Duplex / Page Offset Issue

Posted on | June 27, 2013 | 1 Comment

We have a number of reports that currently go to dot matrix printers, which I would like to start sending to laser. These reports are 132 column, and I want to avoid having to modify the report text if possible.

What I am doing so far, is sending codes:
1b45 (printer reset)
&l1S (duplex)
&l370U (set page offset)
(s18H (font pitch to 18)

page offset is to allow for hole punch/binding. With the above font pitch setting, the front of the page is printing perfectly. The back of the page though, is leaving too much space (about double what the space is on that edge on the front), on the right side. The result is that the left side of the text is getting cut off.

Any hints as to what codes to play with would be appreciated.

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This post was submitted by Walter Feddern.


One Response to “Duplex / Page Offset Issue”

  1. bobp
    June 27th, 2013 @ 9:33 AM


    The first page is always the easiest. But, the pages after the first are not as easy to code for… expecially if you need to mix simplex and duplex. It sounds like you need to set the lines per inch or lines per page?

    We are mainly in the PCL transformation business – to convert PCL into PDF with searchable text for various applications. We also offer tools to help you debug and learn how to use PCL. They can save you a lot of time, paper and toner.

    However, we reserve our PCL expertise for our sales prospects and clients. We can’t afford to provide open-ended application development support to anyone that wants to do-it-themselves. And, if anyone was to volunteer to provide you with PCL application development support… they would want to be provided with samples of the print streams that you are currently generating. And, they would want to see exactly what you expect to be printed on the laser printer.

    Bob Pooley

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