32printer User Manual

Installation, Configuration, Running for the first time

32printer Home Page with Free Trial Download Link
What is 32printer?
How does it work?
Getting familiar with 32printer
How 32printer converts QAD reports to Excel?
Setting up 32printer in User Desktop
Setting up QAD’s MFG/Pro
Running 32printer for the first time
Printing to Local (USB) Printers from QAD
Setting up 32printer to run in QAD .NET UI
Antivirus complains on 32printer.exe module
What to do when 32Printer window does not pop up
How to upgrade 32printer

Terminal Emulator

Network Setup
Improving Performance by enabling Compression
Making PuTTY Functional Keys Working Properly in QAD
Making PuTTY with 32printer connecting directly to MFG/Pro without Unix login
Persistent telnet / SSH sessions
Troubleshooting third party terminal emulators
Printing to local printers from Terminal server
Working with Netterm or Secure Netterm
Working with WRQ Reflections

Output To MS Excel

How 32printer parses QAD report into Excel. Issues Exporting to Excel.
Direct Output to Excel
Fixing Leading Zero dropping issue in Excel. Controlling column types.
Character Value is presented as number in Excel
Generating Multi Sheet Excel Workbook from MFG/Pro
Writing MFG/Pro custom Report for Excel
Using Excel Templates with 32printer
Internationalization: decimal point, thousand separator, date formats.
Popular QAD Progress 4GL Reports, Optimized for Excel Output in 32Printer

Output to PDF

How to adjust PDF output
How to create a new PDF form
Generating multi-page PDF document
How to implement barcode print to PDF
Enabling Chinese fonts in PDF form
Issues with PDF templates
PDF Page Parameter Reference
Regional and Language Support

What is 32printer?

32printer is QAD’s MFG/Pro client software for Character, GUI or .NET User Interfaces. It redirects MFG/Pro raw output data to most popular desktop applications such as Microsoft Excel, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Notepad, Outlook or Lotus Notes, any other program of your choice. It’s simple yet powerful application, designed to empower your QAD users to perform their job faster with greater accuracy and efficiency. 32printer bridges the gap between server row ERP data and Microsoft Desktop Applications, delivering ultimate convenience to you.

How it works?

PDF documents today are commonly accepted as substitutes of regular paper documents, but generation of PDFs cost you nothing and also is environmentally friendly compare to the paper documents. The speed you exchange PDF documents with your partners is like you would fly the rocket compare to walking by foot.

Out-of-the-box 32printer generates nice looking PDF documents from your QAD system, you may immediately take advantage of emailing Purchase Orders or Invoices or Sales Order confirmations, with a click of the mouse. The chart explains how 32PRINTER overlays PDF templates with MFG/Pro output. Use MS Word for preparing your template and then use any genuine Adobe PDF product to convert it to PDF.

Getting familiar with 32printer

When printing a report from MFG/Pro, select 32prn output and next thing you see is 32printer window:

Use radio buttons to select the output and drop down box for PDF background templates.

How 32printer converts QAD reports to Excel?

32printer is designed to convert majority of QAD reports, standard and custom, to Microsoft Excel. Built-in logic parses text into rows and columns according to the report layout, it expects QAD report to conform single frame structure, like the following example:


      Site Location Description. Type Perm
      ---- -------- ------------ ---- ----
      1000 A0000001 Raw Material A001 No
      1000 A0000002 Raw Material B001 No
      1000 C0000005 Raw Material B005 No
      .....
      1000 Z0000100 Raw Material Z999 No

The report has to have underlined column labels and each field should be printed under respective label, when this condition is met, you get nice looking Excel spreadsheet, which can be conditionally colored, pivot table applied, converted to a multi sheet workbook, etc (see below). If report has different structure, such as multi frame layout (headers details, subtotals, etc) please refer to this topic.

Setting up 32printer in User Desktop

The software setup requires steps to be done on the user workstations and QAD server. This sections walks you through the steps to be performed on user PC.

After downloading, 32printer package from our website, double click on the file, this is self-extracting archive and it will prompt you for the location, to unzip the content of the package.

In case you want to have a centralized location for 32printer select a network drive, or you may still select your local drive and copy it to the network drive later on.

Next thing, it prompts you to select terminal emulator.

Chose whether you will be using putty or your own terminal emulator. In case you selected putty, the program creates a shortcut “Putty with 32printer” on your desktop. Please note that our putty is slightly different from the original putty emulator, you will need to use our icon, “Putty with 32printer” to enjoy 32printer functionality. You can use the original putty at the same time, however 32printer functionality will not work with it. Our putty has title “Putty with 32printer” as shown below.

Creating a new connection profile, will be exactly the same as you would be using the original putty: enter host IP address or server name, port and select protocol. Make sure putty session parameters are set properly, on the left hand side, then select “session” again and click save button. When new profile is created, our PuTTY automatically assigns “32PRINTER” as a default local printer as shown below.

If you use an existing putty profile, i.e. previously created putty sessions are stored in windows registry, you need to manually change default printer to “32PRINTER” and save the session settings. Please check if it is saved properly, otherwise 32printer won’t work in the previously created putty session.In case you have many people who have been using putty.exe and have pre-configured putty sessions on their PCs, the following action step is required in order to make it work with 32printer: windows register entries located under [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\SimonTatham\PuTTY\Sessions] should have the value of “32PRINTER” for parameter “Printer”, i.e.

“Printer”=”32PRINTER”

on each PC. It can be done manually or you can develop VB script to do so in batch mode during user login to windows. You may find this articles handy:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb727154.aspx
http://www.rgagnon.com/gp/gp-0005.html

Once you finished this step, move on to setup a new printer in QAD application.

Disable closing window for Active session

There is a switch in Configuration menu “Disable closing window for Active session”. The user will not be able to close the active session window only if this flag is selected:

putty-32prn-closeALT-F4

 

Using third party terminal emulators

If you selected to use your own terminal emulator, the program creates a new shortcut “32printer” on your desktop, it is pointing to the 32printer.exe module in 32prn home directory. Launch it. You always need to start this icon prior to start your telnet client application.

Once started, a 32printer icon appears in Windows application tray (bottom right corner in the desktop).

To stop 32printer, use mouse right click on the icon and select Exit. There is another selection “Pause”, use it when you would like QAD data to bypass 32printer application and to be sent to Windows default printer.Configuring telnet parameter

32printer has been designed to work with virtually any telnet client software. 32printer.ini is a configuration file, located in 32printer home directory.

If 32printer does not work with your telnet client, please make sure the executable module name is listed in 32printer.ini as telnet or as telnet2 parameter. If not listed, find out the executable module name (use Processes Tab in Windows Task Manager) and add it. Restart your pc.Parameter “Term” defines the terminal emulator type, used in the telnet session and normally it should be blank, but it may be changed to the following values when required:


Term     Print ON      Print OFF    Note
=======  ===========   ===========  ==============================
""       "\033[5i"     "\033[4i"    Use Print ON and OFF commands
wyse60   "\033d#"      "\024"       in the 32prn script for your
wyse50   "\030"        "\024"       terminal type, more details.
dg215    "\036F`"      "\036Fa"
ibm3151  "\020\022"    "\020\024"
vt52     "\033W"       "\033X"
tvi955   "\033`"       "\033a"

Main Configuration fileThere is a main output configuration file “main.ini” in the 32printer home directory. Here is its content:


iniFilesDir = .\ini
defaultForm = .\reportP80.ini
dateFormat = MM/DD/YY
inputDecSeparator = .
inputGroupSeparator = ,

prtSwitch  = @@@^32PRINTER-SWITCH^@@@
prt_mytest = Duplex ML-2150 Series PS
prt_COM1   = COM1:
prt_COM2   = COM2:
prt_LPT1   = LPT1:
prt_LPT2   = LPT2:
prt_lex    = Lexmark
prt_locdj  = Samsung ML-2150 Series PS (Copy 1)
prt_chk    = Samsung ML-2150 Series PS (Copy 1)

# These are Excel Switches
excelSwitch = directExcelOutput
excelTemplates = .\xlt
excelDirective = #Excel
nextSheet = NextExcelWorksheet
# NOTE: nextSheet is deprecated.
#       Use excelDirective with "nextsheet" parameter instead.

customApp  = "%ProgramFiles%\Windows NT\Accessories\WORDPAD.EXE" %RawFile%
#customApp  = "%ProgramFiles%\Microsoft Office\OFFICE11\WINWORD.EXE" %RawFile%
# NOTE: %RawFile% is replaced with quoted full path of the 32Printer Raw File.

customAppLabel = Send To &Wordpad (My Appl.)
# default value: Send To Custom &Application

iniFilesDir is a pointer to a directory where to PDF forms configuration files are located. It can be local directory (default) or network share, for example \\server1\pdfini.

Adjusting PDF output / PDF form configuration files

Each PDF form configuration file outlines parameters, instructing 32printer how exactly PDF document to be created.


[form 1]
formName    = Generic PO Form
template    = .\pdf\poform.pdf
pageParams  =  -t 22 -l 60 -s 13
mergeBefore =
mergeAfter  = .\pdf\POterms.pdf

formName is a name that appears in 32PRINTER Template drop down selection box
template is the PDF template file name and location
pageParams is a list of parameters, specifying how PDF document should be generated. PDF Parameter Reference is here.
mergeBefore – a parameter pointing to a static PDF file which the resulting PDF file will be appended to.
mergeAfter – similar to mergeBefore, PDF file which will be appended to the resulting PDF document.

Setup in MFG/Pro

Character Interface

Create a new printer in 36.13.2 menu of MFG/Pro as following:


mgmgmt05.p b+            36.13.2 Printer Setup Maintenance            08/15/07
+----------------------------- Printer Definition -----------------------------+
¦      Output To: 32prn                             Destination Type: Default  ¦
¦                                                       Printer Type:          ¦
¦    Description: 32printer output                      Lines / Page: 64       ¦
¦      Max Pages: 0                                    Scroll Output: no       ¦
¦Device Pathname: cat >lb$PPID                               Spooler: yes      ¦
+------------------------------ Printer Control -------------------------------+
¦ Initialize Command:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦    Initialize Ctrl:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦  80-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦ 132-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦         Reset Ctrl:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦      Reset Command: /qad/bin/32prn.sh lb$PPID ; rm lb$PPID                   ¦
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Adjust the following parameters if needed:

Lines / page: 63-66
Max Pages: 0 (enter integer if would like to restrict maximum number of pages)
Create a simple script in operating system, 32prn.sh with the following content :


echo -n -e '\033[5i'
cat $1
echo -n -e '\033[4i'

Parameters “-n” and “-e” are optional in first and last lines. Save the script to a directory with public access for execution, 755. If the directory is a part of global $PATH variable for all QAD users, then no need to specify full path to 32printer script. Otherwise, specify the full absolute path to 32printer script, as in the example above.32PRINTER is ready to use.

For majority of terminal types the script woks fine, it should be changed for wyse60, wyse50, dg215, ibm3151, vt52, tvi955, as well as 32printer.ini settings, see User Desktop Setup. Contact us for details.

GUI Interface

Create a new printer as following:


mgmgmt05.p b+            36.13.2 Printer Setup Maintenance            08/15/07
+----------------------------- Printer Definition -----------------------------+
¦      Output To: 32prn                             Destination Type: Default  ¦
¦                                                       Printer Type:          ¦
¦    Description: 32printer output                      Lines / Page: 64       ¦
¦      Max Pages: 0                                    Scroll Output: no       ¦
¦Device Pathname: tmp.txt                                    Spooler: no       ¦
+------------------------------ Printer Control -------------------------------+
¦ Initialize Command:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦    Initialize Ctrl:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦  80-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦ 132-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦         Reset Ctrl:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦      Reset Command: "c:\32prn\prnloc" tmp.txt                                ¦
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Reset Command “\\network share name\prnloc” tmp.txt
Lines / Page : 66 (variable, adjust if required)
Max Pages : 0 (enter any integer to restrict maximum output file length)

32printer is ready to go. No need to launch 32printer icon for GUI interface. Simply run a report and select 32prn as output.

If it’s a DEMO version, the DEMO banner will appear. Hit ESC or Enter to bypass, 32printer window will appear.

 

Running 32printer for the first time

If you are using “Putty with 32printer” – just double click on the icon and login to the system. If you are using your own telnet client software, make sure you start “32printer” icon prior to your telnet client session, then login to MFG/Pro as usual.

Run a report for example 1.5.1 for a short range of Items, like shown below and select 32prn as printer output.


 ppptrp.p b+                  1.5.1 Item Master Report                 07/10/09
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
¦     Prod Line:                               To:                             ¦
¦   Item Number:                               To: 22-130                      ¦
¦     Item Type:                               To:                             ¦
¦         Group:                               To:                             ¦
¦         Added:                               To:                             ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦               Print Comments: no                                             ¦
¦           Reporting Currency:                               Output: 32prn    ¦
¦                                                           Batch ID:          ¦
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

If it’s a demo version, the DEMO banner will appear on your screen, hit Enter or ESC key to by pass it, then 32printer window should appear on the screen. Select Excel and either click on GO button or simply hit Enter key. Make sure everything is displayed properly in excel spreadsheet. Run the report few more times and try other output destinations, make sure everything works properly. Congratulations!!!

If 32printer window does not come up, try to trouble shoot the problem as following:

If you use 32printer with your Terminal Emulator software, make sure the 32printer icon is launched first, prior to your terminal emulator client. Make sure telnet client module is listed in telnet or telent2 parameter in 32printer.ini file. If still no luck try the following:

1) Check if MS Excel and Acrobat Reader are installed on your PC.

2) The Next step is to make sure 32printer is working properly, please start 32printer and go to Start Menu -> Run -> type cmd.exe and then in DOS window type: “telnet your_host_ip”

Then login to mfg/pro and try to print a report (for example 1.5.1) to 32PRN, if F1 and F4 keys do not work, use CRTL-X as F1 and CTRL-E as F4. If 32printer popup window appears it means that 32printer is working properly.

3) The next step, to try your telnet client software. Please make sure your telnet client module is listed in 32printer.ini file, as described in User Manual. If not listed, please add it. Launch 32printer and then you telnet client, try any report to 32prn. If still 32printer window does not popup, please contact us.

If you are using putty and selecting an existing session – make sure the default printer is set to 32PRINTER. If still no luck contact us.

Printing to Local (USB) Printers from QAD

With 32printer you can print to any Windows printer directly from QAD, including your USB printers. You need to specify “printer switching record” in the 32prn.sh script (on QAD server), just after the “TURN ON PRINTER” sequence ESC[5i.

Start of the record must be equal to “prtSwitch” parameter from the “main.ini” file. The rest of the record must be equal to “printer-queue-id” also defined in the “main.ini” file.

When defining printing support in the main.ini file:

– Select unique literal constant string as the value of the “prtSwitch” parameter.

– Define a parameter for every windows print queue you are going to use from QAD.

The name should start with “prt_” prefix following by the “printer-queue-id”. The value of the parameter is used to identify specific Windows printer.

Select Windows printers by port name or by printer name. If the parameter value has colon ‘:’ as the last character, the value is considered to be the port name. Otherwise, it’s considered to be a substring of the Windows printer name (it’s not mandatory to define the full printer name).

For example, if Windows system has “Apple LaserWriter II NT v47.0” printer and some other printer attached to the LPT2 port, you can include the following lines to main.ini file:


 ...
prtSwitch  = @@@^32PRINTER-SWITCH^@@@
prt_lazer  = LaserWriter II NT
prt_lpt2   = LPT2:

To send print job to “Apple LaserWriter” printer you can use the following sequence:
@@@^32PRINTER-SWITCH^@@@lazer

To send print job to any printer, attached to the LPT2 port, use the following sequence:
@@@^32PRINTER-SWITCH^@@@lpt2

On the Unix/Linux-side update the 32printer shell-script 32prn.sh as following:


#!/bin/sh
#
# $1 - file to print
# $2 - "" or printer-id (main.ini must contain line "prt_${2}=...")
#

prtSwitch='@@@^32PRINTER-SWITCH^@@@'
# NOTE: prtSwitch variable MUST BE the same as in main.ini file

echo -ne "\033[5i"
if [ ! -z "$2" ]; then
    echo -ne "${prtSwitch}${2}\n"
fi
cat "$1"
echo -ne "\033[4i"

 

 

Network Setup

This applies only to versions 3.06 onward. Traditional putty module is using windows registry for session profiles storage. It causes few problems that sysadmins complained about. It was impossible managing session settings from a single place. Now, it’s easy, since session settings are stored centrally in a sub directory and are set as read only for users. When you use a new command line key with putty.exe module, “-fl”, windows registry is ignored. First, you need to run putty with the key:

$32prn_home\putty.exe -fl

Create a new session, change all the settings as required and save it. It’s saved to .putty sub directory. Make this sub directory as read only for network users. Make a new shortcut with a command line:

$32prn_home\putty.exe -load mySession -fl

where mySession is the session name created in the previous step. The shortcut can be “placed” automatically to user desktop, at the windows login.

Improving Performance by enabling Compression

This applies only to versions 3.04 onward. In the poor network bandwidth, remote users may complain on the slowdowns when large reports are sent to 32printer. This enhancement decreases data traffic to 7-8 times and the overall performance is improved to 3-4 times. Remote users will notice the difference right away. Here is how it’s accomplished: instead of the 32printer shell script described in the user manual, use the following script on the server side, which compresses the raw data files and transfers it over to desktop.

On Linux host use this one:

#!/bin/sh
#
# $1 - file to print
#

prtSwitch='@@@^32PRINTER-SWITCH^@@@'
# NOTE: prtSwitch variable MUST BE the same as in main.ini file

echo -ne "\033[5i"
if [ ! -z "$2" ]; then
    echo -ne "${prtSwitch}${2}\n"
fi

gzip -c9 < "$1" | uuencode 32PRINTER
# NOTE: uuencode must have '32PRINTER' parameter (checked by prnloc.exe)

echo -ne "\033[4i"

On Unix hosts, AIX, HP-UX use this one:

#!/bin/sh
#
# $1 - file to print
# $2 - "" or printer-id (main.ini must contain line "prt_${2}=...")
#

prtSwitch='@@@^32PRINTER-SWITCH^@@@'
# NOTE: prtSwitch variable MUST BE the same as in main.ini file

echo "\033[5i\c"
if [ ! -z "$2" ]; then
    echo "${prtSwitch}${2}\n\c"
fi

gzip -c9 < "$1" | uuencode 32PRINTER
# NOTE: uuencode must have '32PRINTER' parameter (checked by prnloc.exe)

echo "\033[4i\c"

Making Functional Keys Working Properly

In order to access some special keys (PAGE-UP, PAGE-DOWN, HOME, END, DELETE) in the Mfg/Pro application using putty, both putty keyboard and Progress protermcap file need to be changed

Putty profile set-up

  • Start putty
  • Load Mfg/Pro saved session
  • Open Terminal->Keyboard
  • Set The Backspace Key to “Control-H”
  • Set The Home and End Keys to “Standard”
  • Set The Function keys and keypad to “Xterm R6”
  • Set Initial state of cursor keys to “Normal”
  • Set Initial state of numeric keypad to “Normal”
  • Select Session and click “Save” to save the changed settings

Progress protermcap file set-up

    • Change the original Progress protermcap file
    • Save the original Progress protermcap file from the $DLC directory

For example: cp /opt/dlc/protermcap /opt/dlc/protermcap.orig

  • Edit the protermcap file:
    • vi /opt/dlc/protermcap
    • Delete line “:BACKSPACE(DEL-CHAR)=\EW:\” from under the vt100 entry
    • Add next lines under the xterm entry, for example after the INSERT-MODE(INS) line:
      • :DELETE(DELETE)=\E[3~:\
      • :PAGE-UP(PAGE-UP)=\E[5~:\
      • :PAGE-DOWN(PAGE-DOWN)=\E[6~:\
      • :LEFT-END(ESC-LEFT-ARROW)=\E[1~:\
      • :RIGHT-END(ESC-RIGHT-ARROW)=\E[4~:\

Done.

Making PuTTY with 32printer connecting directly to MFG/Pro

A user can connect securely to a Unix server running SSH without needing to enter a password every time.

In order to accomplish this, the user needs to generate a key pair, consisting of a public key and a private key. The public key needs to be stored on the server, where the user wants to connect to, in the $HOME/.ssh/authorized_keys file, and the private key is stored on the user’s PC and used by the putty session to connect to the server.

In order to set-up a public key authentication, next steps should be followed:

Generate a public/private key pair:

  • Use the PuTTYgen utility; the utility will generate 2 files, for example mfg.pub for the public key, and mfg.ppk for the private key (this file contains also a copy of the public key).

On the Unix server, the administrator should

  • Create directory /home/userid/.ssh, with access rights rwx—— (700), owned by “userid”
  • Create file /home/userid/.ssh/authorized_keys with access rights r——– (400), owned by “userid”
  • Add next line: “ssh-rsa userid@hostname.”
    • Replace with the public key obtained previously, userid@hostname. is just a comment.

Configure putty for using the private key:

  • Start putty
  • Load the Mfg/Pro saved session
  • In Connection->SSH->Auth, set the Private key for authentication with the location of the private key file, for example C:\putty\mfg.ppk

There are a few other advantages of using the public key authentication:

  • The administrator can lock the account, so the user cannot telnet or ftp to the box. Even though the account is locked, the user can connect using the public authentication method. If the account needs to be locked for this authentication method too, the authorized_keys file access rights can be changed to 000.
  • The administrator can control what commands a user can execute on the server, by using the “command” option of the public key entry, for example:
      • command=”/opt/qad/bin/client.mfg” ssh-rsa userid@hostname.
        In this case the user executes only the client.mfg script, when the script ends the session terminates.
      By using the “command” option, the SFTP connections are also denied.
  • The administrator can restrict the machines from which the user can connect, by using the “from” option of the public key entry, for example:
    • from=”10.7.8.*”,command=”/opt/qad/bin/client.mfg” ssh-rsa userid@hostname.

Writing MFG/Pro custom Report for Excel

Majority of MFG/Pro standard and custom reports can be forwarded to MS Excel with 32printer. You can write any report following generic QAD programming rules and the report will be parsed properly in Excel as long as the report layout contains a single frame (see below). There is also a limit on the maximum number of columns in the report and is set to 156 columns.

Here is a template that could be used to write wide custom report for Excel.

/* Custom Wide report template for 32printer Excel Output*/
{mfdtitle.i "2+ "}
define variable nbr  like so_nbr no-undo.
...
define variable nbr1 like so_nbr no-undo.

form
   nbr   colon 15   nbr1   label "To" colon 49
   skip
with frame a side-labels width 80.

/* SET EXTERNAL LABELS */
setFrameLabels(frame a:handle).
repeat:
  if nbr1   = hi_char  then nbr1   = "".
  update nbr    nbr1   with frame a.

  bcdparm = "".
  {mfquoter.i nbr    }
  {mfquoter.i nbr1   }

  if nbr1   = "" then nbr1   = hi_char .

  /* OUTPUT DESTINATION SELECTION */
  {gpselout.i &ampprintType                = "printer"
              &ampprintWidth               = 132
              &amppagedFlag                = " "
              &ampstream                   = " "
              &ampappendToFile             = " "
              &ampstreamedOutputToTerminal = " "
              &ampwithBatchOption          = "yes"
              &ampdisplayStatementType     = 1
              &ampwithCancelMessage        = "yes"
              &amppageBottomMargin         = 6
              &ampwithEmail                = "yes"
              &ampwithWinprint             = "yes"
              &ampdefineVariables          = "yes"}
  {mfphead.i}
   put unformatted
     "SO Nbr   Ordered  AM       SRep2    SRep3    Group    BUM....." skip
     "-------- -------- -------- -------- -------- -------- --------"
     skip.

  for each so_mstr no-lock
    where ...    :

    put so_nbr
        so_ord_date  space(1)
        slspsn[1]    space(1)
        slspsn[2]    space(1)
        slspsn[3]    space(1)
        user1        space(1)
        so_cust      space(1)
        name         space(1)
        so_po        space(1)
        sod_line     space(1)
        ....
        sod_site     space(1)
        sod_type     space(1)
        so_cr_terms        skip.
     {mfrpchk.i &ampwarn=false}
  end. /* FOR EACH so_mstr */

  /*  REPORT TRAILER  */
  {mfrtrail.i}
end. /* REPEAT */

In the case you do not want user to prompt for printer output the report logic may look like the following:

{mfdtitle.i "2+ "}
define variable nbr  like so_nbr no-undo.
define variable nbr1 like so_nbr no-undo.
...
form
   nbr   colon 15   nbr1   label "To" colon 49
   skip
with frame a side-labels width 80.

/* SET EXTERNAL LABELS */
setFrameLabels(frame a:handle).repeat:
  if nbr1   = hi_char  then nbr1   = "".
  update nbr    nbr1   with frame a.

  bcdparm = "".
  {mfquoter.i nbr    }
  {mfquoter.i nbr1   }

  if nbr1   = "" then nbr1   = hi_char .

  /* SEND DIRECTLY TO 32PRN OUTPUT*/
  put screen row 22 "Report is running...".
  output through ("32printer") . /*or use "paged" keyword if need to*/
  
  /*32printer script should be in the PATH VAR, here is the content"
  #######################
  echo -n -e '\033[5i'
  cat $1
  echo -n -e '\033[4i'
  #######################*/
for each so_mstr no-lock
    where ...    :
    display so_nbr
        so_ord_dateslspsn[1
        user1so_cust name so_posod_line
        ....
        sod_sitesod_typeso_cr_terms
        with width 200.
    {mfrpchk.i &ampwarn=false}
  end. /* FOR EACH so_mstr */

  output close.
  put screen row 22 "".
end. /* REPEAT */

 

How 32printer parses QAD report into Excel. Issues Exporting to Excel.

Some QAD reports are not properly transferred to Excel, for example 7.15.1. There are a few options of how you may get the information in the proper format to Excel using 32printer software.

1) Lookup another report with the required data, where the information is presented in a flat (single frame) format such as the following:


      Site Location Description. Type Perm
      ---- -------- ------------ ---- ----
      1000 A0000001 Raw Material A001 No
      1000 A0000002 Raw Material B001 No
      1000 C0000005 Raw Material B005 No
      .....
      1000 Z0000100 Raw Material Z999 No

This format layout fits the best for 32printer. Most of QAD reports are designed this way, however some of them have two or more frames (header-details), excessive subtotals, etc… These won’t be parsed properly by 32printer when sending to Excel.

2) You may use any custom report, which presents data in the single frame format (see above).

3) You may use existing QAD browses or inquiries. They generate proper output format too.

4) QAD has a built-in capability to create power browses in the system. These browses also generate proper output format.

5) If you have a progress programmer skills in house, an existing report may be easily reformatted to the flat format above.

6) If you do not have a progress programmer skills, we can help you with reformatting of the standard QAD report (free of charge or for a small fee). So, when you install the new report instance, it will work properly to MS Excel.

Working with third party terminal emulators

When you use 32printer with your existing Terminal Emulator software, make sure the 32printer icon is launched first, prior to your terminal emulator client. Please check 32printer user manual how the telnet client settings should be set in the 32printer.ini file. In the case 32printer popup window does not appear when printing to 32prn output, please try the following steps to troubleshoot:

1) Check if MS Excel and Acrobat Reader are installed on your PC.

2) The Next step is to make sure 32printer is working properly, please start 32printer and go to Start Menu -> Run -> type cmd.exe and then in DOS window type: “telnet your_host_ip”

Then login to mfg/pro and try to print a report (for example 1.5.1) to 32PRN, if F1 and F4 keys do not work, use CRTL-X as F1 and CTRL-E as F4. If 32printer popup window appears it means that 32printer is working properly.

3) The next step, to try your telnet client software. Please make sure your telnet client module is listed in 32printer.ini file, as described in User Manual. If not listed, please add it. Launch 32printer and then you telnet client, try any report to 32prn. If still 32printer window does not popup, please contact us.

Fixing Leading Zero dropping issue in Excel. Controlling column types. Character Value is presented as number in Excel.

When exporting to Excel, some character values may be misinterpreted and displayed as numeric type, which will cause leading zeros to be dropped. Excel also can add thousand group separators to such values, causing users to complain about this. For example, Customer code 01000000 will be displayed as “1,000,000” in Excel. To fix the problem you will need to add a line to a file called “columns.ini” located in the 32printer home directory. This line should contain QAD report column label value, for example if QAD report has a field with column label “Location”, add a line to columns.ini, which will contain the exact same value “Location”. Or if different reports have labels “GL Accout”, “GL Acct” or “GL Acc”, you may add a line to columns.ini with value “GL Acc*”. 32printer will recognize and present codes as character values. Another words, you may enter either a full label name or partial one with “*” at the end. For example:

LOT
SERIAL*
Lot/Serial*

 

Generating Multi Sheet Excel Workbook from MFG/Pro

This is a very nice 32printer feature, version 3.03 and higher, when you need detail and summary information in the same Excel Workbook. Or when you need various reports combined into Excel Workbook.

1) Add a line to main.ini file as following:

nextSheet = NextExcelWorksheet

2) Write a report which may contain a few sections or can consist of a few reports. Add the following code between sections or between reports

 

/* Custom Wide report template for 32printer Excel Output*/
{mfdtitle.i "2+ "}
define variable nbr  like so_nbr no-undo.
...
define variable nbr1 like so_nbr no-undo.
form
   nbr   colon 15   nbr1   label "To" colon 49
   skip
with frame a side-labels width 80.

/* SET EXTERNAL LABELS */
setFrameLabels(frame a:handle).repeat:
  if nbr1   = hi_char  then nbr1   = "".
  update nbr    nbr1   with frame a.
  bcdparm = "".
  {mfquoter.i nbr    }
  {mfquoter.i nbr1   }

  if nbr1   = "" then nbr1   = hi_char .

  /* OUTPUT DESTINATION SELECTION */
  {gpselout.i &ampprintType                = "printer"
              &ampprintWidth               = 132
              &amppagedFlag                = " "
              &ampstream                   = " "
              &ampappendToFile             = " "
              &ampstreamedOutputToTerminal = " "
              &ampwithBatchOption          = "yes"
              &ampdisplayStatementType     = 1
              &ampwithCancelMessage        = "yes"
              &amppageBottomMargin         = 6
              &ampwithEmail                = "yes"
              &ampwithWinprint             = "yes"
              &ampdefineVariables          = "yes"}
  {mfphead.i}

  /* FIRST REPORT */
  for each so_mstr no-lock
    where ...    :
    display so_nbr
            so_ord_date            so_custnameso_po      with width 132.
  end. 

  /* JUMP TO THE NEXT EXCEL SHEET */
  put "NextExcelWorksheet" at 1 skip.   page.

  /* SECOND REPORT */
  for each sod_det no-lock
    where ...    :
    display sod_nbr
            sod_line            sod_partsod_qty_ord         ....
      with width 132.
  end.
...
...
/*  REPORT TRAILER  */
  {mfrtrail.i}
end. /* REPEAT */

Using Excel Templates with 32printer

By using Excel Templates you will be able to turn exported data into a pivot table or a graph or highlight spreadsheet ranges with different colors (conditional formatting) for better visibility and faster decision making. Any data or format manipulations are possible on the Excel side via VBA. 32printer exports data to excel sheet, lookup macro in the template called “processData” and runs it, then shows Excel window to user.

1) Add or make sure main.ini has the following lines:

excelTemplates = .\xlt
excelDirective = #Excel

The first one points to a directory, the location where all Excel template files reside.
The second defines a keyword of the Excel directive, in the raw files, so these will be interpreted as control lines and excluded from the excel output.

2) Prepare a excel template, for example mytemplate.xls, and save it to [excelTemplates] from the step #1.

Add a macro to the Excel template (ALT-F11), called “processData”. It may have the whole VB logic or it may call other macro subs or functions.

Sub processData()
 ...
 doHighLight
 ...
End Sub

Private Sub doHighLight()
    Dim oSheet              As Excel.Worksheet
    Dim counter             As Long
    Set oSheet = Worksheets(1)

    ' Calculate real sheet dimensions
    Dim sheetWidth          As Integer
    Dim sheetHeight         As Integer

    sheetWidth = oSheet.UsedRange.Columns.Count
    sheetHeight = oSheet.UsedRange.Rows.Count
    If sheetWidth = 0 Or sheetHeight = 0 Then
        Exit Sub
    End If
    For counter = 2 To sheetHeight
        If counter Mod 2 > 0 Then
          Rows(counter).Interior.Color = RGB(255, 255, 0) 'YELLOW
        Else
          Rows(counter).Font.Color = RGB(255, 0, 0) 'RED
        End If
    Next counter
    oSheet.Activate
End Sub

3) Add Excel directive, to the report raw output file, which will point to the Excel template to use. This directive can be added anywhere in the report raw output file.

#Excel template mytemplate.xls

This can be done by either modifying QAD report, add a statement anywhere in the report logic:

put “#Excel template mytemplate.xls” skip.

or create a dedicated QAD output in 36.13.2

mgmgmt05.p b+            36.13.2 Printer Setup Maintenance            08/15/07
+----------------------------- Printer Definition -----------------------------+
¦      Output To: 32prnM                            Destination Type: Default  ¦
¦                                                       Printer Type:          ¦
¦    Description: 32prn macro sample                    Lines / Page: 66       ¦
¦      Max Pages: 0                                    Scroll Output: no       ¦
¦Device Pathname: tmp                                        Spooler: no       ¦
+------------------------------ Printer Control -------------------------------+
¦ Initialize Command:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦    Initialize Ctrl: #Excel template mytemplate.xls/010/012               ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦  80-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦ 132-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦         Reset Ctrl:                                                          ¦
¦                                                                              ¦
¦      Reset Command: 32prn.sh tmp                                             ¦
+------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

Printing to local printers from Terminal server

32Printer works well on the terminal server. Here is how printing to the local printers can be done from the terminal server:

Make sure or add printers on each client machine, add to the printer names corresponding port names. For example:

Apple LaserWriter II NT v47.0 (LPT1)
Lexmark Z13 (LPT2)

Add the following directives in main.ini file:

prt_LPT1 = (LPT1)
prt_LPT2 = (LPT2)

This way the printers will be available from the terminal server sessions, and from MFG/PRO.

 


 

Issues with PDF templates

Use MS Word sample template included into the package as a starting point, when creating a new PDF template. Add a new content to the document, logo, boxes, legal text if required, or simply change existing content. Use ONLY Adobe Acrobat Writer or Distiller or other genuine Adobe products to convert MS Word document to PDF template. Do not use any 3rd party PDF converters as 32printer engine won’t process such templates. If you do not have Adobe converters feel free to send us your Word template, we will convert it for you.

 

Persistent telnet / SSH sessions

This solution is found and designed by Ove, we are publishing with his kind consent. Persistent telnet or SSH sessions (GNU Screen http://www.gnu.org/software/screen/) are very handy in environments where remote users experience frequent disconnects from our QAD Unix system. Normally users need to re-login to unix after they have been disconnected, but with persistent session it automatically logs them in to previous session. 32printer.sh script needs to be adjusted when persistent sessions are used.

### check for environment variable $STY which is only set when in persistent session
if [ $STY != "" 2>/dev/null ]
then
 ## Assumes that .profile is setting :  session=`tty`; export tty
 ## echo "THIS IS PERSISTENT SESSION"
 ## sessiontype="PERSISTENT"; export sessiontype
 echo '\033[5i' > "$session"
 cat $1         > "$session"
 echo '\033[4i' > "$session"
else
 ## echo "this is regular session"
 ## sessiontype="REGULAR"; export sessiontype
 echo '\033[5i'
 cat $1
 echo '\033[4i'
fi

Add to user .profile that requires persistent session :

session=`tty`; export session

In the case of SSH, the session variable is not needed but you could look up $SSH_TTY, which always contains correct shell terminal id. Also in case (SSH again) you are inside screen your $SSH_TTY would differ from tty command output, otherwise they would be same.

Generating multi-page PDF document

32printer has functionality to merge static PDF pages to generated PDF documents, for example appending Terms and Condition page to PO document. That is done by setting form parameters described in PDF form Configuration Files . Starting from v3.06 32printer can generate multi page PDF documents, so each PDF page of the document can have a different background template with a different content.

In the progress program that generate row output file, add the following command: put control chr(27) “n%template_2.pdf”. Here n% is a literal constant, template_2.pdf is the file name of the new template. The command should be inserted anywhere in the first page, before page-break symbol. This will force 32printer to replace the default background template, defined in configuration file, with the new template “template_2.pdf”. Of course, the second template should be located in the same location as the default template. The row output file should look like this:

Content of the first page...
Content of the first page...
Content of the first page...
.....

(ESC)n%template_2.pdf

PAGE-BREAK Symbol

Content of the second page...
Content of the second page...
Content of the second page...
.....

 

How to implement barcode print to PDF

32printer has functionality to generate PDF documents with embedded barcodes Code 39
This can be used for example for printing lists which contain item numbers to be scanned later using a barcode reader:
barcode

Here are the steps necessary to implement this output to PDF including barcodes:

  • Download latest 32printer version from this page. This version includes the 3of9 fonts needed for printing barcodes.
  • Define a new report ini file for the report to PDF with barcode, in the ini folder of the 32printer installation folder
  • Example of a file called barcode132.ini
    [form]
    formName = Report Barcode
    template = .\pdf\rptL132.pdf
    pageParams = -t 20 -l 30 -f 9 -s 10 -n 43 -EmbedFonts

  • Define a new 32prn output in QAD with less lines per page, to account for barcode line height
  • mgmgmt05.p b+            36.13.2 Printer Setup Maintenance            08/15/07
    +----------------------------- Printer Definition -----------------------------+
    ¦      Output To: 32prn30                           Destination Type: Default  ¦
    ¦                                                       Printer Type:          ¦
    ¦    Description: 32printer output 30lines              Lines / Page: 30       ¦
    ¦      Max Pages: 0                                    Scroll Output: no       ¦
    ¦Device Pathname: cat >lb$PPID                               Spooler: yes      ¦
    +------------------------------ Printer Control -------------------------------+
    ¦ Initialize Command:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦    Initialize Ctrl:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦  80-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦ 132-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦         Reset Ctrl:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦      Reset Command: /qad/bin/32prn.sh lb$PPID ; rm lb$PPID                   ¦
    +------------------------------------------------------------------------------+
  • Create new report program to output barcode values using the 3of9 font
  •         /* Custom Wide report template for 32printer PDF Barcode Output*/
            {mfdtitle.i "xx.01"}
    
            &scoped-def visDevs "terminal,page,page100"
            &scoped-def e chr(27)
            &scoped-def st1 (if lookup(dev,{&visDevs}) = 0 then
            &scoped-def st2 else "")
            &scoped-def sNormal   {&st1} {&e} + "f43"        + {&e} + "s9 "   + {&e} + "l10 " {&st2}
            &scoped-def sBarcode  {&st1} {&e} + "fFree3of9 " + {&e} + "s36 "  + {&e} + "l38 " {&st2}
    
            define variable part          like pt_part initial ""           no-undo.
            define variable part1         like pt_part initial ""           no-undo.
            define variable site          like so_site initial "10000"      no-undo.
            define variable site1         like so_site initial "10000"      no-undo.
    
            form
              part                                      colon 15
              part1           label "To"                colon 40 skip
              site                                      colon 15
              site1           label "To"                colon 40 skip
              with frame a side-labels width 80.
            /* SET EXTERNAL LABELS */
            setFrameLabels(frame a:handle).
    
            form
              pt_part
              pt_site 
              pt_desc1
              pt_desc2 
              pt_prod_line 
              with frame c down width 134 no-box.
            /* SET EXTERNAL LABELS */
            setFrameLabels(frame c:handle).
    
    /********** BEGIN MAIN **********/
            {wbrp01.i}
    
            repeat:
              if part1= hi_char   then part1= "".
              if site1= hi_char   then site1= "".
     
              if c-application-mode <> 'web' then
                update part part1 site site1 with frame a.
    
              {wbrp06.i &command = update
                        &fields  = " part part1 site site1" 
                        &frm = "a"}
    
              if  (c-application-mode    <> 'web')
                or  (c-application-mode  = 'web'
                and (c-web-request      begins 'data'))
              then do:
                bcdparm = "".
                {mfquoter.i part  }
                {mfquoter.i part1 }
                {mfquoter.i site  }
                {mfquoter.i site1 }
    
                if part1= ""  then  part1 = hi_char.
                if site1= ""  then  site1 = hi_char.
              end. /* IF (c-application-mode <> 'web') ..... */
    
              /* OUTPUT DESTINATION SELECTION */
              {gpselout.i &printType                = "printer"
                          &printWidth               = 134
                          &pagedFlag                = " "
                          &stream                   = " "
                          &appendToFile             = " "
                          &streamedOutputToTerminal = " "
                          &withBatchOption          = "no"
                          &displayStatementType     = 1
                          &withCancelMessage        = "yes"
                          &pageBottomMargin         = 6
                          &withEmail                = "yes"
                          &withWinprint             = "yes"
                          &defineVariables          = "yes"}
              put control {&sNormal} chr(10).
              {mfphead.i}
    
              for each pt_mstr no-lock
                where pt_part>=part and pt_part<=part1
                  and pt_site>=site and pt_site<=site1
                with frame c:
                display pt_part pt_site pt_desc1 pt_desc2 pt_prod_line.
                down 1. /*to display barcode on next line*/
    
                put control {&sBarcode} '*' pt_part "*" {&sNormal}.
                down 1. /*to count the line*/
    
                {mfrpchk.i}
              end. /* FOR EACH so_mstr */
    
              /*  REPORT TRAILER  */
              {mfrtrail.i}
            end. /* REPEAT */
    
            {wbrp04.i &frame-spec = a}
    /********** END MAIN **********/
    
  • Compile program and run it with 32prn30 output
  •  

    Enabling Chinese fonts in PDF form

    Create a new ini file, as a copy of an exiting form, for example reportL132ch.ini. Edit the file and reference the Chinese font:
    [form]
    formName = Report 132 Landscape Chinese
    template = .\pdf\rptL132.pdf
    pageParams = -t 200 -l 35 -s 10 -f 9 -Charset GB2312 -an MingLiU -af 8

    where:
    -Charset should be set to the exact value you have in QAD Character start-up script for Progress DB code page parameters. Usually this is GB2312 or CP936 for Chinese.
    -an is the Alternative Font name. Use it for Chinese/Japanese/Korean fonts
    -af is the Alternative font size.

    The alternative font is used to print non-ASCII characters (characters greater than 255 in Unicode)

    Use the following settings

    Language -Charset Parameter Value -an Font Name Value
    Chinese GB2312 MingLiU
    MingLiU_HKSCS
    PMingLiU
    MingLiU_HKSCS
    DFKai-SB
    Microsoft JhengHei
    Japanese SHIFT-JIS MS Mincho
    MS Gothic
    Korean ksc5601 GulimChe

     

    You are not limited to only these fonts. You can go to Control Panel / Fonts and browse all existing ones by type. Use any Chinese fonts to generate Chinese PDF’s, Japanese fonts for Japanese PDF’s, etc.. Font control panel will show font type, if you select “detail view” when browsing fonts.
    You can also use fonts which are not installed in the system, by copying the fonts files in a "Fonts" folder under the 32prn home directory.

    Print report to new form output and check resulting PDF file.
     

    Direct Excel Output

    Starting from v3.08 32printer exports QAD custom or standard reports directly to Excel window, i.e. user selects "32prn" printer in QAD and program opens Excel window with report data, without showing 32printer selection. To enable this functionality first you need a new "switch" added to main.ini file. Type the following line anywhere in main.ini

    excelSwitch = directExcelOutput
    

    Note: the value of excelSwitch can be a random name, i.e. "directExcelOutput" can be replaced to any other, but should be unique enough. The second step you will need to create a new printer in 36.13.2 as following:

    mgmgmt05.p b+            36.13.2 Printer Setup Maintenance            08/15/07
    +----------------------------- Printer Definition -----------------------------+
    ¦      Output To: 32prnXL                           Destination Type: Default  ¦
    ¦                                                       Printer Type:          ¦
    ¦    Description: Direct Excel Output                   Lines / Page: 66       ¦
    ¦      Max Pages: 0                                    Scroll Output: no       ¦
    ¦Device Pathname: tmp                                        Spooler: no       ¦
    +------------------------------ Printer Control -------------------------------+
    ¦ Initialize Command:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦    Initialize Ctrl: directExcelOutput                                        ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦  80-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦ 132-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦         Reset Ctrl:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦      Reset Command: 32prn.sh tmp                                             ¦
    +------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

    It's important to enter exactly the same value of the excelSwitch parameter to "Initialize Ctrl:" field.

    Internationalization: decimal point, thousand separator, date formats.

    Starting from v 3.08 Excel output no longer has problems with incorrect decimal point, thousand separator or incorrect date format. In case Excel shows incorrect decimal or date format, please add or revise the following parameters in the main.ini file:

    dateFormat = MM/DD/YY
    excelDateFormat = MM/DD/YYYY
    inputDecSeparator = ,
    inputGroupSeparator = .
    

    In case the settings are missing in main.ini file, the program will use windows regional settings in control panel. dateFormat parameter tells 32printer how dates are formatted in QAD reports, i.e. this is input date format. excelDateFormat parameter was added in 4.03 version of 32printer, to be able to control Excel Date format as shown above, i.e. this is output date format.

    Working with Netterm and Secure Netterm

    Some of our clients successfully use netterm and secure netterm with 32prn, here is how to set it up: (See page 28 in User manual : http://www.securenetterm.com/pub/SecureNetTerm.pdf )

    In secure netterm window go to menu options -> global settings -> printing ->
    Select "Invoke user defined editing program" and click browse to select executable file, locate 32prn directory on your drive or on the network drive and select file prnloc.exe. Click OK to save. Go to QAD and send a report to 32prn output. With this setup, you do not need to launch 32printer.exe.

     

    Working with WRQ Reflections

    32printer works successfully with WRQ Reflections, although you have to be administrator on the PC to launch 32printer.exe for the first time. It creates an entry in the registry, specific to WRQ users. After that, other users can work on the PC without admin privileges.

    Setting up 32printer to run in QAD .NET UI

    It is assumed that you already performed all the setup steps mentioned earlier.

    When you installed 32printer on user workstation, for example into c:\32prn, you should be able to find a file called 32printer.exe. Starting from version 4.0, 32printer is equipped with a listener on a specific port, defined in 32printer.ini file in parameter "Listen", as shown below.

    Listen = 10030

    Please note, that 32printer .NET UI setup has a known restriction. It can not properly run on Citrix Terminal Servers, but only on individual user work stations. If you need to run 32printer on Citrix, use either putty with 32prn or consider LBOX.

    Download server .NET UI patch from here, which should be placed into your QAD server.

    On your QAD server, create a directory, let's say /qad/32prn - replace /qad with your path.

    Copy the files downloaded above into /qad/32prn location. Please note that they are binary files!!

    There will be 2 files in that directory. You have to modify one of them. The best way is to find the character client QAD script, that starts MFG/PRO and update the ttprn.sh accordingly:

    – you have to specify the location of the databases and their names. The program should connect to 2 DB's, the main QADDB and to the admin QADADM db.

    – set DLC variable value with its proper location in your system.

    Please set permissions on this file as 755. i.e

    chmod 755 /qad/32prn/ttprn.sh

    Also replace /qad/32prn value in PROPATH variable, with your appropriate location, pointing to the location of files server directory.

    Finally, add new printer to QAD's 36.13.2 menu, as shown below:

    mgmgmt05.p b+            36.13.2 Printer Setup Maintenance            08/15/07
    +----------------------------- Printer Definition -----------------------------+
    ¦      Output To: 32prn                             Destination Type: Default  ¦
    ¦                                                       Printer Type:          ¦
    ¦    Description: 32printer output                      Lines / Page: 64       ¦
    ¦      Max Pages: 0                                    Scroll Output: no       ¦
    ¦Device Pathname: cat >tmp$PPID                               Spooler: yes      ¦
    +------------------------------ Printer Control -------------------------------+
    ¦ Initialize Command:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦    Initialize Ctrl:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦  80-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦ 132-Col Start Ctrl:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦         Reset Ctrl:                                                          ¦
    ¦                                                                              ¦
    ¦      Reset Command: /qad/32prn/ttprn.sh tmp$PPID ; rm tmp$PPID               ¦
    +------------------------------------------------------------------------------+

    Replace /qad/32prn with proper location in "Reset Command" above.

    Try any report to the new printer, 32prn. 32printer window should appear. If not, please make sure User's PC Windows firewall does not block port 10030 on the PC. Also, please check if there are no other firewalls between user PC and QAD server. Contact us if still problem with setting up 32printer for .NET UI.

    Antivirus complains on 32printer.exe module

    Your antivirus software may complain 32printer.exe module of 32printer, pointing out that it is infected by virus of some sort. This module has been programmed to work as "hook" to telnet emulator programs. Such mechanism is considered as virus-like by anti-virus programs. In case you use 3rd party emulator program to get to QAD's Char UI, then you should use 32printer.exe module - in this case simply configure your antivirus to ignore 32printer.exe warning, i.e. consider it as good program. In case you use putty.exe with 32printer, simply delete 32printer.exe module from distribution package, as it's not in use.

    What to do when 32Printer window does not pop up

    Question: I have several computers with 32Printer installed and the last two are not behaving like the rest. The install and configuration worked like all the rest and when I compare the configuration between two computers they are the same. On these 2 computers when I try to send output to 32print from QAD instead of giving me the selection box for the output the screen runs through the report like a normal QAD session. This only happens when I am signed on as a user. If I sign on as the administrator 32print works like it is supposed to.

    Answer: Select 32PRINTER in Printer window, like shown below

    How to upgrade 32printer

    1. If started, stop 32printer.exe module or any putty sessions. To stop 32printer.exe, use mouse right click on the icon and select Exit.
    IMPORTANT!!! Make a backup copy of the entire 32printer directory. Most cases it's C:\32prn.
    2. Download 32printer package from this page. This package has a trial license file and default configuration files.
    3. Replace only the following files in 32printer home directory with the newer ones from the downloaded package:

    $32printer\*.exe
    $32printer\*.dll
    

    4. Obtain new license file from 32soft
    5. If needed, start 32printer from $32printer folder. Run some tests by printing some documents from QAD. Make sure the upgraded version is working well.

    How to create a new PDF Form

    1) Use MS Word to create a new template with your logo, boxes, legal blurbs, etc..
    2) Convert it to PDF and save it to your $32prn\PDF directory.
    3) Create new ini file and place to $32prn\ini directory. Here is how
    4) Run QAD report and select new from from the dropdown box. Adjust PDF parameters if necessary.