History of the AFP Consortium

Although the AFP Consortium was only formed in 2004, its creation was two decades in the making.
After all, it was back in 1984 when the AFP format was designed by experts at IBM. This revolutionary file created an indexed record of files produced by printers, independent of the software used to send the file, allowing print room operators to distribute large jobs across a wide range of different printers with ease.
These files required very little storage space, meaning that the nation's largest enterprises were able to create an accurate record of printed files.    
They were also able to control a number of print settings, such as the formatting or the form of paper output, and they could do so across a range of operating systems. It was a hugely popular medium for storing and presenting information and soon became a recognized standard for the print industry.

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