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Hey, the "FreeCheck" code (anyone got a better name?) is actually coming along fairly well. I've got a command-line version, and a CGI demo up at http://lager.dyndns.org/cgi-bin/freecheck.cgi - it'll return a PDF to you (I hope the accuracy is still good enough after the conversion...)

Working on making it possible to print filled-out checks, not just check blanks.

Code at http://lager.dyndns.org/freecheck

Working on a check (bank draft) printing application for Linux. Got a Type 1 MICR Font (for those funny characters at the bottom of your check) finished a while ago - just got an official serial number from Adobe.

Wondering about the "right" way to do this - started off with a PostScript program that would lay out the check based on a bunch of dimension & string definitions at the top of the file. Currently I have a Perl script that concatenates a bunch of PostScript file snippets into a complete file that can be sent to GhostScript or a printer. Lets you choose which account, what check blank type, printing style, etc you want to use.

2 ways to go - either keep the "configs" for account, blanks, style, as PostScript snippet files to be cat'd together, or do it in more of an ini/config file type deal, with the Perl generating the PostScript from that. Not sure how I'll go.. A config file in /etc is probably more "unixy." :-)

Anyway, once that's done, I'll start working on a Gnome-ified GUI for the thing, and probably a CGI script to let you get a .ps or .pdf back to print your checks from.

Hopefully the GnuCash guys can use some of my work as well.

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