Adding references to medium maps in non-standard AFP files

If you use the AFP Support feature to process documents, Ricoh ProcessDirector can use a different medium map to print each document in the file. (The medium map specifies formatting options, such as duplex options and overlays.) Your AFP files must contain an Invoke Medium Map (IMM) structured field in each document (page group) so that Ricoh ProcessDirector knows which medium map to use.

The Normalize AFP function that is provided with the AFP Support feature can add IMM structured fields in each document in a job if they do not already exist. To use the Normalize AFP function, you create a step (based on the RunExternalProgram step template) that runs the afpnorm command. Then, you include this step in your workflows before the IdentifyDocuments step.

To create a step that adds references to medium maps:

  1. Copy the RunExternalProgram step template, giving it a unique name such as NormalizeAFP.
  2. In the External command field, type this command exactly as shown here:

    afpnorm -m -o ${getFileName(print,afp,write)} -f "${Job.Line2AFP.FORMDEF}" -p "${Job.Print.ResourcePath}" ${getFileName(print,afp,read)}

  3. Delete the content in the External control file property.
  4. Save the step.
  5. Tune the step so that it runs only on the primary server.
  6. Add the new step into your workflow, inserting it:
    • After IndexAFP (if applicable)
    • Before IdentifyDocuments
 
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