser printers. It eliminates the hassle
of FULL queues - and the limited, print-time selection criteria used by POWER. By
using print-image tapes, the user can have all the advantages of Queue-oriented
printing - including exact-page repositioning by page number or
"a data-compare literal" scanning!
Eight simple but powerful commands control the entire process.
All printer/tape resources are acquired and released within the CPPRINT partition/region. The printer's buffers are also managed at task termination time and at restart/repositioning eliminating one of the greatest causes of wasted time and material during the printing process.
The most powerful features of CPPRINT are its use of DSMs and Software Rotation. DSMs are a logical extension to the Copymod concept and eliminate their size and data-content restrictions. DSMs may contain up to 255 FULL pages rather than one or two in Copymod. Because the DSM is added to printline data at print-time, it can contain ESC characters of any kind. A special $CPMG$ control-printline within each page causes selection of Copymod or Stormod (aka DSM) segments/pages.
Last, but not least according to the operators that run CPPRINT, is its error recovery. Simple English messages, as well as the printer's LCD contents, display on the System console(s) in place of the standard sense bytes. The comparative cost of CPMG's products is less than $100 per month more than SIEPRT, just $3 per day. CPPRINT adds $150 to that total for either Tape or Queue interfaces - $200 for both Tape and Queue interfaces).
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