Quick Summary

  • Conversion of Adobe® PDF and PostScript® files into AFP
  • Conversion of AFP files into PDF
  • Scalability choices
  • Standardized print operations on the AFP architecture

InfoPrint Transform Manager

Scalable transform solution accelerates AFP workflow

InfoPrint Transform Manager for AIX®, Linux and Windows® is designed to improve print production productivity and help lower total cost of print. A datastream and image transform solution, InfoPrint Transform Manager can accelerate Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) workflow and improve device utilization.

Complex variable data, images and print files may need to be converted to take advantage of secure and reliable AFP printing. Traditional processing methods can create transform bottlenecks and slow down printing. InfoPrint Transform Manager automatically and transparently offloads Adobe® PDF (both PDF to AFP and AFP to PDF), PostScript®, PCL, SAP (OTF and ABAP) and image transforms (TIFF, GIF and JPEG) to a dedicated system for processing and then returns jobs for printing.


  • Converts large, complex Adobe® PDF and PostScript® files into AFP with outstanding price/performance
  • Converts AFP files into PDF for electronic delivery, Web presentment or printing on PDF printers
  • Provides consistent, efficient transform output across print servers running InfoPrint Manager, Ricoh ProcessDirector and IBM® Infoprint Server for z/OS® to boost efficiency and help lower operating costs
  • Start small and scale as your needs change by adding additional processors or blades
  • Standardizes print operations on the reliable, scalable AFP architecture and supported Intelligent Printer Data Stream (IPDS) printers
  • Brings non-compliant PDF files into compliance with the current PDF specification to aid transform speed
  • Runs automatically with InfoPrint Manager for Windows or AIX or standalone with the use of a command line
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Dedicated processing power for complex Adobe® PDF, PostScript®, PCL, SAP (OTF and ABAP) and TIFF, GIF and JPEG image transformation to AFP. AFP to PDF is also supported.

Extend the capabilities of, InfoPrint Manager, Ricoh ProcessDirector and IBM® Infoprint Server for z/OS®

Help improve time-sensitive print management workflow

Solution runs on AIX, Linux or Windows1

Expand processor power as printing and print transformation needs grow

Use multiple cores in a single processor, multiple processors in a single server, or blade servers with the enhanced installation wizard to provide automatic configuration

Spread print jobs across multiple processors to help achieve significant speed improvements

Cost-effective scalability

Expand the processing power of InfoPrint Transform Manager by installing new blades quickly and easily

Black-and-white and full-color output for PDF, PostScript and image transforms, with Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) architected color management

Enable flexible transformation of print data streams

Enhanced speed

Accelerate transformation significantly to help boost productivity

Graphical user interface (GUI)

Simplify functions such as font substitutions with an easy-to-use administrative GUI that can replace command line programming

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1. InfoPrint Transform Manager is priced on a per processor basis. The minimum configuration is a dual processor server; therefore, two licenses are required. Additional blades or processors require additional licensing fees. For example, a Windows server with two processors requires two licenses.

Transforms available

  • Adobe® PDF (v1.7) to AFP
  • Adobe PostScript 3 to AFP
  • PCL (Level 6) to AFP
  • SAP (OTF and ABAP) to AFP
  • TIFF image to AFP
  • GIF image to AFP
  • JPEG image to AFP
  • AFP to PDF

Minimum hardware requirements

We recommend a server with the following minimum configuration. Your specific configuration needs will vary depending upon planned workloads:

  • Intel® 64-bit platform (ITM will run in 32-bit compatibility) or IBM PowerPC (for AIX Operating System)
  • Two 3.0 GHz or faster processors or a blade server with a minimum of two blades
  • Minimum of 2 GB RAM
  • DVD drive
  • AIX 6.1TL06 with SP03 and above, 6.x where x>1, and AIX 7.1 TL00 with SP03 and above, 7.x where x>1 – 64-bit only
  • Linux operating systems: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 10.0 SP3 and above, 64-bit, SLES 11.0 SP1 and above, 64-bit, Red Hat Linux 5.6, 5.7, 5.8, 6.1, 6.2, 64-bit only. Blades are supported only on SUSE Linux.
  • Windows Server 2008 64-bit.

Software requirements

  • Supported browsers include:
    • Mozilla Firefox 3.5.13 on AIX
    • Internet Explorer® 9or later on Windows
    • Mozilla Firefox 5 or 6 On Linux

  • InfoPrint Manager V4.3 for AIX or later, InfoPrint Manager for Windows V2.3 or later, Ricoh ProcessDirector V2.1.1 or later, or PSF for z/OS V4R3 are required to print the transformed AFP output of InfoPrint Transform Manager. If you want to install InfoPrint Transform Manager in graphical mode an XWindows system is required.

  • InfoPrint Transform Manager V3.0 can be ordered for electronic delivery, and is managed with license keys.

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InfoPrint Manager can be configured to automatically send print jobs that need to be converted to InfoPrint Transform Manager for AIX, Linux, or Windows. InfoPrint Transform Manager has a Coordinator, a Transform Server, and a user interface. The Coordinator receives each print request and information about the type of transformation that is requested. The Transform Server converts the data using the appropriate transform. The user interface, which you access from a Web browser, lets you define with which print servers and transform servers Transform Manager will communicate. It also lets you start and stop transform servers, check the operating status of the transform servers, and other functions. After data has completed transforming, it is returned automatically to the print server for printing, or for electronic presentment or delivery (usually PDF).

Datastream transforms have become an integral part of most output production operations. InfoPrint Transform Manager offloads this resource-intensive function and eliminates potential workflow bottlenecks that can occur if transform operations interfere with driving high-speed production printers at their rated speeds.

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