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Smartform Printing in Dotmatrix Problem, Lines getting shifted two spaces up from second page

Oct 29, 2016 at 05:32 AM

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Hi Experts,

I am facing issue with smartforms dotmatrix printing. First page, it is printing properly, but from second page onwards the alignment is getting one or two spaces up. I have read similar threads relating to the same problem. But it didnt help me to fix the issue. I am going to list what all I have tried so far.

1) Created a custom format page which is of same dimension of pre printed form in SPAD and assigned it to device type SAPWIN. (Didn't help)

2) Created a custom format at desktop level which is of the same dimension of pre printed form.(Didn't help)

3) Created two pages for the smartform. (Didn't help).

Kindly share your ideas on how to solve this issue.

B.R.

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Jelena Perfiljeva
Oct 30, 2016 at 01:42 AM
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If your lines get shifted up by 1 line on page 2, by 2 lines on page 3 and so forth then the page length sent to the printer is incorrect. In this case this blog should be helpful.

If you are using SAPWIN there is not much you can do on the SAP side because the output goes through Windows. You can try a different driver but that's about it. I'd set up the device in SAP with a proper device type instead.

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Often it's next to impossible to explain to uninitiated, why, oh why can't they have their precious LOCL (front-end printer), which in other SAP systems is "following them around"as they move between workplaces...

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This important bit of info from that blog regarding "line printers" is often overlooked/forgotten:

"The Page Format only holds the paper size and orientation (Portrait or Landscape). This format is then used in SAPscript or Smartform only to let SAP know how much space to allow on the form. As I’ve learned, for the matrix printer this size doesn’t mean a diddly squad."

If I remember correctly, Page Format here only matters for OTF previewer (and from there come all those "'It looks fine in preview, but..." catastrophies!

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I love LOCL as much as the next guy and as long as it works it's fine. But when it doesn't then LOCL quickly turns into SOOL.:)

Matrix printers operate completely differently than laser printers. I've seen some effects with matrix printers that I cannot even explain rationally. And yes, unfortunately, print preview should come with a disclaimer, for all the printers.

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Jānis B Oct 30, 2016 at 06:23 AM
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You wrote: "Created two pages for the smartform". Does that mean: normally you have only one page in form, and multiple pages result from multiple Forms being accumulated in single Spool Request? If yes - have you tried to force each form to go into its own spool request?

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