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One file, multiple outupts

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Is it possible to submit one file and have it follow multiple branches in the workflow? For example, I have a file that I want to run through my proof workflow, but I also want that same file to follow the impostion branch in that same workflow. How do I do that?

I've created branches in the workflow, but the file will only follow one of the branches. I thought maybe it was the way I had the rules set up but no matter how I define the rules it only follows one branch. I end up duplicating the file and submitting two files to the workflow. That will work if that's the only way, but I'd like to use just a single file for everything.

 

Thank you!

 

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FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator Michael325861-xrx
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Re: One file, multiple outupts

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It's possible to duplicate a job using the Split Component so it can be sent to mutiple workflow executions paths simulateneously. The Split Component is part of the Advanced Automation optional module.

The latest version of the Easy Start Workflows,which can be download from Support & Drivers, includes an example of this workflow: 

 

Capture.JPGSplit.JPG

 

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Nashville New Member
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Re: One file, multiple outupts

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Looks like that will work! I made a few adjustments to fit our needs, but the concept is valid. Thank you!

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Nashville New Member
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Re: One file, multiple outupts

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I do have one follow up question; in the Split node, when I select to split by segments, how can I get it to allow the split document to go to different branches of the workflow? If I split by pages, it will branch off to however many rules I make, but when I split by segments, it doesn't give an option to have the new split file to go anywhere. In fact it doesn't even save two files; I can view the split files after it processes, but it doesn't save two files. 

 

I'm trying to get FFC to take a 2pg PDF, separate (or split) the pages apart so I can configure a different workflow for each page. Is there another way to seperate a PDF using FFC?

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FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator DavidU54339-XRX
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Re: One file, multiple outupts

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When one splits by segments each resulting job name is appended with a space and the segment number (e.g., "originaljobname 1"). You can use a Route node after the segment split with job characteristics that are looking for a match for the appending jobname text. This will allow you to have a different workflow for each segment. See screensnap

jobname.png

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Re: One file, multiple outupts

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After trying, it looks like I'm able to spilt the input file and route to two different impositions, but how do I join those two branches back into one? I've tried the Join node but I don't see where I can connect two branches with that function. 

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FreeFlow Production Workflow Moderator DavidU54339-XRX
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Re: One file, multiple outupts

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The screensnap is an example. Just drag the extra WF connector to the Join node.

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