Can an AS 400 Cobol Print Output Have Graphics without APF

I work in an AS 400 COBOL shop. We don't have AFP. Is there a way for a printout  (spooled)
to have different fonts, graphics, colors, etc.?
Without buying additional software. If so, could you show some sample code so I can get an idea of how to proceed?
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
MLS
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LowfatspreadCommented:
what printers are you using?

the capabilities you want to include within your documents will depend on what they can support, and the print composition languages that they support...

all afp provides is a method to specify the document layouts, and embed the desired print control commands... you can write them directly to the spool yourself... with the disadvantage of tieing your self to a articular level of printer/technology...
tliottaCommented:
Note that "AFP" and "APF" are two different things. An AFPDS printer file can be created, generated, printed and just about everything else without "APF".

APF is generally 'Advanced Printer Function', accessed with the STRAPF command and I think now generally part of standard development tools, along with STRPDM, STRDFU and similar other.

AFP is 'Advanced Function Presentation' which involves much more than the APF utility function.

The question is ambiguous. AFAIK, all AS/400s are capable of AFP. Some might not have APF installed, but AFP is still available. Different AS/400s are licensed for higher volumes of AFP output support, generally through Infoprint Server licensing.

Beyond all of the "printing" topics in the Information Center, the IBM AS/400 Printing V, IBM eServer iSeries Printing VI: Delivering the Output of e-business and IBM eServer iSeries Printing VII: Infoprint Server Implementation RedBooks have lots of info. (For all RedBooks, always check for the "Additional Material" link in the links section at the top of the Abstract page. Downloadable exmples are often provided with the .PDFs.)

Tom

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