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Snapshots allow you to "take a picture" of some of the essential printer configuration items that you set in the Printer Definition tab and the form settings that you specify in the Forms tab. Snapshots allow you to save printer and form settings that you may use frequently in your environment. Table 8 shows the settings that you can save in a Snapshot.

Table 8. Snapshot values
Forms -> Form Settings Printer Definition -> Print Quality Printer Definition -> Printer -> Basic Forms -> Print Registration Printer Definition -> Pre/Post- processing
  • Length
  • Width
  • Unit of measure for the width and length
  • Tractorless Side Verify Mark Location
  • Form Name
  • Host Setup ID
  • Form Barcode
  • Form type (tractorless or with tractor holes)
  • Oversize Paper
  • Paper Weight
  • Contrast
  • Boldness
  • Preheat Temperature
  • Fuser Temperature
  • Oil Rate
  • Oil Belt speed
  • Backup Idler Roll usage
  • Printer Mode *
  • Printer Speed *
  • POD Mode *
  • Cutsheet Emulation
  • Printhead Resolution
  • IPDS Resolution
  • Front Sheet Sequence
  • Same Side Printing *
  • Eject to Front Facing
  • Auto NPRO at EOF
  • Reprint Pages after Jams
  • Direct Attach
  • Paper Feed Direction for Printer 2
  • Paper Feed direction for Printer 1
  • Across Paper Feed direction for Printer 2
  • Across Paper Feed direction for Printer 1
  • Use Internal Stacker
  • Offsetter Enabled
  • BTS Enabled
  • Offset on Mark Forms
* Indicates features that may or may not be installed on your printer.

Snapshots affect how the print job is printed. You can create and save your own Snapshot using the default Snapshots as a template. And you can select and load a specific Snapshot when you want to print a job that has the same requirements as those specified in a particular Snapshot. You can also make changes to your Snapshots and saved them on your printer. You can view the Snapshot settings by selecting the Show Details... button on the Snapshots panel.

IBM provides four read-only default Snapshots, which are shipped from the factory with the printer. These can be modified, but you must save them with a new name; you cannot save changes to the default Snapshots provided by IBM.

Table 9. Default Snapshots
Snapshot Name Description-Length x Width
IBM-2up Letter 2-Up 8.5 in. x 11 in.
IBM-2up Letter tractorless 2-Up 8.5 in. x 11 in.
IBM-2up A4 210 mm x 297 mm
IBM-2up A4 tractorless 210 mm x 297 mm

You can see a description and the ranges of values that you can enter in each field of each panel by pressing and holding the left mouse button for 2 seconds or by pressing F1 on the keyboard.

The functions will be greyed out when the printer is Ready. In order to perform any of the Snapshot tasks you will have to Stop the printer and then make it ready by selecting Start.