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manuel
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how to combine some PDF files to one PDF file

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Hello,

 

Is it possible to combine some PDF files to one PDF file with Free Flow Core?

If yes, how?

 

thanks in andvance

regards,

Manuel

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KenCBraEU
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Re: how to combine some PDF files to one PDF file

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Hi Manuel.

 

You need the Collect functions, It is realy easy to use. You have multiple trigers, Time of day, pages and so on.

 

Ken

Ken Carlsen
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Re: how to combine some PDF files to one PDF file

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Ken's correct - the files need to be part of a "job group" which is an option in the collect node.

 

A couple of other ways to get files into a job group:

- You can use the Submit Job UI to submit multiple files as a job group

- You can use any submission interface to submit a Zip file

- You can use the group key in a manifest to create a job group

- You can submit a JDF (via JMF) that references multiple files

 

The Collect node is the simplest to use as it does not require anything special during submission.

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manuel
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Re: how to combine some PDF files to one PDF file

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@KenCBraEU wrote:

Hi Manuel.

 

You need the Collect functions, It is realy easy to use. You have multiple trigers, Time of day, pages and so on.

 

Ken


 

Hi,

 

i tried to configure the collect function, but i doenst work.

At the moment it should be a very easy task, for this test i only have two PDF files and FreeFlow Core should create one PDF files.

Please can you explain me how to configure the "collect" component.

 

And for this test i will add the two pdf files manually to the workflow (not with a hot folder)

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KenCBraEU
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Re: how to combine some PDF files to one PDF file

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You need to set on collect job documents on the next step in the workflow.

 

 

Ken Carlsen
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Re: how to combine some PDF files to one PDF file

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The Collect component has the option (enabled by default) to release the jobs as a job group.

If you want the PDFs to be combined into a single PDF you need to add a Join node to the workflow. Join concatenates all the files in a job group.

manuel
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Re: how to combine some PDF files to one PDF file

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@JavierM-Xerox wrote:

The Collect component has the option (enabled by default) to release the jobs as a job group.

If you want the PDFs to be combined into a single PDF you need to add a Join node to the workflow. Join concatenates all the files in a job group.


thanks JavierM-Xerox, this "join" component was exectly this what i was looking for

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Peter_604 New Member
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Re: how to combine some PDF files to one PDF file

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Hi I would like to combine mutiple PDF files and submit to a FX1400 but I dont have a collect Node we use 3.0.1.3, not sure what to do 

 

 

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Re: how to combine some PDF files to one PDF file

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The Join component (as I mentioned above) will combine all the files in a job group.

If you can submit the files as a job group then you do not need the Collect component.

There are multiple ways to submit files as a job group:

  • Zip them together and submit them
  • If using MAX submission, add Order ID and the Group Key columns to the manifest and have all the files use the same values
  • If using JMF, add all the files to the RunList
  • If using the UI, submit them together and use the option to create a Job Group

Not sure which of the above options is available with v3. The current version is v4.0.2.1. If you are paying maintenance you should be able to upgrade at no charge.

 

The Collect node will automatically gather unrelated files and create a job group. That option is available as part of the Output Management license in v4.

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Peter_604 New Member
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Re: how to combine some PDF files to one PDF file

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The problem I have is using 2 pdf files file 1 has 16pp and file 2 has 40pp as test files

Impo is 1 sided Cut and Stack

When using join the outcome is as follows the first 16pp (File 1) followed by the same 16pp (File 1) and then the rest of the pages from (FIle 2) 17-40 no matter what files I use the outcome is the same, we need this to work for about 200 PDF files

PS the workflow is - Join - impose cut and stack - output using the submit jobs GUI

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