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    Hi All

    As part of my program, I need to submit certain documents to one tray(with preprinted paper) and other documents to default tray.

    I have used the following options with out luck.

    1. Programmatically setting the printer by passing the following code in my attribute set

    PrintRequestAttributeSet attributeSet = new HashPrintRequestAttributeSet();
    attributeSet.add(MediaTray.MIDDLE);

    2. programmatically setting the printer by the following option

    Media med[] = (Media[])service.getSupportedAttributeValues(Media.class, null, null);
    for (int k=0; k<med.length; k++) {
    if(med[k].getClass().equals(sun.print.Win32MediaTray.class) &&
    med[k].toString().trim().contains("Tray 2")) {
    SunAlternateMedia am = new SunAlternateMedia(med[k]);
    attributeSet.add(am);
    }

    3. created a logical printer by disabling all the trays except "tray 2" in printer properties. In this scenario, if I print a pdf document using acrobat reader and selected my newly created logical printer, printer was printing on certified paper. The same is not possible through my java program

    4. Created a custom size for tray 2 by adding 0.01 inches more to the letter size and defined the same in my java program as follows.

    float printableX = (float)8.51;
    float printableY = (float)11.01;
    PrintRequestAttributeSet attributeSet = new HashPrintRequestAttributeSet();;
    MediaSizeName mediaSizeName = MediaSize.findMedia(printableX,printableY,MediaPrintableArea.INCH);
    attributeSet.add(mediaSizeName);
    PrintService[] services = PrintServiceLookup.lookupPrintServices(flavor, null);
    PrintService service =(PrintService)services;
    if(service.getName().contains("NEW_MAIL2")){
    System.out.println(" printername ::"+service.getName());
    DocPrintJob job = service.createPrintJob();
    Doc doc = new SimpleDoc(is, flavor, null);
    job.print(doc, attributeSet);
    }
    Any suggestions please!!!

    My printer is HP LaserJet 9050 PCL 5e

    Thanks in advance,
    Gupta


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    Default Re: Java printer selection

    Hello pnvsgupta. Welcome to the Java Programming Forums.

    It's hard for us to test this out. When you say you have had no luck, what happens? Does anything print?
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    For all the above 4 scenarios, printer is always printing from default tray.
    I am not sure how to pick an appropriate tray through java program.

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    The HP LaserJet 8150 drivers had a strange quirk. The manual tray would only support printing image files. I was unable to resolve this issue at the time so I gave up on it. I considered writing a hack that converted the PDF's to PNG's but again, I gave up on that idea as it is deceptively complex. It is pretty safe to assume that the 9050 PCL 5e suffers the same problem.

    If you do find a solution to this I would LOVE to hear about it.

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    Default Re: Java printer selection

    Quote Originally Posted by ChristopherLowe View Post
    The HP LaserJet 8150 drivers had a strange quirk. The manual tray would only support printing image files. I was unable to resolve this issue at the time so I gave up on it. I considered writing a hack that converted the PDF's to PNG's but again, I gave up on that idea as it is deceptively complex. It is pretty safe to assume that the 9050 PCL 5e suffers the same problem.

    If you do find a solution to this I would LOVE to hear about it.
    I could not able to resolve this issue using java print api, because of my project deadlines, I had to use acrord32.exe to print the pdfs by using Runtime.proc

    Thanks

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