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Posts: 15
Registered: ‎09-21-2017

Job Name is not honoured after a Join Node

I'm having trouble getting my files onto the press with the desired job name. I'm submitting them to Core via JDF and using <CustomerInfo CustomerJobName="name" /> to name the job goup, but I'm submitting multiple files at a time and joining them, at which point I lose the job name and Core uses the name of the first file... I can get around this when saving an output file (by using a variable from JDF to name the output file (BTW, using the groupname variable does not work for me in this case, I'm accessing the OrderID variable instead as it just happens to have the same value as the one I need), but I don't even have this option in a print node. Is there a way to control the output job name when submitting directly to the press?

 

I really need to be able to do this or nobody will have any idea what it is they're printing!

 

The only workaround I can think of so far is to use a save node into another Core hot-folder and then submit to the printer from that hot folder workflow, but its another clunky workaround and I don't really want to have to do it that way... Obviously I could setup hot folders on the press too, but I want the option of being able to submit jobs to Core overnight and the printer's not always going to be on

 

Thanks

 

Joe

FreeFlow User
Posts: 114
Registered: ‎01-09-2014

Re: Job Name is not honoured after a Join Node

Unfortunately at the moment there is no way to rename the job when sent to the printer. The workaround of saving the file, is one way of getting around the issue. Another would be using an external node to modify the XPIF and give the job name there.
One thing that you could modify is the sender name, so maybe if you can use this field instead, you might be able to send additional information to the printer.
FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator
Posts: 14
Registered: ‎02-13-2017

Re: Job Name is not honoured after a Join Node

This JDF may solve the problem. It is a group job submission JDF.

Member
Posts: 15
Registered: ‎09-21-2017

Re: Job Name is not honoured after a Join Node

Hey David, thanks for the suggestion. Yes this is exactly what I'm doing, submitting the files as a group in one JDF file and specifying the job name in the CustomerJobName attribute. The problem is that when printed the jobs do not use that name, instead taking the filename of the first file in the group, regardless of the group name. 

 

This is also the behaviour of save nodes, however when saving you have the option to use a variable for the output filename (although unfortunately CustomerJobName is NOT one of the available variables as far as I can tell). 

 

It makes me wonder what purpose the group name actually serves as it's never used for anything... Makes that example file in the SDK more or less irrelevant...