Adapts to your printer's capabilities automatically
Transparent integration with OpenVMS, DECwindows, and Pathworks
Connects using TCP/IP, DECnet, serial, and parallel I/O
Control formatting with user-defined output
Manages PostScript fonts and printer hard disks
Replace your pre-printed forms with ScriptServer Electronic Forms
Feature summary
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Our new product, ScriptServer PAN, runs on Linux and other Unix operating systems and supports:

  • printing from Microsoft Windows, as well as job submission via LPD and a web page interface
  • printing electronic forms
  • prints ASCII on PostScript printers
  • prints PostScript on PCL/PJL printers
  • provides Enterprise-class printer resource management

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The ScriptServer Printing System is a set of comprehensive printing control applications for a managed and productive printing environment. While supporting all PostScript and LaserJet graphical capabilities, ScriptServer provides seamless integration for both OpenVMS/VAX and OpenVMS/AXP platforms, including:

ScriptServer software supports the PostScript and HP-PCL languages, not specific printers. It drives any PostScript or LaserJet-compatible printer, including those using cartridge-based languages. It also allows access to the printer-based emulations found in many printers, including LN03, Epson, IBM Proprinter, and others.

ScriptServer software is composed of two primary components, the ScriptServer print symbiont, which communicates with the printer, and the SCRIPT facility, which is used to control formatting when ASCII files are translated to the PostScript language.

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Adapts to your printer's capabilities automatically

When a ScriptServer queue starts up, the software conducts a dialogue with the printer to determine its capabilities, including printer languages (PostScript and/or HP-PCL/PJL), paper sizes present, duplexing abilities, color/monochrome, fax, and font capabilities. These capabilities are then declared as OpenVMS queue characteristics, which are used in OpenVMS to route print jobs to the printer with the appropriate capabilities.

For instance, you may have two printers in the same physical location that are configured on the same generic OpenVMS queue, such as SYS$PRINT. When a job is submitted to SYS$PRINT, it will be sent to the first available printer that has the abilities required by the print job, such as a particular paper size.

This scheme makes maximum use of the available resources, and reduces the need for redundant printing hardware.

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Integrates transparently with OpenVMS, DECwindows and Pathworks

The primary component of ScriptServer software is the ScriptServer print symbiont, which is seen by OpenVMS users as simply another OpenVMS print queue. Jobs may be entered into the queue using the standard PRINT command, using the same print parameters and qualifiers that VMS users are already familiar with.

Since it is integrated into OpenVMS using established standards, ScriptServer is transparent to users that may be printing using other layered products from Digital, such as the DECwindows/Motif user interface and the PATHWORKS network operating system. PATHWORKS users have the added benefit of being able to share printing resources without sacrificing anything in the personal computer environment with which they are familiar.

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Connects using TCP/IP, DECnet, serial, and parallel I/O

ScriptServer printing software boasts the most versatile communications abilities available to OpenVMS system managers. Printers may be connected using the familiar, directly-connected parallel and serial connections. They may also be shared over the network using DECnet, LAT, and TCP/IP-based protocols, including telnet and lpr/lpd.

Additionally, ScriptServer software supports the STATUS1 and DECnet network protocols used in printers from QMS, Inc.

And when these methods can't be used, you can use our foreign queue capability to configure the ScriptServer symbiont to direct its output to another OpenVMS queue.

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Control formatting with user-defined output

A menu-based (and optionally command-line based) utility is provided as an alternate way to submit ASCII files for printing to ScriptServer queues. The SCRIPT facility allows you to specify a primary font for file text, a secondary font for headings and page numbering, paper size, orientation (portrait or landscape), heading text and location (left, center, right, inside, or outside), page number prefix and location, duplexing, wrapping, justification, and other formating parameters.

The SCRIPT facility automatically associates the appropriate characteristics to print jobs that it creates, so that the necessary resources are guaranteed to be present on the printer at print time. See the description of ScriptServer's auto-configuration capability for more information.

Furthermore, settings can be stored for future retrieval. Or, the system administrator can associate SCRIPT settings with OpenVMS forms, print queues, or established as system-wide defaults to obtain the same results without even invoking the SCRIPT facility.

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Manages PostScript fonts and printer hard disks

ScriptServer downloads PostScript fonts permanently or on a job-specific basis. Permanently-resident fonts are verified when a queue is started and any permanent fonts not found in the printer are automatically downloaded. Temporary fonts are downloaded as requested, and all fonts are accessible from the SCRIPT facility.

Many printers are now available with hard disks which can contain fonts, forms, print files, and even printer operating systems. ScriptServer software allows you to manipulate the files on these disks, including downloading, deleting, renaming, and executing these files.

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Replace your preprinted forms with ScriptServer Electronic Forms

ScriptServer Electronic or "Software" Forms eliminate the need for preprinted business forms. Using Electronic Forms, you can convert an Encapsulated PostScript (EPS) file to a format that can be automatically overlaid with text from an ASCII file. Using the advanced formatting capabilities of Electronic Forms, you have complete control of how the overlaid text is placed on the page. In addition, you can even generated double-sided forms with the use of a duplexing printer.

Among the many types of forms that work well as Electronic Forms are:

If you need assistance with your existing forms, GrayMatter Software is ready to help with our Electronic Forms conversion service. With this service, we scan your forms and convert them directly into a format that can be used with ScriptServer software. Contact GrayMatter Software for more information about our Electronic Forms Conversion Service.

Additional information on Electronic Forms is available on our Software Forms Product Page

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Feature summary

Printer-independent: supports any PostScript- or LaserJet-compatible printer
Supports serial, parallel, LAT, DECnet and TCP/IP connections
Translates HP-GL and ASCII to PostScript on the fly
Dynamic switching of printer-based emulations
Downloads PostScript fonts for permanent or temporary use
Allows user storage of forms setup modules or templates
Alerts operator to specific printer error conditions
Reports printer usage to OpenVMS resource accounting
Accepts FORTRAN and COBOL, and 2-byte VFC file formats
Supports DEC Multi-national Character Set (DECMCS)
Downloads PostScript error handier on demand
Prevents unauthorized printer reconfiguration through exitserver operator
Online HELP
Handles virtually all printer-resident PostScript fonts
SCRIPT Facility provides extensive formatting capability
SCRIPT pop-up menus for font, queue, form, paper selection, and more
Supports familiar OpenVMS PRINT qualifiers:
Supports Letter, Legal, Ledger, Tabloid, A3, A4, A5, B4, and B5 paper sizes
Supports a wide variety of envelope sizes
Handles DCPS-compatible parameters to the PRINT command
Fax capability with journaling, cover pages, confirmation pages and captions

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The ScriptServer Printing System functions under OpenVMS 4.6 or higher on any VAX or Alpha AXP computer system Minimun system requirements include 2000 blocks of disk space, an output device supporting a Postscript-compatible interpreter or LaserJet-compatible printer, an asychronous seial terminal port or parallel printer port; for LAT connection, a LAT terminal server, for TCP/IP connections, any UCX-compatible internet transport software and TCP/IP-based printer.

The implementation of ScriptServer is transparent to users and compatible with DEC PostScript printing software. It allows use in mixed environments with PostScript printers from multiple vendors providing standard OpenVMS printing and queuing services. Also included are file format compatibility with COBOL report files, FORTRAN carriage control and the SNA Gateway product, a network interface to the IBM SNA network software.

ScriptServer documentation includes Release Notes with sections on installation and new product features, a User's Guide containing comprehensive reference sections detailing file printing and the qualifiers supported with the OpenVMS PRINT command and the SCRIPT Facility. There is an extensive section explaining various aspects of system management of the software. A Compatibility Guide covers implementation of PostScript software products such as Pathworks for OpenVMS for Macintosh and DOS, Interleaf, Gem, and WordPerfect. PostScript files distributed on tape include lnstallation Manager's Notes and a primer for new users.

ScriptServer supports all resident PostScript fonts, nine different paper sizes and over twenty different envelope sizes. In multiple printer environments, the software ensures that print jobs are routed to a printer with the desired capabilities.

The Maintenance Support Program provides software updates and new version release at reasonable cost. Evaluation copies of the ScriptServer Printing System are available on a variety of media.

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