IBM Print Services Facility V4.4 for z/OS delivers enhanced support for bar code and Unicode output and new support for IPv6 and Portable Network Graphics

IBM United States Software Announcement 211-282
July 12, 2011

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This latest release, IBM® Print Services Facility™ V4.4, for z/OS® helps provide:

  • Consolidation of print messages with use of the Infoprint® Server common message log
  • Support for IPv6
  • Enhancements toAdvanced Function Presentation (AFP™) bar code processing to provide more flexibility in applications that use bar codes
  • Support to allow Portable Nework Graphics (PNG) images
  • Enhanced support for Unicode including support for pages containing user-defined characters with TrueType and OpenType fonts, Text Fidelity Control and PTOCA Glyph Run control sequences
  • Support for a larger number (greater than 255) of copies of a data set
  • Support for PTOCA Text Objects which allows text to be stored as resource objects and mapped to the PTOCA presentation space

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Print Services Facility (PSF) V4.4 is the latest release of the IBM flagship production print product for z/OS. This release delivers improved usability features, enhanced support for bar code and Unicode output, and new support for IPv6 and Portable Network Graphics (PNG) images. In addition, enhancements are also made to the Download for z/OS and the AFP Download Plus features of PSF.

PSF for z/OS is your solution for mission-critical, host-based printing. It is based on industry-standard AFP architecture1 and supports IPDS™ workgroup, cut sheet, and continuous form printers in monochrome and color - including full process, managed color support for new application and printing trends. It has extensive system and application diagnostics and statistics, and leverages the qualities of service, reporting, and auditability of your z/OS system. It also supports globalization of output with Unicode and XML data formats.

Your System z® output is already AFP-based: batch (JCL, such as, Line data, AFPDS, XML), transaction subsystem (such as, CICS®, IMS™), applications (such as, z/OS UNIX® System Services or Linux® on IBM System z). Combining PSF with the IBM Infoprint Server for z/OS (an optional, priced feature of z/OS ,(5694-A01)) and the IBM Infoprint Transforms to AFP for z/OS (5655-N60) products can transform PCL, PostScript®, and PDF print formats, which are normally found on distributed print systems, to host-based AFP format. Leverage your high-speed, highly secure and reliable AFP host printers for centralized control and management of distributed server output as well.

PSF for z/OS can help provide centralized management and control for your enterprise print systems:

  • Reduced overall labor costs through the use of automation
  • Improved print asset utilization by connecting more applications to existing devices
  • Minimized scheduling delays, reduced errors, and wasted paper, and reduced reprints of "disappearing" jobs with end-to-end management
  • Improved timeliness with industry-leading print service levels, error recovery, diagnostics, and defect support
  • Increased competitive advantage with flexible delivery (such as IPDS workgoup, cutsheet, continuous form, black-and-white, and color) and flexible operations (such as multiple data formats, and scheduling options)

Whether it is printing monthly statements, providing financial data, or displaying personal health care information, print and output make up mission-critical workloads for many enterprises. Enterprise print and output can also account for a significant percentage of a company's overall cost of doing business. With PSF V4.4 for z/OS enterprise print and output can be a potential source of real dollar savings.

For ordering, contact Your IBM representative or an IBM Business Partner. For more information, contact the Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (426-2255). Reference: LE001

PSF for z/OS is based on industry print standards. PSF V4.4 for z/OS incorporates a number of AFP Architecture changes approved by the AFP Consortium. This print architecture provides consistent and device-independent color rendering across multiple color technologies and printer vendors. The AFP Color Consortium™ became an industry standards body in 2006, and was incorporated in 2009 as the AFP Consortium. The AFP Consortium strives to enhance the entire AFP architecture.

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Key prerequisites
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For details, refer to the Hardware requirements and Software requirements sections.

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Planned availability date
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September 30, 2011

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Print Services Facility (PSF) for z/OS offers exceptional versatility to help you manage your production print and output environment. PSF enables: automated print processes, system management of print files, attributes, and resources, as well as page-level error recovery, accounting, extensive diagnostics, and print process statistics. PSF sophistication, resilience, and diagnostics are unmatched by other print management systems.

PSF V4.4 provides the following capabilities:

  • Consolidation of print messages with the use of the Infoprint message log. Messages for both PSF and AFP Download Plus are written to the common message log as well as being directed to the existing destinations, which includes message files, consoles, and receivers. This is intended to allow you to look in one place for all the messages for network-attached printers whether managed by PSF or Infoprint Server.

    Note: z/OS 1.13 JES2 and JES3 is required for the support

  • PSF, along with its Download for z/OS and AFP Download Plus features, is updated to support native IPv6 addresses and mixed-mode addresses in addition to native IPv4 addresses. This can allow you to use printers that are attached to an IPv6 network, in addition to those attached to an IPv4 network.
  • Enhanced bar code support including:
    • Royal Mail Group Ltd.'s RED TAG bar code which is intended to be used with their new RED TAG intelligent mail offering
    • The United States Postal Service's Intelligent Mail Container Bar code
    • GS1 DataBar (previously known as Reduced Space Symbology) bar codes, which is a new bar code family designed to partially replace UPC and EAN bar codes. This provides small bar code symbols for those who require a symbol smaller than produced by their BCOCA™ implementation
    • Data Matrix bar codes which adds a new Data Matrix special-function parameter to allow control over the encoding scheme used to produce the symbol
  • Portable Nework Graphics (PNG) images. PNG is a graphics format that is designed to allow it to work well with Internet applications including support for lossless compression, indexed colors, process colors, grayscale, and an optional alpha channel.
  • Enhanced Unicode support including support for:
    • Pages containing user-defined characters with TrueType and OpenType fonts in PSF and AFP Download Plus.
    • Text fidelity control, which specifies the actions to be taken by PSF/printer when a text exception is detected in a Unicode datastream.
    • PTOCA Glyph run support, which provides a mechanism to render Unicode complex text on high-speed printers.
  • Support for defining greater than 255 copies to be printed within the Group Information field.

    Note: z/OS 1.13 is required for the support.

  • Support for Presentation Text Object Content Architecture (PTOCA) objects with Object Environment Group (OEG), which treats PTOCA objects like any other AFP OCA object.
  • Support for multi-page PDF containers and multi-image TIFF containers, which allows transfer of multiple page PDF files or multiple image TIFF files from the application to the server and to the printer controller as one single AFP container.
  • Support for a different action code on existing intervention- required exceptions that allows the communication with the device to be maintained and thus the job to resume printing when the intervention is fixed.
  • Support for ICC device link color management resources (DL CMRs) to customize the conversion between input and output color spaces.
  • Support for specifying how long AFP Download Plus should wait for a response from another system and what action to take if one is not received, using a new keyword. This support was previously added to Download for z/OS.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM Print Services Facility V4.4 for z/OS is capable as of September 30, 2011, when used in accordance with associated IBM documentation, of satisfying the applicable requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, provided that any assistive technology used with the product properly interoperates with it. A U.S. Section 508 Voluntary Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested from the IBM website at

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PSF is the strategic mainframe production print solution of IBM. PSF supports the print management of z/OS AFP output on host-attached printers. PSF is sophisticated, enabling automated print processes with system-management of print files and attributes, resources, page-level error recovery, accounting, extensive diagnosticss, and print process statistics.

PSF supports AFP Consortium approved AFP architecture changes. The AFP Consortium is an open industry standards body. The scope of this consortium is the complete Advanced Function Presentation™ (AFP) architecture, which comprises the following data object architectures: Mixed Object Document Content, Intelligent Printer Data Stream™, AFP Line Data, Bar Code Object Content, Color Management Object Content, Font Object Content, Graphics Object Content for AFP, Image Object Content, and Presentation Text Object Content.

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SmoothStart/installation services

IBM Installation Services can be provided for PSF at an additional cost. Contact your IBM sales representative or Business Partner for additional information.

IBM SmoothStart™ and Installation Services from IBM Global Services are not provided for this product.

Business Partner information

If you are a Direct Reseller - System Reseller acquiring products from IBM, you may link directly to Business Partner information for this announcement. A PartnerWorld ID and password are required (use IBM ID).

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Program            Program
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 5655-M32          IBM Print Services Facility V4.4 for z/OS

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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

IBM PSF requires a host processor that accommodates the software environment.

PSF supports printers that adhere to the IPDS specifications. Not all functions of PSF are supported by all IPDS printers.

Software requirements

PSF runs on z/OS V1.11, or later, with supported levels of JES2 or JES3.

One of the following system programs is required:

  • SMP/E element of z/OS V1.11, or later
  • SMP/E V3.4 (5655-G44), or later

The following functions of the z/OS Communications Server are required, depending upon the printer attachment:

  • SNA Services for SNA-attached printers
  • IP Services for TCP/IP-attached printers

One of the following is required to provide host fonts:

  • Infoprint Fonts for z/OS V1.1 (5648-E76), or later
  • AFP Font Collection for z/OS V2.1.1 (5648-B33), or later
  • The Compatibility Fonts optional feature of PSF, which does not contain euro support
  • Worldtype Fonts for AFP Print Servers optional feature of Infoprint Fonts for Multiplatforms (5648-E77), which contains a wide selection of TrueType and OpenType fonts

To use TrueType and OpenType fonts, you must have these:

  • A resource installer program, such as the Font Installer optional feature of Infoprint Fonts for Multiplatforms, or the InfoPrint® AFP Resource Installer (5639-EE2).
  • A product that supplies TrueType and OpenType fonts, such as the WorldType Fonts for AFP Print Servers optional feature of Infoprint Fonts for Multiplatforms.

PSF can successfully process resource access tables (RATs) created with either the IBM Font Installer or the InfoPrint AFP Resource Installer. However, a RAT created with the IBM Font Installer is not compatible with a RAT created with the InfoPrint AFP Resource Installer. Though the AFP Resource Installer can process a RAT created with the Font Installer and migrate it into the new format, the opposite is not true.

When the Font Installer processes a RAT created with the AFP Resource Installer, it might lose the RAT information or an error might occur. Therefore, IBM recommends that you do not use the Font Installer once you have created a RAT with the AFP Resource Installer.


PSF V4.4 replaces PSF V4.3.

Performance considerations

The performance of PSF and its attached printers is dependent upon availability and efficiency of memory, storage, DASD, and channel and network resources in the system configuration. It is also highly dependent upon the content of the print data streams being processed. In general, data-intensive applications, such as those containing images, require more resources than applications containing plain text. If performance degradation is experienced, normal system performance analysis and tuning should be conducted before contacting IBM Service.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities

PSF interacts with JES printer definitions, and for communication with attached printers, with VTAM®, TCP/IP or both device definitions. Printers' device definitions should be in place for JES, VTAM, and TCP/IP prior to installing PSF.

Direct customer support

Direct customer support is provided by IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel Enterprise Edition or SoftwareXcel Basic Edition. These fee services can enhance your productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM Operational Support Services - SoftwareXcel Enterprise Edition or SoftwareXcel Basic Edition will help answer questions pertaining to usage, how-to, and suspected software defects for eligible products.


The PSF V4.4 base program and optional features are each shipped on separate tapes. No fonts are included on the PSF base tape. If the compatibility fonts are required, be sure to order the compatibility font optional, no-charge feature.

A program directory is shipped with each PSF feature that is ordered.

All publications are included on a CD-ROM in Bookmanager and PDF formats. This CD-ROM is shipped with the base program. Terms and conditions for use of the machine-readable files are shipped with the files.

Security, auditability, and control

PSF uses the security features and programs of the z/OS operating systems.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities. The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

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The following advance publications are available now. To order, you can direct order or contact your IBM representative.

Refer to the IBM Publications Center website for more information about publication ordering.
Title                                              number

AFP Conversion and Indexing Facility User's Guide  S550-0436
PSF for z/OS: AFP Download Plus                    S550-0433
PSF for z/OS: Customization                        S550-0427
PSF for z/OS: Diagnosis                            G550-0428
PSF for z/OS: Download for z/OS                    S550-0429
PSF for z/OS: Introduction                         G550-0430
PSF for z/OS: Licensed Program Specifications      G550-0431
PSF for z/OS: Messages and Codes                   G550-0432
PSF for z/OS: Security Guide                       S550-0434
PSF for z/OS: User's Guide                         S550-0435

Ordering z/OS through the Internet

ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order your z/OS ServerPac or CBPDO. It will analyze your current installation, determine the correct product migration, and present your new configuration based on z/OS. Additional products can also be added to your order (including determination of whether all product requisites are satisfied). ShopzSeries is available in the US, Canada, and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the ShopzSeries website at

Order VM SDO and VSE SIPO through the Internet

ShopzSeries provides an easy way to plan and order System z software upgrades. This now includes VM and VSE. Using ShopzSeries, you can quickly generate orders for VM SDOs and VSE SIPOs. Additionally, ShopzSeries will ensure your order is technically correct (that is, ensures any co-req or pre-req or incompatibility conditions are resolved to ensure timely order placement and processing). ShopzSeries is available in the United States and several countries in Europe. In countries where ShopzSeries is not available yet, contact your IBM representative (or IBM Business Partner) to handle your order via the traditional IBM ordering process. For more details and availability, visit the ShopzSeries website at

Current licensees

Current® licensees of IBM Print Services Facility V4.3 for z/OS must order this release via MES.

Ordering instructions are scheduled to be mailed from IBM Software Delivery and Fulfillment to all current licensees by (month day, year). You cannot continue to order V4.3.

New licensees

Orders for new licenses can be placed now.

Registered customers can access IBMLink™ for ordering information and charges.

Shipment will not occur before the 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.

Orders entered after the planned availability date will be assigned a schedule date for the week following order entry, unless a later date is specified.

Shipment will begin on the planned availability date. New users of PSF V4.4 for z/OS should specify:

Machine Type: 5655 Model: M32

Basic license

PSF V4 is priced in Cumulative Block Tiers. The PSF Tier is determined based on the number of printers PSF will be driving, and the impressions-per-minute rated speed of those printers. Printer points are assigned to each printer based on its rated speed. Points for all printers except those in Category 1 are accumulated, and the total number of points indicates the appropriate PSF price tier.

Printer speeds and associated PSF Category are shown in an exhibit to the IBM System z Software Contracts: Print Services Facility (PSF) Intelligent Printer Data Stream Printer List at

How to order

To order a basic license, specify program number 5655-M32 and feature number 9001 for asset registration. Specify the 3590 Supply IDs, MLC entitlement identifiers, and desired tiers (usage levels). For example, to order usage for Tier 3, order by specifying the features for Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3.

                                        MLC              3590
                                        entitlement      supply
        Tier      Printer points        identifier       ID
        1          1 to   5             S01254B          S01662H
        2          6 to   9
        3         10 to  14
        4         15 to  20
        5         21 to  30
        6         31 to  46
        7         47 to  66
        8         67 to  86
        9         87 to 151
       10        152 to 301
       11        302 to 601
       12        602 and up

To order optional priced features of PSF V4.4 for z/OS, specify the 3590 supply ID and MLC entitlement identifier for each feature you wish to order from the table below:

                         MLC              3590
                         entitlement      supply
Feature name             identifier       ID
AFP Download Plus          S012551        S01662J
AFP Upload                 S01254S        S01662G
Compatibility Fonts        S012577        S01662M
ACIF                       S012556        S01662K
Download for z/OS          S012555        S01662L

Note: AFP Download Plus, AFP Upload, Compatibility Fonts, and Download for z/OS require Tier 1.

Single version charging

To elect single version charging, the customer must notify and identify to IBM the prior program and replacement program and the designated machine the programs are operating on.

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.

Expedite shipments

Feature                 Description
 3445                   Local IBM Office Expedite
                        (for IBM use only)

3446                   Customer Expedite Process Charge
                        ($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.

Customized offerings

Product deliverables are shipped only via CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac®.

CBPDO and ServerPac are offered for Internet delivery in countries where ShopzSeries product ordering is available. Internet delivery reduces software delivery time and allows you to install software without the need to handle tapes. For more details on Internet delivery, refer to the ShopzSeries help information at

You choose the delivery method when you order the software. IBM recommends Internet delivery. In addition to Internet and DVD, the supported tape delivery options for CBPDO, ServerPac, SystemPac include:

  • 3590
  • 3592

Most products can be ordered in ServerPac and SystemPac the month following their availability on CBPDO. z/OS can be ordered via all three offerings at general availability. Production of software product orders will begin on the planned general availability date.

  • CBPDO shipments will begin one week after general availability.
  • ServerPac shipments will begin two weeks after general availability
  • SystemPac shipments will begin four weeks after general availability due to additional customization, and data input verification.

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The terms for IBM Print Services Facility V4, as previously announced in Software Announcement 205-271, dated October 25, 2005, licensed under the IBM Customer Agreement are unaffected by this announcement.

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IBM has transformed its delivery of hardware and software support services to help you achieve higher system availability. Electronic Services is a web-enabled solution that offers an exclusive, no-additional-charge enhancement to the service and support available for IBM servers. These services are designed to provide the opportunity for greater system availability with faster problem resolution and preemptive monitoring. Electronic Services comprises two separate, but complementary, elements: Electronic Services news page and Electronic Services Agent.

The Electronic Services news page is a single Internet entry point that replaces the multiple entry points traditionally used to access IBM Internet services and support. The news page enables you to gain easier access to IBM resources for assistance in resolving technical problems.

The Electronic Service Agent™ is no-additional-charge software that resides on your server. It monitors events and transmits system inventory information to IBM on a periodic, client-defined timetable. The Electronic Service Agent automatically reports hardware problems to IBM. Early knowledge about potential problems enables IBM to deliver proactive service that may result in higher system availability and performance. In addition, information collected through the Service Agent is made available to IBM service support representatives when they help answer your questions or diagnose problems. Installation and use of IBM Electronic Service Agent for problem reporting enables IBM to provide better support and service for your IBM server.

To learn how Electronic Services can work for you, visit

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 Program number
 Identifier          Description            License option/Pricing metric
 S01254B             PSF V4 for z/OS        Basic MLC
                                            Cumulative Block Tiers
 S012551             AFP Download Plus      Basic MLC
                                            Flat Charge
 S01254M             AFP Upload             Basic MLC
                                            Flat Charge
 S012554             Compatibility Fonts    Basic MLC
                                            Flat Charge
 S012556             ACIF                   Basic MLC
                                            Flat Charge
 S01254Z            Download for z/OS       Basic MLC
                                            Flat Charge

Use level charge: Charges for this program are based on usage levels. When a customer upgrades to a higher level of usage, a usage upgrade charge will apply, equal to the difference between the charge for the current level of usage and the higher level of usage.

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To order, contact the Americas Call Centers or your local IBM representative, or your IBM Business Partner.

To identify your local IBM representative or IBM Business Partner, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968).

Phone:      800-IBM-CALL (426-2255)
Fax:        800-2IBM-FAX (242-6329)
Mail:       IBM Teleweb Customer Support
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            L3R 2Z1

Reference: LE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.

Print Services Facility, IMS, SmoothStart, IBMLink and Electronic Service Agent are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

IBM, z/OS, System z, CICS, VTAM, Current, SystemPac and are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation in the United States, other countries, or both.

AFP, IPDS, AFP Color Consortium, BCOCA, Advanced Function Presentation and Intelligent Printer Data Stream are trademarks of Ricoh Co., Ltd. in the United States, other countries, or both.

Infoprint and InfoPrint are registered trademarks of Ricoh Co., Ltd. in the United States, other countries, or both.

Ricoh is a registered trademark of Ricoh Co., Ltd. and its affiliated companies.

UNIX is a registered trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries, or both.

PostScript is a registered trademark of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States, and/or other countries.

Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

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