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Output Types

Elk River Systems' line of software products uses a sophisticated printing engine that tiles your project across each piece of paper. This method of printing your project gives us great control over how each 'tile' is numbered or how the variable data is selected each 'tile'. There are three methods of printing: horizontal, vertical, and stacked (z-sort).

Horizontal Output

Horizontal output is the standard output for all our software. It prints the 'tiles' from left to right, top to bottom.

Vertical Output

Vertical output prints the 'tiles' starting in the upper right corner of the page. It then prints down the page, wrapping around to the upper left corner when it reaches the bottom. This is useful for creating books of tickets that can easily be torn out.

Stacked Output

Stacked output (z-sort) prints 'down' through a stack of paper. If you have a print run of 50 sheets, the first tile would be in the upper left corner of the first page. The second tile would be in the upper left corner of the second page, the third tile in the upper left corner of the third page, and so on. Once it reaches the bottom of the stack of paper, it wraps back around to the top page to print the next tile. Once the project is finished printing, it will already be collated, saving you the time it takes to collate it by hand.

In addition, you can also specify how deep you would like each stack to be - instead of simply printing 'down' through all the pages, the run will be broken into smaller stacks. For example, if you are printing 1,000 pages and you specify a stack depth of 200 pages, your run will contain five stacks. If each page had six tles on it, the first stack would contain tiles 1-1200, the second stack would contain tiles 1201-2400, and so on. So if you set the stack depth to the number of tiles in each book of tiles, the tiles would already be sorted into booklets - all you need to do is cut and staple them!