By combining comprehensive mainframe features with ease-of-use design, our solution allows even the most complicated printing environments to be controlled in a user-friendly fashion from your choice of Unix or Windows NT print servers.

Print Output Management Software will save you and your users valuable time and resources by providing complete control over your printing output. Users will no longer burden system administrators and IT personnel with "lost print job" problems, freeing IT personnel to attend to more critical issues. Print jobs can even be securely monitored and modified from any PC in any location without logging on to the server- even through the Internet! 

"It's like having another Systems Manager on staff!"

Background: The term "spooling" comes from an acronym meaning Simultaneous Printer Operation On-Line. This technique allows users to continue working without waiting for relatively slow printing devices to complete their tasks. Simple spooling is accomplished by copying a print stream to a file, and then having a secondary task transfer the file to the actual printer.

Windows NT® and most implementations of the UNIX operating systems provide a print spooling mechanism, but fail to offer the user-oriented features necessary for serious business processing. This lack of functionality is most notable when compared to that offered by print queue programs on proprietary platforms such as IBM (mainframe, AS400), DEC (VAX), Wang (VS), and HP (HP3000).

Overview: A background server or daemon program runs continuously and services requests from client programs. The client programs send requests to the server for printing files or modifying existing queue entries.

The components include the daemon server and various client programs for requesting and controlling printing. These include:

FEATURES INCLUDE:

  • Full Screen Operation: For ease of use, the solution is implemented using full-screen display with single-stroke action keys for viewing and modifying entries on the print queue. 

  • GUI Manager Program: A Java applet is used to provide identical print management services in a Unix or PC Windows GUI environment. This applet, running under Netscape or Internet Explorer supports all the local print management function listed below, now available to users without logging onto the Unix machine running the print server.

  • User Control of Jobs: Print jobs can be held, released for printing, retained, stopped, and restarted. While a job is stopped, it can be aborted or held for later printing.

  • Display of Print Files: Print files can be viewed in a full screen display mode with interactive control of display functions.

  • Partial File Printing: Multiple copies of a file may be printed, or printing may be limited to a specified range of pages from a particular file.

  • Dynamic Job Modification: Characteristics of each print job may be modified after submission. Items such as form, class, group, number of copies, page range, and queue position may all be changed.

  • Printer Scheduling: Printing can be scheduled by class and/or group. These attributes, assigned to both print jobs and printers; print jobs whose class (or group) matches that of an available printer, will be printed. Multiple layers of scheduling (by site, priority, etc) can be used.

  • Paper and Stock Control: Each print job is assigned a form that specifies how the printer should be initialized and what filters to apply to the print file. The operator or user is prompted on the printer management screen to change forms if paper stock needs to be changed.

  • Dynamic Printer Control: Printers may be enabled and disabled and such characteristics as class, currently mounted form, and group can be changed.

  • Remote Printer Support: Local and remote printers are handled identically. Extensive diagnostic services are provided for remote printers connected via lpd or TCP, including remote interrogation of the status of printers supporting PJL commands.

  • PC Printer Support: Using any lpd software on a PC networked using TCP/IP, users can print to, and view the queue on the Unix host, and remove their own print jobs, all without logging on to the UNIX host running the print output solution.

  • Forms Overlay, Fax, and Filters: a completely open print queue allows any filter, forms overlay software, or fax gateway can be configured as a "printer" and accessed via printer commands.

  • Virtual Printer Support: A printer may be either a physical device or a program. If it is a physical device, the daemon sends print data directly to the device. If it is a program, the daemon can supply input to the program either through standard input, a file, or through macros which pass other characteristics of the print request to the program.

  • Supported Printers: All locally connected printers (laser and impact) are supported. All remote printers connected through lpr/lpd or through TCP are supported. Configurations for Novell print queues and Windows NT print servers are also easily configured.

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