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NetPrint. What is NetPrint?. A program that allows a Windows PC to process print requests coming over the internet. Internet Printing. Printer. LPD. LPR. NetPrint is an LPD. Terminal. Mainframe ( LPR ). NetPrint ( LPD ). Printer. What alternatives are there?.

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What is netprint
What is NetPrint?

A program that allows a Windows PC to process print requests coming over the internet.

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Internet printing
Internet Printing

Printer

LPD

LPR

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Netprint is an lpd
NetPrint is an LPD

Terminal

Mainframe

(LPR)

NetPrint

(LPD)

Printer

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What alternatives are there
What alternatives are there?

  • 3270 printer emulators (e.g. Extra!)

  • NetPrint equivalents

  • Windows NT LPD

  • LPD installed in printer

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Why netprint
Why NetPrint?

  • Deals with EBCDIC/ASCII issues

  • Gives users greater control over printing

  • Multiple queue support

  • Easy to troubleshoot

  • Locally customizable

  • On-site support

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Print job types
Print Job Types

  • Text Printing

  • Preformatted printing

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Capturing output
Capturing Output

  • View before printing

  • Accumulate on one page

  • Text prints only!

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Text job options
Text Job Options

  • Fonts

  • Margins

  • Suppress Form Feeds

  • Overprinting support

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Formatted printing
Formatted Printing

  • &&??x establishes escape character

  • |1b is PCL escape

  • |X 1b04200300 04999dff 00000000| (e.g. UofC logo)

  • |* This is a comment|

  • ¬ (not sign) shortcut for PCL escape

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Mainframe setup
Mainframe Setup

VTAM

ASNP001P

CICS

ASP1

NPF (LPR)

TCP/IP

136.159.213.7

Queue=ASP1

Static IP addresses only!

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Installing netprint
Installing NetPrint

  • Get NetPrint.zip file

  • Unzip all files into desired directory (usually c:\uofctcp\tcp3270)

  • Create desktop shortcut icon

  • Generic printer driver no longer required(since version 2.07)

  • Define printer queue(s)

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Printer connections
Printer Connections

Mainframe

NetPrint

Server

Print

Server

JetDirect

Printer

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Flexible configuration
Flexible Configuration

ASP1

136.159.213.7 ASP1

136.159.213.7 ASP2

136.159.213.7 ASP3

ASP2

&

ASP3

Mainframe

NetPrint

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Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting

  • NetPrint active? (not NIPrint!)

  • Capture off?

  • PC LPR works?

  • Printer ‘in service’ in CICS ?

  • NPF active?

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Netprint logging
NetPrint Logging

  • Log stored in Windows TEMP directory(usually c:\temp)

  • Truncated when Netprint starts

  • Various levels of detail available

  • Keep Files

  • Print to file

  • Status messages

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Where to get netprint
Where to get NetPrint

The latest version can be found at:

  • http://www.acs.ucalgary.ca/~mortis

  • \\dassrv1\public\temp\jmortis\NetPrint.zip

  • WinLPR can be found at:

  • \\dassrv1\public\internet\zipapps\wlpr20.zip

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