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Using a PCL Macro with VB... How???

Using a PCL Macro with VB... How???

Using a PCL Macro with VB... How???

(OP)
Okay, here's the scoop:  I have a form (overlay) stored on the printer as a pcl macro through Resource Manager. Now, I'd like to be able to send the command for the overlay to print and the data to incorporate into it out of a VB progam.

I'm guessing that what I need is the escape sequence to identify the stored macro.  We have standard forms that print and the program can send the data to fill in the form.


RE: Using a PCL Macro with VB... How???

Inside the Macrodate it should be like that:
<ESC>&f1Y            //Macro with ID 1
<ESC>&f0X           //Start macro data
.
.
data
.
.
<ESC>&f1X        // end macro

you can do that shorter by using:
<ESC>&f1y0X .. data
<ESC>&f1X

Also you can put more that one macro in it by using other marco IDs.
like:
<ESC>&f1y0X .. data     // Macro ID 1
<ESC>&f1X
<ESC>&f123y0X .. data   // Macro ID 123
<ESC>&f1X

To call the macro you should use:
<ESC>&f2X        // to execute Macro
<ESC>&f3X        // for call Macro
<ESC>&f4X        // automatic overlay ( ..5X stopt )

If you want to execute macro 123 it would be:
<ESC>&f123y2X


RE: Using a PCL Macro with VB... How???

Okay, I tried several variations of the code above, and all I get is a sheet with the commands printed on it.

Do I need to go around the Windows printer driver?

RE: Using a PCL Macro with VB... How???

Yes, you ll have to copy the macro to the printer.
like if the printer is on lpt1
copy filename.* lpt1

:)
Better to have an programm doing it for you.

RE: Using a PCL Macro with VB... How???

That sounds dandy.... except....
I would be sending these codes to the printer out of VB to a NETWORKED printer.

So now how do I avoid getting nothing but codes on a sheet of paper?

RE: Using a PCL Macro with VB... How???

Just set your printer to PCL emulation mode.

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