October 26, 2016

Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) Technical Recordings

Over the last few weeks, this technical series has been looking in detail at Advanced Function Presentation, AFP. Our aim has been to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of the technology that underpins an enterprise archive.

Why? Because by understanding the origins of AFP, its architecture and richness, the ease with which it can be converted and repurposed, and how AFP encapsulates your reports and customer communications, you will understand how your data can be accessed or migrated to modern platforms, providing real value to the information that you hold.

In the series so far, we have looked at the early days of archive technology and how legacy challenges can affect the changes that businesses want to make today. We have also looked at the evolution of AFP, from its origins as an IBM standard through its adoption as the defacto language of transactional print, to a coordinated set of document creation, viewing, archiving, and printing standards maintained and enhanced by the AFP Consortium.

Most recently, we explored the building blocks of AFP and how the comprehensive sets of standards that AFP is comprised of interact and operate together. Now we are pleased to release the first of our technical recordings to accompany this series.

The first is an Introduction to AFP and reviews its origins and development. It also provides you with an overview of AFP’s use in high volume enterprise print and archiving, and takes a closer look at the AFP architecture to help you gain a better understanding of the file format. The second; Know your OCA takes a deeper look at the comprehensive set of standards which define AFP. We examine the overall structure of an AFP file, show you how to find specific values within it, and help you understand the output that is produced.

Over the next few weeks we will examine AFP to PDF transformation and indexing techniques through two new recordings, and then we will move on to explore in detail the storage and retrieval options to and from your enterprise archive. Sign up here to receive notifications for these and the other posts in this series.