Designer

The Designer feature extends Ricoh ProcessDirector to make it easier to interact with Quadient Inspire v8 and higher. The Quadient Inspire program was formerly named GMC Designer. The feature adds system objects tailored to work with files created by Quadient Inspire so they can be submitted to the processing engine to generate print jobs as part of a print workflow.

After you create an application in Quadient Inspire, you can:

  • Submit raw, unprocessed formatting, configuration, and data files to a hot folder and send them to Quadient Inspire to create an AFP job or PDF job as part of a workflow.
    If you want to generate AFP or PDF output as part of job processing, you can submit the WFD file and JOB file from Quadient Inspire along with variable data files (in any format that Quadient Inspire supports) to a hot folder that uses the List batching method.
  • Use Quadient Inspire to modify an existing AFP or PDF file as part of a workflow.
    If you have an existing AFP or PDF application that you want to continue to use, you can submit a WFD file to a hot folder as a print job. Ricoh ProcessDirector invokes Quadient Inspire, which locates the existing AFP or PDF file and uses the information in the WFD file to recreate the AFP or PDF file.
When generating or modifying a file, the hot folder assigns the job to a workflow that contains a step based on the ComposeAFP or ComposePDF step template to send the files to Quadient Inspire. The step waits until the AFP or PDF file is returned to continue processing.

New Step Templates

The feature adds step templates to send jobs to Quadient Inspire.

  • ComposePDF

    A step based on this step template uses Quadient Inspire to generate a new PDF file from a WFD file and one or more raw data files. The step waits for the new file to be returned.

  • ComposeAFP

    A step based on this step template uses Quadient Inspire to generate a new AFP file from a WFD file and one or more raw data files. The step waits for the new file to be returned. ComposeAFP is only available when the Designer and AFP Support features are installed.

 
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