Software Announcement 299-235
August 24, 1999

Leverage Your AFP Printers with Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390

 ENUS299-235.PDF (32KB)

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:

  • Printer Control Language (PCL)
  • PostScript
  • Portable Document Format (PDF)
  • SAP R/3

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:

  • Improve your print reliability by allowing all users in your enterprise to print ASCII jobs on departmental AFP printers, thereby extending the benefits of AFP/Intelligent Printer Data Stream™ (IPDS™) architecture.
  • Leverage your investment in AFP printers by using them for additional workloads.
  • Consolidate your ASCII printing onto reliable, high-speed AFP printers, which can result in lower overall printing costs.

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:

  • Consolidate host and LAN printing onto a secure, reliable, high-availability OS/390 Server
  • Define all of your printers in a single, consolidated printer inventory with easy to use Interactive System Productivity Facility (ISPF) definition screens
  • Validate print jobs before they are routed to a printer, thus eliminating costly misprints
  • Provide users with job status and completion notification to save them time and eliminate costly reprints
  • Receive and distribute print jobs over the Internet using the industry standard Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) to support new e-business applications
  • Manage printers from a central location using IBM Network Printer Manager (NPM) and the industry standard Simple Network Printer Protocol (SNMP)

Key Prerequisites

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.

PostScript and PDF will be available via a PTF to APAR OW40194 in fourth quarter 1999.


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:

  • An integrated printing subsystem
  • Resource management
  • Integrated accounting information
  • Automated error recovery
  • Unmatched security and reliability

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:

  • Reduce the total number of printers in the enterprise
  • Reduce the associated cost of printer supplies, maintenance and support
  • Eliminate under-utilized printers
  • Improve printing service to your users
  • Reduce your overall cost of printing

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:

  • PCL to AFP
  • PostScript to AFP
  • PDF to AFP
  • SAP R/3 data formats to AFP

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.

Year 2000

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  • 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

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:

  • PCL
  • PostScript
  • PDF
  • SAP R/3

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.

Hardware and Software Support Services

SmoothStart™/Installation 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 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.


AFP, Intelligent Printer Data Stream, IPDS, Print Services Facility, MVS, and SmoothStart are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
OS/390 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries exclusively through X/Open Company Limited.
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Open Blueprint

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:

  • Advanced Function Printing™ Data Stream (AFPDS) from IBM
  • Printer Control Language (PCL) print data stream from Hewlett-Packard
  • PostScript and Portable Document Format (PDF) data streams from Adobe Systems, Inc.

to facilitate open, distributed, multivendor interoperability.

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements: Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 produce AFP output that can be printed on printers that support IPDS using PSF V3 for OS/390.

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.

Compatibility: The output from Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 is compatible with output from IBM Infoprint Manager for AIX® V3.1 (5648-B34) and later versions and releases.

Limitations: Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 operates only on OS/390 R8 and later versions and releases. Therefore, it cannot be used with PSF/MVS™ V2.2 (5695-040).

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.

User Group Requirements

    REQ00071989: Support SAP to AFP output transform on OS/390

Planning Information

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 Global Services. For more information on services, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Security, Auditability, and Control

The announced program uses 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.

Customer Financing

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Ordering Information

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.

Unless a later date is specified, an order is scheduled for the week following order entry.

New users of Infoprint Server Transforms for OS/390 should specify:

          Type        Model
          5697         F51

Basic License: To order a basic license, specify program number 5697-F51 and feature number 9001 for asset registration.

Specify feature number 0008 for the Basic No-Charge feature, and select feature 5832 or 6206 for the desired tape medium.

When a new release becomes available, Release 1 will no longer be available.

Basic Machine-Readable Material

Product                       Feature     Distribution
Description                   Number      Medium
Infoprint Server              5832        3480 Tape Cartridge
 Transforms                   6206        4-mm Tape Cartridge

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.

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)
Description                                         Number
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 memo and program directory are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material. No other publications are shipped with this product.

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:

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

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

Agreement: IBM Customer Agreement

Variable Charges Apply: No

Indexed Monthly License Charge (IMLC) Applies: No

Location License Applies: Not applicable to this No-Charge feature

Use Limitation Applies: No

Educational Allowance: Not applicable to this No-Charge feature

Volume Orders: Not applicable

Version-to-Version Upgrade Credits Apply: No

Warranty Applies: Not applicable to this No-Charge feature

Licensed Program Materials Availability

Restricted Materials of IBM:       None
Non-Restricted Source Materials:   None
Object Code Only (OCO):            All

Testing Period: Does not apply to this Basic No-Charge feature

Program Services

Support Center applies:         Yes
                                 Access available through
                                 the IBM Support Center
Available until discontinued:   12-months' written notice

Support Line: Yes

Call Now to Order

Contact the IBM Americas Call Centers (to help IBM serve you, use the Reference Code):

 Phone:     800-IBM-CALL
 Fax:       800-2IBM-FAX
 Mail:      IBM Americas Call Centers
            Dept. LE001
            P.O. Box 2690
            Atlanta, GA  30301-2690
 Reference Code: LE001

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.

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InfoPrint, Print Services Facility, AFP, Intelligent Printer Data Stream, IPDS, Advanced Function Printing, and MVS are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
OS/390, Open Blueprint, AIX, and S/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.

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