Mainframe Printing - Spool-Ite

Spool-Ite is designed for the “mainframe-like” management of mainframe printing queues, allowing previously acquired knowledge to be re-utilized by those using spooler products on mainframes. Spool-Ite can be integrated with all Open Batch Managers.

Spool-Ite was developed around the main field-related concepts in order to satisfy the functional requirements of mainframe use, therefore, in addition to allowing for the easy management of spooler package features, such as devices and archive prints, it has the added benefit of additional control levels described below.

Architectural

Mainframe Printing: Spool-ite software levels:

  • Server (“core”): the Spool-Ite core manages all those events linked to the spooler and to printer management. This background processes command-line/GUI requests coming from all open platforms.
  • Graphical User Interface: The Spool-Ite Graphical interface allows an easy interaction with all the areas of the application, it can be use also as an alternative to commands for interfacing the Spool-Ite core in a graphic manner.

The two software levels are interfaced and can be customized through specific commands.

Spool-Ite Mainframe Printing Features

  • Space management, it has been made possible thanks to the introduction of the “buffer” concept which groups together print archives in specialized directories in such a way as to monitor mainframe printingthe space occupied
  • Print format management, which allows for the correct working of mainframe features relating to the control characters used in print production
  • Class management permitting functional aggregations resembling those already known in mainframe environments
  • Banner management which allows prints to be documented
  • Users management to allow different levels of use
  • Print preview
  • Print Browsing/searching and local saving
  • Print conversion in PDF format
  • Send a print by e-mail

Mainframe Printing – Devices

This represents the most system-based section of the whole product. By interacting directly with the system, it is possible to observe the state and characteristics of the configured printers. The normal service Activation and Suspension functions allow for the effective management of print flows.

Mainframe Printing – Class

The management of a print class represents a horizontal aggregation of permitted functionalities: it is possible to assign individual prints to a class belonging to one or more users, or simply to associate them to a device.

Assigning a print to a class means, for example, associating prints of the same type, or prints belonging to a particular group of users, or linked to a more demanding use of the printer (form activation, or important flow management, both in terms of contents or size). The class characteristics will be assigned by the system manager and then communicated to other users in order to simplify the work of the operators involved.

Mainframe Printing – Buffer

Spool management involves the control of both temporary and definitive physical space. The size of this space and the identification of fixed routes simplifies whole system maintenance, preventing ungovernable or easily forgotten spaces from being occupied. The option of being able to allocate prints to temporary buffers allows for automatic space control, permitting limited archive permanence for a pre-defined period of time, after which the archive will automatically be cancelled following removal confirmation on the part of the relevant operator or printer user.

Mainframe Printing – Banner

Banner management allows prints to be documented by means of one or two heading pages set at the beginning of the print itself.
These pages feature two lines of enlarged title text to permit the immediate identification of the print, as well as ten smaller lines in which it is possible to add comments on the print itself.

Printing Form

The printing form allows for the correct management of the control character value used for the production of the print archive.
In addition to the management of channel or line jumping, there is the added option of being able to colour each line of the print text.

Printing Processes

This function permits the visualization of the printing processes and process selection based on the process name, printing class, associated device, process status, printing file size, etc. The process suspension, deleting and modification functions are allowed and restricted to the level of operating activity accorded to the user.

Among the several functionalities of this section there is also the print preview and the possibility to send it by e-mail.

Mainframe Printing Utilities

The product utilities permit the following:

  • Format transcoding (EBCDIC and ASCII)
  • Control character transcoding (ASA and EBCDIC)
  • Selection of print sections (range of rows, range of columns and range of pages)
  • Sorting of print pages using “selectors” (print values: row, column and length) in addition to “Include” and “Exclude” functions (of the print page)
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