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  • Automatic Letterheads from a printer

    Some time ago I made our printer print letterheads on demand, and wrote the instructions here: https://www.steveroot.co.uk/2019/11/19/magic-letterhead-tray-making-preprinted-stationary-automatically-on-plain-white-paper/

    We’ve just replaced our printer with a new model, a Kyocera P7240cdn and that means I need to update cups with a new print queue that generates letterheads on demand for anything sent to that queue.

    Typically, it didn’t work first time. Checking the logs, and error file was created that said

    Error: /undefined in !R!RGBL0,0;RGBL1,0;RGBL2,0;HUE0,0;HUE1,0;HUE2,0;HUE3,0;HUE4,0;HUE5,0;HUE6,0;LGHT0,0;LGHT1,0;SATU0;EXIT;
    Operand stack:
    Execution stack:
       %interp_exit   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   false   1   %stopped_push   1990   1   3   %oparray_pop   1989   1   3   %oparray_pop   1977   1   3   %oparray_pop   1833   1   3   %oparray_pop   --nostringval--   %errorexec_pop   .runexec2   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   --nostringval--   2   %stopped_push   --nostringval--
    Dictionary stack:
       --dict:731/1123(ro)(G)--   --dict:0/20(G)--   --dict:75/200(L)--
    Current allocation mode is local
    Current file position is 261
    GPL Ghostscript 9.50: Unrecoverable error, exit code 1

    From that I worked out that the new PPD file contained settings not seen in the old printer (P6035) starting with the section

    *JCLOpenUI *JCLRedLevel/RGB Level (Red): PickOne
    *DefaultJCLRedLevel: None
    *OrderDependency: 8 JCLSetup *JCLRedLevel
    *JCLRedLevel None/Normal: "!R!RGBL0,0;"
    *JCLRedLevel Minus10/-10: "!R!RGBL0,-10;"
    *JCLRedLevel Minus9/-9: "!R!RGBL0,-9;"
    *JCLRedLevel Minus8/-8: "!R!RGBL0,-8;"

    So I first removed the “!R!” thinking that caused the error, then the whole JCLRedLevel section, then finally removed about 300 lines of the PPD file from the JCLRedLevel section to the SATU0 section.

    With those lines gone, the script succesfully merged the PDF letterhead overlay onto the print file and everything worked.

    Update next day!
    Not so fast steve, It started printing slightly smaller first pages, like 30% smaller scale. I traced it back to the original PostScript print file first page being smaller than A4 but all subsequent ones being A4. Eventually, I worked out that the fix was to add the printer to cups in a particular way.

    Add Printer > IPP > Name of Printer (mars-P… as before), DO NOT add description or location text.
    Make = Generic
    Model = CupsPDF printer (no options)
    Add Printer
    Set defaults (Page Size: a4, 600DPI)

  • Setting up Google Workspace for a small business – part 9

    Migrating Google Sites to the new domain

    We use Google Sites for our intranet. It’s a place we keep policies and procedures for quick reference and easy updating. Access is restricted to anyone with a “roots.uk” email address. I struggled to work out how to migrate this service to our new domain until I found this guide, and then it was obvious!

    Our intranet won’t win any graphic design awards, but it does make it easier to do our best work.

    Step 1: In the old domain, add an editors email address from your new domain (“share with others” near the top right).

    In the new domain, go the site that was shared with you, choose the menu item “Make a copy”

    Now you have a copy of the site in your new domain. For us, I use the ‘share with others’, link and change the link options to suit, so Anyone in “roots.uk” can access our intranet” but it’s not a public site.

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