Print Formating

The printing tab allows administrators to customize the look of printed scripts and rundowns on printers capable of formatted output for all users.

You can create different schemes, each with its own collection of fonts and font sizes which will be available on all workstations. Different types of data (rundowns, archives, on-air copy, etc.) can each be assigned their own print scheme.

The print tab also allows you to set the margins, line spacing and select the page orientation of the output.


The Printing tab in the set-up area.

To create\edit or remove an print scheme, from any Burli workstation go to the Config|Program setup (or SHIFT-F8) and click on the Printing tab.

Creating a new print scheme

  1. Click on the New… button and give your print scheme a name. Hit OK when you’re finished.
  2. Set the options for your new scheme (see below for details).
  3. Print a test page if you wish to see what your scheme looks like on paper.
  4. Press Apply to save the settings or Cancel to exit the setup area without saving the new scheme.

Editing a scheme

  1. Select the scheme in from the Scheme list. You can edit the Default scheme if you like.
  2. Change the options for your scheme.
  3. To change the scheme’s name, press the Rename button and enter the new name. You cannot rename the Default scheme.
  4. Press Apply to save the changes.

Deleting a scheme

  1. Select the scheme in from the Scheme list.
  2. Press the Delete button. You cannot delete the Default scheme.
  3. Press Apply to save the changes.

Formatting options

Header/footer

The header lists the name of the folder, script or archive file the data comes from at the left, and the data date (i.e. the date the script was created) on the right. The footer lists the date and time of printing in the centre of the page.

This content cannot currently be modified and a single font style is used for both header and footer. To set that font:

      1. Open the Printing tab in Burli’s Setup area (Shift-F8 from the main screen). You’ll need the setup password to open the set-up area.
      2. Press the Edit… button to the right of the Header/footer font title. This opens a font selection box. Select the type of font and its size for the header/footer.
      3. Press OK to save your selection and leave the font selection box. The name and size of the font you have selected should appear in the space beside the Edit… button.
      4. Once you have finished making print formatting changes, press Apply to save the changes and remain in the setup area, or press OK to save and exit.

Main text font

The main text font controls the body text of the item you are printing. This is usually the story copy itself in an item or script, but is also used for archive data or contact information when printing items of that type. To set the main text font:

      1. Open the Printing tab in Burli’s Setup area (Shift-F8 from the main screen). You’ll need the setup password to open the set-up area.
      2. Press the Edit… button to the right of the Main text font title. This opens a font selection box. Select the type of font and its size for the header/footer.
      3. Press OK to save your selection and leave the font selection box. The name and size of the font you have selected should appear in the space beside the Edit… button.
      4. Once you have finished making print formatting changes, press Apply to save the changes and remain in the setup area, or press OK to save and exit.

Secondary text font

The secondary text font is currently reserved for television users only. It controls the print style of the director’s information contained in the left hand column of a two-column script printout. The font is set in the same way as for the Main text font above.

Story body margin

Controls the left AND right margin widths of the main text on the page. The left and right margins cannot be set separately.

The value is set in centimeters (1 cm = 0.4 in) from the printable edge of the paper. Note that some printers (laser printers in particular) cannot print to the very edge of the page and so the printable edge and the paper edge may not be the same thing.

Header & Footer margin

Controls whether or not the header and footer appear on the page. If the they are turned on, the value controls the left AND right margin widths of the header and footer text on the page. The value is set in centimeters (1 cm = 0.4 in) from the printable edge of the paper.

Orientation

Select either portrait (normal) or landscape (horizontal) from the list.

Line Spacing

Enter the number of spaces the printer should add between lines of text. These lines are in addition to any lines already in the text. Commons settings are 1 for single spaced text, 2 for double spaced text and so on. Any value can be entered, so 1.3, 2.0 and 0.5 are all valid values. Note that some older printers may only be able to correctly print whole number values (1, 2, 3 etc.) and may ignore settings they can’t produce.

Page break between stories

Adds a page break command between each story. This is designed for printers with continuous roll paper. It is rarely needed on single-sheet printers and can cause some drivers to insert a blank sheet between stories.

Print test page

Sends a test page to the printer. The sample page includes the header/footer and main text fonts for the currently-selected scheme. A sample of the secondary font does not appear on the test page.

Restore Default Settings

Returns the currently-selected scheme to the default fonts that Burli ships with. See the table below.

Text

Font

Size

Style

Header/footer font

Times New Roman

12

Bold

Main text font

Times New Roman

16

Regular

Secondary text font

Time New Roman

12

Regular

Advanced

Print scheme selector

The Advanced… button at the bottom of the screen opens the Print scheme selector.

The selector allows you to assign different print schemes to different areas of Burli. You can assign separate font schemes for the In-Queue, Scripts (one and two column), Local folders, Network folders, Assignment folders, Contact folders, Archive folders and Television rundowns.

For example, if you print an item from the In-Queue, the page format (fonts, spacing margins, etc.) will be determined by scheme you have chosen for the In-Queue here. Other areas of Burli – Contacts information, for example, can be printed with another scheme entirely.

A given scheme can be used simultaneously for several areas. Burli uses the scheme called Default for all printing areas unless otherwise specified here.

Selecting print schemes

    1. On the Printing tab in Burli’s Setup area, press the Advanced… button in the lower left corner.
    2. For each of the areas listed, select a font scheme for Burli to use when printing items from that area. If you leave an item unchanged, Burli will continue to print using the scheme called Default.
    3. Press OK to save your selection and leave the scheme selection box.
    4. Once you have finished making print formatting changes, press Apply to save the changes and remain in the setup area, or press OK to save and exit.

Dot Matrix Printers

Burli’s print formatting system is compatible with most dot matrix printers, although some newsrooms may wish to turn it off if where old printers or non-standard drivers are used. For more information see the technical bulletin¬†Reverting to Legacy Printing, elsewhere on this website.

Burli requires that dot matrix printers use the Generic/Text Only Printer driver that comes standard in Windows or the appropriate driver for the printer and your specific version of Windows.

Item sent to a dot matrix printer will not display any font formatting. Headers and footers will appear. Margin widths can be set in Burli and will appear on printer. Some printers will accept page orientation and line spacing commands, others will not. Consult the manufacturer’s website or the documentation that came with your printer for more information.

Legacy Print Method

Older versions of Burli (prior to build 160) did not allow print formatting and sent generic, unformatted text to all printers. Some newsrooms Рparticularly those using very old dot matrix printers Рmay wish to revert to this plain printing method. This requires a setting change in your configuration files. For full instructions see our technical bulletin Reverting to Legacy Printing.

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