Workflows for printing

You can define a workflow that lets you track a job that contains PDF data through the system.
The primary function of a PDF workflow depends upon the target printer.
  • If the target printer is a Ricoh PDF printer, the workflow can send a job and a job ticket to the printer. The printer uses the information contained in the JDF job ticket to complete the job, which lets the user view real-time status and job progress.
  • If the target printer supports LPD or another protocol, the workflow can use the PrintJobs step to send a job to a printer that uses that protocol. The PrintJobs step uses job properties to schedule the job to an appropriate printer. If more than one printer can print the job, the PrintJobs step balances printer loads.
  • If the target printer receives jobs or JDF job tickets through hot folders, the workflow can send the job to a Passthrough printer device. The printer device has a Printer command property that copies the job into a hot folder that is associated with the printer.
  • If the target printer is a Kodak printer, the PrintJobs step can send the PDF file, with inserted KDK commands, to the printer. The Cut Sheet Support for Kodak feature is required.
  • If the target printer is a Xerox printer, the PrintJobs step can send the PDF file, with inserted XRX or XPIF commands, to the printer. The Cut Sheet Support for Xerox feature is required.
  • If the target printer is a custom PDF printer, the PrintJobs step converts the PDF file to PostScript and sends a PostScript data stream to the printer. The data stream can contain device-specific PostScript commands.

Another function of the workflow can be to combine small PDF files into one larger file. Adding the BuildPDFFromZIP step to a PDF workflow lets you concatenate PDF files contained in a .zip file into a larger PDF file. The smaller files are added to the new file in the order they are in the .zip file. The hot folder input device that processed the input file can create the .zip file. Alternatively, you can package the files as a .zip file before they are submitted.

 
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