A step that is based on this step template creates barcodes, text, and hidden areas in AFP files. The barcodes, text, and hidden areas are defined in a control file that you create using Ricoh Visual Workbench and AFP Editor. When you configure the step, you can choose to create any page groups and index tags that are defined in the same control file before creating the barcodes, text, and hidden areas. You use AFP Indexer to create page groups and index tags.

Job property defaults

  • Index first: Yes
  • Visual Workbench control file:

Usage notes

  • If the Index first property is Yes, do not run the IndexAFP step because the Index first option provides the same function as the IndexAFP step. It is more efficient to select the Index first option.
  • Do not select Index first if the IndexAFP step and the EditAFP step must be done in different phases. For example, if a barcode contains the document sequence and another step in the workflow sorts the documents in a different order, you might put the IndexAFP step in the Prepare phase and then put the EditAFP step after the build step in the Assemble phase.
  • Position the step relative to these steps if they are present:
    • After a step that converts line data to AFP format (for example, after the ConvertLineDataJobIntoAFP step)
    • After a step that converts Xerox data to AFP format
    • Before a step that transforms AFP files into another format (for example, before the TransformJobIntoPDF step)
    • Before the EnableRepositioning step if you configure the EditAFP step to create page groups and index tags
    • Before the PrintJobs step
    • After a step based on the IndexAFP step template (unless using Index first)
    • After a step that changes the property values in the barcode
  • If you created fixed-length page groups with the IndexAFP step template, you can use the EditAFP step template to enhance AFP files that the Ricoh ProcessDirector Transform Features create.
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