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kevinjel1
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Chain multiple workflows together with MAX

Hello,

What are my options to chain multiple workflows together into a single one (without saving the result PDF into the next hotfolder, since i need variable data coming from a MAX file).

So the usecase would be a single max file with multiple workflows:
1. workflow that does some steps with variable data
2. more additional steps should be done with the resulted PDF with variable data coming from the manifest file.

manifest would look something like this, and should be processed in order:
flow1, <some>, <variable>, <data>
flow2, <other>, <variable>, <data>, <and>, <maybe>, <even>, <more>, <data>

How can i set a global MAX group key, that respects multiple workflows and processes these items in order, starting with flow1?

Thanks for any guidance!

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DavidU54339-XRX
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FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator

Re: Chain multiple workflows together with MAX

One idea is to have the first workflow use a Save node at the end. The saved PDFs will have a defined name and file location. Create a csv (MAX) file for workflow 2, that includes the name/location of the WF1 processed PDFs and the variable data information.

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kevinjel1
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Re: Chain multiple workflows together with MAX

Thanks for your insights, we are using that method now, but experience that jobs are blocking each other, so it takes a while for the first submitted job to finish. For this reason i would like to use a single MAX file over multiple individual hotfolders and group the sequence in order as a single chain, so this way it would complete a job, then starts the next job, instead of doing each flow individually:

1 job goes, isolated, trough a combined set of workflows with a single jobid: flow1 > flow2 > flow 3

instead of:

job 1 - jobid1: > flow 1
job 1 - jobid2: > flow 2
job 2 - jobid3: > flow 3

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