The main advantage of Papirus is that
it can automatically convert iSeries spool files into graphically-enhanced
Microsoft Word documents. Word is one of the most popular
document formats, so once a spool has been converted into
a DOC file, you can direct it anywhere fax, email,
office printers and file folders and easily convert
it to any other format.
- Conversion - convert
"invoices", "packing lists" and other
iSeries spooled files from your native iSeries application
into graphically-enhanced Microsoft Word documents. You
can then print the files, fax them, email them, or put them
on the Web.
- Building complex documents -
add an opening letter or appendixes with fields that are
extracted from the spool.
- Archiving - convert you spools
into Microsoft Word documents, for archiving on a PC workstation
or server. Combined with the Papirus Image Module, this
allows you to save documents in an image format such as
TIFF, commonly used in optical archives.
- Creating labels - extract
fields from the spool, and print it through a Papirus template,
formatted as a label. Combined with the Barcode Module,
this allows you to print labels with barcode lines.
- Saves paper, toner
and communication costs - the Word Module can send output
directly by email or fax, and so it eliminates redundant
printing and the need for pre-printed paper.
- Saves programming
time - no need to spend money on programmers to modify
the spool format. The Word Module allows anyone with basic
knowledge of Microsoft Word to define how output should
- Uses your
existing spool no need to modify the spools,
which is a relatively complex operation. The Word Module
takes information from the existing spools and positions
it anywhere just position an indicator in the Microsoft
- Easy to
redesign forms - output formats are defined using Microsoft
Word, a familiar word processor, so there is no need to
spend time learning new design tools.
- Improved output
style and quality pictures and other graphical
elements can be added to the output document, and text can
be set in an attractive and readable manner.
How It Works
The spool reformatting process begins
with a base template, created in Microsoft Word. The template
is just like a regular Word document, only it has placeholders
that are replaced by data from the spool.
For example, the template may have the
text Dear ~nnn~, we wanted to inform you that
where ~nnn~ is a placeholder for a name
field. The data extracted from the spool (in this case, the
customers name), will appear in the final document in
the same position, and in the same font, style, size and color,
as its placeholder.
Field placeholders may be used for more
than just a text string. In fact, any rectangle from the spool
can be extracted and embedded in a position specified in the
template. Papirus Rulers help you to define which spool areas
should be extracted, and which fonts should be used for them
in the Word file.
Papirus Rulers can also activate special
processing features such as Table Analysis, which recognizes
tables in the spool and converts them into real Microsoft
Word tables, and Paragraph Analysis, which automatically applies
paragraph settings like Shading, line-spacing, background
and foreground colors, and much more.