Software Announcement 200-210
June 27, 2000

Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 Give You Unlimited Flexibility in AFP Printing Options

 ENUS200-210.PDF (44KB)


At a Glance

Giving you unprecedented printing flexibility, IBM's Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 allow you to print any output on any printer:

  • Print Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) application output on LAN-attached printers
  • Print LAN or UNIX-based application output on AFP printers
  • Print SAP R/3 Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications on AFP printers
  • Print Japanese PostScript application output on AFP printers
  • Convert AFP output for Web-based applications

For ordering, contact:

Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).

Overview

Are you looking for better, faster ways to get critical information to your employees, suppliers, and partners? IBM Infoprint® Server Transforms for OS/390® (5697-F51) gives you the flexibility to print any output on any printer. If you have been struggling with LAN-based ASCII printers that aren't able to print host application output and host-attached Advanced Function Presentation (AFP™) printers that aren't able to print jobs from the LAN, this new product lets you do both, and more. You can leverage your investment in AFP applications by enabling AFP output on ASCII printers.

Flexible Printing Options

Users who have access to LAN printers that support Printer Control Language (PCL) or PostScript can now receive AFP application output using Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390. And the reverse is also true. Output from LAN-based or UNIX® applications as well as from SAP R/3 Enterprise Resource Planning applications can now be printed on AFP Printers.

Business-to-Business Contacts Made Easier

Outside of your company, worldwide contacts, such as suppliers and business partners, can also benefit. AFP application output can now be sent via the Internet for outside contacts to print on their PCL and PostScript printers. Or it can be converted into PDF for viewing on a Web Server.

Support for Japanese PostScript Printing

Also announced today is support for printing Japanese PostScript and PDF documents on AFP printers using the new Kanji AFP Print feature. This feature is available at no additional charge to customers who have the Infoprint Server for OS/390 feature enabled and licensed with IBM.

Key Prerequisites

  • Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 operates with OS/390 V2R8 and later releases.
  • Output from AFP to PCL, PostScript and PDF transforms can be printed on printers that support PCL 5e, PostScript Language Level 2, and PDF V1R2 respectively.

Planned Availability Date

June 30, 2000

Description

What are the Infoprint Server Transforms?

Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 complement the Infoprint Server for OS/390 optional feature of OS/390 in V2R8 and later releases. The initial feature, announced in August 1999, provided transforms to AFP from popular LAN-based application data streams, PCL, and PostScript. It also provided a transform from the output of SAP R/3 applications to AFP. This feature enabled you to:

  • Consolidate LAN-based printing onto OS/390 using reliable, system-managed AFP printers
  • Use installed AFP printers for new e-business applications in the OS/390 UNIX System Services environment
  • Use installed AFP printers for output from SAP R/3 applications.

What's New in Infoprint Server Transforms?

Today, businesses are looking for better ways to get business critical information to knowledge workers throughout the enterprise, and to suppliers and partners around the globe. Application output that was once printed on centralized printers and mailed to users must now be electronically distributed and printed, or presented over the Web via an Enterprise Information Portal or a Web-based Business-to-Business application.

New features of the Infoprint Server Transforms now provide data stream transforms from AFP to PCL, PostScript and PDF. These new transforms enable you to:

  • Distribute AFP application output anywhere in your enterprise to printers that support PCL and PostScript
  • Distribute AFP application output over the Internet to your business partners and suppliers, without requiring them to have IPDS™ printers
  • Present the output from AFP applications on the Web as PDF documents

Another new feature of Infoprint Server Transforms provides support for printing Japanese Double-byte Character Set (DBCS) data streams. This feature supports the following Japanese fonts resident in the OS/390 Server:

  • Heisei Kaku Gothic W5
  • Heisei Mincho W3

For other fonts, substitution will be performed if possible.

Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 leverages your investment in both AFP applications and AFP printers by letting you print any application output on any printer in your enterprise. The AFP architecture and system implementations continue to deliver complete solutions for your e-business output needs, while co-existing with your other industry standard printing systems.

Year 2000

This product does not have date dependencies and is 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

Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 is a complementary product to the Infoprint Server optional feature of OS/390 in V2R8 and later releases. The product lets you print non-AFP jobs on AFP printers, and print AFP jobs on non-AFP printers.

The following transforms are available at no additional charge if you are licensed for the Infoprint Server feature:

  • PCL to AFP
  • PostScript to AFP
  • PDF to AFP
  • SAP R/3 to AFP
  • Kanji AFP Print: PostScript and PDF to AFP

The following transforms are available as optional priced features:

  • AFP to PCL
  • AFP to PostScript
  • AFP to PDF

Hardware and Software Support Services

SmoothStart™/Installation Services

IBM SmoothStart Services, an on-site implementation and training startup service, are designed to accelerate your productive use of your IBM solution. The service is provided by IBM Global Services or your IBM Business Partner at an additional cost. For additional information, refer to Services Announcement 697-004 , dated March 25, 1997, or contact your IBM representative and ask for SmoothStart Services for Infoprint Server Transforms.

IBM Installation Services are provided for Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 by IBM Global Services or your IBM Business Partner at an additional cost. For additional information, contact your IBM representative and ask for Installation Services for Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390.

Reference Information

  • Software Announcement 299-235 , dated August 24, 1999, entitled Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390
  • Software Announcement 299-234 , dated August 24, 1999, entitled IBM OS/390 Version 2 Release 8 Availability and Release 9

Trademarks

 
AFP, IPDS, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Infoprint and OS/390 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements: The Transforms to AFP™ feature of Infoprint® Server Transforms for OS/390® produces AFP output that can be printed on printers that support the Intelligent Printer Data Stream™ (IPDS™) using Print Services Facility™ Version 3 for OS/390. Output from the PostScript and PDF to AFP transforms is in compressed Image Object Content Architecture format. An IPDS printer capable of image decompression in the printer is required, unless the Transforms are re-configured to produce IM1 (uncompressed) image.

The Kanji AFP Print feature requires an IPDS printer capable of accepting host downloaded double-byte AFP raster fonts.

The AFP to PCL transform produces output that can be printed on de facto standard Hewlett Packard PCL 5, 5e, and 5c printers and compatible units.

The AFP PostScript transform produces output that can be printed on printers that support Adobe PostScript Level 2 and compatible units.

The AFP to PDF transform can be viewed using the Adobe Acrobat products, or printed on a PDF-capable printer. When using Adobe Acrobat, printing can also be performed on a wide range of printer devices. The actual device support will depend on the printer driver used to perform printing. The appearance of printed output may vary depending upon the printer driver and target device.

Software Requirements: Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 operate with OS/390 R8 (5647-A01) or later releases and the Infoprint Server for OS/390 optional feature. Printing output from the Transforms to AFP feature or the Kanji AFP Print feature requires Print Services Facility V3 for OS/390 (5655-B17).

Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 must be installed concurrent with or after installing OS/390 and the Infoprint Server feature. The minimum level of System Modification Program/Extended (SMP/E) that can be used to install Infoprint Server Transforms is the OS/390 R7 level of SMP/E.

The Infoprint Server Transforms from AFP to PCL, PostScript and PDF work by simulating the functions of PSF. Therefore, AFP resource libraries and system defaults must be configured to the Transforms using environment variables. This configuration is similar to the establishment of resource libraries and defaults in a PSF Start-up Procedure.

The AFP fonts referenced in the print files must be in libraries configured for use by the Infoprint Server Transforms. Only 300 dpi raster fonts and outline fonts are supported for transformation. Print files that reference 240 dpi raster fonts must have an equivalent 300 dpi raster font library and/or an equivalent outline font library configured. A mapping table is used to substitute raster fonts for outline fonts for the PCL transform, or outline fonts for raster fonts for the PostScript and PDF transforms. The default table is based on a subset of the fonts contained in the IBM AFP Font Collection (5648-B33). The mapping table can be customized to include other fonts that may be referenced in print files processed by the transforms.

AFP page and form definitions, images (page segments), and electronic forms that are referenced in print files to be processed by the AFP to PCL, PostScript and PDF transforms must also be in libraries that are identified in the Transform configuration. Typically, these will be the same libraries that are named in the PSF Start-up Procedures for AFP printers.

The AFP to PCL, PostScript and PDF transforms support only raster fonts when processing DBCS print files. Print files can reference either 240 dpi or 300 dpi raster fonts, but only 300 dpi raster fonts will be used for printing. Therefore, a 300 dpi raster font must be available for each font referenced in DBCS print files to be processed by the transforms. 240 dpi DBCS raster fonts are available in the AFP Font Collection. You can use a utility program supplied with the Transforms product to rescale 240 dpi DBCS raster fonts into 300 dpi fonts.

To use the AFP to PCL, PostScript and PDF transforms as a post-spool transform for AFP jobs directed to printers driven by IP PrintWay™, Infoprint Server for OS/390 must be updated with PTF UW70026 for APAR OW44116. IP PrintWay must be updated with the PTF for OW44216, when available.

Compatibility: The appearance of output printed using the Infoprint Server Transforms from AFP to PCL, PostScript and PDF may be different than that which results from printing the same file on an AFP printer with PSF. It may also vary among ASCII devices, depending on the specific Page Description Language (PDL) implementation of each target printer. Transform configuration and Printer Inventory definitions can also affect the appearance of printed output.

Limitations

  • Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 operate only on OS/390 R8 and later releases. Therefore, the Transforms to AFP and Kanji AFP Print features cannot be used with PSF/MVS™ V2.2 (5695-040).
  • The PCL to AFP transform in the Transforms to AFP feature does not support printing double-byte character set (DBCS) data streams.
  • The AFP to PCL, PostScript and PDF transforms do not support DBCS print files that reference outline fonts.
  • The AFP to PCL, PostScript and PDF transforms do not use printer resident fonts.
  • AFP N-up processing specified in Form Definitions is supported only for "Basic N-up". "Enhanced N-up" functionality is not supported.
  • The transform to PDF does not support duplex, input/output bin selection, finishing or jogging.
  • Either AFP outline fonts or 300 dpi raster fonts are required for the AFP to PostScript and PDF transforms. The Sonoran Serif and Sans Serif fonts from IBM are not available in outline font format. The AFP to PCL transform uses only 300 dpi raster fonts for printing. Therefore, jobs that reference the Sonoran fonts can be printed only if the equivalent Sonoran fonts in 300 dpi raster format are installed and configured. The Sonoran Equivalent Fonts PRPQ number 8A5061, product number 5799-FLK, provides the Sonoran fonts in 300 dpi raster format.
  • In the PostScript and PDF transforms to AFP for Japanese (the Kanji AFP Print feature), font substitution will be attempted for jobs that reference fonts other than the Server-resident Heisei fonts. The appearance of the output will not match that of the same file printed on a printer or Server with all of the job's fonts resident. If font substitution is not successful, the job will fail. In addition, PDF jobs with embedded fonts that were created using Adobe Acrobat will fail. PostScript or PDF jobs with embedded Type 0 fonts will print.

Performance Considerations: Transforming print jobs from the data stream in which they were created into another data stream for a particular printer will use more system resources than printing the same job to a printer that supports the native data stream. The print file resulting from the transforms may be larger than the original input print file. The impact on system and network resources will vary depending upon your print volumes, the print data streams processed, and the current utilization of your system and network resources.

Security, Auditability, and Control

This program and the new features use the security and auditability features of the OS/390 host hardware and operating system software. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

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:

Ordering Information

Current Licensees

The new features can be ordered as an MES for installed users of Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390.

To order additional features for an existing license, specify the feature numbers for the features you wish to add to your current license.

New Licensees

Orders for new licenses can be placed now.

Shipment will begin on the planned availability date, June 30, 2000. Unless a later date is specified, an order is scheduled for the week following order entry.

When Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 V1R1M1 is available, V1R1M0 will no longer be available.

New users of Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 should specify:

          Type           Model
 
          5697           F51

Basic License: To order a new basic license, specify program number 5697-F51 and feature number 9001 for asset registration. Specify the feature numbers for a Basic No Charge Feature, Parallel Sysplex® License Charge (PSLC), or qualified Entry Support License (ESL) Charge or Growth Opportunity License Charge (GOLC) for the features you wish to order.

The Transforms to AFP Basic No Charge Feature must be ordered with any Infoprint Server Transforms license.

Basic No Charge License: To order a Basic No Charge License for the Transforms to AFP or the Kanji AFP Print feature, specify program number 5697-F51, feature 9001 for asset registration, and the applicable Basic No Charge Feature number. Also specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium.

Infoprint Server                  Basic No Charge
Transforms Feature                Feature Number
 
Transforms to AFP                 0008
Kanji AFP Print                   0038

Entry Support License (ESL): To order an ESL license, specify the program number, feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the applicable ESL OTC feature number. Also specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium.

Infoprint Server                  ESL One-Time Charge
Transforms Feature                Feature Number
 
AFP to PCL                        0052
AFP to PostScript                 0037
AFP to PDF                        0019

ESL machines can be determined by referring to the IBM Entry End User/390 Attachment (Z125-4379).

Parallel Sysplex License Charge (PSLC) Basic License: To order a basic license, specify program number 5697-F51, feature number 9001 for asset registration, and the license feature for the Transforms to AFP Feature (this Basic No Charge feature is required for each license). Specify the PSLC Base feature. If applicable, specify the PSLC Level A and PSLC Level B, and PSLC Level C, PSLC Level D features and quantity.

If there is more than one program copy in a Parallel Sysplex, the charge for all copies is associated to one license by specifying the applicable PSLC feature numbers and quantity represented by the sum of the Service Units in Millions (MSUs) in your Parallel Sysplex. For all other program copies, specify the PSLC No-Charge Identifier feature on the licenses.

Also, specify the feature number of the desired distribution medium.

                    PSLC Feature Number         PSLC Basic License
Machine         AFP to   AFP to       AFP to    MLC* Feature
MSU Capacity    PCL      PostScript   PDF       Description
 
1               0053     0020         0001      PSLC Base, 1 MSU
 
2               0054     0021         0002      PSLC Base, 2 MSUs
 
3               0055     0022         0003      PSLC Base, 3 MSUs
 
4 -- 45         0056     0023         0004      PSLC Level A, 1 MSU
                0039     0024         0005      PSLC Level A, 42 MSUs
 
46 -- 175       0040     0025         0006      PSLC Level B, 1 MSU
                0041     0026         0007      PSLC Level B, 10 MSUs
                0042     0027         0009      PSLC Level B, 50 MSUs
 
176 -- 315      0043     0028         0010      PSLC Level C, 1 MSU
                0044     0029         0011      PSLC Level C, 10 MSUs
                0045     0030         0012      PSLC Level C, 50 MSUs
 
316 or more     0046     0031         0013      PSLC Level D, 1 MSU
                0047     0032         0014      PSLC Level D, 50 MSUs
 
NA              0048     0033         0015      PSLC NC IDENTIFIER

* MLC = Monthly License Charge

Example 1
 

For a single machine with 11 MSUs, the PSLC features for the AFP to PCL feature would be:

  • 0055 — quantity 1
  • 0056 — quantity 8

Example 2
 

For two machines in a Parallel Sysplex, which have an aggregation of 60 MSUs, the PSLC features for the AFP to PCL feature would be:

  • PSLC chargeable license #1:
    • 0055 — quantity 1
    • 0039 — quantity 1
    • 0040 — quantity 5
    • 0041 — quantity 1
  • PSLC no-charge license #2:
    • 0048 — quantity 1

Single Version Charging: To elect single version charging, the customer must notify and identify to IBM the prior program and replacement program and the designated machine the programs are operating on.

Growth Opportunity License Charge (GOLC): To order Infoprint Server Transforms for a Multiprise® 3000, specify program number 5697-F51, feature number 9001 for asset registration, the license feature for the Transforms to AFP Basic No Charge Feature (required for every license), and the GOLC monthly charge feature number from the table below. Also, specify the feature number for the desired distribution medium.

                            GOLC Monthly License Charge
                             for Multiprise 3000 Model
Infoprint Server
Transforms Feature          HK30       HK50       HK70
 
AFP to PCL                  0049       0034       0016
AFP to PostScript           0050       0035       0017
AFP to PDF                  0051       0036       0018

Basic Machine-Readable Material: To order the program material, select the feature codes below for the desired distribution medium for each feature for which you have ordered a license. The Transforms to AFP feature is required when any other features are ordered.

                         Distribution
                         Medium
Infoprint Server         Feature             Distribution Medium
Transforms Feature       Number              Description
 
Transforms to AFP        5832                3480 tape cartridge
                         6206                4-mm tape
Kanji AFP Print          5842                3480 tape cartridge
                         6007                4-mm tape
AFP to PCL               5802                3480 tape cartridge
                         6000                4-mm tape
AFP to PostScript        5822                3480 tape cartridge
                         6006                4-mm tape
AFP to PDF               5812                3480 tape cartridge
                         6005                4-mm tape

Customization Options: Select the appropriate feature numbers to customize your order to specify the 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.

Unlicensed Documentation: A program directory for each feature that is ordered will be shipped automatically with the basic machine-readable material. No other publications are shipped with this product.

The following publications are provided in softcopy in the June 2000, refresh of the OS/390 Collection Kit for OS/390 V2R9. A hardcopy of each publication can be ordered separately.

                                              Order
Title                                         Number
 
OS/390 Infoprint Server Introduction          G544-5696
OS/390 Infoprint Server User's Guide          S544-5692
OS/390 Infoprint Server                       S544-5693
 Operation & Administration
OS/390 Infoprint Server Customization         G544-5694
OS/390 Infoprint Server Migration             G544-5697
OS/390 Infoprint Server                       G544-5690
 Messages & Diagnosis

Some documentation related to Infoprint Server Transforms may be available only on the Web at:

Publications can be ordered using the Publication Notification System (PNS).

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.

Terms and Conditions

The terms for Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 as previously announced in Software Announcement 299-235 , licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement apply to this Release modification level:

  • Agreement: IBM Customer Agreement
  • Variable Charges Apply: No
  • Indexed Monthly License Charge (IMLC) Applies: No
  • Location License Applies: No
  • Use Limitation Applies: No
  • Program Services:
    • Support Center applies: Yes
    • Access available through the IBM Support Center
    • Available until discontinued: 12 months' written notice
  • Single Version charging: Yes
  • Educational Allowance Available: Yes, 15% education allowance applies to qualified educational institution customers
  • Volume Orders: No
  • Warranty Applies: Yes
  • Testing period: Two months
  • Licensed Program Materials Availability:
    • Restricted Materials for IBM: None
    • Non-restricted Source Materials: None
    • Object Code Only (OCO): All

Support Line: Yes

Charges

Contact your IBM representative for charges information for this announcement.

Order Now

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 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
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 Mail:      IBM Atlanta Sales Center
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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, Intelligent Printer Data Stream, IPDS, Print Services Facility, IP PrintWay, and MVS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Infoprint, OS/390, Parallel Sysplex, and Multiprise are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.