Adding steps to index AFP files

After you create page groups and index tags in a sample AFP file using Ricoh Visual Workbench, you must add a step to one or more workflows to create page groups and index tags in production AFP files that use the workflows. The step names the Visual Workbench control file that contains definitions for the page groups and index tags.

You can base the step on the IndexAFP step template. If AFP Editor is installed, you can base the step on the EditAFP step template. If Whitespace Manager is installed, you can base the step on the FillWhiteSpace step template.

If you base the step on the IndexAFP step template, position the step before the EnableRepositioning step so that you can use the Print again action to reprint a page group.

If you base the step on the EditAFP or FillWhiteSpace step template, 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 the EnableRepositioning step
  • Before a step that transforms AFP files into another format (for example, before the TransformJobIntoPDF step)
  • Before the PrintJobs step

  • You can use the IndexAFP step template to enhance the AFP files that the Ricoh ProcessDirector Transform Features create.
To add a step to index AFP files:
  1. Click the Workflow tab.
  2. Do one of these:
    • Edit a workflow:
      1. In the Workflow Objects porlet, click the Workflows tab.
      2. Select the workflow that you want to add the step to and click Disable workflow (Disable workflow icon).
      3. Click the name of the workflow.
    • Copy a workflow:
      1. In the Workflow Objects portlet, click the Workflows tab.
      2. Select the workflow that you want to copy and click Copy workflow (Copy workflow icon).
      3. Name the copy of the workflow, fill in or edit other values that you need, and click Ok.
  3. Click the name of the workflow you want to modify.
    If you prefer to modify a copy of the workflow, right click it and choose Copy. Name the copy of the workflow, fill in or edit other values that you need, and click Continue.
  4. Optional: Disable the workflow by clicking the switch to the left of the workflow name. If you do not disable the workflow while you edit it, jobs that use this workflow continue to move through steps. When you save, the workflow is momentarily disabled then enabled again. Jobs that are processing in the workflow could move into error.
  5. In the Workflow Objects portlet, click the Step Templates tab.
  6. In the workflow editor, click Step Templates in the top right corner of the window.
  7. Select one of these step templates:
    • IndexAFP: This step template creates page groups and index tags in AFP files.
    • EditAFP: This step template can create page groups and index tags before it creates barcodes, text, and hidden areas in AFP files.
    • FillWhiteSpace: This step template can create page groups, index tags, barcodes, text, and hidden areas before it fills defined white space with content in production AFP files.

    1. The same Visual Workbench control file must contain the definitions for page groups, index tags, barcodes, hidden areas, and white space.
    2. The EditAFP step template is available only if AFP Editor is installed.
    3. The FillWhiteSpace step template is available only if Whitespace Manager is installed.
    4. Select the EditAFP step template only if the IndexAFP step and the EditAFP step can be done consecutively in the same phase. Otherwise, add the steps separately.
  8. Drag one of the steps into the Workflow Editor portlet, type a name for the new step or use the current name, and click OK.
  9. Drag one of the steps into the workflow editor.
  10. Connect the step to other steps.
  11. Select the step and click Properties (Properties icon).
  12. Right-click the step and select Properties.
  13. If necessary, change the General properties.
  14. Click Job Defaults.
  15. Click AFP.
  16. In the Visual Workbench control file field, type the path and file name of the Visual Workbench control file that contains the definitions to create the page groups and index tags.

    • This control file is not the same as an index object file that the ConvertLineDataJobIntoAFP step might create.
    • If you want to use the same workflow for input files that require different control files, you can use symbolic notation for the name of the control file. For example, if you have two input files, abc.afp and xyz, with corresponding control files, abc.afp.ctl and xyz.ctl, and you want to use the same workflow for both files, you can use ${Job.InputFile}.ctl as the control file in the Visual Workbench control file field. ${Job.InputFile}.ctl causes Ricoh ProcessDirector to set the value of the Visual Workbench control file to the name of the input file plus the .ctl extension.
  17. If you selected the EditAFP step template, select Yes in the Index first field.
  18. Click OK.
  19. Save and enable the workflow.
 
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