IBM United States
Software Announcement 200-228
July 18, 2000
Print Services Facility Version 3 Release 2 Delivers New Application Formatting Capability
At a Glance
PSF V3.2 delivers new function to help you create more effective business documents.
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).
Print Services Facility (PSF) and Advanced Function Printing (AFP) have been adopted by S/390® customers worldwide as the standard for high function, system-managed, production printing. One of the biggest benefits of AFP has always been its ability to provide rich formatting capabilities completely external to application programs. Users could change the appearance of customer statements, invoices, and other important customer contact documents just by printing them with different AFP resources.
Today, the documents you send to your customers have become an important part of your company's customer relationship management strategy. More than ever, it is important for them to be customized and personalized for your customer's individual needs. To meet these needs, the AFP architecture and PSF have been enhanced with new formatting capabilities that let you:
PSF and the associated S/390 program, Page Printer Formatting Aid (PPFA) have been enhanced to support a new kind of page definition. This new page definition lets you identify print records as being, for example, header records, subheaders, transaction records, or page footers. Formatting is then performed uniquely for each record type based on instructions in the new page definition. You can even paginate multipage documents in a variety of ways. The result is a customer document that presents what the customer needs to see in an attractive, effective format.
Remember, the documents you send your customers may be your most important contact with them to maintain and promote your relationship. Now, AFP gives you more power over those documents.
PSF runs on the following S/390 hardware:
PSF supports printing on IBM and non-IBM AFP/IPDS printers. All functions of PSF may not be supported by all IPDS printers.
July 28, 2000
What's New in PSF V3 Release 2?
PSF V3.2 for OS/390 delivers exciting new functionality that enables you to:
New Application Support
PSF V3.2 offers a powerful new capability for formatting line-data output using AFP Page Definitions. This new function, called Page Definition Record Formatting, lets you identify each print record as a unique type and describe different formatting for each type of record. This gives you the ability to create a much more flexible, free-flowing electronic document than was possible with the existing Page Definition architecture.
A typical customer statement formatted using Record Formatting might have record types of "Statement Header", "Check Subhead", "Savings Subhead", "Check Transaction", "Savings Transaction", "Statement Footer", or other record types. Each record in the print file would be identified by a record header ID as belonging to one of the defined types. The associated Page Definition would describe how each record type is to be formatted, including spacing, font selection, margins for text formatting, running headers or footers, lines or boxes to surround the records, graphics, shading, page numbering, or other characteristics in black and white or in color.
This new Page Definition capability lets you create electronic documents from OS/390 line-data print output that has the appearance of documents created using sophisticated third party document formatting programs. It is supported by new commands in the Page Printer Formatting Aid (PPFA) (5688-190), via a PTF to APAR PQ37413.
Additional new application support in PSF V3.2 includes:
New Support for Operations and Problem Diagnosis
AFP became a de facto industry standard for production printing because of its system-managed approach to the print process. In Release 2, new functions have been added to make your printer operators, system programmers, and HELP desk personnel more productive than ever.
This product is Year 2000 ready. When used in accordance with its associated documentation, it is capable of correctly processing, providing, and/or receiving date data within and between the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, provided that all products (for example, hardware, software, and firmware) used with the product properly exchange accurate date data with it.
This program is EuroReady.
For more information on the implications of the euro, visit the IBM euro Web site at:
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 (for example, hardware, software, firmware) 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 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.
IBM considers a solution to be EuroReady when the solution providers have:
and can clearly demonstrate this by:
The euro capabilities of a EuroReady solution will be clearly identified as features of the solution specification as described in the contracts document.
PSF provides IBM's strategic enterprise print support in OS/390. It supports AFP/IPDS printers ranging from under 10 to over 1,000 pages per minute, in both impact and non-impact technologies. Printers can be attached via channel or on TCP/IP or SNA networks.
Hardware and Software Support Services
IBM Installation Services can be provided for PSF by IBM Printing Systems Professional Services at an additional cost. For additional information, contact your IBM representative and ask for Installation Services for Print Services Facility V3 for OS/390.
For additional information on Print Services Facility, refer to Software Announcement 298-389 , dated October 13, 1998, entitled Print Services Facility Version 3 Delivers New Enterprise Print Capability.
Specified Operating Environment
PSF runs on the following S/390® hardware:
PSF supports printing on IBM and non-IBM AFP/IPDS printers. All functions of PSF may not be supported by all IPDS printers. Refer to your printer documentation for device capabilities.
The availability of external device names and EC levels in the enhanced PSF error messages requires an IPDS printer that supports return of that information to PSF in the applicable IPDS command stream. Your printer may require an EC to the control unit to perform this function.
PSF runs in the following S/390 operating system environments:
PSF V3 is required when the operating system level is OS/390 V2.7, or later.
The following system programs are required:
OS/390 V1.3, or later is required to use the following features:
The following communication programs are required, depending upon printer attachments:
If OS/390 V1.1 or 2 is used, TCP/IP must be upgraded by installing the MVS TCP/IP product at V3.2, or later.
For attachment of Infoprint® 3000 and InfoPrint 4000 printers using TCP/IP, OS/390 V2.5, or later with e-Network Communication Server is required.
If TCP/IP V3.2 is used, PTFs associated with the following APARs must be applied:
If OS/390 V2.5 with e-Network Communication Server is used, PTFs associated with the following APARs must be applied:
One of the following is required to provide host fonts:
To define and manage PSF printers using the Printer Inventory, the optional Infoprint Server for OS/390 feature of OS/390 V2.8, or later is required.
New Record Format Page Definitions can be created using Page Printer Formatting Aid/370 (PPFA), (5688-190), with program maintenance applicable to APAR PQ37413. If ACIF is used to format line data with page definitions using the new record formatting, maintenance applicable to APAR PQ38247 is required.
Use of the AFP Unicode fonts with PSF requires the AFP Unicode Font PRPQ 5799-GHJ.
User Group Requirements: This announcement satisfies or partially satisfies three requirements from one or more of the worldwide user-group communities. Groups include Australasian SHARE/GUIDE (ASG), COMMON, COMMON Europe, GUIDE International, G.U.I.D.E. Europe, Japan GUIDE/SHARE (JGS), Guide Latin American (LAG), SHARE EUROPE, and SHARE Incorporated, or customer requirements submitted in the NEWREQ Lotus® application.
Requirement No. Description REQ00070150 Include SYSID of system on which job was printed on separator page REQ00076438 Allow PSF to stop printing when duplicate pages may have been printed (Interrupt Message Page Action) REQ00076536 Warning message is required before printing when hardware error occurs
Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by S/390 Support Line. This fee service can enhance your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. S/390 Support Line will help answer questions pertaining to usage, how-to, and suspected software defects for eligible products.
Installation and technical support is provided by IBM Printing Systems Professional Services. For more information on services, call 303-924-6700.
Packaging: The PSF V3.2 base program and optional features are each shipped on separate tapes. No fonts are included on the PSF base tape. If the compatibility fonts are required, please be sure to order the compatibility font optional, no-charge feature.
Security, Auditability, and Control
PSF uses the security features and programs for OS/390. 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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Current licensees of Print Services Facility V3.1 for OS/390 will be sent a program reorder form that can be returned directly to IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment (SDF).
Reorder forms are scheduled to be mailed by August 11, 2000. Reorder forms returned to SDF will be processed within 10 workdays of receipt. When Release 2 is available, Release 1 will no longer be available.
Orders for new licenses can be placed now.
Shipment will not occur before availability date.
Unless a later date is specified, orders entered before the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date of one week following availability.
Shipment will begin on the planned availability date.
New users of Print Services Facility V3 for OS/390 should specify:
Type Model 5655 B17
Basic License: For detailed ordering information, refer to Software Announcement 298-389 , dated October 13, 1998, entitled Print Services Facility Version 3 Delivers New Enterprise Print Capability.
Unlicensed Documentation: A program directory for each PSF feature that is ordered, and one copy of the licensed publication for PSF and the features ordered is shipped automatically with the machine-readable material. For a detailed list of the PSF publications, refer to Software Announcement 298-389 , dated October 13, 1998.
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.
Use Priority/Reference Code: LE001 Phone: 800-IBM-CALL Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: IBM Atlanta Sales Center Dept. LE001 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.