I'm looking for a good example of a MAX workflow including the data file that drives it. If there are good resources out there for developing a manifest automation, I would be interested in that as well.
You can contact me directly, I can help you build a successes MAX workflow.
I have a very powerful tool developed for Customer for creating MAX files.
However, as with many things, there are limits.
At one of my customers, 15 digital printing machines from different manufacturers are operated around RIPs and up to 5,000 print jobs are processed every day.
Core is no longer suitable for this amount of orders.
MAX itself works, Core is overwhelmed with it.
In order to cope with these amounts in core, the core must first be "cleaned up" or fully developed.
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... Core is no longer suitable for this amount of orders.
Could you share which software you do use to handle the imposition for these amount of jobs?
Feel free to PM me (if we violate forum rules), thanks in advance.
I understand what you are saying about the job processing. In all fairness however, in a production environement like you describe, the HARDWARE that FreeFlow Core runs on becomes VERY important. For a serious environment like this you would want (and need) a high performance server with multiple processors and cores. The application is able to utilize multiple cores to process different jobs etc. I have seen situations where people buy a slow server without much memory or high performance drives etc and then are unhappy with how fast jobs process. I know the engineering teams pound on our software to be able to support the environments like you describe - hardware matters.
You are correct FreeFlow Core does not handel larg production sets verry well.
I have read somewere on this site that Xerox recommends you submitt smaller batches.
I have the program I developed that creates our MAX .CSVs split the .CSV in sets of no more that 25 Jobs per file, this workes much better than say 1 file with 150 Jobs in it.
Yes but only to a point FreeFlow seems to have some limits in that regard, like some processes appear to only use 1 core no matter how many you have.
Also the PDF Process is quite slow, I have a workflow that splits a large PDF into Carton size chunks and I did a test on a large file, It took FreeFlow several hours to process, on the same machine I opened the file and split it using Acrobat Pro the same file was split in less than 10 minutes.