How the Transform Features work

This section describes how the Transform Features work.

The Transform Features handle data and image transform processing from print servers by balancing and managing transform requests across multiple transform servers. You interact with the Transform Features through the user interface on a Web browser.

The Transform Features user interface includes these components:

Coordinator
The coordinator communicates with Ricoh ProcessDirector.
Transform server
The transform server manages these print data and image transforms:
  • AFP to Adobe PDF
  • PCL
  • Adobe PDF and PostScript
  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • SAP
  • TIFF
The transforms convert the print data and image data to AFP data, and with the AFP to Adobe PDF transform, convert the AFP data to PDF. For more information about the transforms, see Using the transforms.
User interface
The user interface lets you define print servers and start, stop, and manage the transform servers.

The next figure shows the components and how the Transform Features interact with the print servers.

Transform Feature components and the interaction with print servers

This figure illustrates the flow between the print servers and the Transform Feature components: the data manager, transform servers, and the user interface.

Then numbers in the figure refer to these descriptions of how the components operate and interact with each other and the print servers.

  1. Print jobs are submitted from one or more print servers that have been configured to send transform requests to the Transform Features. A print server interface transmits the request to the coordinator. The coordinator component receives the request and information regarding the type of transformation to be done.
  2. The coordinator sends the transform request to a transform server component, which transforms the data with the appropriate transform, such as PostScript to AFP. If you are using more than one transform server, the coordinator sends the request to the transform server with the lowest processing load.
  3. To maximize print server performance in sending data to the printers, the transform servers sequence the transformed data in the correct order and return it to the print servers as the data completes processing, instead of waiting for the entire job to finish.
  4. The user interface component, which you access from a Web browser, lets you define which print servers and transform servers the Transform Features communicate with. With the user interface, you can start and stop transform servers, check the operating status of the transform servers, determine the percentage of work pending for a transform server, view the message log, configure a trace to help diagnose a problem (only when requested by Software Support), and see what transforms are installed on a transform server.

Note
When you purchase any of the transform features, the GIF to AFP, JPEG to AFP, and TIFF to AFP transforms are included on the CD-ROMs.

Returning transform requests from the Transform Features

If you submit numerous transform requests from a print server, those transform requests might not return to the print server in the same order. The order the transformed data returns to the print server depends on the kind of transform (AFP, PDF, PostScript, GIF, JPEG, SAP, or TIFF) and the size of the request.

For example, you send a PCL file and then you send a PDF file that is the same size. The PCL file can only be transformed on a job basis. The PDF file, on the other hand, is processed as groups of pages over multiple processors. Therefore, the PDF file might be transformed first and returned to the print server before the PCL file.

 
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