PACE will only work with printers that have Epson / IBM Proprinter emulations. The printer that was sold with the PACE system was the venerable Okidata 320 Microline. This printer is very durable and is still sold today although it costs more than lasers.
Be aware that not all of these 320 printers will work, it depends on the chip inside. Some of the models produced did not have the proper emulation so you'll have to try it first before you make a purchase or at least find out if it has the chip that emulates Epson / IBM Proprinter languages.
I've seen Brother lasers the (models that end with a "50", eg: HL-1250, HL-1450, HL-5050) work and also the HL-2070N. This brand of printer seems to be good, although I do not offer any guarantees; buyer beware.
The Canadian Payments Association has defined new standards for the layout of cheques. They have done this so that they can process cheques using images rather than physically transporting the cheque between banking institutions. You can read about it at their website: http://www.cdnpay.ca/news/new_cheque_specs.asp.
This excerpt was taken directly from their page:
"The deadline for all Canadian business cheques to conform with the new specifications as outlined in CPA Standard 006, Part A is June 30, 2007. The deadline for compliance with the specifications was originally set for December 31, 2006, but it has since been extended..."
Updated January 11, 2009
There are two solutions to produce cheques in PACE:
- Update to the latest version - Activant has updated PACE recently
- Purchase my add-on program called PaceCheq
Details of my "PaceCheq" program will be posted on this website within a couple weeks.
Please send me an email if you have any questions / concerns. Thank you.