Restructure print detail to optimize print

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Paper, printer toner and electricity cost money.

Time, even more so.

Why, then, are we satisfied to print our document (invoice, order, reminder, DDT, etc.) on three pages when we can print it on two?

If you are switching from printing on a typographic form to quality printing on a laser printer, you may have noticed that you can fit much more information on a single sheet. In fact, the laser printer, with its well-defined characters, allows you to use a smaller characters than the needle or impact printer.

Typically, it is possible to use 8 lines per inch instead of 6.

Unfortunately, without acting on programs, this advantage is nullified.

In fact, the document detail is normally printed using a counter inside the program or using an overflow mechanism that, after a given line, forces the passage to the next page, regardless of the space still available on the sheet.

It is therefore useless to have a printer that is able to print 40 lines of body, in a clear and legible way, if your printing program cannot print more than 25 lines of body.

The effect would be to have the header of the document, 25 lines of body, 15 blank lines, the foot of the document and then the transition to a new page, where, ironically, there were only 14 lines of body.

You could have printed everything on one page instead of two.

Validoc allows you to solve the problem without manipulating the program.

Telling Validoc where the body ends will calculate how many rows you can still print on the current sheet and will be transferred to the next page.

If the next page is left without body because that has been transferred to the previous page, Validoc takes the data of the foot of the page that is left without body and returns them to the previous page. Last, it deletes the page without body because it’s now useless.

But there is more. Validoc is able to use the foot of the unused document.

If, let’s say, we have a two-page invoice, the foot of the first page is not used. The data of the total invoice, normally, is found at the bottom of the second page.

Validoc then uses a different graphic for the first and second pages.

The foot is kept on the second page, but not on the first. This way, on the first page, you can use much more body. If we imagine that the foot occupies 15 rows, the 40 lines mentioned before become 55. Additional space is thus recovered!

Another feature is the ability to delete unused rows of detail to gain more space.

If you have obsolete lines with useless words or comments or you have empty lines in excess, Validoc can delete them.

And now look at the final effect:

You started with the following document, 6 pages in sixths of an inch with the foot visible only on the last page.

You find yourself with the following document, of 4 pages to eighths of inch with the foot visible only on the last page while, in the previous pages, the space of the foot is used for the body.

You have saved 2 pages that is, from 1 to 2 euro cents saved in terms of toner, paper, electricity, operator’s time, postage, etc.

If you multiply them by the printing volumes of your company, the usefulness of using this technique by Validoc is evident.