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AFP replacement

Replace outdated AFP/IPDS technologies with Open Platform PCL

IBM ends AFP support

Advanced Function Printing (developed by IBM®) is a print management architecture that uses IPDS to interact with printers. Last year it was announced that the 5770-AF1 IBM AFP Utilities will not be supported on IBM i V7R3 OS. While there is no indication that the IPDS data stream and protocol are no longer supported, the AFP Utilities and the InfoPrint tool for designing pages will not be supported in V7R3. This would indicate that while you can continue to print existing applications, you will be unable to create, change, copy, rename, delete, and print specifications for source overlays.

You can replace APF and other obsolete forms software with the acclaimed iDocs Forms Suite from inFORM Decisions. iDocsTM provides easy-to-use forms designer and spool file data mapper with menus to set up business rules for manual or automatic processing and intelligent distribution of merged, formatted reports, forms and security MICR checks. Print in color with graphics and bar codes.

The snap-on Laser form printing module attaches to the iDocsTM Administrator to provide menus and business rules for defining dynamic, complex document printing operations on the IBM i. This solution is usable with all iSeries, System i and Power Server accounting/ERP solutions including JD Edwards, Mapics, Lawson, HTE, SAP, ORACLE, Computer Guidance, Optimum, Metalware, Pansophic, DCMS, PRMS, Infinium …any software application that generates a spool or XML file output.

With iDocs, you can replace AFP while modernizing your documents and improving your workflow processes; distributing documents as PDF via email and fax, optionally archiving and importing them into a paperless Electronic Content Management system. It will also eliminate the need for expensive proprietary IPDS printers.

  • Seamlessly integrates with your existing ERP software
  • User friendly forms/graphic design
  • Print to any network or Windows printers
  • Faster printing/processing (data streams are smaller)
  • Print in full color
  • Print Bar Codes including 2D & 3D
  • Generate forms as PDF
  • Merges (replayed macros) processed at the printer (not on the IBM i) so less system overhead
  • Save money
  • No need for expensive proprietary printers
  • Open platform PCL concept with smaller graphic files and macros, replayed in printer memory, supports every single laser printer manufacturer on the market

inFORM Decisions has been a Document Automation provider specializing in state of the art Document Automation solutions for the IBM i – iSeries – AS/400 arena since 1994, we believe it is clear that the IBM i systems will be relevant for a long time offering the stability and security that you’ve come to expect from IBM i. inFORM Decisions is committed to the IBM i iSeries AS/400 platform forever!

inFORM Decisions has been an IBM i (iSeries, AS/400) native, Document Management and Workflow software development company since 1994. Our business partners and customers are worldwide and lend testimony to the state of the art, stability of IFD solutions.

Call (800) 858-5544 / (949) 709-5838 or visit us at www.informdecisions.com for more information about our acclaimed iDocs suite of IBM i products.

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