Printer Control System provides a simple solution to
the complex problem of sharing printers in a multi-user
and/or multi-location environment. However, many of
the features are also of benefit to the single user
example, overall system performance is increased as
reports are generated at the maximum speed of the computer
rather than the physical speed of the destination printer.
It is even possible to generate reports requiring special
forms, such as statements, even though the forms are
not loaded on your printer.
maintains a definition for every printer connected to
your system, which includes the current form loaded
on the printer. If you need to change paper forms, you
simply stop the printer, load the forms, then tell Stamina
to restart the printer with the new form loaded.
Stamina process that normally generates printed output
also has a form associated with it, such as normal blank
paper or pre-printed statement forms. When a report
is generated by that process, it is flagged as requiring
that form, and may also specify how many copies of the
report are to be physically printed.
report is actually stored on the computers high speed
disk, rather than being sent directly to the printer.
This allows many people to generate reports at the same
time, as they are not contending for the same physical
resource, and means that the process generating the
report can finish long before it is actually printed.
special process knows as a SPOOLER constantly monitors
these generated reports, and the printers, sending your
report to a printer that has the required form loaded
and is currently inactive.
considerations also come into play in a multi-location
environment. For example, if your report needs to be
printed on blank paper, it is no good sending it to
a printer in a remote location that may be 1,000 kilometres
away just because it happens to be idle and has the
right form loaded!
course, if that is what you want to happen, you can
direct that your report is sent to any nominated printer,
regardless of its’ location, or even of the form
that is currently loaded.
aid in distribution for larger companies, reports that
do not require special forms carry the name of the person
requesting the report on each page, which also acts
as an effective audit trail.
mechanism of spooling rather than direct printer output
also allows you to re-print reports rather than regenerating
them, and you can be selective in this process. For
example, if your printer jammed with a paper mis-feed
after 122 pages of a 200 page report, you can fix the
paper jam and re-start the report from page 123, saving
time and money.
facilities within the Printer Control System allow you
to remove unwanted reports, freeing disk storage, as
you require. It is even possible to produce a permanent,
machine readable image of a report on disk or tape,
reducing filing and storage requirements if needed.
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