In addition to PDF and HTML, the M/ series offers many other formats for a wide range of uses and output media:
AFP, PCL, Postscript, TIFF, PNG, SVG, XML and other markup languages or document description formats
With the Extensible Markup Language XML, hierarchically structured data can be displayed in the form of text files. Therefore, it is probably the most widely used format today for the platform-independent exchange of data between different systems.
Series M/ is usually controlled via XML files from different source systems in order to create or further process documents. Conversely, Series M/ can output XML format to supply external data pools or applications such as statistical tools or customer files.
The following formats - in contrast to the markup languages - are print data streams with specific print control commands that describe the exact page layout in the language of the output device. Structural information such as headings, paragraphs, and tables are lost when the data is converted (rendered) into the output-specific format. Subsequent alternative formatting or output of the document is then no longer possible.
AFP (Advanced Function Printing/Presentation) is an architecture for document output and information presentation published by IBM in the mid-1980s. The basic idea was to focus on high printing speeds and appropriate resource management for mass printing.
The M/ series has an appropriate renderer to output AFP with full functionality. The metadata for controlling subsequent systems is inserted in the form of non-displayed/printed sequences (NOP/TLE).
The Printer Command Language PCL is - as the name suggests - a command language for printer control and was developed by Hewlett-Packard. The M/ series has its own PCL renderer.
The page description language was developed by Adobe and is in many ways a precursor to PDF. The M/ series has its own Postscript renderer.
In the following formats, documents are output as graphics using the M series renderers.
TIFF and PNG
The formats belong to the group of pixel-based raster graphics. The M/ series has its own TIFF and PNG renderers.
Scalable Vector Graphics is a vector-oriented graphics format based on XML. The M/ series has its own SVG renderer.
Series M/ generates any other output formats via corresponding renderers. Please contact us if required.