Elixir DesignPro Tools

Overview

Design Documents Easily

With the latest addition to the Elixir DesignPro suite of tools, anyone can design high-quality, professional-looking business documents such as statements, invoices and utility bills- with no programming knowledge neccesary. These tools can help you to improve productivity and respond faster to changing business needs and customer requests. Now you can create and edit print resources using a Windows®-based tool and proof your production job on the screen using sample data.

Highlights
  • Reduce the time needed to design or modify business documents.
  • Centralize control of print resources to improve productivity
  • Increase productivity by creating AFP documents from existing Windows applications such as Microsoft® Word
  • Extend the use of the form, by saving as PDF, to make form Web ready
  • Simplify migration of Xerox print resources to a secure AFP print environment

Features

Elixir DesignPro Tools for SMB

Cost effective tool to increase productivity by saving the time it takes to create AFP documents and also providing the ability to publish an electronic form to the Web.

Elixir DesignPro Tools for AFP™

Save significant time when you create and edit page and form definitions using the Visual PPFA tool. Drag and drop data on the screen for ease of data MAPPING. Include images, select fonts and specify conditional logic using a customizable toolbar. Use existing PPFA source code or AFP resource objects natively.

Elixir DesignPro Form Editor

Give the subject matter expert user the ability to control the content and appearance of the document. Skip the time and expense associated with having a graphic designer complete forms design. The user can create new Elixir forms easily and quickly. The new Elixir forms can be converted to various other formats using either the DesignPro Tools for SMB or DesignPro Tools for AFP.

Elixir DesignPro AFP

Enabler Leverage one tool set for even greater productivity in mixed print environments. If you already have DesignPro Tools for Xerox, add the DesignPro AFP Enablers component to acquire AFP capabilities.

Elixir DesignPro Enablers for Xerox

Leverage one tool set for even greater productivity in a single design environment by adding the Enablers for Xerox component of Elixir DesignPro Tools to an existing DesignPro Tools for AFP. Use the same tool set for both AFP and Xerox.

Design

AFP Introduction

Elixir DesignPro Tools for AFP

Fifteen years of experience with forms design has gone into the creation of sophisticated tools that help increase your productivity and help ensure quality output. Statements, letters, checks, policies, an endless variety of business documents can easily be created, edited and saved in the appropriate format. DesignPro Tools for AFP™ is an advanced AFP application design software.

Forms and Data Layout

DesignPro Tools for AFP by Elixir provides a visual interface that enables you to create and edit the overlays, fonts, images and data layout that you need for business communications. Tables can easily be constructed, elements can be grouped and copied to improve design efficiency. Using Visual PPFA, data can easily be defined and accurately placed on an overlay and PPFA PageDefs and FormDefs created. Record format as well as traditional PageDefs are supported. Designs can be proofed using sample data.

Visual PPFA edits Traditional as well as Record Format PageDefs—an industry first.

Existing resources such as compiled overlays or OGLs and PSegs can be opened in their native format and edited. No pre-conversion is required. After editing, resources can be saved in the desired format and uploaded to mainframe libraries. No coding is required.

Fonts

Create AFP fonts from scalable TrueType or Adobe® Type1 fonts. Raster fonts can be edited in a visual interface. Special characters can be added and character widths can be changed. Fonts can be slimmed, made darker or reversed. Double-byte character sets are supported.

Graphics

Insert standard format graphic files such as BMP, TIFF, JPEG or PSeg. Clean up and edit bitmap graphics such as a scanned logo or signature. Industry standard shading patterns can be applied. Support for color, highlight color, grayscale and black and white image formats. For faster printing, graphics can be tiled into a raster font.

AFP Capabilities

Functions and Features

  • Integrated OGL/PPFA design
  • Loading and saving of native AFP™ resources
  • Use AFP raster/outline fonts, Adobe® Type1 and TrueType fonts
  • Use AFP Page Segments, TIFF, PCX, BMP, JPEG, PNG, and LP3 image
  • Double-byte font and overlay support
  • Bar code support—BCOCA and font bar codes

Form Editor

  • Drag and drop design elements
  • Complete set of drawing tools
  • Color support for all elements
  • Apply AFP standard screen and shade patterns
  • Text wrapping, justification, and rotation
  • Spell check all text or word-by-word as text is entered
  • Use grids and guidelines to facilitate overlay design
  • Digital and graphic rulers with choice of units
  • Template support for pre-printed backgrounds

Print Driver

  • Enables the use of documents created in Windows® applications
  • Generate AFP resources

Visual PPFA

  • Import/Create PPFA source and compiled objects
  • Record Format and Traditional PageDefs
  • Display of floating overlays and page segments
  • Drag-and-drop data placement or input of coordinates
  • Data proofing
  • Basic and Enhanced N_UP
  • Tree display shows PageDef and FormDef structures at a glance
  • Real time display of PPFA source code

Font Editor

  • Create and edit all AFP font components (Character Set, Code Pages and Coded Fonts)
  • Edit a font, and individual character or blend characters together
  • Control font metrics
  • Transforms include: Reverse, halftone, and mirror
  • Edit double-byte fonts
  • Tile an image into a font

Graphics Editor

  • Full image transformations include: Resize, Rotate, Lighten, Darken, Mirror, Outline, Filter, Shift, Reverse, and Halftone
  • Tile images into a font, control sizing and sequencing of tiles
  • Palettes of specialized AFP screen & shade patterns

Input Formats

  • Compiled Overlay or OGL (preferred)
  • MO:DCA document
  • Object PageDef/FormDef
  • PPFA source code PageDef/FormDef
  • AFP Page Segment (Pseg; IOCA FS10, FS42, FS45; IM Image)
  • Bounded and Unbounded Box fonts including user designed SBCS and DBCS fonts with custom character sets and code pages
  • RTF
  • Windows enhanced Metafile (EMF)
  • Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat®, and others
  • TIFF, PCX, BMP, JPEG and LP3
  • Adobe Type1 and Windows TrueType fonts
  • Elixir formats

Output Formats

  • Compiled Overlay
  • OGL source
  • MO:DCA document
  • Object PageDef/FormDef
  • PPFA source PageDef/FormDef
  • Page Segment (Psegs in GOCA, IM Image, IOCA FS10, FS42, FS45)
  • AFP Bounded and Unbounded Box fonts (single & DBCS)
  • Adobe Postscript® Type 1 fonts
  • HP-PCL and PostScript forms
  • RTF
  • PDF
  • TIFF, PCX, JPEG, PNG, LP3 and BMP image
  • Elixir formats

SMB Introduction

DesignPro Tools for SMB from Elixir

Designed and priced to serve the needs of small and medium businesses, DesignPro Tools for SMB from Elixir is easy-to-use and can help make the creation of statements, letters, checks, policies and other documents easy for users familiar with a Windows®interface. DesignPro Tools for SMB is a cost effective, flexible AFP™ application design software available to complement AFP print management solutions that run on eServer pSeries® and xSeries®platforms—such as InfoPrint® Manager for Windows and InfoPrint Manager V4.2 for AIX™.

Forms and Data Layout

DesignPro Tools for SMB from Elixir provides a visual interface for creating:

  • AFP overlay
  • PPFA PageDef
  • PPFA FormDef

Create AFP applications using your existing AFP resources or standard Microsoft® Windows fonts and images. Extend the type of applications you can support by using Visual PPFA, which supports record format or traditional Pagedefs. Decrease the time it takes to test your AFP applications by proofing on the screen using sample data.

Forms

Create and update AFP overlays without manual coding. Use the "Save As" PDF option in the FormEditor to create optimized PDFs for the Web. Make most Windows documents available to your AFP environment directly without redesign.

Fonts

Create AFP fonts from scalable TrueType or Adobe® Type1 fonts. Double-byte character sets are supported.

Graphics

Insert JPEG, PCX, LP3, PNG or TIFF graphic formats and output AFP PSeg (GOCO, IM, IOCA). DesignPro Tools for SMB from Elixir supports color, highlight color, grayscale black-and-white image formats.

SMB Capabilities

Functions and Features:

  • Integrated OGL/PPFA design
  • Loading and saving of native AFP™ Overlays, Pagedefs and Formdefs
  • Use AFP raster/outline fonts, Adobe® Type1 and TrueType fonts
  • Use AFP Page Segments (SPseg; IOCA FS10, FS42, FS45; IM Image), TIFF, PCX, BMP, JPEG , PNG, and LP3 images
  • Double-byte font and overlay support
  • Bar code support—BCOCA and font bar codes

Form Editor:

  • Drag and drop design elements
  • Complete set of drawing tools
  • Color support for all elements
  • Apply AFP standard screen and shade patterns
  • Text wrapping, justification, and rotation
  • Spell check all text or word-by-word as text is entered
  • Use grids and guidelines to facilitate overlay design
  • Digital and graphic rulers with choice of units
  • Template support for pre-printed backgrounds

Print Driver:

  • Enables the use of documents created in Microsoft® Windows®applications
  • Generate AFP resources

Visual PPFA:

  • Import/Create PPFA source and compiled objects
  • Record Format and Traditional PageDefs
  • Display of floating overlays and page segments
  • Drag-and-drop data placement or input of coordinates
  • Data proofing
  • Basic and Enhanced N_UP
  • Tree display shows PageDef and FormDef structures at a glance
  • Real time display of PPFA source code

Input Formats

  • Compiled Overlay
  • OGL Source (preferred)
  • MO:DCA document
  • Object PageDef/FormDef
  • PPFA source code PageDef/FormDef
  • RTF
  • Microsoft Windows enhanced Metafile (EMF)
  • TIFF, PCX, BMP, JPEG, PNG and LP3
  • Adobe Type1 and Windows TrueType fonts
  • Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat®, and others
  • Elixir Formats

Output Formats

  • Compiled Overlay
  • MO:DCA document
  • Object PageDef/FormDef
  • Page Segment (Psegs in GOCA, IM Image, IOCA FS10, FS42, FS45)
  • AFP Bounded and Unbounded Box fonts (single & DBCS)
  • Adobe Postscript Type 1 fonts
  • HP-PCL and PostScript® forms
  • RTF
  • PDF
  • TIFF, PCX, JPEG, PNG and BMP image
  • Elixir Formats

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Elixir DesignPro Tools is not an RPPS product, and it is licensed to end users by Elixir DesignPro Tools. Neither party has any responsibility for or makes any representations or warranties regarding the other's products or services.