In this blog, as in my previous, we are going to continue to focus on the Prinect DFE. We have been looking at how powerful and helpful “Save As” can be in making workflow variations in Prinect, not just when using the DFE, but for any part of the workflow. Why make something from scratch and make an error in the configuration? Once you have some basics established in your workflow, then you have a springboard to do more complex things.
By having everything go through one workflow, it creates consistency in the processing of jobs, so the operators only need training on one system. Prinect Production Manager makes it easy to switch a job from digital output to offset, no matter whether the job is packaging or commercial – Prinect DFE is a versatile part of this package. Let’s extend what we learned in my last blog, Job Creator DFE, which was a simple setup to step and repeat single sided or double-sided artwork. We could then either have the Versafire automatically output it, or it can be waiting in the queue.
Let’s look at the setup. As I have discussed in the past, Prinect Production Manager uses something called “Sequence Templates” to define various steps and stages in the workflow. This could be setting inks on a press or preflighting a pdf file, for example. We can then group these Sequence Templates together for common workflows called “Group Templates”. This makes it easy for the operator when choosing workflows. For the DFE, we use a specific Sequence Template called “Page Print”. This can be accessed in the Prinect Cockpit by going to Administration > Templates > Sequence Templates > Page Print.
Let’s open the sequence and look at the changes we need to make to turn this sequence into an automatic booklet maker. When we are done, we will use my favorite “Save As” button to save this workflow. Using this sequence means that some of the base settings I need are already set; I just need to make the changes for this particular workflow. In the first step “Paper and Page Settings” we can define what stock to output on and what the trim size of the pages are. If we leave this at “Form PDF”, we have the flexibility to send any trim size and, if it fits, we can even get it to step and repeat these booklets.
In the second step, “Layout Settings”, we define that we want a booklet. For this example, I will pick “Saddlestitch”. You can even define a gripper or lip for the Saddlestitcher. We define the first forms layout and the DFE will automatically generate more forms if needed.
“Print Mark Settings” allows us to apply marks that can assist with finishing. A “Collating” mark can help with a job that has a lot of forms to keep these in their proper order when they are bound.
“Color Setting” allows to control how the job is color managed. If you are using a Versafire EV or CV, you can also apply a varnish, white ink or even spot colors like neon yellow. These can be applied all over or by using Prinect Coating Editor, you can apply them to only certain areas of the job. Look at my past blog covering this.
Finally, in “Print and Finishing Settings” we can choose a finishing option if our Versafire has that capability.
Just by dropping a job into a hotfolder, you can have a saddlestitch booklet finished and ready to go from your Versafire with DFE. To warm up my demo machine, I like to print old, out of copyright comic books from the early 1950s – there are thousands of them at Archive.org. They are an interesting read plus many of the advertisements are a good laugh. The example below is with “Repeat On”. This will step and repeat as many as it can of each spread on each sheet.
With repeat turned off, the DFE will try to fit all the spreads on each sheet.
By making one of these and then using Save As to make the other, you have two automated workflows.
Just a reminder: by opening an already existing Group template and changing out, for example, the Pageprint Sequence for the new one we have created, we can “Save As” to create a new full workflow.
From there we can setup our Hotfolder.
Prinect is a versatile workflow. Jobs produced like this can be easily repurposed for other printing processes. Color management is centrally controlled among many other aspects of production. Not only that, but you can check the productivity of your digital presses alongside the reporting of your offset presses in one central location!
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Prinect Product Specialist