Order of printing pages
From the print order combo box you can choose or write the mask with which the pages are taken from the print stack. This feature allows you to obtain special results, such as printing in magazine format, or as the inverted printing of pages, or as the exchange between the back and front of the sheet.
Consider that braille pages are hosted in a stack, one on top of the other, such as a stack of paper over your desk. During the print job, the pages are usually picked up one by one and printed. The way the pages are picked up in this case always takes the first page above the stack and sends it to print.
This box allows you to have another way of retrieving pages, different from the simple one. It is therefore possible to indicate the order in which the pages are to be taken, using special instructions.
There are four removal instructions:
- An: "n" can be a number from 0 to 9. Instruction A picks up the page from the top of the stack. The value "n" indicates which page should be retrieved and printed when going forward. If no value "n" is specified, the default is 0. For example, if you use "A0", the first page of the stack is picked up and printed. The taken page disappears from the stack, then instruction A0 returns to reload the next page, and so on to the end. You can imagine that using only the instruction "A0" is equivalent to a normal print of the pages, from the first to the last.
For example, if you want to reverse the sides of the sheet, i.e. swap the front with the back, you should use the instructions "A1 A0". With these instructions we indicate to take the second page of the stack (A1) and immediately after the first one (A0), doing nothing but invert the printing of the first and second pages, until the end of the stack;
- Zn: "n" can be a number from 0 to 9. The Z instruction picks up the page from the end of the stack. The value "n" indicates which page going back should be picked up and printed. If no value "n" is specified, the default is 0. For example, if we use "Z0" the last page of the stack is picked up and printed. The retrieved page disappears from the stack, then the Z0 instruction returns to retrieve the last page, and so on to the end. You can imagine that using only the instruction "Z0" is equivalent to a reverse printing of the pages, from the last to the first.
For example, if you use the "Z1 Z0" instruction, you would first pick up the penultimate page of the stack and then the last page, until the end of the stack pages;
- N: This instruction does not pick pages from the stack, but inserts a blank page into the print order;
- R: This instruction reverses the printing order of the pages.