With this utility, you can both view and manage remotely all the jobs to be printed on any of the printers controlled by Print Server and in a very similar way to how it is done through the interface of the latter. To do this, it is necessary to provide the remote control machine with access to the same network locations from which all the images to print are loaded on Print Server workstations.
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Enable Print Server
Both the remote control machine and all the print queues must belong to the same network unless the IP and port are accessible. Each queue will correspond to a Print Server process configured with a single printer driver. Each one will be assigned the machine IP address followed by the port number of the driver on the Print Server.
To proceed, install neoStampa on both the printing machine and the remote control. Next, configure the printer drivers on all neoStampa installations on the printing machines. Check the box to print via Print Server and start this application.
Connecting to Print Server Queues
1. In the Control Center access the Printing Queue from the left bar menu.
2. To connect and add Print Server queues, click the '+' button, and then enter the IP address and port number. You can find the Print Server TCP port in the Configuration > Log dialogue or the printing queue header on the Print Server Application.
3. If you need to update the settings for Print Server queues due to changes in the IP address or port number, simply click the '+' button again and enter the new IP address and port in the same fields.
If a printing queue is configured to use a security token, you can acquire the necessary key by navigating to Print Server Configuration > Log. Once you've obtained the key, simply input it into the designated field, ensuring secure access to the printing queue.
In the Control Center, all the printing queues are displayed as cards, offering valuable information. These cards present printer names, associated workstations, the neoStampa version in use, current statuses, as well as the number of active jobs and their activity, measured in the unit selected in the Control Center Preferences.
- Each Queue can be managed through the drop-down menu. This menu lets you change the queue name, input a security token (if needed), and remove the queue from view. It also gives access to configuration details from the Print Server.
- You have the flexibility to display the Queues based on specific criteria, including options to show all queues, active queues only, queues with active jobs, or to hide offline queues, tailoring the view to your precise needs.
Printing Queue Management
When accessing the Queue it shows the name of the queue and the general functions, namely:
- Start/Pause: Enables or disables printing of active jobs. In 'Start' mode these are printed continuously. The 'Pause' mode pauses the current job and stops the queue. Clicking again resumes the job.
- Refresh status: Updates the working status of the queue at that moment.
Below the main buttons, you'll find the printing queue itself, and its management closely mirrors that of the Print Server. To add jobs to the printing queue, simply click the '+' button. This action opens a dialogue box featuring the following editable fields:
Job File: Specify the location of the image file you want to print.
Printer Scheme: Adjust the color settings, already optimized in neoStampa, to match your printing conditions.
Layout: Choose between the default layouts "Color Printing" and "Rapport Printing." If you need a custom layout, inquire with Inedit Software about incorporating specific elements like logos, color patterns, edge text, or any additional items you want to print alongside the image.
Size: Determine the size of the print job. "Image" corresponds to the image size, while "Layout" and "Custom" are linked to the chosen layout type. The system automatically converts size units as needed.
Copies: Specify the number of copies you want to print lengthwise. This option is editable for both "Image" and "Layout" sizes. For a "Custom" size, you can configure both the width and length of the job if it uses a rapport layout.
Comments: Add custom text to the job.
Activate Job in Queue: Select this option to enable the job within the printing queue, allowing it to proceed for printing.
Add Another: Add additional jobs without exiting the current dialogue, streamlining the process.
Once the job has been added, several actions can be applied to it through the job drop-down menu:
Print Next: Prioritize and send the selected job to be printed immediately.
Move to Printing Queue: This action directs the job to the printing queue for processing.
Send To: Rearrange the job's position within the queue, helping you manage its priority.
Edit Job: Modify the job's printing settings and adjust the number of copies as needed.
Export Job: Create a compressed XJB format file containing both the image and the template of the queued job for future reference.
Archive Job: Store the job in a local folder, effectively archiving it for later retrieval.
Delete Job: Remove the selected job from the queue, eliminating it from the printing process.
All the printing queues loaded on Control Center are shown as buttons below the title top bar so that when you click on each of them they are selected and displayed on the screen if they are out of the field of vision. These buttons show printer names, workstations, and statuses.
Print queue management