June 27, 2000
Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 Give You Unlimited Flexibility in AFP Printing Options
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:
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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.
Planned Availability Date
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:
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:
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:
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.
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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:
The following transforms are available as optional priced features:
Hardware and Software Support 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.
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.
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.
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The new features can be ordered as an MES for installed users of Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390.
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
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
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:
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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.