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inFORM Decisions Announces iDocs 4.03

-inFORM's document automation module adds signature pads an dynamic macros


  • New Release 4.03 of iDocs document automation

  • Dynamic Macros to customize output

  • Remote signature pad support

  • Native on IBM AS/400, iSeries, i5, System i midrange servers

  • IBM business partner ISP for over 13 years.

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, March 29, 2008: inFORM Decisions, leading provider of document automation and electronic banking solutions, has released Version 4.03 of iDocs, the centerpiece of their Document Automation product family running on IBM's popular System i product group. The new version 4.03 of iDocs contains the ability to support Dynamic Macros and supports remote Signature Pads. Dynamic Macros offer the capability to substantially customize the output content of iDocs on a block-by-block basis. Support of remote signature pads will enable organizations using such a device in delivery and receiving operations to upload information and signatures from signature pads directly to the iSeries  System i and to inFORM's iDocs to merge and manage.

inFORM Decisions was founded in 1994 to provide powerful utility solutions to address the growing need to efficiently manage paper workloads in all aspects of the enterprise. Managing custom electronic forms and reports, faxes, bar codes, electronic documents and MICR check-printing has generated strong consumer interest on the IT landscape.

iDocsTM contains the brains and the administrative engine for inFORM's Document Automation product family. It captures documents, applies business rules, merges forms and intelligently routes eDocuments to user-defined locations.  Options are available to email, fax, archive-retrieve, MICR check print, and print laser forms and report applications. It is resident native on the IBM System i product group of servers that includes AS/400, iSeries, i5 and System i.

Signature Pad Capability

Remote Signature Pads are in common use in delivery operations today. Using this capability, documents and signatures can be uploaded, merged and printed/emailed/faxed/archived.  This will be useful for members of the transportation industry where they collect signatures all day and capture the delivery transactions at end of day.

iDocs has an option called iSignature that uses a signature capture pad to capture and upload the image of a signature as a macro. iDocs can then be set up to capture the identifier of the signature image from the System i spool file page (e.g., invoice number, customer number) and include the matching signature in the laser document.

Members of the transportation industry that use a remote signature pad and wish to upload delivery documents with associated signatures onto IBM's AS/400, iSeries, i5 or System i midrange servers are expected to benefit significantly from the dynamic macros in Version 4.03 of iDocs.

Dynamic Macros

With version 4.03, iDocs can now dynamically search through a spool file for a user-defined condition and merge almost any content with the spool file. To be able to do this, dynamic macros are used. iDocs provides the capability to create such a macro, which can contain an image such as a signature, a logo, picture, text, or mixed content.  Then it is included in the merged iDocs output at the user-specified locations under the user-specified conditions.

Some simpler uses of dynamic macros could include:


  • Using the correct corporate logo image in the output when the spool file page includes output for different companies.

  • Including different standard terms that are matched to different document types.

  • Including different forms content matched to different document types, different customer types or accounts.

"Both dynamic macros and remote signature pad support will be welcomed by our users", reports Dan Forster, President of inFORM Decisions. "They address more complex document applications that we've run across over the years.

Availability of release 4.03 for iDocs users is immediate.

All announced enhancements in Version 4.03 of iDocs are covered by the normal IFD support contract that pertains to all of the company’s products. Training is available for a reasonable fee.

For more information about iPDF and other document automation solutions from IFD, contact Sales at inFORM Decisions, 30221 Aventura, Rancho Santa Margarita, California 92688, email sales@informdecisions.com or call 949.709.5838 x100.

About inFORM Decisions

inFORM Decisions (www.informdecisions.com) is a leading solution developer specializing in document automation and electronic banking solutions for IBM’s popular midrange computer platform that includes the AS/400, iSeries, i5 and System i servers. The company’s founder, Dan Forster is president of the company he founded after 20 years working with various electronic document management solutions. Dan was part of a team that introduced the first implementations of AS/400 laser form, check, and printer connectivity solutions for IBM midrange users in the mid-1980s. IFD was one of the first IBM business partner software developers to implement a comprehensive iSeries host-based e-document distribution system powered by intelligent routing capabilities for fax, email, archive-retrieve, and laser forms.

The company’s products are organized into two product families, compatible with at least 33 popular brands of application software.

Document Automation Solutions This integrated suite of solutions includes iDocsTM, iMailTM, iFaxTM, iPDFTM DocumentCenter and iViewTM.

Banking Automation Solutions These products support electronic banking and include iChecksTM, Check-SecureTM, ACH e-Paymentand PositivePayTM.

IFD is committed as a company to the protection of our environment and recently formulated its IFD Green Policy which can be accessed at www.informdecisions.com/trees.

The company has been an IBM Business Partner since 1998. Reach inFORM Decisions at 30221 Aventura, Rancho Santa Margarita, California92688, email sales@informdecisions.com or 949.709.5838.



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