I am a huge fan of the fuction “Save As”. We are going to look at another way of using this. For context, please refer to these two previous blog posts, which will help you better understand our topic today.

https://news.heidelbergusa.com/2020/04/prinect-hotfolder/
https://news.heidelbergusa.com/2021/07/did-you-know-job-creator/

This time though we are going to look at how my Job Creator can be applied to Prinect DFE. This can be done either with a standalone DFE or integrated into Prinect Production Manager. In a Prinect Production Manager environment, the exact same Qualify sequence we used in “Did you know Job Creator,” can be used with offset and digital workflows. This could be a DFE driving a Labelfire or a Versafire. The setup of Qualify and creation of the hotfolder is the same.

Let’s look at how we can create two simple workflows for the DFE with some possible variation using our Qualify from Job Creator. We will connect it to a Prepare sequence that is just Optimizing the PDF since we do not need trapping. For an overview of the Prepare sequence, please refer to this blog.
https://news.heidelbergusa.com/2021/05/did-you-know-qualify-and-prepare-part-2/

We are going to look at a sequence we have not looked at before: The Page Print Sequence. This is where the worlds of offset and digital meet and is integral to the DFE. The Prinect Production Manager can connect to many different digital devices using the Digital Print Manager. It uses a JDF connection to speak to rips like the Fiery and these rips can be connected to many different manufacturers digital devices. Heidelberg also has the digital presses Labelfire and Versafire. One of the great strengths of using Prinect to integrate all of these devices is your operators have one common workflow to produce jobs with, no matter which device they are going to. This also means all jobs are preflighted and color managed by the same workflow, and stored centrally as well. The Page print sequence can be accessed through Prinect Cockpit in Administration – Templates – Sequence Templates.

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Just like we learned in a previous blog, we can connect sequences together. As always, my favorite thing to do, “Save As” is used. We are going to open the original JobCreatorBlogExample and we are going to add the Page Print Sequence GangNupSS and link them together. From there we choose “Save As”, give it an appropriate name, and now we have created a Digital workflow. Don’t worry, we will look at the settings of this Page Print sequence more closely later in this blog.

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Now that we have created this Group Template, we create a hotfolder. When the sequences are linked, it means that the job will automatically go to the digital press. Unlinked means the job will be waiting for an operator to check and then output.

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Now let’s look at how this Page Print sequence is setup. Most of this setup applies whether you are using a Versafire from Heidelberg or a third-party digital press. The purpose of this sequence is to take a piece of artwork or multiple pages and step and repeat them single sided across the sheet. The first step of the Page Sequence lets us choose the stock.

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We can also choose whether to let the DFE use the trim size of the pdfs being dropped in the Hotfolder, which is what we are doing in the example, and allows for any size that fits.

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Or I can set the trim to a specific size. I could also then set the preflight to fail if the trim of the job did not match.

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In the next step, I can set whether I want single sided output or double sided or even a bound book automatically. It will also add more sheets if needed. This setup could become the basis of many more complicated workflows all by using “Save As”!

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A simple switch to double sided and we have a second workflow we could use that steps and repeats anything double-sided that we want.

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There are many more variations of this step that would make an interesting simple workflow. If we turn Repeat off, then it will fill the sheets with the pdfs pages and start a new sheet if there are more.

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You could make a simple automatic ticket output by setting the above and checking Cut and Stack – single sided…

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Or double sided.

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Just open up the first sequence, make the changes needed, and “Save As”.

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As you can see there are a lot of possible variations in this step. It guides how you want the pages to be laid out. I can also set the gutters here.

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In the third step I can assign any marks I might need or custom text. Cut marks will automatically adapt to how many up.

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The fourth step, I can setup the color management. Plus, if I am using a Versafire EV digital press I can set whether I want things such as a fifth color, for example, invisible red toner if I am cutting and stacking tickets with security features that can be seen under a black light.

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The easiest way to do these is with Coating Editor, Heidelberg’s plugin for Acrobat, with is part of a suite of Acrobat tools Heidelberg makes. You can read more about it here.

“Did You Know?” – Tip and Tricks for Prinect Users. Topic 2: Coating Editor


The fifth step of the Page Print sequence allows us to control how the job is delivered and any finishing that might need to occur. In the next blog, I am going to show how we can make a booklet maker workflow!

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After this has been setup it’s as simple as dropping your PDF into a hotfolder and you are producing work. The people doing this just need to know how the files should be named and the Production Manager with DFE will do the rest. If a job fails a preflight, they can be informed by email and receive the report with the errors.
For any workflow variations needed, I can’t say it enough, use the base sequences and the “Save As” function. Touch points are reduced and your operators can focus on the more complex jobs. Whether it is a Heidelberg Versafire, Labelfire or something third party, jobs can automated to your digital presses and then easily moved to offset – all consistently produced.

 


 
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    Joe Banich
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