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Using TrueType Fonts on the AS400

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Does anyone have any experience using TrueType Fonts with the AS400?  We have an application that requires us to use MICR fonts.  Someone in our organization purchased some TrueType fonts from a company in Georgia.  The CD with the fonts somehow got to my desk and is now its my problem.  Calls to the supplier have fallen on deaf ears especially when they hear AS400.
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We ran into this recently on a client project:   Full-blown TrueType font support on OS/400 starts in V5R3.  There is some limited functionality in V5R2, (I don't know about V5R1 offhand, but I seem to recall there was limited support).  It gets better with each higher-level release.

If you have the InfoPrint Fonts for Multiplatforms LPP installed (GO LICPGM , option10), you can use the IBM Font Installer for AFP Systems.  This is the best way, and gets you the best performance and highest level of functionality.  

If not, you can drop Unicode-enabled Truetype fonts here in the IFS:  /QIBM/UserData/OS400/Fonts/TTFonts

Then, use the FONTNAME keyword in DDS to specify the font.  

Before you get started, read the TrueType fonts section here:

 http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/printer/v1r1/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.printers.afpproducts/com.ibm.printers.guidetooutput/c5pu3mst72.htm

If you need more help, post back with your OS version, since TrueType font support varies a lot from version-to-version, and also post some particulars about your application, printer, and printing utilities installed.  

Application

Is it homegrown, or a package?  What package?  Post the DDS for the printer file and printer file DSPFD info, if appropriate and available.

Printer

AFP to an IPDS printer.  What printer?  How is it connected?  Are any special interfaces installed in the printer?
AFP via Host Print transform to a non-IPDS printer?  What specific printer?  How is it connected?
Client Access-attached printer (describe)
Other? (describe)
Post the PSF config, DEVD and OUTQ description for any host-attached printer

Printing Utilties

GO LICPGM and list the printing-related utilities that you have available (PSF, AFP, InfoPrint fonts for multiplatforms, etc.  IF you aren't sure, just post the whole LPP list).

IBM also supplies client side utilities that help with the process on older systems, for example, In V5R1, the ($) AFP Font Collection for Workstations and OS/400 (5648-B45) with the AFP Type Transformer and Utilities for Windows option allows you to convert TrueType fonts to AFP fonts.

Note: If your application is a Java application that does not rely on AS/400 printing functions, then there are a different set of considerations.  Post back if that is the case.

- Gary Patterson
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Thanks Gary.  Your help was extremely useful
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