Before starting to work with Print Server, read this topic to learn more about Print Server's options in order to create, its tabs and buttons, and basic navigation. This is the main window, with the standard menu bar and buttons to access the main functions.
- From the top-left bar you can:
- load, erase, send print jobs
- sort or search for print jobs in the queue
- pause/start printing queue
- processing modes for Print or Rip only
- From the top-right bar are the mainly important settings to:
- configure Print Server in default values and print job management
- output options for printing decoration and data
- color replacement (read and write)
- variations configuration
- configure hot folders
- open Activity Log
- In the center is the print job queue and information columns.
- Job settings:
- print job preview
- selection of printer scheme
- print position and centering (requires editable page width)
- scale configuration (requires enabling the option in configurations)
- variation (optional)
- output path
- Rapport: Status of the quantity of print job in original, how many print meter/repeats are selected, active and pending, printed and programmed.
Print Jobs Creation Print Server
This section describes the steps to create and send jobs to print in the Print Server queue. From the main Print Server window open the editor for a new print job by clicking on the new job button. The print job editor opens with several input and output options for the new print job.
Create a new print job
- Source files: From '+' button below the source file reference list, you can open the image file you want to work with. It adds the source file in the list and detects the source file size and drops information. To remove file us '-' and it will be removed from dialog. Below is the preview part which can be enabled or disabled. The preview is optional to view the full source size file with the option Show preview and/or with selected Layout.
- Rapport settings: In Rapport settings, you can set the width and height for the print job, also selected in copies or minimum repeat. The drop and orientation can be set if the image does not have an embedded one. If the source file has embedded drop information it will be detected and shown in the given fields.
- Colorway: If you work with multichannel design with various colorways embedded, this section is enabled automatically. From the unfolded list you can select the embedded colorway you need.
- Output: If you work with Layouts, in section Layout from the unfolded list you can select the Layout you need. Else, chose None if you wish no layouts. The layouts are XML layouts that come with the installation or are provided by Inedit. The layout files (XML and source files, e.g. logo files), are stored in
- On the Printing scheme field you could have a default schema configured in Print Server Configuration, or else select another scheme for this print job. The printer schemes are synchronized with neoStampa when working with the installed printer. Clicking on the button '...' you will access the Printer schema manager of neoStampa, where you can see what options that schema is offering and structured.
- The Comments field is available to add additional information for the print job. Write any relevant information about that print job in the text field Comments. If you work with layouts that use the comments info, the text will be embedded in the output file. You will view them in the print job queue window if you enabled the designation of columns in the Configuration part.
Generate new job
Having the print jobs created with provided settings and ready to print in Print Server printing queue, you can proceed to print the jobs with following options: Print (enabled or not) and Export job.
When printing it sends the job to the printing queue. The print will not start until you tick on the box next to the job's name. The status Idle indicates that the print is not yet sent.
But, if the print job is enabled with the option 'Enabled' when printing it sends and starts the job without ticking on the box next to the job's name in the queue. Clicking on the checkbox and continuing with 'Print' button, it will start to process the job immediately in the printing queue.
Another option to generate new print jobs is to export them and load them later. The button 'Export job...' provides this action and exports the job as XML or XJB file, eventually using a new name.
Load print jobs in the printing queue
Print Server printing queue allows to load several types of print jobs:
1) Print jobs that are created and generated with supported image file formats in the Print Server job editor. Those jobs can be sent or used drag&drop loaded in the printing queue.
2) XJB print jobs created and generated in Inedit's applications. Simply drag&drop the prepared XJB files in the queue.
3) Jobs sent from neoStampa when having established connection between neoStampa and Print Server and sending the print job with the 'Print' button. If the Print Server is not started yet, with the button 'Start Print Server...' you can do so.
4) Print jobs created and sent by Control Center are communicating in direct connection with print server.
RIP & Print jobs
When ticking the box or boxes (with multiple selection) of the print jobs in the printing queue, the ripping process starts, and in status shows the progress of every single print job. The buttons PLAY and PAUSE managing the queue with deactivate or activate the automated printing process. As the print or prints are actually being done, information about the progress is shown under the list of jobs. The processing modes 'Print' or 'Rip only' on the bottom-right of the main window allow to manage the process of the print jobs in the printing queue in the way how they should be processed.