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Stepping up images on a canvas

Hi guys,

Hoping someone could help. I am stuck at the moment on trying to understand how I can get this workflow setup as is a new concept for us. 

Our current workflows are set up of using a csv file through a hot folder with all the information on that csv file to do whatever we need it to do on a single pdf file.

Now, we are looking to see if we can utilize freeflow core to be able to do the following. 

We need to be able to step up different images onto a canvas. So we will be receiving orders of images, and every single will be unique. So what we want to know how we can step each image onto a canvas.

I have been playing around with the Imposition mode and created a canvas with 2 columns and 3 rows to get 6 images on each canvas.

My questions are, is this the right approach on the workflow side of it and second, how to I set it up to collect the different images to place on the canvas?

Thanks

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Re: Stepping up images on a canvas

Hi David,

I am still struggling to understand how it is all going to work.

I am basically getting orders for example of 1,000 images that we have to print. 

All images are different. I can print 6 to a sheet.

I dont understand how to do this.

Are you able to give me an example of what the csv file might look like?

 

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Re: Stepping up images on a canvas

If your csv only points to a images, something like this:

C:\pics\pic1.jpg
C:\pics\pic2.jpg
C:\pics\pic3.jpg

then you need to have unique field used as an OrderID/GroupKey that tells FreeFlow Core to keep these images together in a Job Group. Something like this:

C:\pics\pic1.jpg,1
C:\pics\pic2.jpg,1
C:\pics\pic3.jpg,1

In this case you need to map column B as the OrderID/Group Key in the MAX Setup on the Hot Folder.

You can then use Join before Impose in your workflow or use Collect Job Documents on Impose.

 

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Re: Stepping up images on a canvas

Hello Stefan,

So would you have something like this set up? Assuming I have the OrderID in column C?

If this is the case, how does this work with getting lets say, 12 images onto 3 sheets as I can only print 6 per sheet. 

#ProdMethodFolderNameOrderIDJobNoQtyProductCode
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000001.png9000001150
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000002.png9000002150
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000003.png9000003150
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000004.png9000004150
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000005.png9000005150
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000006.png9000006150
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000007.png9000007150
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000008.png9000008150
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000009.png9000009150
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000010.png9000010150
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000011.png9000011150
Workflow\\BRFFCORE01\FITS Orders\MLBSTM9000012.png9000012150
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Re: Stepping up images on a canvas

If you have Output Management module you could create a new Job Group from the sample you sent, but if you don't you will need to modify your input or use existing fields differently. You could for instance use ProductCode in your example as OrderID to create a Job Group, since it has the same value for all records, but it wouldn't make sense probably.

Here is an example of how it could be done. I renamed your OrderID to FileName and added an extra field and named that field OrderID instead. Mapping OrderID as column G would create a Job Group that you can use for joining and imposing since they share the same value for all records.

#ProdMethod,FolderName,FileName,JobNo,Qty,ProductCode,OrderID
Workflow,C:\pics\,9000001.png,9000001,1,50,001
Workflow,C:\pics\,9000002.png,9000002,1,50,001
Workflow,C:\pics\,9000003.png,9000003,1,50,001
Workflow,C:\pics\,9000004.png,9000004,1,50,001

You could also add a GroupKey. Here is an example where I added a GroupKey in column H

#ProdMethod,FolderName,FileName,JobNo,Qty,ProductCode,OrderID,GroupKey
Workflow,C:\pics\,9000001.png,9000001,1,50,001,1
Workflow,C:\pics\,9000002.png,9000002,1,50,001,1
Workflow,C:\pics\,9000003.png,9000003,1,50,001,2
Workflow,C:\pics\,9000004.png,9000004,1,50,001,2

This would create two Job Groups - one with the first two records and one with the last two records.

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Re: Stepping up images on a canvas

Hi Stefan,

I have tried what you have recommended.

My output though is 6 pages in 1 pdf file.

Each page has 6 images of the same pic on it.

I want the output to be, if I have for example only 6 images, I want 1 page in the pdf file with the 6 different images.

Here is an example: http://notes.briner.com.au/images/kons%20test.pdf

Hope that made sense. 

Mind you, we will be getting hundreds of these images and I want to be able to control how many pages in a single pdf I can output as well.

Thanks

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Re: Stepping up images on a canvas

It seems to me that you are using Page Order: Repeated in the Layout tab in your imposition. Try using Sequential or Cut and Stack instead. That should give you what you need. After (or before) your imposition you can use Split to control the number of pages in each pdf by for instance using Split By: Segments and Divide into Fixed Page Segments.

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