IBM Infoprint Server and print transforms for z/OS

Flexibility for on demand business output

The Infoprint Server feature of z/OS and the associated print transform products provide an integrated end-to-end solution for enterprise print submission, processing, delivery and management. Infoprint Server is made up of several components that perform distinct functions but are tightly integrated with one another, sharing functions like Print Interface, the Printer Inventory and a common message log. Infoprint Server can help you consolidate distributed print workloads onto your reliable, scalable System z server and leverage your printing assets for improved productivity and a lower overall cost of ownership for output delivery and management.

How Infoprint Server for z/OS works

Infoprint Server takes advantage of the existing Job Entry Subsystem (JES) in z/OS as the central repository for all jobs processed by Infoprint Server. Since JES printing support has been improved and enhanced over more than 40 years, it can provide very robust support for spooling, selection, scheduling, prioritization, routing and delivery of print jobs and their associated attributes to print processing systems such as Infoprint Server.

Infoprint Server's components play important roles. The Printer Inventory is at the heart of the Infoprint Server system and can provide a single repository for defining all of the printers in the enterprise managed by Infoprint Server, including PSF printers. It is designed to perform print file validation, determine job routing, provide default job attributes, and many more functions. The Print Interface component can provide a replacement for the standard z/OS Line Printer Daemon (LPD) with additional function. It can accept print requests over many print submission protocols, including standard lp/lpr, Windows File/Print and the Internet Printing Protocol.

Infoprint Server can also receive print jobs from traditional MVS batch jobs using JCL, or from online transaction systems such as CICS or IMS using the NetSpool component. By capturing output from VTAM application programs, NetSpool lets you migrate those applications for printing on PCL or PostScript printers in a TCP/IP network, or for printing on AFP printers with PSF—usually with no changes to the application programs.

The IP PrintWay component supports printing over TCP/IP to PCL and PostScript printers, over the Internet using Internet Printing Protocol (IPP) or sending output as an e-mail attachment. Re-architected in z/OS V1R5, IP PrintWay extended mode uses the Sysout Application Programming Interface (SAPI) to access jobs and job properties from JES, providing greater flexibility, scalability and reliability than in previous releases. IP PrintWay support for HP Printer Job Language (PJL) lets you track the number of pages printed on printers that support HP PJL for more accurate accounting as well as restart automatically from the page at which an interruption occurs during printing.

The entire Infoprint Server environment can be easily managed over the Internet using Infoprint Central, a Web-based graphical user interface. Help desk operators, for example, can monitor print jobs, start and stop printers, reset printers, track Infoprint Central actions by user ID, pinpoint network connectivity issues¹, re-route jobs or entire print queues, display job and printer messages from a common message log, and much more. It can manage printers driven by IP PrintWay extended mode and PSF printers, for a truly centralized print management solution

Print transform products

The following optional priced print transform products complement Infoprint Server by providing programs that let the print system automatically convert from one data format to another according to your output needs.

Infoprint Transforms to AFP (5655-N60) includes the following data conversion programs:

  • HP PCL to AFP
  • Adobe PostScript to AFP
  • Adobe PDF to AFP
  • SAP R3 ABAP and OTF formats to AFP

IBM Print Transform from AFP to PDF for Infoprint Server for z/OS (AFPxPDF, 5655-TF1) can dynamically and seamlessly convert AFP-based output to PDF-based files.  By converting AFP to PDF, AFPxPDF can make your host-based data available to be posted on the Internet, generated from web-based applications, viewable by browsers, such as Windows Internet Explorer, Firefox, Adobe Acrobat® Reader, and printable just about anywhere.  AFPxPDF can help turn your information into a richer end-user experience.  For example,  PDF overlays can be used to create the look of pre-printed forms (with objects such as watermarks and color graphics).  AFPxPDF is secure.  With integrated encryption capability, which leverages the strength of z/OS and System z cryptography technology, you can be confident in sending your valuable data.

IBM Print Transform from AFP to PCL for Infoprint Server for z/OS (AFPxPCL, 5655-TF2) can dynamically and seamlessly convert AFP-based output to PCL-based output.  By converting AFP to PCL, AFPxPCl can make your host-based data available to be printed just about anywhere on enterprise, network, or home PCL-based printers.  AFPxPCL is dynamic and seamless.  It can map standard AFP fonts to standard PCL fonts without the need to re-write your host applications. Also, AFP forms can be converted to PCL macros and embedded in the print file And not just fonts and forms, AFPxPCL can also incorporate select bar codes, images, graphics, line data, and more.

IBM Print Transform from AFP to PostScript for Infoprint Server for z/OS (AFPxPS, 5655-TF3) can dynamically and seamlessly convert AFP-based output to PostScript-based files.  By converting AFP to PostScript, AFPxPS can make your host-based data available to be printed just about anywhere on enterprise, network, or home PostScript-based printers.  AFPxPS is dynamic and seamless.  It can map standard AFP forms to PostScript output without the need to re-write your host applications.  And not just forms, AFPxPS can also incorporate select barcodes, images, graphics, text, line data, and more.

IBM Infoprint Coaxial Printer Support V2.1 for z/OS (5655-N62) provides support for printing to coaxial printers with Infoprint Server.

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