Migrating to a more efficient print environment
Delivering information in various formats is necessary to compete
effectively in today's e-business environment. Businesses moving from
traditional print to electronic distribution need flexible ways to
handle various formats and incorporate printers and output management
solutions from multiple vendors.
IBM Infoprint® XT Extender for z/OS® delivers output flexibility
by allowing you to easily transform Xerox
datastreams into IBM Advanced Function Presentation™ (AFP™) technology.
With Infoprint XT Extender,
you benefit from the open and device independent IBM AFP architecture
without changing your existing LCDS and metacode applications.
Capitalizing on AFP technology
print-industry standard, AFP is an architected, system-managed solution
designed to deliver high-quality printing on a variety of printers. Its
comprehensive resource management and page-level error recovery can
help reduce the time your operators spend setting up and managing print
jobs. Once resources are transformed and LCDS or metacode jobs are
converted to AFP, printing is managed from end to end by IBM Print
Services Facility™ (PSF™) on z/OS.
Managing resources for multiple printers from a single source
Infoprint XT Extender can convert Xerox print resources, including
forms, fonts, logos and images, into AFP while retaining copies of the
originals. It can also store formatting information from Xerox
non-print resources, such as Job Descriptor Entries (JDE) and Page
Descriptor Entries (PDE), to process and format jobs correctly. All
resources are centrally stored on z/OS, so you don't have to coordinate
the correct version of each resource on every printer.
Standardizing on a single application datastream in a multivendor environment
By combining Infoprint XT Extender with Infoprint Server and other z/OS
offerings, you can accept input in many datastreams and formats. You
can also convert datastreams to and from AFP, and direct output to a
wide variety of printers, softcopy storage and presentation solutions.
Preserving your z/OS print environment
Many customers have chosen the IBM System z platform as the
strategic system infrastructure for running their businesses'
information systems. With Infoprint XT Extender for z/OS, you can keep
your printing environment on z/OS while migrating to AFP, eliminating
the need to connect and learn a new operating system.