In this month’s blog I would like to look at a very specific part of the workflow – Page List. The current logistics issues that many industries are dealing are affecting printers as well. One of the major issues we face is paper. It doesn’t always seem to be the lack of it. Sometimes it seems to be the lack of exactly what was wanted for a particular job. Especially sheet size. How can we deal with this from an imposition and workflow perspective? What I am about discuss could apply as well to creating a job that might go on presses with two different format sizes as well. Another example is that we know the job has 52 pages, but we don’t have an imposition yet. We could get our pages into the right order and connect an imposition after. It doesn’t matter whether you are working on a commercial or a packaging job the behavior is the same.
A Page List allows the user to easily keep track of which page or 1up is within an imposition in Prinect Cockpit. This is incredibly important when going through revision cycles in jobs. By clicking on the Shows 1up or Page Assignment we can then see the pages that have Not Been Assigned, Assigned, and Removed from the layout or Page List visually.Click Image To Enlarge
The Page List in Production Manager is typically created whenever an imposition is added to a job in Cockpit. This provides the operator with two ways to flow their pages or 1ups into the imposition. The most commonly used way is by dragging pages into the imposition itself.
You can also drag pages into the Page List as well in Pages in Cockpit. In Pages, select the button Show 1up or Page Assignment button. This can be very helpful if there are a lot of forms in the job and/or lots of page changes. Instead of scrolling through the forms to find the page to swap out, you can easily find it in the Page List as the pages are just listed consecutively. Either single or groups of pages can be replaced.
If we don’t have an imposition ready but we know the total number of pages or 1ups in the job, we can make the Page List ahead of time. In the Pages step of Cockpit. Make sure you have still selected the Show 1up/Page Assignment button. Right click and choose Create 1up or Page List. My system is set to Packaging so I that is why I say 1up. It can also be set to Commercial, if so, we would see Pages instead.
I can then name the Page List, if I have multiple Page Lists in this project, and define the number of pages.
Nothing changes when dragging pages into the Page/1up List. I can then provide a PDF proof to the customer in the correct order at this point. Assemble PDF uses the Page List to create a pdf in the order of the pages.
Typically, when an imposition is created a new Page List is made. In this case we are going to uncheck Create New Page List and pick Add to tell the workflow we want to use this Page List that already exists.
When I connect a Page List it tells Signa how many pages are needed as well.
This is done when we are just making a Page List ahead of time but is also the same if we were tying in Multiple impositions for different presses, or as many printers have been facing possible different stock sizes. The trick when you are assigning a Page List that already has been assigned to a Layout is to click Show assigned Page/1up Lost of other Layouts and levels.
Different press formats if we are unsure of what press it will be on.
Different stock sizes same press, which is very relevant for the current supply issues
You could build two separate impositions but the beautiful thing about a single Page List connected to multiple imposition is that if changes to pages or 1ups are needed, you only need to make the change once all the impositions are updated. This reduces the possibility of an error and reduces the work for the operator. At output they just pick the layout they need. Especially when they might not know the sheet size until the last minute or want to switch presses last minute. One of the wonderful little touches in Prinect Production Manager.
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