IBM United States
Software Announcement 202-050
March 5, 2002

Print Services Facility Version 3.3 Brings XML Capability to Advanced Function Printing

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At a Glance

Print Services Facility (PSF) V3.3 delivers new function to let you process more kinds of business data, and to improve print management productivity.

  • A new type of page definition lets you print jobs structured in Extensible Mark-up Language (XML) on Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) printers.
  • A new report provides information about the resources used to print a job. This information is useful when an application must be moved, or documented for recovery or outsourcing.
  • A new report lists the characteristics of each printer, allowing quick determination of which printers can support an application.
  • A new PSF DISPLAY command tracks and displays status of TCP/IP attachments for faster problem determination.
  • New application support includes 2D bar codes, enhanced finishing options, and field-based selection of overlays and page segments.

For ordering, contact:

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

Overview

Print Services Facility™ (PSF) and Advanced Function Presentation (AFP™) have become the standard for high-function, system-managed production printing. AFP and PSF continue to evolve to meet the changing needs of your e-business environment.

What's New in PSF V3.3

PSF V3.3 for OS/390® and z/OS™ delivers exciting new functionality that enables you to:

  • Print files containing Extensible Mark-up Language (XML) data on AFP production printers
  • Create and print AFP applications containing 2D bar codes
  • Exercise more flexible control over stapling and other finishing options for a print file
  • Create and print AFP applications that use variable data contained in the print file to select overlays and page segments
  • Collect complete statistics about the resources used to print a job, and other key information about the job
  • Display printer hardware characteristics and capabilities
  • See current status information for TCP/IP attached devices
  • Invoke additional PSF printer processing options through the Infoprint® Server Printer Inventory menu panels
  • Migrate JES printers, such as an IBM 4248, more easily to printers driven by PSF

Key Prerequisites

PSF runs on the following S/390® and IBM e(logo)server zSeries processors:

  • IBM zSeries 900 (z900)
  • IBM zSeries 800 (z800)
  • All models of the S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server™
  • All models of the S/390 Multiprise® 3000
  • All models of the S/390 Multiprise 2000
  • All models of the IBM ES/9000® Processor Unit 9021, 9121, or 9221
  • IBM ES/3090™ Models E, S, J, or JH
  • IBM ES/3090-9000T Processors
  • PC Server System/390®

PSF supports printing on IBM and non-IBM AFP/IPDS™ printers that adhere to IPDS specifications. All functions of PSF may not be supported by all IPDS printers.

Planned Availability Date

March 29, 2002

Description

New Application Support

Printing XML: Print Services Facility (PSF) V3.3 introduces new Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) architecture and support for XML, the emerging standard data format for e-commerce applications between businesses, and for e-business applications within an enterprise.

Becoming an e-business means streamlining and integrating business processes. Business applications that once operated as stand-alone parts of the process must now pass data among themselves in a seamless, automated workflow. Application data must be structured in such a way that each application can interpret the data elements and operate on them. PSF now supports formatting of applications whose data are structured with XML tags. An AFP page definition, created using IBM Page Printer Formatting Aid (PPFA) or other tools, specifies how each XML tag, or sequence of tags in the data should be formatted.

This new type of page definition builds on the new AFP page definition architecture and implementation that were delivered in PSF V3.2, called record formatting page definitions. Record formatting page definitions introduced a new type of page data map called a page layout. The page layout contained record descriptors with the instructions for formatting each record in the print file. Similarly, the new XML page definition uses the page layout, but uses XML descriptors to define the formatting of the XML data in the print file.

There are methods for printing XML structured data using the formatting language of an Extensible Stylesheet Language (XSL) style sheet, and then transforming the data to a printer language such as PostScript or Printer Control Language (PCL). But this method can be very slow due to the number of steps involved in preparing the data for print. Printing XML using a page definition is more efficient because the XML data is transformed directly into the Intelligent Printer Data Stream™ (IPDS) printer language so that it can be printed on production speed AFP printers.

Printing 2D bar codes: Another new application capability is the ability to specify that fields within the variable data should be interpreted and printed as 2D bar codes. 2D bar codes are bar code symbologies that encode the data vertically as well as horizontally, so that much more information can be contained in a much smaller space on a page.

Three 2D bar code symbologies are supported in PSF V3.3. They are PDF417, Data Matrix, and Maxicode. PDF417 is a bar code symbology that has many uses because it is extremely compact. Some applications include high-density text data representation and identity verification using biometrics such as fingerprints or facial recognition. Post-processing equipment uses bar codes to indicate how each mail piece is to be handled from the printer to the mail truck. Bar-coded information indicates number of pages in the piece, which inserts should be included in the envelope, and other information. As the amount of information that must be encoded in a small space on the mail piece has increased, higher density bar codes were required.

Data Matrix has become a standard for the post-processing industry.

Maxicode is a specialized 2D bar code which has been adopted as the standard for address encoding by the United Parcel Service and other carriers.

New finishing options: Many AFP printers now support the attachment of finishing equipment capable of folding, stapling, punching, and other functions. PSF V3.3 increases the flexibility with which these finishing options can be selected, by letting you staple groups of pages within a document, rather than allowing stapling to occur only on the full document boundary. After general availability, this function will be available as a PTF for APAR OW52748.

New way to include overlays and page segments: Applications that use line data and page definitions to format output can include overlays and page segments with the variable data on the page in several different ways. Until now, however, all of the available methods required the application owner to name the overlays and page segments in the page definition. With PSF V3.3 and new page definitions created with PPFA or other tools, the PRINTLINE command can be used to identify the location in the print line where the names of overlays and page segments are located. Whatever data is in the field at that location will be used to invoke an overlay or page segment by that name. This enables much more flexibility in application development and implementation since the names are not hard coded in the page definition.

Improved Application and Operations Management

PSF Release 3 also includes new reports and commands to help manage your applications and print operations.

Statistics about the print file: AFP Statistics About the Print File (AFPSTATS) produces detail and summary reports about the resources used to print a job. This information is useful when an application must be changed, moved to another system, or documented for recovery or outsourcing. Resource information includes resource name, type, size, library, origin of reference, name of parent object, number of first page to reference the resource, and more. Summary reports can be generated by resource type, data set, location, and so on. Information is also reported on the number and size of pages, and significant events that occur while processing.

Display printer characteristics: An important part of the IPDS bi-directional dialog between the printer and PSF is the identification to PSF of the printer and its IPDS capabilities. However, obtaining detailed information about the characteristics and capabilities of a particular IPDS printer usually requires a PSF trace or dump to obtain the information in the Sense Type and Model and the Execute Order Homestate Obtain Printer Characteristics IPDS commands. A new PSF DISPLAY option, PRTINFO, now lets a system programmer or operator obtain a report of the functional characteristics of a particular printer without having to take a PSF trace or dump. This function is useful in multi-printer environments where it is important to know which printers can support an application. For example, printer capabilities and information that might be needed include support for IPDS bar codes including 2D symbologies, cutsheet emulation, N-UP formatting, or outline fonts. The reports also include basic information such as printer resolution and microcode level for printers that return this information to PSF.

Display TCP/IP Status: Networked printing is now the norm, but little can be known about the attachment status of a TCP/IP-attached printer without taking a trace. The PSF DISPLAY command will now track and display the status of a TCP/IP attachment on the console. TCP/IP status information consists of a primary TCP/IP status and might also include sub-statuses and a pending command. This detailed information about TCP/IP-attached printers helps you identify connectivity problems more quickly and accurately for faster problem resolution.

Additional Integration with Infoprint Server

PSF printer configuration information has traditionally been defined in a PSF Start-up Procedure. A single Start-up Procedure usually contains configurations for multiple printer devices. In addition to the configuration options, printer processing options affecting paper origin, resource management, error handling and error messages, copy marks, and many other functions have been managed by invoking different PSF exits depending upon the desired functions. Now PSF printer configuration information and processing options can be specified in the Infoprint Server Printer Inventory. An operator can easily change configuration or processing information for a single printer without affecting the operations of other printers in the system. PSF Release 3 continues the integration of PSF with Infoprint Server by adding additional print processing options to the Infoprint Server Printer Inventory.

In z/OS V1.2, or later, Infoprint Server makes it possible for batch applications to print data sets easily that contain PCL, PostScript, and PDF data on IBM AFP printers. The application programmer simply specifies the SUBSYS parameter on the DD statement to request that the Infoprint Server subsystem process the data before writing it to the JES spool. This makes it easy to leverage your investment in AFP printers by utilizing the full capabilities of the Infoprint Server Transforms to produce AFP output. The Infoprint Server subsystem automatically detects the datastream (PCL, PostScript, or PDF) and transforms it to the AFP format required by PSF before writing it to the JES spool. This function requires APAR OW53202 for Infoprint Server.

The Infoprint Server Transforms include conversion of SAP R/3 as well as conversion of PCL, PostScript, and PDF datastreams to AFP. The Transforms to AFP feature is available, at no extra charge, to licensees of Infoprint Server.

Infoprint Server and Infoprint Server Transforms also let batch applications print line data, formatted using page definitions, and AFP data on PCL and PostScript printers. This requires the AFP to PCL, AFP to PDF, or AFP to PostScript optional feature of Infoprint Server Transforms.

Easier Migration for JES Line Printers

PSF includes line-printer migration support that makes it easy to migrate from channel-attached JES printers to distributed impact printers such as the IBM 6400. In Release 3, more Forms Control Buffers (FCBs) are automatically converted to corresponding PSF commands so that you can replace JES printers with PSF printers without making JCL changes.

Support for Side and Edge Sensitive Paper

PSF's Side and Edge Sensitive Paper Handling function supports side and edge sensitive paper on printers that do not have this capability. This function also provides improved performance on printers that do. This function requires APAR OW53285.

Accessibility by People with Disabilities

PSF has the following capabilities for vision-impaired users:

  • Support for interfaces commonly used by screen readers
  • Operation using only the keyboard
  • Communication of all information independently of color
  • Support for interfaces commonly used by screen magnifiers
  • Documentation provided in an accessible format

PSF has the following capability for users with mobility impairments or limited hand use:

  • Operation using only the keyboard

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 (for example, hardware, software, and 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/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

PSF provides IBM's strategic enterprise print support in OS/390 and z/OS. It supports AFP/IPDS printers with speeds from under 10 to over 1,000 pages per minute, in both impact and non-impact technologies. Printers can be attached via channel, TCP/IP, or SNA networks.

Hardware and Software Support Services

SmoothStart™/Installation 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 Version 3 for OS/390 and z/OS.

Reference Information

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, and Software Announcement 200-228 , dated July 18, 2000, entitled Print Services Facility Version 3 Release 2 Delivers New Application Formatting Capability.

Trademarks

 
zSeries is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
 
The e-business logo, Advanced Function Printing, AFP, Print Services Facility, z/OS, S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server, ES/3090, IPDS, Intelligent Printer Data Stream, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
OS/390, Infoprint, S/390, Multiprise, ES/9000, and System/390 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.

Education Support

The following classes, offered by IBM Global Services, Learning Services, will be updated to include the new functions of Print Services Facility™ (PSF) V3.3:

Course                Course       Course         Availability
Title                 Number       Location       Dates
 
Using AFP(TM)         K2502        Refer to catalogs for
AFP Datastream        K2703         dates and locations
 Fundamentals

Visit the following Web site for additional information about these courses:

Call IBM Education and Training at 800-IBM-TEACH (426-8322) for catalogs, schedules, and enrollments.

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements

PSF runs on the following S/390® and IBM e(logo)server zSeries (z900) processors:

  • All models of the z900 processors
  • All models of the IBM e(logo)server zSeries 800 (z800) processors
  • All models of the IBM S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server™
  • All models of the IBM S/390 Multiprise® 3000
  • All models of the IBM S/390 Multiprise 2000
  • All models of the IBM ES/9000® Processor Unit 9021, 9121, or 9221
  • IBM ES/3090™ Models E, S, J, or JH processors
  • IBM ES/3090-9000T processors
  • IBM PC Server System/390®

PSF supports printing on IBM and non-IBM AFP/IPDS™ printers that adhere to IPDS specifications. 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.

Printers will require an EC and hardware upgrade to support FICON™ attachment.

The new PSF support for printing 2D bar codes from variable data in the print file requires Bar Code Object Content Architecture (BCOCA) support for 2D bar codes in the printer. The latest information about the availability of bar code support in a particular IBM printer can be found in an IBM Printing Systems Flash, "AFP Two-Dimensional (2D) Bar Code Product Support Status." To obtain this Flash, go to the IBM Printing Systems Web site at:

  • Click on Technical support
  • Click on Techdocs
  • Click on Flashes
  • Search on bar code

Software Requirements

PSF runs on any supported level of the operating system:

  • z/OS™ V1R1 (5694-A01), or later, with supported levels of JES2 or JES3
  • OS/390® V2R8 (5647-A01), or later, with supported levels of JES2 or JES3

One of the following system programs is required:

  • SMP/E element of z/OS or OS/390
  • SMP/E V3R1 (5655-G44) for z/OS and OS/390

The following functions of the OS/390 and z/OS Communications Server are required, depending on printer attachments:

  • SNA Services for SNA-attached printers
  • IP Services for TCP/IP-attached printers

One of the following is required to provide host fonts:

  • AFP Font Collection Version 2.1.1, or later, for OS/390 (recommended). This version of the AFP Font Collection contains character sets and code pages that support printing of the euro currency symbol. The program number is 5648-B33.
  • AFP Font Collection Version 1.1.0. This version of the AFP Font Collection does not contain the euro symbol.
  • The optional compatibility fonts feature of PSF, which does not contain the euro symbol.

To use AFP Unicode fonts with PSF V3.3, the AFP Unicode Font PRPQ, 5799-GHJ, is required.

To define and manage PSF printers using the Printer Inventory, the optional Infoprint® Server feature of OS/390 or z/OS is required. PTFs to Infoprint Server are required to use the following PSF functions in the Printer Inventory:

  • To use the changed RRLV fields in the Printer Inventory, you need one of these PTFs:
    • For OS/390 V2.8, OS/390 V2.9, OS/390 V2.10, and z/OS V1.1 systems: PTF UW82178 (English), PTF UW82179 (Japanese), or PTF UW82180 (Spanish).
    • For z/OS V1.2, or later: PTF UW82668 (English) or PTF UW82669 (Japanese).
  • To request that information about the printer characteristics should be reported, you need one of these PTFs:
    • For OS/390 V2.8, OS/390 V2.9, OS/390 V2.10, and z/OS V1.1 systems: PTF UW83615 (English), PTF UW83617 (Japanese), or PTF UW83618 (Spanish).
    • For z/OS V1.2, or later: PTF UW83614 (English) or PTF UW83616 (Japanese).

To use JCL parameters to generate the new AFP Statistics about the Print File (AFPSTATS) report or to display printer characteristics (PRTINFO), z/OS V1.2, or later, is required, with PTF UW85987 for z/OS V1.2 or PTF UW85988 for z/OS V1.3.

The Side and Edge Sensitive Paper Handling Capability function requires APAR OW53285.

New functions in PSF V3.3 require maintenance to the Page Printer Formatting Aid (PPFA), program product 5688-190, to invoke the capabilities.

  • To create Record Format Page Definitions, PTF UQ45507 is required.
  • For the following three functions, PPFA APAR PQ56307 is required:
    • XML page definition creation
    • Select resources using names in the variable data
    • Select finishing at the medium-map level
  • To create page definitions with 2D bar codes, PPFA APARs PQ53481 and PQ49491 are required.

If ACIF is used to format line data with page definitions using record formatting, PTF UQ45268 is required. If ACIF is used to support pagedefs with 2D bar codes, PTF UQ57774 is required. If ACIF is used to support pagedefs for XML and select resources using names, APAR PQ54118 is required.

The following new functions in PSF V3.3 are not yet supported by the Infoprint Server Transforms. Applications using these functions must be printed on IPDS printers driven by PSF.

  • XML data formatting
  • 2D bar code symbologies
  • Selection of overlays and page segments using variable data
  • Finishing selection at the medium-map level

Compatibility: PSF V3.3 for OS/390 and z/OS is upwardly compatible with PSF V3.2 and with PSF/MVS™ V2.2 (5695-040) with the following exceptions:

  • PSF V3 for OS/390 and z/OS no longer includes the optional feature, Page Printer Migration Programs (PPMP). Customers currently using those programs should continue to use the program modules from PSF/MVS V2.2. The replacement product for PPMP is the XPort Services Offering on AIX®. For additional information, contact IBM Printing Systems Professional Services at 303-924-6700, or contact your local IBM Printing Systems representative.
  • The AFP API component of PSF/MVS V2.2 is no longer provided with PSF Version 3. It is functionally replaced by AFP Toolbox for MVS, program product 5655-A25. Customers using the PSF/MVS V2.2 API can continue to use their existing program modules.
  • The IP PrintWay™ and NetSpool™ optional features are no longer available. These optional features are functionally replaced by the Infoprint Server optional feature of OS/390 and z/OS. Customers with PSF V3.2 may continue to use their V3.2 IP PrintWay and NetSpool features with PSF V3.3. Other customers who want the functionality of IP PrintWay and NetSpool should order the Infoprint Server optional feature of OS/390 and z/OS.

Limitations: Enhancements to the Infoprint Server Transforms product, which enables AFP jobs to print on non-AFP printers, are not necessarily made concurrently with PSF releases. New function supported by PSF should be printed only on printers attached to PSF until equivalent function is provided in the transforms.

Performance Considerations: The performance of PSF, and its attached printers, is dependent upon availability and efficiency of memory, storage, DASD, channel, and network resources in the system configuration. It is also highly dependent upon the content of the print datastreams being processed. In general, data-intensive applications, such as those containing image, require more resources than applications containing plain text. If performance degradation is experienced, normal system performance analysis and tuning should be conducted before contacting IBM Service.

TCP/IP Attachment Considerations: In order to print at rated speed on high-speed printers, not only must the printer be capable of processing and imaging the data at high speeds, but also the system and communications link must be able to provide data to the printer fast enough to maintain this speed. TCP/IP performance has been substantially improved in OS/390 and z/OS, allowing PSF Version 3 to support TCP/IP-attached Infoprint 3000, Infoprint 4000, and Infoprint 4100 families of printers. However, TCP/IP may not provide adequate data delivery rates for all applications or all system environments, depending on the attachment speeds.

The ability to run production printing applications at rated speed, on Infoprint 3000, Infoprint 4000, and Infoprint 4100 printers directly attached to PSF over TCP/IP will depend upon the following factors:

  • Number of printers and printing speeds
  • Density of the application datastream, usually measured in average bytes per page
  • Availability of CPU resources
  • Speed of the physical attachment, and LAN bandwidth and utilization

Density of the application datastream can be a critical factor. TCP/IP-attached Infoprint 3000, Infoprint 4000, and Infoprint 4100 printers are capable of receiving about one megabyte of data per second using 10BaseT Ethernet attachments. While this is adequate for printing text jobs at rated speed on most high-speed printers, or jobs with some image content on printers with lower rated speeds, some image-intensive jobs may contain too much data to print at rated speed on some printers with 10BaseT Ethernet. Where supported by the printer, 100BaseT or Gigabit Ethernet attachments will provide up to four times higher data rates with TCP/IP.

You can estimate the data rate required to run an application at rated speed on a specific printer by calculating:

                   average bytes/page x pages/minute
bytes per second = _______________________________
 
                                   60

Average bytes/page includes not only bytes of data on the page, but also AFP control bytes, which vary with the complexity of the application formatting. In addition, loading of AFP resources to the printer can add to the average byte load of a print job.

With PSF V3.3, FICON channel attachment provides the fastest and most performance-efficient attachment for high-speed production printers. Either 100BaseT or Gigabit Ethernet attachments can provide performance similar to FICON attachment, but with higher CPU resource use for the same printers and applications. In general, TCP/IP attachment will use about the same amount of CPU as attachment via PSF Direct to an InfoPrint Manager or PSF for AIX print server (an SNA communication attachment). ESCON(R) and parallel channel attachments will be faster than 10BaseT Ethernet, but slower than 100BaseT or Gigabit Ethernet, and will be about as efficient as FICON channel attachment.

For best performance, each TCP/IP-attached Infoprint 3000, Infoprint 4000, or Infoprint 4100 printer should be on a dedicated segment of a Token-Ring or Ethernet LAN, with the TCP/IP MTU size set to the largest supported value.

User Group Requirements: This announcement satisfies or partially satisfies a requirement 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(R) application.

Requirement No.         Description
 
MR071200649             Include Overlays and Page
                         Segments using a FIELD
                         subcommand in a Page Definition

Planning Information

Customer Responsibilities: PSF interacts with JES printer definitions, and for communication with attached printers, with VTAM® and/or TCP/IP device definitions. Printers' device definitions should be in place for JES, VTAM, and/or TCP/IP prior to installing PSF.

Installability: Sample start-up procedures for PSF Version 3 will reference different fonts than those used in the start-up procedures for PSF V2.2. Care should be taken not to replace any start-up procedures with the new samples until they can be tested with your available font libraries.

Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided by IBM Support Line. This service can enhance your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM 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 V3.3 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, be sure to order the compatibility font optional, no-charge feature.

A program directory is shipped with each PSF feature that is ordered.

All publications are included in CD-ROMs in both BookManager® and PDF formats. These CD-ROMs are shipped with the base program. Terms and conditions for use of the machine-readable files are shipped with the files.

The following hardcopy publications are shipped with the base program:

  • Licensed Programming Specifications (G544-5626)
  • Customization (S544-5622)
  • User's Guide (S544-5630)
  • Tiered Pricing Exhibit for IBM AFP Printers (Z125-4564)
  • Tiered Pricing Exhibit for Non-IBM AFP Printers (Z125-4565)

The following hardcopy publications are shipped with the corresponding optional feature:

  • ACIF User's Guide (S544-5285)
  • PSF Download (S544-5624)
  • Font Summary (G544-3810)
  • Upload Configuration Guide for SNA (S544-5422)
  • Upload Configuration Guide for TCP/IP (S544-5423)

Security, Auditability, and Control

PSF uses the security features and programs for OS/390 and z/OS. 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

Current licensees of PSF V3.2 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 March 29, 2002. Reorder forms returned to SDF will be processed within 10 workdays of receipt. When Release 3 is available, Release 2 will no longer be available.

New Licensees

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 PSF V3 for OS/390 and z/OS should specify:

          Type           Model
 
          5655           B17

Basic License: PSF Version 3 is priced in Cumulative Block Tiers. The PSF Tier is determined based on the number of printers PSF will be driving, and the impressions/minute rated speed of those printers. Printer points are assigned to each printer, accumulated, and the total number of points indicates the appropriate PSF price Tier.

Printer speeds and associated Printer Points are shown in two exhibits to the IBM Customer Agreement, the PSF Tiered Pricing Exhibit for IBM AFP Printers (Z125-4564) and the PSF Tiered Pricing Exhibit for Non-IBM AFP Printers (Z125-4565). The versions of these exhibits as of March 5, 2002, are included at the end of the Ordering Information section of this announcement. However, these exhibits may be changed at any time. To access the latest versions of these exhibits, go to:

  • Click on Products
  • Click on S/390 printing solutions
  • Click on PSF for OS/390
  • Click on Z125-4564 for the latest IBM AFP Printers exhibit
  • Click on Z125-4565 for the latest non-IBM AFP Printers exhibit

The printer categories in the Tiered Pricing Exhibits have been changed for PSF Release 3. The change may result in a reduced PSF Tier for customers running many workgroup class IPDS printers attached directly to PSF, using PSF Direct, or PSF DPF and Infoprint Manager for AIX or Infoprint Manager for Windows NT® and Windows® 2000, or for customers running many IPDS impact printers with PSF. Customers should review their PSF tier for any possible change.

Duplex printing systems count as two machines. Each engine counts as 12 or 20 points depending upon its rated speed.

For continuous forms printers that can print multiple logical pages on a single form, the printer speed should be calculated as the number of impressions per minute for a single 11 inch x 8.5 inch form (landscape). The table below shows speeds for Infoprint 3000 and 4000 models normalized to one 11 inch x 8.5 inch impression per form.

Points are also accumulated for non-IPDS printers driven by PSF's Distributed Print Function (DPF) or PSF Direct, which support printing on printers attached to Infoprint Manager for AIX or Infoprint Manager for Windows NT or Windows 2000. For non-IBM IPDS printers driven by PSF, the number of points is based on the vendor's published rated speed.

How to Order

To order a basic license, specify program number 5655-B17 and feature number 9001 for asset registration. Specify the feature numbers for the desired tier (usage level). For example, to order usage for Tier 3, order incrementally by specifying the features for Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3.

                    Printer                    Basic
Tier                Points                     MLC
 
 1                  0 to 4                     0001
 2                  5 to 9                     0002
 3                  9 to 13                    0003
 4                  14 to 19                   0004
 5                  20 to 29                   0005
 6                  30 to 45                   0006
 7                  46 to 65                   0007
 8                  66 to 85                   0008
 9                  86 to 150                  0009
10                  151 to 300                 0010
11                  301 to 600                 0011
12                  601 to 2,000               0012

Submit a special bid for more than 2,000 points.

To order optional priced features of PSF Version 3 for OS/390 and z/OS, specify the feature number for each feature you wish to order from the table below:

                                        Basic
Feature Name                            MLC
 
Download for OS/390                     0025
AFP Upload                              0031

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.

Basic and Optional Machine-Readable Material: To order the PSF base product and each optional priced feature selected above, specify the desired media feature from the following table. Also specify the desired media if you wish to receive either the compatibility fonts or ACIF non-priced features:

PSF Product                 3480              6250          4-mm
Component                   Cartridge         Tape          Cartridge
 
PSF Base Product            5802              5801          5337
Compatibility Fonts         5842              5841          6142
ACIF Feature                5832              5831          6132
Download for OS/390         6091              6090          6092
AFP Upload                  5812              5811          5338

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)
 
Satellite Electronic Delivery                       3450
 
Update Shipments
 
Ship Media Updates Only (suppresses                 3480
 update shipment of documentation)
 
                                                    Feature
Description                                         Number
 
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 SDF receives the order. SDF will then ship the order via overnight air transportation.

Tiered Pricing Exhibits

IBM Customer Agreement

PSF Tiered Pricing Exhibit: IBM AFP Printers

The terms of the IBM Customer Agreement (or any equivalent agreement in effect between us) apply.

Exhibit No.: M4564-17

Effective Date: February 2002

Printer Categories: The following IBM Advanced Function Printers are listed in specific categories depending on their published maximum rated impressions per minute (IPM). For continuous forms printers, IPM is considered to be the maximum capacity of industry standard 8-1/2 inches (length) by n inches (width) pages per minute. For continuous forms, duplex-capable printers, the maximum speed of each printer engine is used to determine the point category and both engines count towards total point value. Except for Category 1, each category has a point value assigned that applies to each of the printers listed within that category. The point value of any IBM printer not listed below will be based on its published maximum rated speed. All printers with speed switching features are categorized by their highest rated speed enabled by the speed switch. Printers with maximum speeds rated in lines-per-minute (LPM), characters-per-second (CPS), or inches-per-second (that is, label printers) all fall into Category 1. These printers do not accumulate points toward the total PSF point value. Any number of printers in Category 1 can be driven with a PSF Tier 1 license.

Following are the point values to be assigned to each printer within the respective categories. Data is accurate to our best knowledge, however, may not be current. Contact your IBM representative for up-to-date information.

Category          Points          Category          Points
 
1                 0               4                 12
2                 1               5                 20
3                 6

The following are IBM printers assigned in each category:

Category 1                Category 2              Category 3
(Impact/Label)            (0-62 IPM)              (63-105 IPM)
 
Machine                   Machine                 Machine
Type          Model       Type          Model     Type          Model
 
4224          2xx         11xx          All(1)    3827          All
4230          All(1)      3112/16       All(1)    3828          All
4234          011, 202    3130          All(1)    3829          All
4247          001         3160          All       3835          All
4400          All(1)      3812/16       All       Infoprint 70
6400          All(1)      3820          All
6408          All(1)      3912/16       NS1
6412          All(1)      3930          02S, 02D
                          43xx          All(1)
                          Infoprint 60

Category 1 includes all impact printers, regardless of speed.

1
PSF is required only when and IPDS feature is installed.

Category 4 (106-150 IPM)               Category 5 (151+ IPM)
 
Machine                                Machine
Type                       Model       Type                   Model
 
3300                       All         3800                   003
3800                       006         3900                   001
3900                       D01(2)                             0W1
                           D02(2)                             D01(2)
                           DW1(3)                             D02(2)
                           DW2(3)                             DW1(3)
                           DR1                                DW2(3)
                           DR2         4000                   IS1
                           0W3                                IS2
4000                       IR1, IR2                           ID1
Infoprint 2000             IPDS                               ID2
Infoprint Color 130+                                          ID3
                                                              ID4
                                                              ID5
                                                              ID6
                                                              IR3
                                                              IR4
                                       4100                   All
2
When speed switch features 4241 and 4242 are installed, the printers count as 20 points each.
3
When speed features 4251, 4252, 4253, or 4254 are installed, the printers count as 20 points each.

Usage Tiers

To determine the correct usage tier, the following guidelines are to be followed:

  1. Determine which printers are driven by each S/390 or zSeries PSF license and their category.
  2. If a printer is driven by more than one PSF license, assign that printer to the PSF license that drives that printer the majority of the time. A single printer should be counted by one PSF license. Every system that PSF runs on must have at least a PSF Tier 1 license.
  3. Printers not directly attached to PSF, but which use PSF function, should also be counted. Examples are printers that are attached to PSF/2, OS/2® Warp Server, or InfoPrint Manager for AIX or Windows, but are driven by a PSF utilizing PSF Direct or Distributed Print Function (DPF). When MVS Download is used to transmit print files to Infoprint Manager for AIX or Windows, but the printers are driven only on AIX or Windows, only a PSF Tier 1 license is required.
  4. Printers that are shared between PSF and other print drivers should be counted in the PSF license.

A tool is available to help determine the printers being driven by a PSF license. You can obtain the PSF Point Counting Tool (PPCT) from the "Support and Downloads" section of the Printing Systems Web site at:

After point values have been determined for the printers driven by PSF, the total point value must be calculated by multiplying the number of printers of each type by their respective point values and accumulating both the IBM and non-IBM printer results. This cumulative point value represents the usage level for a particular PSF license and is used to select a PSF usage tier (listed below). Usage tiers are additive; to order Tier 8, Tiers 1 to 7 must also be ordered or already installed.

Select a tier with a point range that includes the cumulative point value calculated above from the table below.

              Allowable                        Allowable
              Point                            Point
Tier          Range              Tier          Range
 
1             0-4                7             46-65
2             5-8                8             66-85
3             9-13               9             86-150
4             14-19              10            151-300
5             20-29              11            301-600
6             30-45              12            601-2000
                                               2,001+ Special Bid

If the customer exceeds the maximum number of points specified by the usage tier in the Supplement, the customer must obtain the appropriate tier features for the license.

IBM Customer Agreement

PSF Tiered Pricing Exhibit: Non-IBM AFP Printers

The terms of the IBM Customer Agreement (or any equivalent agreement in effect between us) apply.

Exhibit No.: M4565-11

Effective Date: February 2002

Printer Categories: The following Non-IBM Advanced Function Printers are listed in specific categories depending on their published maximum rated IPM. For continuous forms printers, IPM is considered to be the maximum capacity of industry standard 8-1/2 inches (length) by n inches (width) pages per minute. For continuous forms, duplex-capable printers, the maximum speed of each printer engine is used to determine the point category and both engines count towards total point value. Except for Category 1, each category has a point value assigned that applies to each of the printers listed within that category. The point value of any IBM printer not listed below. For printers not listed, manufacturer's documentation indicating maximum rated speed may be used to place the printer in the proper category. Where no manufacturer's documentation is available, customers should contact their printer sales representative to obtain information on the printer's rated speed. Printers with maximum speeds rated in LPM, CPS, or inches-per-second (that is, label printers) all fall into Category 1. These printers do not accumulate points toward the total PSF point value. Any number of printers in Category 1 can be driven with a PSF Tier 1 license.

Following are the point values to be assigned to each printer within the respective categories. Data is accurate to our best knowledge, however, may not be current. Contact your IBM representative for up-to-date information.

Category          Points          Category          Points
 
1                 0               4                 12
2                 1               5                 20
3                 6

The following are non-IBM printers assigned in each category:

Category 1               Category 2                Category 3
(Impact/Label)           (0-62 IPM)                (63-105 IPM)
 
Machine Type/Model       Machine Type/Model        Machine Type/Model
 
Genicom Corporation      Genicom Corporation       Delphax
 3974                     microLaser 210,           951E
 5050, 5100, 5180         280, 401                 Oce
Printronix               Interface Systems          2200, STK 6100
 F5000                    7224, 7812, 7817          2075, PS75, PS88
                         Lexmark                    2090 Models 3, 4
                          Optra with IPDS           DS-750
                          SIMM                      PS-145, 154
                         Oce                       Xerox
                          2030 Mod 2, 2040          4090, 4890, 4290
                          6470, 6480, 6535          DP65, DP90, DP96
                          6665, 6675, 6700          DP100, 92C
                          6800, 9230, 9245
                          9260, ND50/2050
                          PS-55
                         Printronix
                          L5520, L5535
                         Xerox
                          4215, 4219, 4220
                          4230, 4050, 4850
                          4250, Docuprint 32

Category 4               Category 5
(106-150 IPM)            (151+ IPM)
 
Machine Type/Model       Machine Type/Model
 
Delphax                  Delphax
 120IE, 150IE             190IE, 240IE, 300IE
Oce                       Imagefast 180IE, 425IE
 2140 Models 3, 4         850IE, 951E
Xerox                    Oce
 4135, 4635               2240-4, 2300-4/ND2
                          PS-158, PS-200, PS-235
                          PS-350, PS-440, PS-470
                          PS-700, DS-4000
                          DS-6000, DS-7001 DI
                          DS-7002 DI, DS 8080
                          8090
                          Page Stream 250, 372
                          466, 500, 530 Plus
                          744, 1000, 1060
                         Xerox
                          377 CFS, 420 CFD
                          DP-155, 155MX
                          DP-180, DP-330, DP-350
                          DP-500, DP-700, DP-900
                          DP-1000, DP-1300

Usage Tiers

To determine the correct usage tier, the following guidelines are to be followed:

  1. Determine which printers are driven by each S/390 or zSeries PSF license and their category.
  2. If a printer is driven by more than one PSF license, assign that printer to the PSF license that drives that printer the majority of the time. A single printer should be counted by one PSF license. Every system that PSF runs on must have at least a PSF Tier 1 license.
  3. Printers not directly attached to PSF, but which use PSF function, should also be counted. Examples are printers that are attached to PSF/2, OS/2 Warp® Server, or InfoPrint Manager for AIX or Windows, but are driven by a PSF utilizing PSF Direct or DPF. When MVS Download is used to transmit print files to Infoprint Manager for AIX or Windows, but the printers are driven only on AIX or Windows, only a PSF Tier 1 license is required.
  4. Printers that are shared between PSF and other print drivers should be counted in the PSF license.

A tool is available to help determine the printers being driven by a PSF license. You can obtain the PPCT from the "Support and Downloads" section of the Printing Systems Web site at:

After point values have been determined for the printers driven by PSF, the total point value must be calculated by multiplying the number of printers of each type by their respective point values and accumulating both the IBM and non-IBM printer results. This cumulative point value represents the usage level for a particular PSF license and is used to select a PSF usage tier (listed below). Usage tiers are additive; to order Tier 8, Tiers 1 to 7 must also be ordered or already installed.

Select a tier with a point range that includes the cumulative point value calculated above from the table below.

              Allowable                        Allowable
              Point                            Point
Tier          Range              Tier          Range
 
1             0-4                7             46-65
2             5-8                8             66-85
3             9-13               9             86-150
4             14-19              10            151-300
5             20-29              11            301-600
6             30-45              12            601-2000
                                               2,001+ Special Bid

If the customer exceeds the maximum number of points specified by the usage tier in the Supplement, the customer must obtain the appropriate tier features for the license.

Unlicensed Documentation: All publications are shipped with the base program on CD-ROMs in both BookManager and PDF formats. Terms and conditions for use of the machine-readable files are shipped with the files.

The following hardcopy publications are shipped with the base program:

  • Licensed Programming Specifications (G544-5626)
  • Customization (S544-5622)
  • User's Guide (S544-5630)
  • Tiered Pricing Exhibit for IBM AFP Printers (Z125-4564)
  • Tiered Pricing Exhibit for Non-IBM AFP Printers (Z125-4565)

The following hardcopy publications are shipped with the corresponding optional feature:

  • ACIF User's Guide (S544-5285)
  • PSF Download (S544-5624)
  • Font Summary (G544-3810)
  • Upload Configuration Guide for SNA (S544-5422)
  • Upload Configuration Guide for TCP/IP (S544-5423)

The following hardcopy publications may be ordered separately:

                                                            Order
Title                                                       Number
 
PSF Licensed Program Specifications                         S544-5626
PSF for OS/390 and z/OS Introduction                        G544-5625
PSF Customization                                           S544-5622
PSF User's Guide                                            S544-5630
PSF Messages and Codes                                      G544-5627
PSF Diagnosis                                               G544-5623
AFP Fonts:  Font Summary                                    G544-3810
ACIF User's Guide                                           S544-5285
PSF for OS/390 and z/OS Security Guide                      S544-3291
Download for OS/390 and z/OS Guide                          S544-5624
Upload Configuration Guide for SNA                          S544-5422
Upload Configuration Guide for TCP/IP                       S544-5423

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.

IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line: Yes

Terms and Conditions

There is no change to existing terms and conditions.

To access the latest version of the PSF for OS/390 and z/OS (5655-B17) tiered pricing exhibits, go to:

  • Click on Products
  • Click on S/390 printing solutions
  • Click on PSF for OS/390
  • Click on z1254564.pdf for the latest IBM AFP Printers exhibit
  • Click on z1254565.pdf for the latest non-IBM AFP Printers exhibit

Prices

Charges for V3.3 remain unchanged from the initial announcement for PSF Version 3, Software Announcement 200-228 , dated October 13, 1998, entitled Print Services Facility Version 3 Delivers New Enterprise Print Capability.

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 Use Priority/Reference Code: LE001
 
 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Internet:  ibm_direct@vnet.ibm.com
 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.

Trademarks

 
zSeries is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation.
 
The e-business logo, Advanced Function Printing, AFP, S/390 Parallel Enterprise Server, ES/3090, IPDS, FICON, z/OS, MVS, IP PrintWay, NetSpool, and Print Services Facility are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
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