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ENHANCEMENTS AND FIXES IN MOD LVL 131005

MarkMagic and Options 8.1 / 8.6 131005

  • Support for Printronix PXSL4M and PSCL5000R series added
  • New option to run CPYGRAF under an always on JVM server job
  • New OVRMMJOB features for batch processing
  • Work with TextBlocks add to Main Menu
  • Rules and Conditions added Print Analysis report
  • New PrintTransformer Feature: Ability to dynamically test a field’s variable length
  • AFP (AFPDSFX) barcode updates:
    • Datamatrix: supports lengths over 70, proper translation of pipe character, extra spaces removed
    • Maxicode: support for a blank State code
  • PrintTransformer updates:
    • Graphic Conditions processing corrected
    • “Contains” rule corrected
    • “&” Rules bursting issue resolved
    • Rotated format field position with Column/Row Conditions resolved
    • Resolved RuleSet format swapping issue when using Spooled files as data source
  • FormComposer fix for packed data fields & for obtaining *MASTER format field usages
  • PCL variable graphic positioning
  • Missing CPYGRAF parameter added
  • RFID data conversion resolved when passing via the PRTLBLF DATA parameter

JMagic and Options Mod 131005

  • Fixed editing and adding label file records using the Work with Label Files interface.
  • VICS BOL check digit (#23) now shows as a valid check digit option in JMagic
  • Graphic WYSIWYG size on Datamax formats has been resolved.
  • Resolved issues with graphics that have no source images.  JMagic no longer hangs when opening a format that has a graphic with no source image.
  • Rulers on the left and bottom of the format are now visible at all times.
  • Fixed rare case when there was an extra “save” request when closing a format.
  • Export MarkMagic Fix option has been removed from the menus.  This procedure should be done using MarkMagic on the server side.
  • Emails did not contain a Sent Date.  Corrected this problem.
  • JMagic no longer sets an invalid alignment option when adding barcodes to SATO formats
  • Special characters in Zebra 2D Barcodes (GS, RS, FS, EOT) will now properly encode when printing to a PDF
  • UPC Human Readable text will now show properly when printing Zebra UPC labels to PDF
  • Support for the HPPCL5EDG “Edge” driver is added to the PDF driver.  Print offsets using the HPPCL5EDG are now visible when printing to PDF.

ENHANCEMENTS IN MARKMAGIC 8.1/8.6 120515

      • FormComposer support added to MarkMagic Enterprise. FormComposer is a full-featured report writer with an intuitive interface which enables all kinds of reports containing headers and repeating detail lines, lookup fields from any number of associated files (included spool files), overflow handling, calculated fields, and special functions. New “Text Block” support is also part of the FormsComposer feature set.
      • Text Block Field Type. MarkMagic 7 Enterprise introduced a new field type “Text Block”. This field makes it easy to add paragraphs of legal information to forms or a long list of ingredients to labels. Auto-formatting helps take the guess work out of column, font, and line offset changes. Font type, style, and point size can be changed within the block of text.
      • PrintTransformer Add-On Option: This “rules based” option includes all the format level rule features of PrintManager and a new set of field level rules.
      • More Field Usage Definitions: Any variable field can have a “usage” defined as part of the field. Version 7 expanded USAGE beyond the RFID fields to FormComposer fields.
      • Native PCL5 MICR support for laser checks. MarkMagic 7 downloads the special MICR (Magnetic Ink Character Recognition) font to your printer memory turning any PCL5-compatible laser printer into a check printer.
      • *PDFZ Emulated Device type. MarkMagic PDF files can be automatically “zipped” on the System i before being emailed and saved/archived to the IFS.
      • Zebra to PDF Conversion – MarkMagic Zebra (zpl) formats can be created as an Adobe PDF with the same look and feel as the original printed label. Run a batch of Zebra labels and send the PDF files to your distant suppliers or remote facilities.
      • Updated MarkMagic 5250 Help access via the Web. Pressing “F1” will display our detailed web documentation in your default browser.
      • Admin Enhancements: o Export Print Manager Rule Sets and PrintMonitor Monitors to either a SAVF or PCFILE. Quickly move Rule Sets and Monitors from a development system to production. o License Key Visibility provides dynamic code expiration and validation information. Countdown displays days remaining for keys to expire and restores permanent license keys (Runtime print only, for example) when temporary license keys expire. MarkMagic Admin menu option displays current MarkMagic temporary and permanent keys on the system. Use F10 from MarkMagic Parameters menu.

ISSUES FIXED IN MARKMAGIC 8.1/8.6 120515

      • DataMatrix barcodes will now print when emulating IBM AFP using Zebra
      • PCL Character Set Mapping Fixes. Previously, special international characters were not printing correctly.
      • Various updates made to graphic positioning on formats
      • Added the ability to change the SMTP server port number
      • Fixes made specifically for IBM OS V7R1 systems to remove extra java messages being sent to the display
      • Fixed rare case where last page of a burst was not being included in the print data
      • Updates made to Sato Barcode and Graphics printing. Fixed a rare issue that occurred when printing a SATO label with a barcode.
      • Parenthesis can now be used in *CALC fields to indicate an operation that should be calculated before the others.
      • FormComposer lookups that utilized packed decimal fields will now work properly.
      • Added support for density 30 on Printronix Interleave 2 of 5 barcodes. This allows printing of very small Interleave 2 of 5 barcodes.
      • Corrected the calculation of Zebra MSI Barcode check digits.
      • Fixed Rules processing when using the semi colon to separate multiple recipients. Previously, emails were only going out to the first recipient in the list.
      • You can now have more than 850 bursts happen in one RuleSet. Previously, if there were more than 850 bursts, only the last 850 would print.
      • Master Format field is now updated properly when importing using *REPLACE
      • Zebra Variable Graphics update. Variable graphics were not clearing at the end of a print job
      • Format Conditions will now properly process when USRLIB(*SEARCH) is specified in the PRTLBLF command.
      • Fixed issue that caused missing repeating data on FormComposer overflow pages
      • Corrected a problem preventing Monarch MPCL Parts Across (Multi-up printing) from working properly.
      • Changed placement of Zebra mode (^MM) command for easier user control of label cutting
      • Updated Zebra RFID command structure and sequence to mirror official Zebra recommendations
      • Can now page down when exporting MarkMagic monitors if there are more monitors listed that fit on the display page
      • Fixed an error that prevented creating a PDF of a Zebra format with a graphic
      • The registered ® symbol now prints correctly laser PCL formats.
      • Printronix PGL batch control field LBMODE will now correctly override the format mode when printing.
      • Increased length of email subject and body in PrintTransformer Rules to match maximum value in PRTLBLF command.
      • Resolved issue where RuleSets were not found if RuleSet library was set to *SEARCH and called via PRTLBLF command.
      • PrintTransformer: Resolved subscript error when switching back to a condition action used earlier in the print run. Corrected record number issue that caused incorrect page number data to be used in some scenarios. Rotated conditioned fields and formats are now consistent.
      • In the rare occasion email.log is locked while MarkMagic is setting up the log file, MarkMagic will reissue the call.
      • Resolved variable graphic subsequent page location issue.

ENHANCEMENTS IN JMAGIC 8 120515

      • (New) Dynamically create *LINK Text fields by dragging DATA fields from List View Panel to the Design Canvas. Drag/Drop and the new Text field will be created as a *LINK with the data field as the source field.
      • (New) Format Canvas Toggle to show fields that are Conditioned or Ruled or both.
      • (New) Canvas field crosshairs now magically appear when selecting or moving a field.
      • (New) Holding down the “Alt” Key performs a Horizontal or Vertical Lock when moving Fields via the Mouse on the JMagic Canvas.
      • (New) Offset Option Under alignment for quick multiple field spacing. This is ideal for detail line vertical offsets.
      • (New) New JMagic Display Objects enhance Print Preview performance by drastically improving the speed of screen refreshes. Now you can test Rules and Conditions in real time and watch the screen change dynamically.

ISSUES FIXED IN JMAGIC AND OPTIONS MOD 120515

    • Resolved a number of small PrintTransformer RuleSet and Condition GUI items.
    • Improved EAN13 bar code WYSIWYG and added +2 and +5 WYSIWYG support.
    • You should no longer be able to edit a *LINK source field without “de-linking” it first from the *LINK field.
    • Huge performance increase when moving a large number of fields at one time with the keyboard arrow keys.
    • “Delete Successful” box no longer shows when you answer “No” to deleting a format
    • Updated the blue selection color JMagic uses. Highlighted data is now more easily readable.
    • Resolved issues with JMagic converting formats from inches to millimeters
    • Fixed editing and adding label file records using the Work with Label Files interface.
    • VICS BOL check digit (#23) now shows as a valid check digit option in JMagic
    • Graphic WYSIWYG size on Datamax formats has been resolved.
    • Resolved issues with graphics that have no source images. JMagic no longer hangs when opening a format that has a graphic with no source image.
    • Rulers on the left and bottom of the format are now visible at all times.
    • Fixed rare case when there was an extra “save” request when closing a format.
    • Export MarkMagic Fix option has been removed from the menus. This procedure should be done using MarkMagic on the server side.
    • Emails did not contain a Sent Date. Corrected this problem.
    • JMagic no longer sets an invalid alignment option when adding barcodes to SATO formats
    • Special characters in Zebra 2D Barcodes (GS, RS, FS, EOT) will now properly encode when printing to a PDF
    • UPC Human Readable text will now show properly when printing Zebra UPC labels to PDF
    • Support for the HPPCL5EDG “Edge” driver is added to the PDF driver. Print offsets using the HPPCL5EDG are now visible when printing to PDF.