June 27, 2000
Make Your Own AFP Fonts with AFP Font Collection's Type Transformer for Windows
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.
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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 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
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.
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.
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.