Using the Components of the Forms Engine


Concept


Steps:

  1. Begin by navigating to the Form Editor page.

     

    Click the Set Up SACR link.

    Step 1
  2. Click the Common Definitions link.

    Step 2
  3. Click the Forms Engine link.

    Step 3
  4. Click the Form Editor link.

    Step 4
  5. Enter the desired information into the Form Name field. Enter

     a valid value
     e.g.
     "FA"
    .

    Step 5
  6. Click the Search button.

    Step 6
  7. Click an entry in the list.

    Step 7
  8. Use the Form Editor page to create or modify forms either by importing a page layout from Application Designer or by manually adding objects to the page definition. If you import a page layout, the entire contents of the form definition are replaced by the imported page definition.

    Step 8
  9. Select Set Page Device to force the form to start on a new piece of paper.

     

    This is important when duplex printing (printing on both sides of the paper). If you do not select Set Page Device, a new form might print on the backside of a piece of paper.

    Step 9
  10. You can add types of objects to forms such as Box, Data Field, Image, Line, Long Text, and Text.

    Step 10
  11. You can set attributes for each of these objects such as color, font, position, length, style, scale, spacing, justification, line thickness, dashes, image ID, and literal text.

     

    Not all attributes apply to all form child objects. You can specify to have sample text values display in data fields when you preview the form.

    Step 11
  12. Next, navigate to the Form Image Text Viewer page to update Description and Cache From On Printer fields.

     

    Click the Form Image Text link.

    Step 12
  13. Enter the desired information into the begins with field. Enter

     a valid value
     e.g.
     "FAPSULGO"
    .

    Step 13
  14. Click the Search button.

    Step 14
  15. Use the Form Image Text Viewer page to view the actual PostScript text sent to the PostScript printer.

    Step 15
  16. The only fields you can update are Description and the Cache Form On Printer.

     

    Cache Form On Printer indicates whether the form is sent to the printer only once at the beginning of the print run or each time that the image is needed.

    Step 16
  17. Next, navigate to the Upload EPS Image File page to modify an image that you rendered on a page by making a new or modified file in encapsulated Postscript (EPS) format.

     

    Click the Process link.

    Step 17
  18. Click the Upload EPS Image File link.

    Step 18
  19. A Run Control ID is an identifier that, when paired with your User ID, uniquely identifies the process you are running. The Run Control ID defines parameters that are used when a process is run. This ensures that when a process runs in the background, the system does not prompt you for additional values.

    Step 19
  20. You can run this process by searching for an existing Run Control ID or you can add a new value. Creating a Run Control ID that is relevant to the process can help you remember it for future use.

     

    Enter the desired information into the begins with field. Enter

     a valid value
     e.g.
     "TR"
    .

    Step 20
  21. Click the Search button.

    Step 21
  22. Use the Upload EPS Image File page to modify an image that is being rendered on a page.

     

    You must create a new or modified form image text file in encapsulated PostScript (EPS) format and upload it to an FTP site you choose.

     

    You can then run the process to upload this text into the Form Image Text repository.

    Step 22
  23. Use the URL field to create a run control record. The URL is the name of the FTP domain to which you had previously uploaded the EPS file. If you uploaded it to the FTP server called MYFTPSITE, then you would enter MYFTPSITE into this field.

    Step 23
  24. Click the Run button.

    Step 24
  25. Use the Process Scheduler Request page to enter or update parameters, such as server name and report/process output format.

    Step 25
  26. You must select a Server Name to identify the server on which the report/process will run. If you use the same Run Control ID for subsequent processes, the server name that you last used will default in this field.

    Step 26
  27. Use the Type field to select the type of output you want to generate for this job. Your four choices are File, Printer, Email, or Web.

    Step 27
  28. Use the Format field to define the output format for the report. The values are dependent upon the Process Type you have selected. In this example, the default value is TXT.

    Step 28
  29. Click the OK button.

    Step 29
  30. Next, navigate to the Form Groups page to group a list of forms.

     

    Click the Set Up link.

    Step 30
  31. Click the Form Groups link.

    Step 31
  32. Use the Form Groups page to group several forms.

    Step 32
  33. The *Form Group Relative Sequence field indicates the relative order for form groups to be rendered when more than one form group is output into a single print stream.

     

    Because the forms are tied to the form groups within an application program, you should not modify these settings unless you are customizing a program.

    Step 33
  34. Next, navigate to the Output Destination Formats page to view parameters for various output formats usable by programs that use the Forms Engine.

     

    Click the Out Dest Formats link.

    Step 34
  35. The Output Destination Formats page specifies parameters for various output formats usable by programs that use the Forms Engine.

     

    For example, a program looks at the Print Script field to determine the name of a command script for printing. In the case of the PostScript output destination format, the print script psprintfile.cmd requires two arguments, the printer name and the filename.

    Step 35
  36. Next, navigate to the Font Names page to view all PostScript font names that you can specify within Form Editor.

     

    Click the Font Names link.

    Step 36
  37. Use the Font Names page to view all PostScript font names that you can specify within Form Editor.

    Step 37
  38. Finally, navigate to the Postscript Fonts page to view a list of translations between Application Designer font names and PostScript font names.

     

    Click the Postscript Fonts link.

    Step 38
  39. Use the PostScript Fonts page to view font names that are specified in the Application Designer and their translations to PostScript font names.

     

    You must install the font names specified on all of the PostScript printers at your installation.

    Step 39

You have successfully:

• Used the Form Editor.

• Used the form image text repository.

• Uploaded form image text.

• Reviewed form groups.

• Used output destination formats.

• Specified font names.

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