Problem

The error listed below was caused when trying to convert an *AFPDS report that contains a color *PAGESEG
 
----- Sample job log: ----------------
Converting spool FILE(IMAGETST) JOB(232206/BRAD/QPADEV000L) SPLNBR(8).
File /REPORT-092806-08434273.PDF not found.                     
Converting *AFPDS report to PDF format.                         
Value cannot be converted to type implied by receiver.          
Data area RJSRETURN created in library QTEMP.                   
File /RJSTEMP was found                                         
File /RJSTEMP/C09280608434421QPADEV000KBRAD232351.TMP not found.
File /REPORT-092806-08434273.PDF not found.                     
Attempt made to divide by zero for fixed point operation.       
File /RJSTEMP/C09280608434421QPADEV000KBRAD232351.TMP was found 
Link removed.                                                   
CPYERR: Errors occurred while converting AFP report to PDF file.
Errors occurred while converting report. Check the job log.     
Positional value cannot follow keyword parameter.               
Error found on CNVSPLF command.                                 
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Solution

Since the AFP to PDF Report Converter uses the Host Print Transform on the iSeries, there are some limitations.  One of them being that it doesn't support color.
 
Please read below or go to this IBM article for more information.

Host Print Transform Restrictions

This informational APAR is to officially document restrictions of the Host Print Transform (HPT) function of OS/400. Color support is available to PCL color laserjet technology printers via MFRTYPMDL values including, but not restricted to:
  • *HPCOLORLJ, *IBM4308, and *LEXOPTRAC.

However, the actual color support is limited from a customer standpoint.  This color support only allows you to print color text.  Color image is not supported.  You cannot print color barcodes, either.  HPT has never supported the printing of Graphics Object Content Architecture (GOCA) objects, so it follows that printing of color GOCA is not supported.                                    

Even with color text, there are restrictions.  Under Presentation Text Object Content Architecture (PTOCA), there are 2 types of color controls. The older PT1 Set Text Color PTOCA  command is the control that HPT supports.  HPT does not support the newer PT3 Set Extended Color command.  If you use the BOX or LINE DDS keywords, and you specify the *COLOR subfunction with the PT1 type color, this actually generates text controls, and HPT will honor the color lines and boxes.  Drawing the lines and boxes with the PT3 type color will not work.     
Lastly, if you use a workstation customizing object that specifies to use RASTER mode, color will not print.                                                          
                                                          
 
Technically, this next item is not a HPT restriction, but a restriction of the various print drivers that call HPT.  This includes the *IBMPJLDRV, *HPPJLDRV, *IBMSNMPDRV, Lexlink, and remote writer driver programs.  When you print spooled files that specify a DEVTYPE(*AFPDS), and you start printing on a page other than page 1, the output may not be as desired.  This is because information such as DUPLEX and DRAWER are referenced in a form definition at the beginning of page 1.  If you don't  print page 1, the form definition is not processed.  For Version 5 Release 2, PTFs SI13331 and SI14747 improve this situation for the PJL driver and the SNMP drivers only.                                              
 
If a spooled file is of type *AFPDS, and it contains inline font resource (*FNTRSC) objects, these objects will not be used when printing.  Host print transform only uses *FNTRSC objects that reside in libraries.
 
 
When using a double byte character set (DBCS) transform, and printing a DBCS spooled file, PAGRTT(*AUTO) will not work the same as when using a single byte character set transform (SBCS).  Examples of DBCS transforms use *HPDBCS, *IBMPAGES, *ESCPDBCS,              
 
 
CANLIPS3, and *NECPCPR201, among others.  When using a DBCS transform, and PAGRTT(*AUTO) is specified in the spooled file attributes, the output will be printed as if PAGRTT(0) was specified.  PAGRTT(90) will print landscape.  PAGRTT(*COR) will print landscape, but only SBCS data is reduced, DBCS data and grid lines are not reduced, which could cause misalignment of data.               
 
 
Prior to Version 5, Release 4, Host Print Transform does not support the Font  Horizontal Scaling Factor triplet that is in the *AFPDS architecture. This allows you to widen or narrow the characters when using a scalable font. If this exists in the spooled file, the font will not be scaled horizontally as requested. Infoprint Designer, for example, is a product that allows you to specify a horizontal scaling factor when adding text data.                                          
 
 
Host Print Transform does not support the stapling function that is offered via the printer file, or with a form definition.                                                     
 
Host Print Transform does not support the use of .otf fonts with the FONTNAME DDS keyword.                            
 
 
Host print transform does not support the Include Object AFPDS structured field. This control is the one that uses X'D3AFC3' as an identifier. This AFPDS control is most commonly used when specifying to rotate or size an overlay or page segment using the DDS support.                                                        
 
When you create a spooled file that specifies DEVTYPE(*AFPDS) PAGRTT(90, 180, or 270), and includes an overlay, the position of the overlay when printed through host print transform could differ than on a real IPDS printer. This is because the point of rotation origin differs between IPDS and PCL. To get similar results you must specify the proper page size in your spooled file attributes. For example, if you are printing with PAGRTT(90), on Letter size paper, specify a width of 11 inches and a length of 8.5 inches, as those are the dimensions of the page after rotation. This is just a guideline, the printers' unprintable border may also cause slight differences.           
 
 
Even if you are not using DEVTYPE(*AFPDS), it is very important that you specify the proper page size in your spooled file attributes if you specify PAGRTT of 90, 180, or 270.  This is because the point of origin in rotation differs between IPDS printers and host print transform printers. The best way to get HPT output and IPDS output to print similar is to specify the page size which matches the paper size you are actually using.            
 
 
The use of the AFPRSC DDS keyword is not supported by host print transform.                                           
 
 
It is possible to perform landscape printing on an IPDS AFP capable printer by using a form definition that was created for a cut sheet printer which specifies a Medium Descriptor containing a Orientation of landscape. Host print transform does not honor this type of landscape printing.                                                       
 
 
If a form definition is specified that specifies a Page Origin Position, it will be ignored by host print transform.    
 

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Last Modified On: April 11, 2018