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SykyB12
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Creating sets inside print job

Hi all,

is it possible to create dynamic sets inside a print job from FFC? We would like to use it for offset function on the EFI.

If I use Group Key and Join component I am able to create "groups" but each group is sent to the printer as a seperate print job. Our preference is to send only one job with sets defined inside a spool.

Thank you.

 

 

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DavidU54339-XRX
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Re: Creating sets inside print job

FFCore does not support the programming of subset finishing. One could do subset finishing by submitting to FFCore PS with proper setpagedevice commands for the jogging requires. The print node needs to use the LPR printer option and in Core Configure set convertSPDCommandstoBookmarks = true. See below.

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SykyB12
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Re: Creating sets inside print job

Thank you for the information. I am not sure I understand it correctly.

If we could generate PS with the proper setpagedevice commands we wouldn't need FFC, we could just send the spool to the printer via LPR. Right?

Also as far as I know post-script sent to the FFC is converted internally to PDF format - what will happen with the setpagedevice instructions?

Thank you for the clarification.

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DavidU54339-XRX
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Re: Creating sets inside print job

I agree, if all you want to do is use setpagedevice commands on the EFI,  FFCore provides no value add. If you want to use FFCore for its other features (e.g., imposition) and preserve the setpagedevice commands, my previous post describes how to do it. Using my instructions, the following happens on FFCore:

  1. the submitted PS is converted to PDF. PDF is the PDL used for FFCore workflow processing.
  2. the setpagedevice commands are preserved as PDF bookmarks
  3. at print submission, PDF is converted to PS  and the PDF bookmarks are converted to PS setpagedevice commands
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SykyB12
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Re: Creating sets inside print job

Thank you David, I understand now.

Is it possible to skip step #1 and create PDF bookmarks directly by External component? What is the syntax?

Thank you.

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DavidU54339-XRX
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Re: Creating sets inside print job

I suppose you could use the External node to update the PDF's bookmarks.

I do not know the syntax for EFI setpagedevice commands. I am familiar with the syntax for the FFPS DFE -- but alas you have EFI. I would direct your question to EFI for the syntax.

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StefanT-Xerox
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Re: Creating sets inside print job

If you join PDF/X-4 files in FreeFlow Core the result is by default a PDF/VT which contains the sets you need.

Stefan

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SykyB12
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Re: Creating sets inside print job

Hi Stefan,

I am afraid we can't create PDF/X-4 as the input :( Thank you anyway.

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md106
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Re: Creating sets inside print job

I was able to use an optimize node to apply the PDF/X-4 tag to some REALLY low quality PDF input, and when joined it worked to create PDF VT output. Worth a try.

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