AFP Printer   

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Advanced Function Printing (AFP) is a document format and presentation architecture originally developed by IBM to drive its printers and support the production of variable data printing on laser printers, and later provides for document and information presentation independent of specific applications and devices.

AFP Printer offers an easy and less expensive way of creating high-quality, industrial-strength AFP documents, page segments, and overlays out of almost any Windows application. The software installs as if it were a real printer, making the creation of AFP files as easy as printing.

AFP Printer comes with the latest AFP print driver for Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, and Windows XP, Windows 2000, and Windows Server. It's an ideal solution for creating AFP on Windows.



Create AFP overlays, documents, page segments, and medium overlays from any Microsoft Windows application that supports printing
Support a complete set of paper sizes
Define custom paper size
Flexible page orientation: Portrait, Landscape, Portrait 180, Landscape 270
Clip unprintable area or offset plus size
Grayscale methods include photographic, compressed, diagonal dither, line art halftone
Adjust color for bitonal (B/W, Color/White), 16 colors (4bit CMYK/RGB, 24bit RGB), full color (32bit CMYK)
Color Management with ICC Profiles
Image conversion from JPEG/JPG/TIF/TIFF to AFP with resolution 300dpi or 600dpi
JPEG and LZW compression algorithm for images
Support level of graphic objects that comply with GOCA's DR/2V0 standard
Easy Intensity and Contrast Controls
Best output fidelity for TrueType fonts as references, inline resources, or images
Optimize text in OpenType fonts, raster fonts, and outline fonts
Maintain Output Fidelity for placement in character, word, and line level
Print Text as Graphics for printers not fully-compliant to PT2, PT3 standards
Support EBCDIC code page
Adjust Text Order when necessary
Font substitution of AFP character set with closely matched Windows font
Set Text Rules to trade off between speed, file size, and output fidelity
Support Inline Form Definition
Rich Duplex Options like Simplex, Duplex, Tumble Duplex
Various Form To Tray assignment
Finishing Options include Staple, Punch, Edge, Saddle
Produce AFP output files as smaller as possible with AFPDS data stream
Change file extension for AFP documents, page segments, medium overlays, and overlays
Import and export settings of AFP Printer
Certified AFP printing solutions for IBM AS/400, iSeries, System i, and SAP systems
Automatic installation and configuration on Windows x86 and Windows x64
Up to 600 dpi printing resolution
Up to 1000 page per minute engine speed
Native support for 5000+ Windows applications
Live update for new versions on Windows 32bit and Windows 64bit
Free upgrades to future versions for registered users






Designed for

AFP Printer addresses the AFP creation from Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Visio, Microsoft Photo Wizard, Adobe Photoshop, and other print-enabling software on Microsoft Windows.

Common documents can be converted to AFP files at an incredibly fast speed while retaining the look and feel of the original documents as well as many options that give users flexibility in AFP creation. More than 5,000 applications and file formats are natively supported.

AFP Printer


AFP Printer is intended for customers, business partners, and systems specialists who need to understand the fundamentals of AFP creation on the Microsoft Windows systems. It is designed to help you develop or advise others concerning the design and development of AFP enabled and IPDS powered applications.

As professional AFP creation software, AFP Printer gives businesses the means to effectively deliver existing business documents to partners, customers and employees.

System Requirements

Intel or AMD processor 2.0GHZ or better
256MB RAM or more
1024x768 or higher resolution for Display Monitor
Windows 11, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019, Windows Server 2022 [32-bit and 64-bit]
AFP Workbench Viewer installed to view generated AFP files

Options and Preferences offered in AFP creation

PDF Page Setup

The AFP drivers differ from normal printer drivers in that the output is Advanced Function Presentation Data Stream (AFPDS) instead of the more usual Printer Control Language (PCL), Personal Printer Data Stream (PPDS), PostScript, and others. You PRINT to the AFP Printer to obtain the output in an AFP file just the same way as you normally print from any Windows application to an Inkjet or Laserjet printer.

There are a variety of output options, among which the most important options are paper size and page orientation.

Paper size specifies which type of media your document is printed on, for example, print each your Microsoft Word document page to an A4 size paper represented in an AFP document.

Page orientation describes the layout of your document, portrait or landscape or even complex.

Predefined Paper Size:

                 Letter (8.5 x 11 inch)
                 Legal (8.5 x 14 inch)
                 Ledger (17 x 11 inch)
                 Executive (7.25 x 10.5 inch)
                 Tabloid (11 x 17 inch)
                 Statement (5.5 x 8.5 inch)
                 A3 (297 x 420 mm)
                 A4 (210 x 297 mm)
                 A4 Small (210 x 297 mm)
                 A5 (148 x 210 mm)
                 B4 (250 x 354 mm)
                 B5 (182 x 257 mm)
                 Folio (8.5 x 13 inch)
                 Quarto (215 x 275 mm)
                 Note (8.5 x 11 inch)
                 10 x 14 inch
                 11 x 17 inch
                 Envelope B4 (110 x 230 mm)
                 Envelope B5 (176 x 250 mm)
                 Envelope B6 (176 x 125 mm)
                 Envelope C3 (324 x 458 mm)
                 Envelope C4 (229 x 324 mm)
                 Envelope C5 (162 x 229 mm)
                 Envelope C6 (114 x 162 mm)
                 Envelope C65 (114 x 229 mm)
                 Envelope DL (110 x 220 mm)
                 Envelope #9 (3.875 x 8.875 inch)
                 Envelope #10 (4.125 x 9.5 inch)
                 Envelope #11 (4.5 x 10.375 inch)
                 Envelope #12 (4.75 x 11 inch)
                 Envelope #14 (5 x 11.5 inch)
                 Envelope Monarch (3.875 x 7.5 inch)
                 C Sheet
                 D Sheet
                 E Sheet
                 Continuous (13.2 x 8.5 inch)
                 Continuous (13.2 x 11 inch)
                 Continuous (13.2 x 14 inch)

Image Processing Options

AFP Printer offers an Image Processing Options dialog to indicate how the AFP Printer should process images and graphics before generating the output.

When you print from some Windows applications to the AFP printer, they do not send halftone data directly to the printer, and the options you select for Color Options, Graphics Options, Grayscale Method, Compression Method, Intensity, and Contrast determine how your images and graphics are printed.

You may need to experiment with these options to yield the best results.

AFP Font Options

When you print from some Windows applications to the AFP printer, text printed in a certain font might not have a substitute in your table is printed as image. By setting up the Font Options, you can determine which AFP character set should be substituted for particular Windows fonts in your AFP output and what level of fidelity should be maintained.

Clipping Options

AFP Printer offers a Clip Limit Options dialog to indicate how the AFP Printer should clip the output generated. Two kinds of clip methods are provided in AFP Printer: Unprintable area and Offset plus size. The unit can either be Inch or Millimeter.

Custom File Extension Options

AFP Printer offers a Printer Configuration Tool that allows users to customize the file extension for different output types.

Output Type                 Default File Extension
Document                          *.afp, *.AFP
Page Segment                    *.psg, *.PSG
Medium Overlay                  *.oly,  *.OLY
Overlay                             *.oly,  *.OLY

You can use uniformed file extension for all output types as well.

Inline Form Definition

AFP Printer offers Duplex Options, Finishing Options, and Medium Overlay Options.

Duplex Options are embedded parameters and/or commands in the AFP docs (document, page segment, overlay, or medium overlay) to indicate on which sides of the output sheet the target printer prints your AFP docs. The target printer can be a consumer inkjet printer, a high-volume laserjet printer, or a CMYK printing press.

Finishing Options indicate the type of task to do at the end of printing on a document level. For instance, if Punch is selected, and all the pages in a document are punched.

Medium Overlay Options indicates which medium overlay is to be included on every page of your AFP document when the document is printed on the target printer.



AFP Printer Free Download

  (15-day Evaluation Copy, 3.49 MB, Version 1.12)

The file name of the installer for AFP Printer is AFPPrinter_Setup.exe. And the installer installs an evaluation copy of the AFP Printer for users to try for up to 15 days.

To facilitate the installation, you are required to log on Microsoft Windows as Administrator or a Power User with the rights to install software.

After you download AFPPrinter_Setup.exe from the web or obtain the file from a 3rd-party source, you need to right-click on the file, and choose 'Run As Administrator' on Microsoft Windows 7 and later operating systems to ensure that the installer is executed with elevated privilege so that installation won't fail.

The file name 'AFPPrinter_Setup.exe' is for the trial version of the AFP Printer, and the one for the full retail version differs.

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