Configuring for InfoPrint Manager transforms

InfoPrint Manager for Linux, InfoPrint Manager for AIX, and InfoPrint Manager for Windows include transforms that convert jobs to AFP format from DBCS ASCII, DBCS EUC, ditroff, GIF, JPEG, line data, PCL, PDF, PostScript, SAP, TIFF, or XML format. If InfoPrint Manager is installed on a computer accessible to Ricoh ProcessDirector, Ricoh ProcessDirector can use the InfoPrint Manager transforms.

To make the transforms available, define a step template that calls an InfoPrint Manager transform as an external program and create a workflow that includes a step based on that step template:

  1. Click the Administration tab.
  2. In the left pane, click Workflow → Step Templates.
  3. Select RunExternalProgram from the list of step templates.
  4. Click Actions → Copy.
  5. Type a name for the new step template.
  6. For the External command property, type a transform command.
    You can type any options that the transform command accepts.
    For example, this command transforms a job from PDF to AFP:
    pdf2afp -r600 -o ${getFileName(print,afp,write)} ${getFileName(print,pdf,read)}
    The –r flag sets the resolution of the output and the getFileName method specifies the names of the input and output files.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Select the new step template and click Tune.
  9. On the Tuning Properties page, select Run only on the selected server or servers, and then select the server where InfoPrint Manager is installed.
  10. Click the Workflow tab.
  11. In the left pane, click Step Templates.
  12. Right-click RunExternalProgram from the list of step templates and select Copy.
  13. Type a name for the new step template.
  14. For the External command property, type a transform command.
    You can type any options that the transform command accepts.
    For example, this command transforms a job from PDF to AFP:
    pdf2afp -r600 -o ${getFileName(print,afp,write)} ${getFileName(print,pdf,read)}
    The -r flag sets the resolution of the output and the getFileName method specifies the names of the input and output files.
  15. Click OK.
  16. Click the name of the new step template.
  17. In the Tuning tab, select Run on specific servers, and then select the server where InfoPrint Manager is installed.
  18. Click OK.
  19. Select the new step template and click Enable.
  20. Right-click the new step template and select Enable.
  21. In the left pane, select Workflows.
  22. Right-click the Transform workflow and select Copy.

    • The Transform workflow is provided with the AFP Support feature.
  23. Name the copy of the workflow, fill in or edit other values that you need, and click OK.
  24. Name the copy of the workflow, fill in or edit other values that you need, and click Continue.
  25. Replace the TransformJobIntoAFP step with a step based on the step template you just created:
    1. In the Workflow Objects portlet, click the Step Templates tab.
    2. Click the icon for the step template you created and drag it into the Workflow Editor portlet.
    3. Place the new step over the TransformJobIntoAFP step, and release the mouse button. Ricoh ProcessDirector asks if you want to replace the highlighted step. Click Yes.
    4. Type a name for the new step or use the current name and click OK.
  26. Replace the TransformJobIntoAFP step with a step based on the step template you just created:
    1. Right-click the TransformJobIntoAFP step and select Delete.
    2. Click Step Templates in the top right corner of the window.
    3. Select the step template you created, and drag it into the workflow editor to the location where the TransformJobInfoAFP step was.
  27. Select the new step and click Properties (Properties icon) on the Workflow Editor portlet.
  28. Right-click the new step and select Properties.
  29. Make any modifications to the transform command needed for this workflow.
  30. Click OK.
  31. Save the workflow.
    Option Description
    Save workflow (Save icon) Saves the workflow, but does not enable it. Use this option if you do not want to use the workflow immediately or if you want to continue editing it.
    Save and enable (Save and enable icon) Saves the workflow and enables it. Use this option if you do not need to make any additional changes and want to use the workflow immediately or if you want to test the workflow.
  32. Save the workflow.
The new workflow uses the transform command to process any job that it is assigned to.
 
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