IBM Print Services Facility (PSF) for z/OS



IBM products for z/OS output

You can use any of these IBM products with PSF for z/OS®:

AFP™ Font Collection (Program Number 5648-B33) contains a wide selection of outline and raster AFP fonts.

AFP Printer Driver AFP Printer Driver runs on a Windows® workstation and creates output in AFP format to allow printing on any of IBM's AFP printers controlled by PSF for z/OS.

AFP Toolbox AFP Toolbox (Program Number 5655-A25) assists application programmers in formatting printed output. Without requiring knowledge of the AFP data stream, AFP Toolbox provides access to sophisticated AFP functions through a callable C, C++, or COBOL interface.

AFP Viewer plug-in runs on a Windows workstation and displays documents that are in AFP format, such as documents downloaded from the z/OS host or from Web documents. The AFP Viewer plug-in requires Mozilla Firefox (Version 2.0.0.11 or later) or Microsoft® Internet Explorer (Version 3.01, Level 4.70.1215 or later). You can download the AFP Viewer plug-in for the version of Windows you are using.

Content Manager OnDemand (Program Numbers 5697–N93, 5770-RD1, and 5724-J33) is an IBM licensed, Web-enabled program that lets you automatically capture, index, archive, search, retrieve, present, and reproduce stored computer-generated documents and other business-related data. Content Manager OnDemand supports several types of report file data streams, including MO:DCA-P data streams that contain line data mixed with AFP structured fields and line data formatted with a page definition. Content Manager OnDemand runs on z/OS, i5/OS, AIX 5L, Windows.

Document Composition Facility (DCF) (Program Number 5748-XX9) is an IBM licensed, text-processing program that you can use to create large, complex, printed documents. DCF contains a text formatter, SCRIPT/VS, that can process documents that include SCRIPT/VS control words and Generalized Markup Language (GML) tags, along with the text. DCF lets you add navigation information to your document and then retrieve it with AFP Workbench. DCF also supports HTML through a transform. DCF runs on z/OS.

Infoprint Fonts contains a wide selection of outline AFP fonts. It is the recommended source of AFP fonts for printing with PSF if you do not need raster fonts. Infoprint® Fonts is available as Infoprint Fonts for z/OS (Program Number 5648-E76) or Infoprint Fonts for Multiplatforms (Program Number 5648-E77), which has two optional features related to TrueType and OpenType fonts:

  • The WorldType Fonts for AFP Print Servers feature contains TrueType and OpenType fonts.
  • The Font Installer for AFP Systems feature is required to use TrueType and OpenType fonts.

Infoprint Server is an optional feature of z/OS. It can send print commands and files to printers that support PCL, PostScript®, or to some printers with proprietary formats such as Xerox LCDS and metacode. Infoprint Server can accept print requests from remote workstations on a TCP/IP network, from z/OS UNIX® System Services or Linux® for z/OS, from batch applications, and from VTAM® applications such as CICS® or IMS™. Print jobs and printers can be managed from a Web-based graphical user interface that permits management of both AFP (PSF-driven) and non-AFP printers.

Infoprint Transform products provide transforms that can be automatically accessed by Infoprint Server to convert print output from one format to another. Infoprint Transforms to AFP V2.1 for z/OS can convert PCL, PostScript, PDF or SAP R3 output into AFP format so you can print them on AFP printers controlled by PSF. Three of these products can transform AFP output into PCL, PostScript or PDF formats, including encryption of PDF documents while transforming for secure delivery as e-mail or on a Web site or portal. Infoprint Coaxial Printer Support is a product that lets you drive VTAM-controlled printers. Each of these products is available separately.

Infoprint XT for z/OS (Program Number 5688-191) is an IBM licensed program that converts Xerox applications to AFP without rewriting existing applications, supports multiple printer technologies, and lowers the cost of print operations management. By combining Infoprint XT Extender with Infoprint Server and other z/OS offerings, you can accept input in many data streams and formats.

Overlay Generation Language (OGL) (Program Number 5688-191) is an IBM licensed program you can use to create and modify electronic versions of your preprinted forms, called overlays. After you create an overlay, OGL can store it in a resource library. You can then include the overlay with your form definition to print up to 254 different overlays on a side of paper. OGL runs on z/OS, VM, and VSE.

Page Printer Formatting Aid (PPFA) (Program Number 5688-190) Save the time and expense of changing application programs, use PPFA to turn unformatted or simply formatted EBCDIC or ASCII line data into versatile, AFP electronic documents. Where more flexible, dynamic documents are required, advanced PPFA formatting capabilities and special page layout functions for XML data can be used.

System Display and Search Facility (SDSF) (Program Number 5694-A01), an optional feature of z/OS, provides you with information to monitor, manage, and control jobs, printers, queues, and resources in a JES2 system.

z/OS Font Collection , a base element of z/OS Version 2 Release 1, contains a comprehensive set of fonts that replaces the fonts from these IBM products:

  • AFP outline fonts from Infoprint Fonts
  • AFP raster fonts from AFP Font Collection
  • WorldType fonts (TrueType and OpenType fonts) from IBM Infoprint Fonts for Multiplatforms

z/OS Font Collection also includes:

  • A complete set of IBM Expanded Core fonts
  • A set of legacy Math, PI, and Sonoran 240 pel raster fonts
  • Compatibility fonts, which are also a feature of PSF for z/OS




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