I always like to create a base workflow from which to create more complex or variations from. In my last blog and in the next few I will illustrate how we can use the Job Creator to make a countless number of different workflows, both Digital and Offset.
The first thing I would like to show you is how to add an extra step that will do something to the single pages beyond just processing them. Prinect Production Manager provides many options for us to choose from.
In Prinect Cockpit we go back to Administration – Templates – Group Templates.
We are going to open the Job Creator Group Template and select Save As. You can go back to any sequence or Group template and Save As to create a variation. It’s a good idea keep the naming simple but also representative of what the sequence does.
Sequence templates can be linked together to create automated workflows. The most common are the Qualify and Prepare sequences linked to produce a production ready PDF. You can see them joined together with a line in the screen capture above. In previous blogs, I explain these two sequences:
We can take this much further, though. In the example below, remember how Job Creator was used in my last blog. A job is created, and if the PDFs pass the preflight production, the production ready pages are automatically sent to an Epson proofer completely color managed. If they don’t pass the preflight, then a CSR is informed to take action.
The next example has the same job creation and preflight rules except it will make a low-res PDF which can then be sent via to the customer by a CSR, for example.
Let’s make the last illustration fully automated. In this example, the system will email a low-res version of the PDF to the customer for approval. It uses another function of the Prinect Production Manager – the Prinect Portal. This is Production Managers gateway to online collaboration with your customers. Once approved, the approval action can trigger more automation – but that is for a future blog.
With Prinect Portal you also have the option of generating pages to be approved that are rendered completely inside the browser. The same RIP that makes proof and plates generates the soft proof. They can even be color managed if the monitor they are being viewed on is good enough.
Multiple outputs can also be done simultaneously by connecting more than one sequence.
You can even have two connected but the next one will only occur if the first that requires approval is done. For example, a job is created. If the PDF pages pass all preflight settings, then a soft proof is sent to the customer for approval. Once they are approved, they are automatically sent to an Epson proofer – completely hands free!
In this example, I have changed the Prepare sequence to one that converts the artwork to CMYK. Now the joined sequences will create a job, preflight the PDF pages, convert everything to CMYK, and send low-res pdfs to customer for approval. This could be done with a Save As of the example before last.
I should have almost called this blog “The power of Save As”. Flexibility and consistency are a hallmark of well thought out automation. These examples are one of many workflows that could be built for a specific job or customer or just for everyday work.
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Prinect Product Specialist