RPM Transforms List

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 17:13 By Dave Brooks

Translations

PCL to PDF

Description: Converts PCL 5 and PCL XL to PDF

Also set passwords, permissions, etc.

RPM Elite only

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PCL Resource Mapping

Description: changes the input tray, output bin, and/or # of copies in PCL 5 and PCL XL

This transform is key to using multiple color stock, and has many other applications

RPM Elite only

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PCL to image format

Description: Converts PCL files to image formats

Outputs include PostScript, JPEG, and TIFF

RPM Elite only

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String translate

Description: changes character strings or binary byte sequences

This works on plain text, binary files such as PCL, and supports UTF-8 strings

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Code page conversion

Description: translates input data using a code page

RPM comes with a selection of built-in Unicode code pages. This transform also supports your installed Windows code pages.

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Data privacy filter

Description: reads plain text or PCL 5, outputs the same formatting with the plain text data obscured

The purpose of this transform is for us to support you using a file with the formatting preserved but the data replaced

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Unix to DOS

Description: converts plain text with line feed terminators to use carriage-return / line-feed

This avoids the stair-step printed output effect

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First Character Forms Control (FCFC)

Description: converts FCFC into plain text by expanding lines as indicated

You could feed the output from this transform into Text to Text Markup or do what seems best

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Outputting Text Markup

Text to Text markup

Description: Convert plain text, with a number of highlighting styles, into RPM's text markup

With text markup, you can create PDF or PCL files, or use RPM's text print action

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SCS

Description: Read and utilize SCS format from your IBM host system

The SCS transform produces RPM's text markup, so you can print on a Windows printer or create PDFs

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ASA

Description: converts ASA input to RPM's text markup format

With this transform, you can produce text print, or PDF in just a few steps

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Computer output reduction (COR)

Description: COR is familiar to System i (AS/400) users as it works beautifully to "normalize" printed output

COR works with RPM's text markup format as input and output, so improve your printed data and PDF at the same time

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Convert Text Markup to other formats

PDF

Description: This transform converts RPM's text markup to PDF

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HTML

Description: This transform converts RPM's text markup to HTML

This may be useful if you post your printed output to a web server

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PCL

Description: This transform converts RPM's text markup to PCL 5

You could print directly to a PCL printer by combining this with RPM's raw print action

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Removing and eliminating ranges of data

Limit bytes

Description: This transform limits the total output to a specific number of byte, no matter what format

The rest of the input is ignored

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Limit lines

Description: This transform limits the total output to the given number of lines

The rest of the input is ignored

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Remove Bytes

Description: Removes a given number of bytes from the start of the input

All remaining bytes are passed along

Note: this was used in the beginning to eliminate printer reset bytes from a text print job

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Remove lines

Description: Removes lines from the start of the input

All remaining lines were passed along

Can easily be used to remove a header page from a job

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Remove After

Description: As soon as a given pattern is seen, we remove the remaining lines from the job

The line containing the pattern is included in the output

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Remove Until

Description: Removes input until a certain string appears

This can be used to remove beginning pages if the page endings are predictable

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Remove Nulls

Description: Remove zero bytes from the input

Note that most transforms do this on their own

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Remove PCL

Description: Removes PCL commands from the input, leaves plain text with some semblance of formatting

This works with PCL 5 but not PCL XL or data using glyphs rather than the actual text

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Remove Text Markup

Description: Removes the text markup certain RPM transforms create, leaving plain text with lines intact

Text markup is produced by "text to text markup", SCS, ASA and FCFC

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Trim lines

Description: Remove a given number of lines from the end of plain text output input

Depending on how long your file is, you can end up with zero-length output

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Insert & Append

Append bytes

Description: Append a string or byte sequence to the end of the output

This can be anything from a reset code to an additional paragraph

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Append file

Description: Appends the contents of a file to your input

This file can contain anything from a reset code for your printer, to additional pages

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Break lines

Description: If your text input does not have line breaks, you should use this transform

This transform inserts carriage-return / line-feed at the interval you select

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Break pages

Description: If your line-oriented text does not have page breaks, and you want to control page length, use this transform

The default page length RPM uses is 60 lines

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Insert bytes

Description: This transform inserts a byte sequence or a string ahead of the input

This is often used to change printer settings for the upcoming job

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Insert file

Description: This transform inserts the contents of a disk file ahead of your job input

This file can contain anything from job reset or print properties to additional pages

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PCL banner

Description: This job inserts some PCL banner data head of your PCL print job

This produces a simple banner with additional properties you can select, for instance, to pull a cover sheet from different colored sock

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PCL separator

Description: This transform produces a simple PCL 5 job separator page

The job separator includes input tray, output bin, and of course the implied "next sheet of paper"

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Text banner

Description: This transform adds text markup to your print job to create a banner page for print jobs or PDF

The banner page includes job metadata such as name and time received

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Specialized transforms

Data Extraction

Description: This transform doesn't change your data, it extracts data from the print job according to your own rules

Data extraction can be used to affect job processing and redirect jobs to other queues

RPM Elite only

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Filter

Description: run a program of your own selection on the print job data, while you processing

The Filter transform can use standard input and output, and command-line arguments

RPM Elite only

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Watermark PDF

Description: Add a watermark to a PDF file

RPM has an overlay manager that tracks images on disk and where they are to be placed

RPM Elite only

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