Software Announcement 200-192
June 27, 2000

Make Your Own AFP Fonts with AFP Font Collection's Type Transformer for Windows

 ENUS200-192.PDF (27KB)


At a Glance

The AFP Font Collection provides fonts and utilities that enable consistent printing across all IBM system environments and Windows NT. Now, the optional Type Transformer and Utilities feature is available for use with Windows NT.

  • Type Transformer for single-byte and double-byte fonts gives you unlimited flexibility in font selection for designing your important customer documents.
  • The Code Page Editor and Coded Font Editor let you customize detailed font information.
  • AFP Object Store provides an automated transfer mechanism for delivering fonts from the PC to S/390® and OS/400.
  • Font utilities from Soft Union let you modify Type 1 and CID outline fonts to meet your unique design needs using a GUI.

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: YE001).

Overview

Do you need to design your key business documents to communicate more effectively with your customers, but you think you're limited to the fonts that came with your IBM Advanced Function Presentation (AFP™) printing software? Then you will appreciate the new Type Transformer and Utilities for Windows™ feature that is now included in IBM AFP Font Collection for Workstations and OS/400®. This feature lets you purchase fonts from any type vendor and easily turn them into AFP fonts for your important AFP print applications so that your message has a unique look for your targeted business.

The Type Transformer and Utilities feature, which was previously available only for the OS/2® environment, now works with Windows NT™. The OS/2 feature is being withdrawn.

Key Prerequisites

The Type Transformer and Utilities for Windows feature of AFP Font Collection Version 2.1.1 runs on any PC capable of supporting Windows NT. A PC with a Pentium™ 300 or equivalent processor is recommended. Windows NT 4.0 or later is required.

Planned Availability Date

June 30, 2000

Description

What is the AFP Font Collection?

The IBM AFP Font Collection provides a comprehensive set of fonts and utilities to give you consistent printed output on AFP printers using 240 or 300 dots per inch (dpi) raster fonts, or on AFP printers that use outline fonts at any resolution. The fonts provided with this program can be installed in IBM's AIX®, OS/400, and OS/2 operating systems, and in Windows. The fonts provided in the companion product, IBM AFP Font Collection for OS/390®, VM and VSE, can be installed in S/390. The Type Transformer and Utilities for Windows feature also includes compatible outline fonts in the standard Type 1 and Character Identifier (CID) keyed outline font architectures. These fonts can be used with the AFP Viewer to view your AFP documents in Windows or OS/2 environments, or on a Web server via the Netscape or Internet Explorer Web browsers with WYSIWYG fidelity to the printed AFP document.

What's New in This Release?

The new Type Transformer and Utilities optional feature of AFP Font Collection provides programs that let you convert any Type 1 or CID font typeface in the market into an AFP font. FontLab Editor even lets you modify those fonts to meet your unique design requirements. To support these new capabilities in the Windows environment, Font Collection now includes the same AFP fonts that are available for IBM operating systems in a Windows NT format. The corresponding Type 1 and CID-keyed outline fonts are also included.

Type Transformer

The Single-Byte Character Set (SBCS) Type Transformer transforms Type 1 outline fonts to 240-dpi or 300-dpi raster format, or AFP outline font format for use on AFP printers. The Double-Byte Character Set (DBCS) Type Transformer transforms CID-keyed outline fonts into AFP 240-dpi raster and AFP outline font formats. It has a new GUI to help build DBCS fonts, and a Job Manager to control execution of the jobs.

Code Page Editor

The Code Page Editor has a new GUI that allows you to convert an AFP code page object into a text-readable file. You can then edit the file with any text editor to add, change, or delete code point assignments, character identifier assignments, and global code point control information. The edited file is then rebuilt into a code page object.

Coded Font Editor

The Coded Font Editor has a new GUI that allows you to convert an AFP coded font object into a text readable file. You can then edit the file using any text editor to add, change, or delete character set and code page assignments. For coded fonts that name AFP outline character sets, you can also change the point size. The edited file is then rebuilt into an AFP coded font object.

AFP Object Store

AFP Object Store is a utility that lets you transfer AFP objects from the PC to OS/390, VM, VSE and OS/400 in the respective formats required for printing. Objects are reblocked on OS/390 and VM. A transfer mechanism is provided for font object sets to VSE and OS/400.

Font Utilities from Soft Union

The Soft Union utilities consist of five programs that help you customize fonts for your application's unique requirements.

  • The FontLab editor is a full feature digital typeface editor with a GUI that lets you create or edit Type 1 and CID outline fonts. If you need a specially designed font typeface or style, this utility can help you create it.
  • The Composer is a DBCS typeface editor that enables the creation of User Defined Characters which can then be converted into AFP fonts using the Type Transformer.
  • ScanFont is a tool that lets you scan images and convert them into an outline font format.
  • SigMaker lets you add signatures or other black and white graphics to TrueType fonts. The FontLab editor, Composer or TypeTool can then be used to convert the TrueType fonts into Type 1 or CID formats for use with the Type Transformer.
  • TypeTool is a basic font editor to revise and supplement outline fonts.

Year 2000

This product does not have date dependencies and is, therefore, Year 2000 ready.

Euro Currency

This program is EuroReady.

For more information on the implications of the euro, visit the IBM euro Web site at:

EuroReady Products

IBM considers an IBM product to be EuroReady if the product, when used in accordance with its associated documentation, is capable of correctly processing monetary data in the euro denomination and of respecting the euro currency formatting conventions (including the euro sign). This assumes that all other products (that is, hardware, software, firmware, and so forth) that are used with this product are also EuroReady. IBM hardware products that are EuroReady may or may not have an engraved euro sign key on their keyboards.

Currently, EuroReady status applies primarily to IBM products specific to the EMU countries. Products that are not specific to these countries are deemed to be "not ready" for euro unless otherwise stated in the product's country-specific specifications.

IBM Hardware Ready

IBM supplies certain IBM products which include third party software (pre-loaded or not) and/or third party attached hardware. In these instances IBM is not in a position to assert that these third party products are, in themselves, EuroReady.

Therefore, such IBM products will be designated as Hardware ready.

EuroReady Solutions

IBM considers a solution to be EuroReady when the solution providers have:

  • Analyzed the euro requirements, including the need to comply with relevant EC rules
  • Built in appropriate function

and can clearly demonstrate this by:

  • Detailing euro related requirements
  • Describing how these will be implemented in the solution
  • Declaring when the implementation will be generally available

The euro capabilities of a EuroReady solution will be clearly identified as features of the Solution specification as described in the contracts document.

Product Positioning

IBM AFP Font Collection is a member of the family of software products that support IBM's de facto industry standard AFP/IPDS™ printing architecture. AFP printing solutions are now available on OS/390, VM, VSE, OS/400, AIX, OS/2 and Windows NT. The Type Transformer and Utilities feature gives AFP application developers the flexibility to select any typeface available in the market in a Type 1 or CID-keyed outline format, modify it if desired, and convert it into an AFP font for printing on AFP printers from 12 to over 1000 pages per minute.

Reference Information

  • Software Announcement 298-314 , dated September 8, 1998
  • Software Announcement 298-453 , dated December 15, 1998

Trademarks

 
AFP and IPDS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
OS/400, OS/2, S/390, AIX, OS/390, and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Pentium is a trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Windows and Windows NT are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Publications

The following publication can be ordered from Mechanicsburg after planned availability. Publications can be ordered using the Publication Notification System (PNS).

                                              Order
Title                                         Number
 
IBM AFP(TM) Fonts: Type Transformer           G544-5726
 for Windows(TM) User's Guide

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements: A PC capable of running Windows NT™ is required. A Pentium™ 300 processor or equivalent with 64 M RAM is recommended. 500 MB hard disk storage should be sufficient for most installations.

Software Requirements
 

Windows NT 4.0 or later is required. The following software programs on the PC are also required:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • eNetwork™ Personal Communications Version 4.3 or later for use with the AFP Object Store to Host function

Compatibility: Font objects produced by the AFP Font Collection, Type Transformer and Utilities for Windows, are fully compatible with objects created using the same utilities available as the "Outline Fonts and Programs for OS/2®" feature, which is being withdrawn and replaced by the equivalent function in Windows.

Limitations: The FontLab Editor in the Type Transformer and Utilities for Windows feature is third party software. It is provided with the AFP Font Collection to offer a complete font solution, including editing of outline fonts. Customers may report problems with this utility through IBM Software Service. However, IBM cannot guarantee that fixes will be provided in every case.

Security, Auditability, and Control

AFP Type Transformer and Utilities use the security and auditability features of the Windows NT operating system.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering Information

AFP Font Collection Version 2 for Workstations and OS/400® has a single per install charge unit, with multiple features that are separately orderable. Each feature has a one-time charge (OTC). Any combination of features can be ordered.

Ordering information for the AFP Single-byte (Latin 1-5) Font features, and for the Double-byte Font features, is as described in Software Announcement 298-314 , dated September 8, 1998, and Software Announcement 298-453 , dated December 15, 1998.

To order the new Type Transformer and Utilities for Windows feature, select the OTC and medium feature numbers below. Also, specify asset registration feature number 9001 if you are not currently a licensed user of the AFP Font Collection, program number 5648-B45.

Program Name: IBM AFP Font Collection V2.1.1 for Workstations and OS/400

                                      OTC       Medium
Order Type               Type-Model   Feature   Feature
Description              Number       Number    Number    Medium
 
Type Transformer and     5648-B45     0020      6239      CD-ROM
 Utilities for Windows

Customization Options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order with delivery options desired. These features can be specified on the initial or MES orders.

Example: If publications are not desired for the initial order, specify feature number 3470 to ship media only. For future updates, specify feature number 3480 to ship media updates only. If, in the future, publication updates are required, order an MES to remove feature number 3480; then, the publications will ship with the next release of the program.

                                                    Feature
Description                                         Number
 
Initial Shipments
 
Serial Number Only (suppresses shipment             3444
 of media and documentation)
 
Ship Media Only (suppresses initial                 3470
 shipment of documentation)
 
Ship Documentation Only (suppresses                 3471
 initial shipment of media)
 
Update Shipments
 
Ship Media Updates Only (suppresses                 3480
 update shipment of documentation)
 
Ship Documentation Only (suppresses                 3481
 update shipment of media)
 
Suppress Updates (suppresses update                 3482
 shipment of media and documentation)
 
Expedite Shipments
 
Local IBM Office Expedite                           3445
 (for IBM use only)
 
Customer Expedite Process Charge                    3446
 ($30 charge for each product)

Expedite shipments will be processed to receive 72-hour delivery from the time IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF) receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.

Charges

The charges provided in this announcement are suggested retail prices for the U.S. only and are provided for your information only. Dealer prices may vary, and prices may also vary by country. Prices are subject to change without notice. For additional information and current prices, contact your local IBM representative.

Charges for the AFP Single-byte Fonts (Latin 1-5) Features, and for the Double-byte Font Features, are as described in Software Announcement 298-314 , dated September 8, 1998, and Software Announcement 298-453 , dated December 15, 1998.

Program Name: IBM AFP Font Collection V2.1.1 for Workstations and OS/400

                             Type-           OTC
Order Type                   Model           Feature
Description                  Number          Number         OTC
 
Type Transformer and         5648-B45        0020           $995
 Utilities for Windows

Contact your sales channel for Support Line pricing information.

Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:

Order Now

 Use Priority/Reference Code: YE001
 
 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Internet:  ibm_direct@us.ibm.com
 Mail:      IBM Atlanta Sales Center
            Dept. YE001
            P.O. Box 2690
            Atlanta, GA  30301-2690

You can also contact your local IBM Business Partner or IBM representative. To identify them, call 800-IBM-4YOU.

Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Trademarks

 
AFP and eNetwork are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
OS/2 and OS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Pentium is a trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Windows and Windows NT are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.