August 24, 1999
Leverage Your AFP Printers with Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390
At a Glance
Leverage your investment in AFP printers by using them for new workloads. Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 enables you to print the following ASCII datastreams on AFP printers:
You rely on the AFP/Intelligent Printer Data Steam (IPDS) architecture for your mission-critical production print applications. Now you can provide the same level of reliability and security for ASCII printing. And consolidating distributed printing onto fewer shared printers can eliminate under-utilized ASCII printers and reduce your overall cost of printing.
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Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390® (program 5697-F51) provides datastream transforms that allow you to print output from LAN-based or UNIX® applications on Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) printers. What this means is that you can:
Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 is available at no additional charge to customers who have an OS/390 Version 2 Release 8 license or a later release, and also have the Infoprint Server feature enabled and licensed with IBM. Infoprint Server for OS/390 lets you:
The output from Infoprint Server Transforms must be printed on an AFP printer using Print Services Facility Version 3 for OS/390.
Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 requires OS/390 Release 8 or later release with the Infoprint Server for OS/390 optional feature.
Planned Availability Dates
September 24, 1999, for PCL and SAP R/3.
Consolidate Your Print onto OS/390
Since Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) was introduced in 1984, it has become a de facto industry standard for high-function, system-managed printing in centralized and distributed environments. The AFP/Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) architecture and products have supported your mission-critical production printing applications with the benefits of an architected printing solution:
Now you can leverage your investment in AFP printers, and extend the benefits of AFP/IPDS printing to all of the users in your enterprise.
Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 complements the Infoprint Server for OS/390 optional feature of OS/390 Release 8 and later releases. This initial feature, providing transforms to AFP, is available at no charge. IBM Printing Systems intends to provide additional priced datastream transforms in future releases. Infoprint Server Transforms enable you to consolidate printing from personal desktop printers and LAN printers onto shared, departmental AFP printers. Printer consolidation allows you to:
Infoprint Server Transforms deliver these benefits by providing transforms from ASCII datastreams to the AFP datastream for printing on AFP/IPDS printers. Datastream transforms provided in Release 1 are:
When used with the prerequisite Infoprint Server for OS/390 feature of OS/390 Release 8 and later releases, Infoprint Server Transforms enable your LAN users to submit print jobs directly from personal computers using Windows to OS/390. Infoprint Server validates each job, and if an ASCII job is routed to an AFP printer, it calls upon the Transforms to convert the job into AFP. This allows you to use your AFP printers for LAN-based print jobs without installing special AFP drivers on each user's workstation.
Use Your AFP Printers with ERP Applications
Many businesses are re-engineering to streamline business processes and integrate workflow for greater productivity. Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) application systems such as SAP R/3, Baan and PeopleSoft are at the heart of this effort. Most ERP applications don't generate output in a format that can be used on your high-speed, high-reliability AFP printers. Their output is usually formatted for printing in PCL, PostScript, PDF or a format proprietary to the applications.
Infoprint Server Transforms support printing from the SAP R/3 application suite by providing a transform from its internal OTF and ABAP formats to AFP. SAP R/3 output can then be printed on your AFP production printers.
The datastream transforms from PCL, PostScript and PDF will convert output from ERP applications that generate those datastreams for printing on AFP printers.
Print from UNIX System Services to AFP Printers
One of the advantages of OS/390 is its ability to support traditional MVS applications and new UNIX application workloads on the same system. However, output from most UNIX applications cannot be printed on your AFP production printers. Infoprint Server Transforms let you leverage your AFP printers by transforming PCL, PostScript and PDF application output into AFP.
For additional information about the Infoprint Server for OS/390 feature and its capabilities, refer to Software Announcement 299-234 , dated August 24, 1999.
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Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 is a complementary product to the Infoprint Server for OS/390 feature of OS/390 Release 8 and later releases. It transforms the following ASCII datastreams into the AFP datastream for printing on AFP/IPDS printers using Print Services Facility Version 3 for OS/390:
Because the initial feature of Infoprint Server Transforms is available at no charge, it is very important to include this product when ordering the Infoprint Server for OS/390 if you have AFP printers installed. This product, although packaged separately, is an important part of the value of the Infoprint Server feature.
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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 for OS/390.
IBM Installation Services are provided for Infoprint Server Transforms 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.
InfoPrint Server for OS/390® and Print Services Facility (PSF) V3 for OS/390 provide the distributed function that includes print submission, print resource management, and operational tasks. Its implementation is consistent with the print function described in IBM's Open Blueprint®. Infoprint Server Transforms provide conversion from de facto industry-standard ASCII datastreams to the AFP/Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) datastream that is part of Open Blueprint.
It supports the following standard datastreams:
Specified Operating Environment
Software Requirements: Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 operate with OS/390 R8 (5647-A01) and later releases and the Infoprint Server for OS/390 optional feature. Printing the AFP output from the transforms requires PSF V3 for OS/390 (5655-B17).
Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 must be installed concurrent with or after installing OS/390 R8 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 Morisawa fonts used to transform Japanese PostScript documents, available as the Kanji Package optional feature of Infoprint Manager for AIX (5648-B34) are not available with Infoprint Manager Transforms for OS/390 in this release.
Performance Considerations: Transforming print jobs from ASCII datastreams into AFP will use more system resources than printing native AFP print streams or S/390® line data. The print output resulting from the transforms will, in general, be larger than native AFP or line data printed output. The impact on system and network resources will vary depending upon your print volumes, the print datastreams processed and the current utilization of your system and network resources.
REQ00071989: Support SAP to AFP output transform on OS/390
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Type Model 5697 F51
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When a new release becomes available, Release 1 will no longer be available.
Product Feature Distribution Description Number Medium Infoprint Server 5832 3480 Tape Cartridge Transforms 6206 4-mm Tape Cartridge
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The following publications are provided in softcopy in the OS/390 Collection Kit, or in hard copy by ordering priced feature number 8028 of OS/390 Version 2 Release 8:
Order Description Number OS/390 Infoprint Server Introduction G544-5696 OS/390 Infoprint Server User's Guide S544-5692 OS/390 Infoprint Server Operation S544-5693 and Administration OS/390 Infoprint Server Customization G544-5694 OS/390 Infoprint Server Migration G544-5697 OS/390 Infoprint Server Messages G544-5690 and Diagnosis
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