SOURCE: InfoPrint Solutions

InfoPrint Solutions

August 05, 2011 08:00 ET

InfoPrint Solutions Endorses AFP Consortium's New Version of AFP

InfoPrint Solutions' Print Servers Support IS/3 Now

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire - Aug 5, 2011) - InfoPrint Solutions, a Ricoh company and Founding Member of the AFP Consortium (AFPC), today endorsed the announcement from the AFPC of a new version of the Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) industry standard. The new interchange set, IS/3, is already supported by InfoPrint Solutions' flagship workflow solutions -- InfoPrint Process Director and InfoPrint Manager -- delivering cost-efficiency savings and providing interoperability in multi-vendor environments.

IS/3 enhances the productivity of today's complex production printing environments, while providing support for the latest fonts, images and graphics. Most transaction documents and sensitive or critical communications associated with financial, insurance, retail, utilities and healthcare institutions worldwide use AFP amounting to tens of millions of mail pieces produced daily.

"IS/3 is an important development for our many AFP customers and the printing industry as a whole," said George Promis, vice president of Continuous Forms Solutions and Technology Alliances at InfoPrint Solutions. "The IS/3 standard provides customers with improved interoperability and operational efficiency, helping to ensure the value of their long-term investment in AFP. It represents a new level of maturity of an architecture that is the backbone for thousands of customers who print millions of documents each day."

Support for IS/3 will enable smoother integration across the elements of a printing system -- including formatters, servers, transforms, printers, AFP viewers and archive systems -- with less customization and faster time to production with any given configuration. The enhanced interoperability of IS/3-compliant components will allow customers to significantly cut the cost and time involved in configuring, installing and operating multi-vendor AFP systems.

IS/3 features comprehensive color support, including process and spot colors, ICC-based color management, and industry-standard image file formats such as TIFF and JPEG. IS/3 also includes support for industry-standard OpenType fonts and Unicode-based data encodings.

About InfoPrint Solutions
InfoPrint Solutions, a Ricoh company, is a leading provider of digital output solutions for high volume, complex printing operations. The company's market-leading solutions are a key part of the Ricoh Production Printing Business Group's expansive product portfolio. InfoPrint Solutions is built on IBM's 50+ years in the production print space and Ricoh's office solutions leadership and global reach. Go to or the following sites to learn more: Twitter, Facebook, InfoPrint Insights blog, LinkedIn, YouTube, ADFSavings blog, and ADFSavings Twitter.

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