Pages

When the batching method is Pages, the hot folder input device submits one or more PDF files as a group, based on the number of pages in the files that arrive in the hot folder. This method is only valid for PDF files.

The hot folder examines PDF files as they arrive and determines how many pages they contain. The hot folder maintains a count of the total number of PDF pages currently in the hot folder. When the total number of PDF pages matches or exceeds the value set for the Number of pages to batch property, the hot folder submits a group of files.

The PDF file that makes the total number of pages exceed the value set for the Number of pages to batch property is only included in the group if the Exceed pages to batch property is set to Yes. If the Exceed pages to batch property is set to No, this PDF file remains in the hot folder as the first set of pages for the next batch.

If a single file contains more pages than the value set for the Number of pages to batch property and the Exceed pages to batch property is set to Yes, the file is submitted for printing, either as a batch with the rest of the PDF files that are waiting to print or as a batch that contains only one file. However, if the Exceed pages to batch property is set to No, the file cannot be submitted. Processing for the hot folder stops until that input file is deleted, the value of the Number of pages to batch property is increased to at least the number of pages in the file, or the Exceed pages to batch property is changed to Yes so the file can be submitted.

  • The Pages batching method does not support encrypted or password-protected PDF files. If an encrypted or password-protected PDF file is submitted to a hot folder that uses the Pages batching method, Ricoh ProcessDirector issues an error message because it cannot open the file to count the number of pages.

When you use the Pages batching method, set these input device properties as indicated:

  • Workflow: ParentNoPrint
  • Child workflow: The workflow that is appropriate for the print files in the job.
  • Submit step: SubmitInputFiles
  • Create .zip file: If this property is set to Yes, all input files that match the value set in the Data patterns property are combined as a ZIP file and submitted as a single job. If this value is set to No, all input files are submitted as child jobs.
  • Number of pages to batch: the number of pages that the hot folder waits to receive before submitting the files as a single group.
  • Exceed pages to batch: If this property is set to Yes, a PDF file that contains enough pages to make the total number of pages in the hot folder exceed the value set for Number of pages to batch property will be submitted with the rest of the files. If this property is set to No, this file will remain in the hot folder as the first set of pages for the next batch.
  • Data patterns: a pattern that matches PDF file names, such as .*pdf$ or .*PDF$.
 
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