IBM Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 provides support to transform Xerox data streams and highlight color resources for printing on AFP printers and enhances DBCS support

IBM United States Software Announcement 212-366
October 3, 2012

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Overview Overview Technical information Technical information
Key prerequisites Key prerequisites Ordering information Ordering information
Planned availability date Planned availability date Terms and conditions Terms and conditions
Description Description Prices Prices
Program number Program number  Order now Order now


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IBM® Infoprint XT for z/OS® , V3.1:

For ordering, contact your IBM representative, an IBM Business Partner, or IBM Americas Call Centers at 800-IBM-CALL (Reference: LE001).



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Overview
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IBM Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 helps you migrate efficiently from your Xerox print environment to an Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) print environment, allowing you to standardize on a single output architecture. With Infoprint XT, you can easily transform established Xerox application data to AFP format for storing, retrieving, viewing, and printing without changing your existing applications.

Using IBM Xerox Transform (XT) technology, Xerox print resources, such as fonts, forms, images, and logos, are converted into their AFP equivalents, and Xerox Line Conditioned Data Streams (LCDS) or Metacode data streams are converted into AFP Mixed Object Document Content Architecture (MO:DCA) data streams. Once converted, you can print these resources and data streams on high-speed, reliable Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) devices or you can place them in the IBM Content Manager OnDemand archival and retrieval system. When stored in libraries identified to Print Services Facility™ (PSF), the AFP print resources are automatically made available for printing on all of the printers that support such resources.

You have the option of printing Xerox application data on cut sheet devices to retain control over options such as tray selection, or you can print it on continuous form printers that usually offer a lower total cost of operation (TCO) than cut sheet devices. In either case, Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 is designed to help optimize the productivity of your output operations by automating much of the migration from Xerox resources and data streams to AFP and allowing you to standardize on a single output architecture.

Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 provides the following new capabilities or enhanced functions:



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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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October 19, 2012



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Description
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Host printing systems overview

Applications designed for printing on high-function electronic page printers require print resources, and formatting and processing commands to take advantage of the printers' capabilities. In a typical Xerox printer environment resources used to print a job - electronic forms, fonts, and images - usually reside on the printer itself. If there are multiple printers, then the resources must be distributed to all of the printers and coordinated manually. Formatting and processing controls, such as the specification of portrait or landscape page presentation, inclusion of an electronic form, simplex or duplex printing, stapling selection, and many other options, are included in the application program itself.

In an AFP print environment, print resources are stored in system libraries on the host system and loaded to the printer automatically at print time by the host print software. Print Services Facility (PSF) for z/OS is the host print software for z/OS . This product then manages the processing of the print job using formatting and processing instructions in print resources that are external to the print job. If changes to the formatting or processing are required, those changes are made in the external resources, not in the application program that generated the print job.

New capabilities or enhanced functions

Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1, is a new version, replacing IBM Infoprint XT Extender for z/OS , V1.1. This new version:

Benefits of using Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1

Resource and data conversion

Infoprint XT for z/OS includes two types of conversion programs:

Accessibility by people with disabilities

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

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act

IBM Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 is capable as of October 19, 2012, when used in accordance with IBM's associated 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 US Section 508 Voluntary Accessibility Template (VPAT) can be requested via the IBM website at

http://www.ibm.com/able/product_accessibility/index.html


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Hardware and software support services
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SmoothStart/installation services

IBM SmoothStart Services and Installation Services are not provided.



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Reference information
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For additional information on software related to printing solutions on z/OS , refer to the following:



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Program number
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Program                  Program
number        VRM        name

5655-O15      3.1.0      IBM Infoprint XT for z/OS


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Ordering z/OS through the Internet
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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

http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/ShopzSeries/ShopzSeries.jsp


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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 operates on any IBM server that can run z/OS V1.12, or later.

Software requirements

Security, auditability, and control

IBM Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 uses the security and auditability features of the host z/OS operating system. 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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Ordering information
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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

http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/ShopzSeries/ShopzSeries.jsp

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.

New users of Infoprint XT for z/OS , V3.1 should specify:

 
Type: 5655       Model: O15

To order software, specify the program number and the monthly charge feature number from the following table. Also specify the material identifier for the desired distribution medium.

 
Program Name:  Infoprint XT for z/OS, V3.1
Program PID:   5655-O15
 
Entitlement                               License option/
identifier       Description              Pricing metric
 
S0173D3          Infoprint XT for z/OS    Basic MLC, Flat WLC
 
Orderable supply ID     Language          Distribution medium
 
S0172DS                 English           3590 media
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.

Unlicensed documentation

The following publications are supplied automatically with the basic machine-readable material:

                                        Order
Title                                   number

Program Directory                       GI11-9495
Licensed Program Specifications         GI11-9493

The following additional product publication will be available upon general availability:

                                        Order
Title                                   number

IBM Infoprint XT for z/OS               GI11-9492

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

http://www.ibm.com/shop/publications/order

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the US) or customer number for 20 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries, free of charge.

Subsequent updates (technical newsletters or revisions between releases) to the publications shipped with the product will be distributed to the user of record for as long as a license for this software remains in effect. A separate publication order or subscription is not needed.

Customized offerings

Product deliverables are shipped only via CBPDO and ServerPac. These customized offerings are offered for Internet delivery in countries where Shopz 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 Shopz help information at

http://www.software.ibm.com/ShopzSeries

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 include:

Most products can be ordered in ServerPac, the month following their availability in CBPDO. z/OS can be ordered via CBPDO and ServerPac at general availability. Many products will also be orderable in a Product ServerPac without also having to order the z/OS operating system or subsystem.

Shopz and CFSW will determine the eligibility based on product requisite checking. For more details on the Product ServerPac, visit the Help section on the Shopz website at

http://www14.software.ibm.com/webapp/ShopzSeries/ShopzSeries.jsp

For additional information on the Product ServerPac option, refer to Software Announcement 212-272, dated July 31, 2012 .

Production of software product orders will begin on the planned general availability date.



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Terms and conditions
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Agreement

IBM Customer Agreement (ICA)

Designated machine

Not required

Variable charges apply

No

Indexed Monthly License Charge (IMLC) applies

No

Location license applies

No

Use limitation applies

No

Educational allowance available

Yes, a 15% education allowance applies to qualified education institution customers.

Volume orders

Not applicable

 
Replaced    Replaced
program     program
number      name
 
5655-J65    IBM Infoprint XT Extender for z/OS, V1.1
Warranty applies

Yes

Licensed program materials availability
Restricted Materials of IBM:      None
Non-Restricted Source Materials:  None
Object Code Only (OCO):           All
Program services
Support Center applies:            Yes
 
                                   Access available through the
                                   IBM Support Center
 
Available until discontinued:      12 months' written notice
 
APAR mailing address:              IBM Corporation
                                   APAR Processing
                                   Dept. H6UE/AFP (PSC) Products
                                   6300 Diagonal Highway
                                   Boulder, CO  80301-9191
IBM Operational Support Services - SupportLine

Yes



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IBM Electronic Services
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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

http://www.ibm.com/support/electronic


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Prices
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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative or your IBM Business Partner.

 
Program name:     Infoprint XT for z/OS
Program number:   5655-O15
 
Entitlement                          License option/
identifier   Description             Pricing metric
 
S0173D3      Infoprint XT for z/OS   Basic MLC, Flat WLC

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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).

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Reference: LE001

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Note: Shipments will begin after the planned availability date.
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