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This is a simple program to print envelopes using postscript. It requires a postscript capable printer, or one supported by ghostscript, and PERL. I have tested the program on a HP Laserjet 4P. I make no claims as to the usefulness of this program for any particular purpose. Feel free to modify it and distribute those modifications, just give me credit for my code. I'd appreciate any enhancements or ideas you send my way. Use: - By default, values in your ~/.enveloperc file are used to define envelope sizes and fonts. The data for each envelope comes from simple text files and optionally from a return address file (specified in .enveloperc, [options], or [optionfile]) - Each envelope text file contains up to five sets of data. These are: [to] - The mailing address. For the first block in a definition file, this is the default. In other words, if you put the "to" address at the beginning of your file, you don't need to use the [to] identifier. [from] - Your return address. Defaults to data contained in $fromfile [options] - any .enveloperc options you wish to override for this envelope [optionfile] - same as [options] section, but contains a single line with a file name. The config options from that file are used exactly as if they were part of an [options] section. [dp xx] - This is a temporary hack to enable the "Delivery Point" portion of a full POSTNET Delivery Point Barcode. Replace "xx" with the Delivery Point. More information on DPBC's can be obtained from the USPS website, http://www.usps.com/ The information is contained in publication 25. Note that you do not need to do anything special to create zip or zip+4 barcodes. The program automatically detects these. see the files in the /examples directory of the distribution archive for example address files - Option overrides work in the following order: .enveloperc --> [optionfile] --> [options] so...you can set base settings in .enveloperc, change some of them in [optionfile], and change these again or add others with [options]. The addresses in $fromfile vs. [from] work the same way. Basically the settings in your envelope definition file always have the final say. - By default, the fonts defined in ~/.enveloperc are used. These can be overridden, however, for each envelope file. Any single line containing only <fontname pointsize> will change the font for the remainder of the address block. This works in the $fromfile as well. See the sample files for examples on this. - When you have a ~/.enveloperc and an address file (or group of files) to print simply: envelope file [file...] | lpr or envelope file [file...] > somefile.txt etc. - You can set your own variables and perform calculations within the .enveloperc file, within the [options] section of each envelope description file, and within your [optionfile]. Known Bugs: - When changing fonts, the point size from the old font is used to move to the next line in the block. The program does not "look ahead" to see how far it should be moving down to accomodate the next font. This results in extra space when transitioning from a big font to a smaller font, or not enough space if transitioning from a smaller font to a bigger font. To keep things looking "perfect," just use the same point size throughout an address block. Made by: Gregory Spath Current whereabouts unknown.
Source: README, updated 2011-04-10