PHL Print: generate graphical PDFs simply with your IBM i (AS/400)

How about generating compliant documents directly from your IBM i spools?

PHL Print makes it easy to create paper or digital documents with an electronic signature that has evidential value and complies with the latest tax requirements.

Produce and distribute all types of PDF documents from an IBM i server, including lists, labels, invoices, letters and page backgrounds. Meet every business need from transferring existing print files through to designing original documents with multiple graphic options.

Generate attractive pdf files without the need for IBM’s specific environment

PHL Print generates applications that produce documents for printing. Document templates are produced by an interactive graphics editor, which enables very fine, pixel-level layout of text, color images and even barcodes.
Define enriched text zones (bold, highlighted, image, etc.) or new fonts, intervene on color, insert images, barcodes or lines, align texts: everything becomes possible for the user via execution in a PHL Web screen.

PDF file generation from l‛AS/400 (IBM i)


WYSIWYG development with PHL SDW

Spool slicing using keyword recognition

Inclusion of‛dynamic images

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Interfacing with applications

Once created, these states are called up like any other program.

An application generated by PHL Print can interface with an application generated by PHL Web. This means, for example, that a user can request an invoice and see it appear on the screen.

Takeover of existing PRTFs

PHL Print can convert existing print files (PRTF): it retrieves their description and transforms them into graphics files, while retaining the original RPG programs without modifying them. You can then enhance this report by adding images, modifying the font or color and so much more…

Simplified development

Application development with PHL Print is very similar to
traditional IBM i-(AS/400) development. Where the “IBM i” developer uses RLU, he will use SDW, PHL Print’s powerful graphical editor, which will generate not a DDS source file but an XML source. PHL Print includes a compiler that translates XML sources into RPG to produce IBMi executables.

PHL Portail: the complete runtime environment supplied with all PHL products. It's a high-performance graphics solution that incorporates all the advances of the web and modern workstations.


For developers

The PHL Portal lets you set up programs, create users or groups of users, and assign them the necessary rights according to their responsibilities. It is secured by profile or by user group.

For users

Just like a Windows application, the PHL Soft toolbar can be customized to include the most frequently used applications and utilities. All PHL Soft programs run in the PHL portal.

Frequently asked questions


Does this apply to all types of AS/400?

PHL Soft solutions run on IBMi machines equipped with at least release V7R1 (the oldest release still supported by IBM).

Which web browsers are compatible with PHL Soft?

For developers, iE 11 is required.

On the user side, Chrome, Firefox and Edge can be used (with a few security-related restrictions).

How are PHL Soft solutions installed?

Each customer receives the complete PHL Soft solution kit. Depending on the solutions purchased (PHL Web, PHL XML, PHL Query, PHL Print or PHL Mobile), activation keys are issued to start working.

Why choose PHL Soft solutions rather than rewriting applications?

Rewriting a business application means running the risk of losing all the company's business knowledge, as these applications are generally quite old and often have little or no documentation.

How long will it take to get the new programs into production?

New programs can be implemented very quickly if you work in phases. In the first phase, the application is taken over as is thanks to a rapid one-shot conversion, identical to the 5250. In a second phase, it can be improved over time.

How much does a new program with PHL Soft cost?

The cost of a program generated by a PHL Soft solution is de facto much lower than when applications are redeveloped (it is generally considered that it takes as much time to redevelop an application as to write the initial program).

PHL Soft solutions dispense with the analysis of the existing system as a reengineering phase (unlike program rewriting): the process is therefore far less time-consuming and therefore far less costly than new development.

How are users of the generated programs managed?

The PHL Portal module enables developers and administrators to create users and manage their rights.

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