When sending a document to a printer by using the Output
service, you can specify the printer tray that is used. Designer
distinguishes between paper (page) size and which input tray on
the printer provides the requested paper. This functionality accommodates
scenarios where a printer has different types of a particular paper
size loaded into different input trays. This functionality allows
a document to select paper from individual trays on a per-page basis.
Designer does not expose paper size and input tray selection
as two distinct properties. Instead, a Designer master page can
be associated with a paper type selected from a set of supported
paper types defined in the Designer.xdc device profile. Within the
device profile, each paper type can be configured to select paper
from a particular input tray. (See Working with device profile files (XDC file).)
Designer provides duplicates of common paper types for Letter
and Legal paper sizes, specifically to accommodate paper tray selection.
The XDC Editor within Workbench is used to map or assign a physical
input tray to a paper type. The names provided in Designer covers
most tray-selection needs. The deployed device profile can be modified
so that the Letter Color paper type causes the printer to select
paper loaded into a secondary input tray.
The Output service matches paper types that are used in the form,
by name, against paper types that are defined in the device profile
deployed to the server. Only the deployed device profile is modified
to ensure the appropriate input tray selection.
Although the provided paper types are adequate, it is possible
to create additional paper types. Additional paper types can be
used in the XDC Editor by creating a paper type name. However, it
must exist in Designer to be used. To add paper types, the Designer.xdc
file must be hand-edited, copying an existing entry of the correct
paper size and changing the name as required.
The concept of printer trays is not applicable to PDF. That is,
you cannot specify a particular printer tray when printing a PDF
document. The selection at the printer is based on page size, and
the first non-secured tray that matches the required page size is
used. If no match to the size is found, a manual feed is requested.
For PCL documents, each master page in the XDP file (the form
design created in Designer) is mapped to a paper type. The paper
type is, in turn, mapped to an entry in the XDC file. It is important
that you use caution because Designer may turn the literal that
you view in the paper type list into a slightly different literal. Check
the XML source to get the precise literal that is used in the XDC
In the XDC file, the paper type appears in the stock column.
You can modify the entry to show the tray number that contains the
paper type you want to use. However, the tray number that you see
on the printer itself (for example, tray 1, tray 2, and so on) may
not be the correct device number that the printer understands. Review
the printer reference manual to ensure that you have the tray number
If the stated tray number is not valid or carries a page size
that does not match the requested page size, the printer reverts
to the first non-secured tray that represents the correct paper
For PostScript documents, the printer tray selection process
is the same as for PCL documents. To select the tray by media type,
keep the Input Tray Number column in the XDC file blank and enter
the media type in the Input Tray Type column. It is assumed that
the printer is configured to recognize the media type.
Note: A PostScript file that is created from a form
design that contains a custom page may not print. In this situation,
configure the printer to handle custom sizes. Each printer has its
own way of handling custom sizes. Some printers allow you to configure
the page size, media type, input trays, and so on. See your printer’s documentation
to learn how to configure your printer to handle custom sizes.