Most of the AutoMail® application's default settings (installation path, archival retention, special licensing, etc.) is retained within Tools > Program Settings. We've broken this help topic into sections, or groups, as they most closely relate to one another. Click Details, below, for an explanation of each section.


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Show at Startup - options are 'File Open' or 'Last Batch'. Default setting is 'File Open', which forces AutoMail® to always launch with the 'Create a New Batch' dialogue.
Default Path - indicates the default folder / path for the program / application files.
Default Archive Path - indicates default folder / path for Archive. Ideally changed to point to a network location.
Last Batch - displays most recently "created" Batch.
CASS Database - indicates default folder / path for the AutoMail® Coding Engine




Batch Completion refers to the number of days to retain a "Recent Pending" and / or an "Existing Batch".

Automatically Complete Batches Older than X Days: indicates the number of days to retain any / all Batches before the Batch is purged, leaving only the Archived version.

"Recent Pending" = a recently Created or completed Batch which has not yet been purged from the 'Recent Pending' view / tab. The purpose in this view is to provide a quick-glance of most recent Batches, whatever their disposition.
"Existing Batch" = any Batch which has exceeded the value, in 'Program Settings', Older than X Days:.


Archive Maintenance refers to the number of days to retain Archived Batches. That is, Batches which have exceeded the value indicated as Older than X Days:.

Automatically Complete Batches Older than X Days: indicates the number of days to retain remaining Archived Batches. Once an Archived Batch reaches the value given or entered the Batch is permanently purged from the system.




Manifest Sequence Number = the value entered indicates the "next" value given to display on the Postage Statement (USPS form 3600-FCM1). This value should indicate '0' prior to completing a Batch Run for your initial manifest mailing and....
othe system will Always Increment Manifest Sequence Number if the checkbox is checked. This value can be manually altered on the Print Reports screen (Manifest Seq #:)
oThe 'Manifest Sequence Number' value, and the 'Manifest Seq #' in 'Print Reports' should indicate the same value
Postal Savings Type based on rate: should always indicate 'Single Piece'.
Postage Savings Surcharge should indicate 0.000 (no surcharge)




Current System Date correlates to the Windows operating system date.
Program Expiration Date (not used)
Start warning X days before expiration indicates the number of days, prior to CASS expiration, which AutoMail® will visually alert.
oAddress Change Service activates licensing / usage for OneCode ACS servicing. Must be licensed using the AutoMail proprietary 'MSMLicensCodeGenerator' utility.
oCustomer Barcode activates use of the Intelligent Mail® barcode. Must be licensed using the AutoMail proprietary 'MSMLicensCodeGenerator' utility.
oOMR Marks for Folder / Inserter activates use of on-board OMR configuration / functionality.
oDissimilar Piece Weights and Selective Inserting activates ability to calculate pricing for a dissimilar weight (as opposed to identical weight) manifest mailing.
oPlanet Codes is no longer used. Former mailpiece barcode technology, now replace by Intelligent Mail®.
oSmart Inserter Closed Loop System (SICLOPS) enables access to enable fields for process verification.
oMail.dat File Generation enables ability to generate a USPS Mail.dat® file, used for uploading to / processing through the USPS PostalOne® system.




Tools utilized by AutoMail Technical Services & Support for various types of troubleshooting.




Sets the default path to the file IMData.mdb, which contains records pertinent to Intelligent Mail® sequence numbers and tracking.




FileSet ID incrementation value for Mail.dat file upload




...as shown on Batch Summary screen.

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Q: What is "PrintStream"?

A: AutoMail® "PrintStream" is one of the three ToolSets which AutoMail® employs. The PrintStream ToolSet allows the application to process (a)Windows Print Spool files, (b)PDF files, (c)text data files, (d)PostScript, and (e)PCL formatted data files. Most typically, the PrintStream methodology is used when a more standardized pre-formatted ascii-text file cannot be made available, or cannot be made available in a consistent format.


This section simply defines the various settings, and their purposes, contained with Program Settings, as they specifically relate to the PrintStream ToolSet.


Internal Files

Spool File Path = indicates the default folder where AutoMail® will obtain Windows Print Spool files; assuming this particular PrintStream methodology is used.

Printer Settings

Print each mailpiece as a single print job dictates whether each mailpiece is created (output) as its own individual print job (checked), or the total Batch is the output print job (un-checked).

Start New Print Job After X Mailpieces is a means to avoid over-sizing the output print job. This allows a portion of the overall Batch to be released to the printer while AutoMail® begins generating the next portion of the print job.

Emulate Simplex - Enabling this option forces all pages to print as duplex, with blank backs inserted onto pages marked as simplex by AutoMail. Certain printers will not switch from simplex to duplex or duplex to simplex mid-job. Enabling ‘Emulate Simplex’ will allow these types of printers to print a multiplex job.

Print each paper type as a separate print job - Forces each paper type to be sent as a single Windows print job (e.g. Statement Pages are created as one print job and Image Pages are created as a second print job). This can help alleviate problems with certain printers or printer drivers that have trouble switching trays or plex mid-job.

Spool Text Printer Name specifies the named Windows virtual printer established for capturing Windows Print Spool files. This must match the literal name (Windows printer name) with which you created the printer. The standard is always 'AutoMail Virtual Printer'.



Figure 1 - How to open the 'Program Settings' interface


Figure 2 - Overview of 'Program Settings' interface.