IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-122
April 23, 2001
Infoprint Server for iSeries: Create, Manage, and Deliver Your e-business Output Easier and Faster
At a Glance
Infoprint Server for iSeries is a new licensed program designed to manage your e-business output more effectively. It supports fast, flexible electronic distribution of digital output through the use of data stream transforms, new output delivery methods, and a data indexing and bundling utility. With Infoprint Server you can:
For ordering, contact:
Your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: AE001).
The evolution of IBM iSeries to support network-driven technologies and e-business applications dramatically increased the need for electronic output formats. Traditional printed forms, reports, and documents are being replaced with electronic presentation via fax, archival, e-mail, and Web servers. Infoprint® Server for iSeries is at the heart of this transformation, providing new, integrated capabilities to help you:
Infoprint Server is an electronic output management system that enables you to:
Infoprint Server for iSeries runs on any AS/400® or IBM iSeries Model 600 or higher. It requires the PASE environment. The image transforms (TIFF, GIF, and JPEG to AFP) require a PC running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000, or Windows NT with Service Pack 4.
What is Infoprint Server for iSeries?
Infoprint Server for iSeries is a new licensed program product designed to support:
Infoprint Server Transforms
Data stream transforms in Infoprint Server let you get output in the format you need, whether it is for printing, archiving, fax, e-mail, or presentation on the Web. These transforms give you the ability to:
Input Output Datastream Datastream GIF AFPDS JPEG AFPDS PDF AFPDS PostScript AFPDS TIFF AFPDS AFPDS PCL AFPDS PDF IPDS PDF SCS PDF
Note: The current cross-platform name for AFPDS is Mixed Object: Data Content Architecture-Presentation (MO:DCA-P).
Automatic e-mail Distribution of iSeries Output
The ability to automatically distribute iSeries application output via e-mail instead of printing helps you reengineer existing applications for e-business. iSeries print files can be segmented for distribution to individual recipients using DDS keywords. PDF and e-mail controls in the PSF configuration object, and information in an e-mail user exit, determine how the PDF files are converted and addressed. The resulting PDF files are then automatically sent using the SNDDST command. It is as simple as that to turn an existing print application into an e-print application.
Segmenting and Indexing Output for Navigation and Retrieval
Implementing Customer Relationship Management (CRM) applications is a key
component of today's business strategies. Most customer service
applications are based on information stored in an archival/retrieval
system. Having instantaneous access to each customer's information is
critical to the success of these applications. The new DDS commands
STRPAGGRP and ENDPAGGRP let you segment a print file into groups that
represent the information unique to each customer. (More information on
the STRPAGGRP and ENDPAGGRP commands can be found in the
DDS Reference Manual
.) The new Infoprint Server command, CRTAFPDTA, lets you index line data
files by whatever criteria are key to locating the document in the
archive (customer name or account number, for example). Once the data is
indexed and stored in the archive it is enabled for fast retrieval and
navigation. (More information on the CRTAFPDTA command will be included
Command Language Reference Manual
This program is not impacted by euro currency.
OS/400 V5R1 and the new Infoprint Server for iSeries together provide a wide range of new capabilities to address the print and electronic communication requirements of e-business and network applications.
For more information about IBM iSeries OS/400 V5R1 refer to Software Announcement 201-112 , dated April 23, 2001. For more information about IBM iSeries V5R1 LPs and LPOs refer to Software Announcement 201-113 , dated April 23, 2001. For more information about IBM iSeries V5R1 terms and conditions, ordering instructions, and prices refer to Software Announcement 201-114 , dated April 23, 2001.
Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:
No hardcopy publications are shipped with this program. All publications are available in softcopy with the program.
The following publications will be available on the IBM Web site at:
Order Title Number Infoprint(R) Server for iSeries G544-5774 Introduction and Planning Guide Infoprint Server for iSeries G544-5775 User's Guide
Specified Operating Environment
An AS/400® or iSeries Server with the PASE environment (Model 600
or later) is required. The TIFF, GIF, and JPEG to AFPDS transforms
require a PC running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000,
or Windows NT with Service Pack 4.
Infoprint Server runs on OS/400® V5R1, or later releases.
Performance Considerations: The rate at which print files can be transferred varies significantly depending upon the objects being transformed and the transform parameters. It is not usually possible to predict the rate at which a file will be transformed by simply looking at the documents to be transformed. The rate of transform can be expected to be less than high-speed printing rates for most files, especially at high resolution. Transform rate for simple-to-transform objects, such as text, may reach high-speed printing rates when transforming at low resolution.
Transforms are very process-intensive, and will use as much processor
power as is available to them. Transforming rates will be proportional
to the amount of processing power made available. Transforming at
high-speed production volumes may be more appropriate on small, dedicated
AIX® servers from a cost-performance point of view.
Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by iSeries (AS/400) Support Line. This fee service enhances customers' productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. iSeries Support Line will help answer questions pertaining to usage, and suspected software defects for eligible products.
Installation and technical support is provided by Printing Systems Division Professional Services for a fee. Services that can be provided include:
Packaging: Infoprint Server for iSeries is pre-loaded on the OS/400 V5R1 keyed, stamped media. When the product is ordered, a key will be supplied in the OS/400 program package to enable use of the product. The package will also include:
Security, Auditability, and Control
Infoprint Server uses the security and auditability features of the iSeries.
The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.
Infoprint Server for iSeries is a server product which runs on OS/400.
Processor Based OTC Medium Feature Group Feature Description Number Number Number Medium Program Number 5722-IP1 Infoprint Server/400 5809 pre-loaded Per group P05 install 0494 P05 Per group P10 install 0495 P10 Per group P20 install 0496 P20 Per group P30 install 0497 P30 Per group P40 install 0498 P40 Per group P50 install 0499 P50 Upgrade P05 to P10 0500 P10 Upgrade P05 to P20 0501 P20 Upgrade P05 to P30 0502 P30 Upgrade P05 to P40 0503 P40 Upgrade P05 to P50 0504 P50 Upgrade P10 to P20 0505 P20 Upgrade P10 to P30 0506 P30 Upgrade P10 to P40 0507 P40 Upgrade P10 to P50 0508 P50 Upgrade P20 to P30 0509 P30 Upgrade P20 to P40 0510 P40 Upgrade P20 to P50 0511 P50 Upgrade P30 to P40 0512 P40 Upgrade P30 to P50 0513 P50 Upgrade P40 to P50 0514 P50 Expedite -- 3446 Customer Expense
Feature Description Number Program Number: 5722-IP1 Special Delivery Features Preload Software Product 3434 Ship Media Only 3470 Ship Documentation Only 3471 Language Features English U/L SBCS Primary 2924 English U/C DBCS Primary 2938 English U/L DBCS Primary 2984
Terms and Conditions
Use Priority/Reference Code: AE001 Phone: 800-IBM-CALL Fax: 800-2IBM-FAX Internet: firstname.lastname@example.org Mail: IBM Atlanta Sales Center Dept. AE001 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.