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Xerox Creo CX Print Server User Guide PDF

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The text and drawings herein are for illustration and reference only... The specifications on which they are based are subject to change... Creo may, at any time and without notice, make changes to this document... Creo, for itself and on behalf of its parents, subsidiaries, and affiliates, assumes no liability for technical or editorial errors or omissions made herein, and shall not be liable for incidental, consequential, indirect, or special damages, including, without limitation, loss of use, loss or alteration of data, delays, or lost profits or savings arising from the use of this document...

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Batching Jobs ... 24 Changing the Order of Jobs in the Queues ... 25 Suspending and Resuming Queues... 26 Aborting a Running Job ... 26 Moving a Job to the Storage Window... 27 Viewing and Editing Job Parameters ... 28 Running a Rush Job... 28 Deleting a Job ... 29

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High-Resolution Workflow... 80 Creo APR ... 81 OPI... 81 Creo APR and OPI File Formats... 82 Preparing to Print Using Creo APR or OPI ... 82 Printing with Creo APR or OPI ... 83

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Server Setup ... 150 Network Setup... 153 Remote Tools Setup ... 155 Security... 158 System Disks... 160 Backing up the Configuration ... 160 Localization... 163 Pre-RIP Preview... 165 General Defaults ... 166 Print Queue Manager ... 167 Color... 168 Messages ... 170 JDF Outputs ... 171 View Configuration ... 172 Storage Management ... 173

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The Print Quality Tab ... 190 The Color Tab... 192 The Imposition Tab... 197 The Services Tab ... 203 The Finishing Tab ... 208 The Exceptions Tab ... 211

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Workflow ... 4

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As an optimal digital color solution for printers, the CX Print Server enables you to print from Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, and UNIX client workstations... The CX Print Server processes image files in page-description language (PDL) formats for example, Adobe PostScript, PDF, and Variable Informationusing RIP (Raster Image Processor) technology... The system converts image files into a suitable RTP (Ready-To-Print) format for direct, high-quality digital printing... The CX Print Server also streamlines the printing process by allowing printing with preset workflows...

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WARNING: A shielded ethernet cable must be used from the Token Ring board to the Token Ring Hub to maintain compliance with Council Directive 89/336/ EEC...

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GAP (Graphic Art Port) files (file formats from various prepress systems, for example Brisque job and TIFF / IT)

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The Job Queues ... 9

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By default, the Auto Log On check box is selected under Tools > Settings > Administration > Security... This option enables you to open the workspace without having to go through the logon process each time... If you want to designate different access levels for each user, you need to set security settings in the Settings window... For more information about designating access levels, see Security on page 158...

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4 Queues Consists of the Process Queue, which lists the files to be processed... After a file has been processed successfully, it moves either to the Print Queue (the upper area) or to the Storage window...

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The Server and Printer Monitors The server and printer icons are on the right end of the status panel and indicate (through animation) whether processing and printing are taking place... If a finishing device is connected to the printer, the finishing device also appears in the printer icon... You can click the printer or server icon to display status information... You also view messages regarding the printer operation mode and status next to the printer icon... The calibration reminder indicator reminds you to calibrate the printer... You can set the reminder in the Settings window...

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The Job Queues After entering the CX Print Server, a job resides either in the Queues window or in the Storage window, depending on the job flow...

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The Print Queue lists the currently printing job and the jobs that were processed successfully and are waiting to be printed... The Print Queue also lists frozen jobs (jobs for which the specified option is not availablefor example, paper stock or finisher)...

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The Queues window lists informations about the jobs that are being processed... Status indicators indicate the status of each job... Table 4 describes the status indicators used in both the Process Queue and Print Queue...

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Title Name of the file to be printed... If you submit a file whose name already exists in the CX Print Server, a number is automatically added to the file namefor example, if you submit a file called lobster and this file name already exists, the newer file is renamed lobster1...

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Note: For PDF jobs, the Processing status area indicates the total number of pages... For other PDL jobs, the number of pages is indicated only if the desktop publishing software in which they were created supports this feature...

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Held You moved the job from the Queues window to the Storage window; or the current job flow or virtual printer moved the job to the Storage window automatically...

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By default, the Storage window shows all the jobs, whatever their status... All the status buttons are selectedthat is, they appear pushed in... If you click a status button nowfor example, the Completed Jobs buttonthe button is released and the list hides all the completed jobs:

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Note: All users can view the Administration and Preferences settings, but only an administrator can configure these settings...

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The Job Parameters Window The CX Print Server enables you to edit PDL files and change the job settingsfor example, paper size, imposition, and color settingsin the Job Parameters window...

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Print Quality Set job parameters related to print qualityfor example, Trapping and Image qualityand improve the quality of printed jobs... See The Print Quality Tab on page 190...

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The Help Menu The Help menu provides information about the version of software that is installed on your CX Print Server and enables you to access the online help, which is based on this user guide...

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Turning Off the CX Print Server 1... In the CX Print Server workspace, from the Job menu, select Exit...

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Editing Jobs ... 33

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After the job is printed, it is stored in the Storage window and can be resubmitted for printing, see Reprinting Jobs on page 24...

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The Importing/Retrieving window indicates the name of the file being imported, its location and the job size... It also indicates the percentage of the job already transferred, both numerically and graphically...

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Batching Jobs The job-batching workflow combines jobs with similar attributes into a single batch to enable the printer to print the jobs continuously without pausing... This feature saves printing time, especially for a large number of small jobs... Jobs that use paper of the same size and weight are suitable for batching...

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Changing the Order of Jobs in the Queues You can rearrange the jobs in a queue to change the order in which they will be processed or printed... For example, this feature is useful when you have an urgent job that takes priority...

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Suspending and Resuming Queues If necessary, you can stop a queue temporarily and then later continue its operation afterwards... To do this, use the suspend and resume buttons...

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Moving a Job to the Storage Window To postpone processing or printing of one or more jobs, use the Move to storage option...

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Running a Rush Job When you have a job thats urgent, you can submit it for processing or printing and run it before other jobs... If you submit a job for processing while another job is being processed, the latter job pauses temporarily but retains its running status... When the rush job finishes processing and moved to the Print Queue, the processing of the paused job continues...

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Deleting a Job Deleting a job from the Process Queue, Print Queue, or Storage window, permanently removes the job from the CX Print Server... Thereafter, to print the job, you must resubmit it to the CX Print Server for processing... To temporarily remove a job from a queue, use the Move to storage option (see Moving a Job to the Storage Window on page 27)...

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Discarding RTP Information The RTP information can be discarded if desired... Under some circumstances, it is necessary to discard RTP datafor example when you want to re-RIP a file, archive a job without the RTP information, or edit tabs...

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The archived job retains its current status (that is, completed, failed, held, or aborted) and is archived with the information in its Job Parameters and Job History windows...

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Job Ticket Report The Job Ticket report contains all information from the Job Parameters window (including Job Parameters window title bar data)... The Job Ticket report presents the job parameters on a single sheet and may be exported or printed as a hard copy...

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Before processing, use the Enfocus PitStop Edit software for Acrobat... See Editing an Unprocessed Job on page 34...

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Editing Processed Jobs The Job Editor tool enables you to preview and edit RTP jobs before printing... You can use the Job Editor to delete, move or insert pages... While you navigate to the various pages of a job, you can view thumbnails of the job... For an imposed job, you can view the imposed sheets, including the layout of the pages on each sheet... You can also view the pages orientation, crop marks, and fold marks...

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Find out the CMYK values of a specific area on the page... To find the values, first click the Eye dropper button... Then move the pointer to the point on the page where you want to measure the color values, and click... The CMYK values appear as a tool tip...

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The Booklets tab The Booklets tab displays the booklets included in the selected job and the names and numbers of the pages in each booklet... The Booklets tab opens by default when you are previewing a non-imposed RTP job...

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The Imposed Sheets Tab The Imposed Sheets tab is available only for imposed RTP jobs... This tab enables you to view the imposed sheets and check your imposition parameters... You cannot edit the job on this tab...

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Note: Jobs that you can edit in the Job Editor cannot be re-RIPed... Once a job has been saved in the Job Editor, it is a new RTP file without an associated PDL file... You cannot apply parameters that require re-RIPing to such jobs...

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The page moves to the selected location, and the page numbers are updated accordingly...

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In the Thumbnails tab, the left pane splits into two... The thumbnails of the second job appear below those of the job you are editing...

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Managing Virtual Printers The CX Print Server provides three default network printers, also known as virtual printers... Virtual printers are a function used for automating workflows, which then define job streaming... They contain preset workflows that are automatically applied to all print jobs processed with that virtual printer... There is no need to reset job settings for each job, thus increasing printing efficiency...

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7... The Publish the printer on the network check box is selected by default... Clear the check box if you do not want to publish the printer on the network...

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Note: If you don't edit the Job Parameters, the settings of the new virtual printer are taken from the printer on which it was based...

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Managing Paper Sets The CX Print Server is provided with predefined paper sets for your convenience... These paper sets cannot be removed but they can be modified... In addition, you can add, modify or remove custom paper sets according to your requirements...

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Name: enter the new paper set name... It is recommended that the name is as descriptive as possiblefor example, Letter90gsmuncoat...

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Overview... 48

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Print the job via one of the CX Print Server network (virtual) printersfor example, ProcessPrint... The job is spooled and then processed or printed (according to the selected job flow of the virtual printer)... If you use this method, you can print from any softwarefor example, Microsoft Word and use any file format from any client workstation (Windows, Macintosh, or UNIX)...

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Copying the Printer Driver from Windows Perform this procedure if you need to create PostScript files from workstations that are not on the same network as the CX Print Serverfor example, at customer sites...

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Unless the Override PPD Parameters option was selected in the virtual printer, any changes to the printer parameters override the parameters of the selected virtual printer...

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Copying the CX Print Server PPD File for Mac OS X (10... 4) Before you define a network printer you need to install the CX Print Server PPD file on your Macintosh client workstation...

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6... Double-click the PPD folder, and then double-click the folder for the desired language...

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Tip: It is recommended that you copy the PPD file by dragging it from the CX Print Server to the Library > Printers > PPDs > Contents > Resources > en... Iproj folder on your Macintosh...

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7... Locate the folder to which you have copied the PPD file, and then select the PPD file...

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Printing from a Macintosh 1... Open the file you would like to print in the corresponding applicationfor

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The Printer's Default option indicates that the value is taken from the published printer that is currently selected...

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Important: If you would like to connect to the CX Print Server from a Macintosh client workstation, contact your system administrator to add the Spire name to the DNS... This is required since Windows name resolution protocols are not supported in Macintosh... The DNS addition is required when clients go through a main server on the network...

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The Web Viewer The Web Viewer page enables you to view the printer configuration and system information, the jobs that currently reside in the CX Print Server Queues window and Storage window, and to view the alerts that currently appear in the Job Alert window... This information is important when you print from a client workstation because it enables you to monitor your jobs in the queues and then make any necessary changes...

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Using Hot Folders For every published CX Print Server network printer that you define on a client workstation, a corresponding hot folder is automatically created in the CX Print Server D:\Hot Folders folder... The CX Print Server has three default hot folders, HF_ProcessPrint, HF_ProcessStore, and HF_SpoolStore... These hot folders correspond to the three default printers...

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Hot Folders and Brisque or Prinergy jobs (GAP Formats) When you use hot folders to print GAP jobs, the process is automated and the job is converted to a PDF, which is displayed in the CX Print Server queues... The PDF files can then be programmed and printed as any other PDF file...

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2... Locate your CX Print Server on the network, and click Connect...

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About the Print Driver The CX Print Server Print Driver software enables you to set job parameters for jobs that you send to the DocuColor 8000AP from any application on your client workstation... The Print Driver software also enables you to see the DocuColor 8000AP configuration, monitors the printer status, and save a set of print parameters for reuse...

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If this is the first time that you are using the Print Driver software, a message tells you that the software is loading... Then a dialog box appears with the print settings...

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Setting Job Parameters in the Print Driver 1... Under Spire Settings, click the tab on which you want to change parameters:

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Using Profiles Once you have selected the parameters for a job, you can save this set of parameters for future use... Sets are useful when you want to print different jobs with the same parameters, or if you want to reprint a job...

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2... Click the Paper Stock tab to view information on the paper stock in the trays...

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3... Click the Finisher tab to view information on the finishing options...

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When you access the Print Driver software, the resource information is only refreshed after you click Update...

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When the DocuColor 8000AP is offline, you can select and save settings in the Print Driver software for the selected virtual printer... However, you cannot update the display of information about the printer resourcesfor example, paper or toner...

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4... In the Print Server Properties dialog box, click the Print Driver tab, select the Xerox printer driverfor example, AdobePS CX8KAP01and click Remove...

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Fonts ... 101

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Imposition Workflow Imposition is the process of arranging pages of a job on a press sheet in a particular order so that they will be in the proper sequence after printing, folding, and cutting... Finding the best imposition layout helps create more organized output and saves paper... Imposition does not affect the content of the pages... It affects only the placement of the pages on the press sheet...

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For example, if you want to create an imposition template for A4-sized brochures printed on A3 paper, you could create a template, called A4Brochure, and select the following settings:

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All saved templates appear on the Imposition tab... After you select an imposition method, the related templates appear in the Template parameters, in the Layout list... See Table 10... For example, if you created a Step & Continue template, the template appears in the Layout list only when you select the Step & Continue imposition method...

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Tip: To select multiple consecutive pages, click the first page, press and hold SHIFT, and then click the last page... Select multiple non-consecutive pages by pressing and holding CTRL as you click each page...

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Important: The page number that was previously in the target location is not automatically moved to another location... To retain this page, manually move this page to a new location...

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If you have a duplex job and the Apply changes to front and back check box is selected, the page number for the back side of the page also changes... Using the example above, page 6 would be on the back side of page 5...

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Export your templates from the CX Print Server on which you are working to other servers connected to your network

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Note: Templates created in Ultimate software cannot be imported or used in the CX Print Server... They must be created using the Imposition Template Builder...

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High-Resolution Workflow Working with high-resolution files during the design and page layout process can often times be long and inefficient... Processing and manipulating large files and graphics can be very time consuming... To speed up production, it is common to work with low-resolution files until the RIPing stage...

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Note: PDL files from some DTP software (such as QuarkXPress) may contain these instructions (comments) by default, even though the high-resolution files are unavailable because they have been embedded in the job... In this case, the job is not processed and an error message appears... To ensure continuous printing, the CX Print Server OPI image replacement is then unavailable by default...

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Creo APR and OPI File Formats Creo APR and OPI function identically on the CX Print Server... Creo APR low- resolution files have an *... eps extension in Windows and an *... e extension on the Macintosh, while OPI low-resolution files have a *... lay extension... The Creo APR and OPI workflows support Creo Continuous Tone, EPSF, Jpeg, PDF, DCS1, DCS2 and TIFF high-resolution file formats... You can use either the Creo APR or OPI workflow, depending on your high-resolution file type...

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A PostScript image (*... e) file is a low-resolution preview of the original high-resolution file... It contains preview information saved at 72dpi in black and white or color... Also, it contains pointers to the location of the high-resolution Image...

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Note: If the masking data in the PS Image file defines a completely different part of an image than the masking data in the high-resolution file, no masking data is used...

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7... In the General folder (the default view), verify that Optimize for fast web view is selected, and click Cancel... If this check box is not selected, select it and click OK...

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Tip: You can create a shortcut to the Acrobat Distiller on the CX Print Server desktop... This shortcut can be used to drag files onto the Distiller software for quick distilling... To create a shortcut, click the Start button on your Windows desktop, and follow the path Programs > Acrobat Distiller... Right-click Acrobat Distiller and follow the path Send To > Desktop (create shortcut)...

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Note: When you export PDL files as PDF, the file is converted to PDF using the Distiller software...

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Printing on Tabs Using Exceptions The CX Print Server supports the option to print tabs for both regular page exceptions and dynamic page exceptions workflows... This section contains a description of the setup steps you need to perform to print on tabbed stock using the regular page exceptions workflow...

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Although the Text and Tab media can be different weights, you should set the tray controls to 106 - 135 gsm for all media weight... Using the same media weight avoids the automatic image quality adjustment that occurs when you print on different weight ranges of paper stock...

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Load the tab stock in Tray 2... This allows for a straight path from this tray onto the imaging belt... You can load other types of stock in any other tray without affecting print production...

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Creating Paper Sets On the CX Print Server, in the Printer Monitor window, you can view the paper types that are loaded in the paper tray...

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6... Click Add and set the parameters for the Tab stock...

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Note: If the icon for the Tab and Text media does not reflect the print direction you set, you need to review your paper set definitions...

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Printing on Tabs Using the CX Print Server Tabs Plug-In for Acrobat The CX Print Server Tabs plug-in for Acrobat (version 7... 0 or later) enables you to create and place tabs in your unprocessed (PDF or PostScript) jobs, manage the tab and text attributes, and save a set of attributes for future use...

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h... (Optional) Under Offset, type offset values in the x and y boxes to adjust the offset of text on the tab... The x value moves the text horizontally according to the alignment; the y value moves the text vertically...

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6... In the Before Page column, click the first cell and type the number of the page that you want the tab to precede...

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11... In the CX Print Server, select the Mixed paper size document check box on the Paper Stock tab, under Mixed paper size parameters...

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Standard PostScript setpagedevice commands that specify different paper types are embedded into the incoming files and enable you to print complex jobs of varying paper size, stocks, and paperweight... These commands indicate that the printer must switch media during the printing of a job... When a job is RIPed, the CX Print Server identifies the dynamic page exception commands and maps them to the selected paper sets... The printer then uses the desired paper sets for the job...

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Once you import your file via the dedicated virtual printer (if the virtual printer is either a ProcessStore or SpoolStore virtual printer), you can perform a preflight check before the job is sent to print... For more information, see Preflight on page 103...

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In addition, this section explains how to download fonts onto your Windows PC or Macintosh client workstation...

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The GAP is a port through which you can import various file formats used in the graphic arts industry... GAP files are already rasterized... The CX Print Server only needs to prepare the files for printing, which means adjusting the file resolution and rotation...

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Rasterized Brisque Jobs All rasterized Brisque jobs share a common structure... Each job contains an assigned file with one or more pages (in case of a multiple job)... Also, every page contains its own assigned file, which combines LW and CT...

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4... If desired, change the report file name... By default, the report file name consists of the original file name and the suffix _repfor example, if the file to be checked is sample... pdf, the report file is named sample_rep... pdf...

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The results of the preflight check are displayed in a Preflight Report... By default, a preflight report is not issued for each job... To issue this report, you must run a preflight check for the job using the Preflight job parameter...

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It is especially useful to run the preflight check before you print a complex job with a large quantity of pages or copies... The preflight check detects the missing job components and displays them in the Preflight Report dialog box... You can review the report and resolve the missing components and thus save processing time without error or failed messages constantly appearing...

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The Spot Colors Report area displays the missing spot color names (spot colors which were not found in the spot color dictionary) and the found spot color names (spot colors which were found in the spot color dictionary)... The C,M,Y,K columns display the spot color CMYK equivalences:

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The Font Report area displays the name of the missing fonts that are not embedded in the file and that do not exist in the Font Library, as well as the found fonts...

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Calibration... 110

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The calibration process corrects the printer colors by measuring their density and creating calibration look-up tables... The CX Print Server uses the data in these tables to compensate for the differences between the actual, measured density level and the target level, the target density...

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You can also use the Device Tutorial to learn how to use the device correctly... To access the tutorial, select Tools > Calibration, and then click Calibrate... In Step 1 of the Color Calibration wizard, click Device Tutorial - Click & Learn...

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With this method, you can set the maximum density of the printed output by selecting the desired percentage level... The higher the percentage, the greater the density of the printed color... The purpose of this method is to achieve optimal color intensity for a specific printer at a certain point in time...

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The Calibration Window The Calibration window enables you to create and edit calibration tables... You can use the Color Calibration Wizard to create a calibration table, or edit an existing calibration table...

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Saturated: Initially the Saturated look-up table is identical to the SpireSaturated look-up table... This resemblance changes as soon as you calibrate your CX Print Server and, at the end of the calibration process, save your calibration table as default... Your calibration table is saved as the Saturated look-up table...

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The default tray setting is Auto... When this option is selected, the wizard looks for a tray that contains Letter LEF or A4 LEF paper... If the wizard does not find a tray with either of these sizes, an alert appears...

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Note: Since the performance of the DocuColor 8000AP is best after several pages have been printed, it is recommended that you print at least 10 copies of the first calibration chart and use one of the last copies printed...

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10... On the Eye-One spectrophotometer, press the button on the side, and align the head with the cyan arrows tip... The arrow is to the left of the cyan column on the Image Density Calibration chart... Its tip intersects the semi-dotted line...

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Editing Calibration Tables You can review a calibration table to make sure that the curves are relatively smooth and continuous... If you are not satisfied with the results, the Edit option enables you to adjust the values of the image in the value table...

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You can change the separation values by adjusting the File Value and Printer Value settings... The table displays some of the dot percentage values shown in the graph... You can add, edit, or delete entries in the table... Your changes will be displayed immediately in the calibration graph...

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Organizing Calibration Tables You can use the Save and Save As functions to organize your calibration tables...

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Note: To edit a calibration table, select Tools > Calibration > Edit... To view information about a calibration table, select Tools > Calibration > Info...

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Note: When the density of the DocuColor 8000AP is lower than 80% of the target density, the following message appears: Attention: Below standard D-Max value(s) measured for <cyan, magenta, yellow, black>... Standard (Minimum): <C - 1... 5>, <M - 1... 4>, <Y - 0... 9>, <K - 1... 5> Measured: <C - >, <M - >, <Y - >, <K - >...

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The tone compression tools and screening methodsGradation, Brightness, Contrast, and Calibrationcan be applied to your RTP jobs without requiring the CX Print Server to re-RIP the jobs... The color toolsDestination, Rendering Intent, Emulation, RGB Workflow, and Spot Color Editorshould be applied prior to initial RIPing or your job will need to be re-RIPed...

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Destination profiles define the color space of your printer and are based on the combinations of paper and toner that you are using... For different paper stocks, you need different destination profiles... Each custom destination profile will be used with coated and uncoated paper... To use a different destination profile in a job, in the Job Parameters window, select Color > Destination profile...

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The new source ICC profile is added to the Emulation (Device Link) list in the Job Parameters window, to either the CMYK Workflow parameter or the RGB workflow parameter...

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The new emulation name is displayed in the Emulation name box; if you would like to change the name you may do so...

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Editing the Spot Color Dictionary Individual job pages can contain RGB, CMYK, and spot color elements... The CX Print Server Spot Color Editor enables you to edit the CMYK values of every spot color in the Spot dictionary... You can edit these values without affecting the CT or LW page

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Note: When you are searching for a color, you can type the first letter of the first word in the search box... For example, if you are searching for Cool Gray 4 and type c, the mouse pointer locates the first color in the list that begins with the letter c...

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Note: Spot color names are case-sensitive... Ensure that the new name is identical to the name that appears in the DTP software...

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Protecting Specific Colors Using the Spot Color Editor, you can protect specific colorsfor example, official logos or company colorsto help produce color fidelity and color consistency between devices... When you define a specific color as an RGB or CMYK spot color and enter a fixed CMYK target for it, the CX Print Server treats it as a spot color, protecting it accordingly...

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3... In the Protect CMYK dialog box, in the Color name box, type a name for your color...

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Using the CX Print Server Gradation tool, you can apply the default gradation table or another pre-configured gradation table to a job... You can also edit an existing table and save your changes... Gradation is an interactive function and changes are automatically applied to the displayed image...

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Editing Gradation Tables When you open the Gradation Tool window, the default gradation table, DefaultTable, is selected in the Gradation Table list, and is displayed in the graph... This table serves as a baseline and consists of a 45 gradation curve, with Brightness and Contrast set to 0, and Contrast Center set to 50... All of the color separations are selected...

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3... To view gradation changes in your job, click Refresh... Changes are automatically applied to the displayed image in the After view...

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Find out the CMYK values of a specific area on the page... To find the values, first click the Eye dropper button... Then move the pointer to the point on the page where you want to measure the color values and click... The CMYK values appear as a tool tip...

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Contrast increases the image contrast mainly in the midtones... Using Contrast Center, you can adjust where the contrast is increased... To enhance contrast in highlights, the Contrast Center is shifted toward the highlights... To enhance contrast in shadows, the Contrast Center is shifted toward the shadows...

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If you work only with the default gradation table, the Reset and Save As options are activated... These options enable you to use the default gradation table as a base on which to build and save new gradation tables... When you work on gradation tables other than the default table, the Save and Delete options are also active...

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VI Overview ... 140

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On the CX Print Server, each element, text, graphic, picture, or page background is RIPed only once, whether the element is used once, several times, or on every page of the VI job... If an element is used more than once, it is cached for further use... You can manage these elements in the Resource Center in the Cached VI Elements area... Each set of elements associated with a particular job is assigned a unique name... Inline variable elements that are used only once, usually text, are not cached...

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VI Document Formats VI jobs are created using VI authoring software that support Variable Print Specification and VIPP formats... Most VI authoring software can convert VI files to conventional PS files, which can also be processed by the CX Print Server, although less efficiently than Variable Print Specification and VIPP files... Each authoring software creates VI code that instructs the RIP where to place the VI elements and each authoring software does so in a slightly different manner...

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All copies of a particular documentfor example, book, brochure, or flyer within a single print run... On the CX Print Server, sub-jobs can be deleted, archived, or reprinted at any time... However, you can still maintain reusable elements for future runs... Reusable elements are cached elsewhere, so only the unique data, which is embedded in the job, is deleted...

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File... DBF The Database File, which contains all the ASCII data to be merged... It should include database information taken from the range of database records that were specified in the DataMerge dialog...

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Your VI job is processed and printed on the CX Print Server... The DocuColor 8000AP prints RTP booklets at full engine speed working uninterrupted from the printer disk... Booklets are compiled concurrently while the printer prints... As pages are sent to the print engine, they are assembled from the various inline and reusable elements on-the-fly...

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Gallop The Gallop parameter on the Print Settings tab enables the CX Print Server to RIP and print VI jobs concurrently... Large jobs do not have to be RIPed entirely to disk before printing... You can predefine the number of pages to be processed before the engine starts to print... As soon as these pages are processed, printing starts while the rest of the job is streamlined through the CX Print Server... The DocuColor 8000AP continues printing at its rated speed without interruption or slowing down until the job is finished...

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Managing VI Elements When the CX Print Server processes your VI job, it stores the reusable VI elements in a specific location... When the job is printed, the RIP engine looks for the VI elements in that location and reuses the elements when necessary... The VI elements can also be reused in future jobs...

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Archiving VI Elements If you have finished printing a large VI job and you know that you will need to reprint it in the future, it is a good idea to archive the VI elements and retrieve them when needed... You can archive your VI job folder in a location that you specify...

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The CX Print Server retrieves the archived VI elements and displays them at the end of the file list in the Cached VI elements dialog box...

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System Messages... 174

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Setting Up and Configuring the CX Print Server Basic system configuration and settings are defined in the CX Print Server Settings window... The Settings window contains items that enable you to manage your system...

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Important: If you want to change the domain, you are required to type the password for the domain account... If the password is unavailable, the computer is locked...

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Changing the Date and Time 1... In Settings window, select Server Setup...

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IPX Printing IPX Printing enables the CX Print Server to act as a job server for the Novell queue... A job server checks each assigned queue at a specified interval, taking care of jobs on a first-in, first-out basis... Once a job is processed, its associated file is deleted from the queue directory...

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Select Use the following IP address and type the desired addressfor example, IP address:192... 168... 62... 1 and Subnet mask:255... 255... 255... 0, and enter the default gateway...

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Remote Tools Setup The Remote Tools Setup parameter includes setup for the Remote Admin tool and enables the connection of clients to the CX Print Server over the network using the Spire Web Center...

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Remote Admin The Remote Admin utility enables the system administrator to connect, view, operate and perform administration actions on the CX Print Server from a client workstation... While this remote connection and operation takes place, the regular operation of the CX Print Server is not affected... In fact, the only indication the Spire operator has that such connection takes place is in the DFE and Printer Animation and in DFE Monitor window...

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Web Connect Setup The Web Connect Setup enables clients to connect to the CX Print Server over the network by using the Spire Web Center... This option is disabled by default...

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Operator (default): Enables the user to operate the CX Print Server and configure the Preferences area in the Settings window

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Disk Wipe Usually when you delete a file, the files dictionary entry is removed but data still remains on the disk... The Disk Wipe utility enables you to clear previously deleted files... This utility eliminates the contents of your deleted files by scanning all of the empty sectors on the disk and replacing them with zeros... Non-empty sectors are left untouched... This feature enables you to work in a more secure environment... When you exit the CX Print Server software, the disk wipe operation can begin immediately...

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Backing up the Configuration The Configuration Backup item enables you to back up your CX Print Server configuration to a local hard disk, to a network drive or to an external mediafor example, an external zip driveconnected to the CX Print Server...

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3... Browse to the desired directory path for the backup, and type a file name...

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Note: When restoring the configuration all the custom tables/sets are added to the system (for exampleimported user-defined imposition templates, new virtual printers, downloaded fonts, and so on...

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5... Click Yes if you would like the restored files to replace the current ones... Click No if you do not want the restored files to replace the existing files...

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When configuring the CX Print Server interface for Russian localization, several steps must be performed manually to define Russian as the default language...

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3... In the VI Job Preview area, select the desired number of booklets for pre-RIP preview...

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Use files name (Use when Printing via LPR): select this option to use the jobs given file name... Selecting this option ensures that the job appears in the CX Print Server with the name last given by the user...

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Job Batching The Job Batching utility enables you to print several jobs with the same settings in a single batch, one after the other without cycling down, and subsequently save production time...

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Automatic Screening The CX Print Server supports Dot and Stochastic screening... When you print a job from the CX Print Server, on the Color tab, under the Screening parameter, select the desired screening method or choose Automatic... By default, Automatic applies two types of screening:

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2... In the Calibration Reminder area, select the Set calibration reminder every (Hours) check box and select the number of hours in the list...

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Message Viewer Log Setup By default, all the jobs that were handled during the past 56 days are listed in the CX Print Server Message Viewer... This utility enables you to specify different values for how long information remains before being overwritten...

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If the JDF job has a target path specified in the job, JDF output is always created... For JDF jobs that dont have a specified target path, the JDF output is only created if this option is selected in the Settings window...

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The View Configuration utility enables you to view the configuration of your CX Print Server and to print it to any printer on the network connected to your CX Print Server... In addition, you can save the configuration in the network or export it to an external media as a text file...

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2... Select the After... days or After... hours option, and enter the number of days or hours after which the CX Print Server should delete jobs from the Storage folder...

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System Disks Threshold Message When the printer or user disks reach a pre-defined threshold of minimum available space (the default is 250 MB), RIP is suspended and a system warning message appears... The RIP resumes automatically only after disk space is available... If necessary, you can increase the System Disk threshold...

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The Message Viewer window appears, listing all the messages that were generated during the workflow...

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Managing Messages You can filter the messages by type, and/or sort the list by one of the column headers... In addition, you may print the list of messages...

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Job Accounting The Accounting feature provides information about all the jobs that were printed successfully via the CX Print Server... The report is in the form of a tab-delimited file... You can filter, sort, and print the jobs in the report and also export the report to a spreadsheet softwarefor example, Excelwhere you can manipulate the data...

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By default, all the jobs that were handled during the past three months are listed... From the Tools menu, select Settings... In the Settings window, under Preferences > Messages, you can specify how long information remains before being overwritten... In addition, you can remove all the information from the window whenever desired...

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Setting the Accounting/Message Viewer By default, all the jobs that were handled during the past 90 days are listed in the CX Print Server Accounting window... Also, all jobs that were handled during the past 56 days are listed in the CX Print Server Message Viewer... You can specify how long information remains before being overwritten...

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The exported data is not deleted from the Accounting report on the CX Print Server (that is, it will still be displayed in the Job Accounting window)...

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To fit the maximum amount of columns on the page, print using Landscape orientation (if your printer supports it)...

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Setting PPD File Parameters ... 213

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Separationsprints the job with color or grayscale separations... If you select color separations, each page in the job is printed separately in four colors: cyan, magenta, yellow, and black... If you select grayscale, each page in the job is printed separately four times in different shades of grayscale (K)...

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Customenables you to select the separations that you want to print for each sheet for each page of the job...

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Image Position This option enables you to adjust the image positioning on the sheets printed page (simplex or duplex)... The following terminology is used:

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Note: If you also select Finisher Module > HCSS Staple Tray, the staple position is modified... For example, instead of stapling on the upper left-hand corner, you can staple on the lower right-hand corner...

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The selected paper set values (Paper Size, Type, Weight, and Coating) appear in the corresponding parameters in the Paper Stock tab...

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The Auto tray option uses the paper in the selected tray only if it complies with all the other paper stock parameters... If the paper stock in the assigned tray mismatches with any Job Stock parameter, the job is frozen...

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Text /Line Quality The Text/Line Quality parameter improves text quality... Text/line quality and text and line-art elements are processed separately to produce optimal rendering of all the elements on a page... This option improves the text quality of diagonal lines, borders, and blends; causes blends to appear smooth with no banding; and displays crisp diagonal lines without (or with minimal) jaggies (rough edges) which are the result of the limited resolution of the print engine...

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Trapping Trapping is a solution that solves misregistration between color separations in both offset and digital printing... Misregistration occurs regardless of the accuracy of the printing device and results in white lines around objects on top of a background (in a knock-out procedure) and also between adjacent colors... Trapping extracts the element or the background and creates an overlap between them...

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The text appears in a richer, deeper black, with the underlying CMY values equal to those of the printed background...

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CMYK Workflow The CMYK workflow option is used to emulate various standards used in lithographic printing... These standards represent specific combinations of paper and ink, as well as popular proofing systems... This option is also used to emulate other digital printers or other printing devices, such as offset presses... An example of a CMYK workflow job would be printing a test sample for a survey before moving to an offset press to print millions of survey forms... In such a case, it is best to emulate the offset press before the job actually goes to offset printing...

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Note: If you protect RGB or CMYK colors, all colors in the job with that specific combination will be protected... For example, a specific color combination used in a logo may align with a color used in an image in the job... The spot transformation affects the images color as well as that of the logo, sometimes producing undesired results...

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Screening Screening converts Continuous-Tone (CT) and Line-Work (LW) images into information (halftone dots) that can be printed... The human eye smooths out this information, which seems visually consistent with the original picture... Thus, the more lines per inch, the more natural the image appears...

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Ink Saving (GCR) Gray component replacement (GCR) prevents the consequences of excessive toner buildup, such as flaking and cracking, and the curling effect that may occur when you print transparencies...

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Note: If you use a dynamic page exceptions virtual printer to print a job, the Imposition tab is unavailable... For more information, see Dynamic Page Exceptions on page 99...

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Cut & Stack to print, cut, and stack jobs in the most efficient manner while preserving the original page order... A jobs pages, booklets, or books are sorted in a Z-shape... In other words, each stack of pages is sorted in consecutive order... When stacks are piled one on top of another, the entire job is already sorted up or down...

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When the Best Fit option is selected, the server determines how many columns and rows will best fit the sheet and whether the pages need to be rotated 90 degrees according to the imposition method and paper size that you have chosen... The Best Fit layout is available for the Step & Repeat, Step & Continue, and Cut & Stack imposition methods...

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When you set bleed options, you extend part or all of the printed image beyond the trimming boundary... The bleed options ensure that an inaccurate trim setting will not leave undesired white space at the edge of the page... The bleed options produce sharp page boundaries with color that extends all the way to the edge of the page...

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Creep out is used when you find that the page images are too close to the spine... This problem can be resolved by selecting a value for Creep out... This will move all the pages of the job further out towards the outside margin (away from the spine) by the specified amount... This movement takes place before the Creep in value is applied...

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Scale by, to change the scale of all imposed sheets... This is the default option, set to 100%... In the % box, type a value from 25% to 400% for how you want to change the scaling of the imposed sheets...

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Note: To preview the imposed job in the Job Editor window, Imposed sheets tab, see Viewing and Editing Job Parameters on page 28...

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Job Deletion Select this parameter to delete each page on the fly after it has been successfully printed... In this way, the CX Print Server maintains enough free disk space for the duration of the print run... Reusable elements are not deleted...

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Paths other than the default paths are defined on a per-job basis, or set in the virtual printer... You can specify paths on local hard drives, CD-ROM drives, and the floppy drive connected to the CX Print Server... You can also specify paths on remote clients or file servers...

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Note: If a job component is missing, the job fails before it is RIPed and an alert message appears... The job is transferred to the Storage window... Information about missing components appears in the Job History window...

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Color bar to print a measurable color bar... Looking at this bar, you can tell the state of the printer and whether the quality is consistent... You might need to calibrate the printer or perform color proofing...

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Administration Page The administration page contains job-related information, such as the job title, the name of the sender, the date and time that the job was submitted, account information, and comments...

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Slip Sheet You can print slip sheets with your job and select a different paper set in which to print the slip sheet... If the job is collated, the slip sheets will be printed between sets... If the job is not collated, the slip sheets will be printed between groups...

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Note: The available stapling methods for PostScript files depend on the page orientation and size... The stapling methods for PDF files depend on the page size...

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For more information about the dynamic page exceptions workflow, see Dynamic Page Exceptions on page 99...

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3... In the Paper set list, select the desired paper set... If you need to add a new paper set, click the browse button...

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Viewing the PPD File To print a file from Windows, first set up a CX Print Server virtual printer with the appropriate PPD file... The PPD file contains all the parameters and paper stock definitions for the printer and enables you to print your file properly...

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Rendering Intent for RGB For setting this parameter, see RGB Workflow on page 193...

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Mixed paper size document See Mixed Paper Size on page 189

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additive color model A color system in which the picture is composed of a combination of red (R), green (G), and blue (B) light transmitted by the original subject... This system is effective for monitors and televisions but not for print... Scanners normally scan in RGB, which is then converted to CMYK for printing... See also CMYK, process colors, and RGB...

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In English, International Commission on Illumination... This commission established a color specification based on the perception of an "average standard observer" in different types of lighting (illuminants)... CIE color coordinates specify proportions of the three additive colors required to produce any hue and are used for comparative color measurement...

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desktop color separation (DCS) An EPS format containing five files: four of the files contain the separated color information for each of the CMYK colors and the fifth is a low-resolution composite file for use in electronic page layout... DCS1 format has five separate files... One file acts as the preview and the other four contain the information for printing the different channels of CMYK color...

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job flow The job parameter settings of selected virtual printers, which are automatically applied to all jobs printed using those virtual printers... These settings determine how a sent or imported file is processed... For example, a file sent to a virtual printer with a Process & Print job flow will be RIPed, printed, and stored in the Storage Folder... A file sent to a Process & Store job flow virtual printer will be RIPed and stored, without printing...

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perceptual rendering intent A compression of the total gamut from a source device's color space into the gamut of a target device's color space, when one or more colors in the original image are out of the gamut of the target color space... This preserves the visual relationship between colors by shrinking the entire color space and shifting all colors-including colors that are in-gamut... It is primarily used for photographic images...

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PSImage A low-resolution EPS file (also known as a Scitex... e file) that is part of the Automatic Picture Replacement (APR) workflow... You use PSImage files to position images in page layout... You can create and edit a PSImage file in various applications, such as PSImage Exporter in Photoshop, Copydot Toolkit, and oXYgen software... If you edit a PSImage file (for example, you add a mask or a clipping path), the Creo workflow software applies your changes to the high-resolution file and automatically replaces the PSImage file during the RIP process... See also Automatic Picture Replacement (APR)...

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resolution The number of pixels, points, or dots per unit of linear measurement- for example, pixels per millimeter on a video display or dots per inch or millimeter on film or paper... Resolution usually describes the same number of pixels on the vertical and horizontal axes-for example, a square millimeter with a resolution of 12 contains 144 pixels... The higher the resolution, the more image detail is recorded and the larger the digital file is...

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spot color An additional separation (fifth or more) that is used with special inks to achieve difficult color combinations, such as gold or chocolate brown... Graphic artists sometimes use spot colors to define corporate colors or company logos... In the CX Print Server, spot colors are translated into CMYK values by means of a dictionary in which userscan edit the CMYK values...

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guidelines, 110 method, 113 methods, 112 organizing tables, 121 saving tables, 121 select table, 195 separations, 120 target calibration, 112 value tables, 121 when to calibrate, 110 window, 113 wizard, 115

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Job abort running, 26 accounting, 177 archiving, 31 batching, 24, 167 deleting, 29 deleting pages, 39 duplicating, 30 editing parameters, 28 flow, 206 frozen, 10 history, 174 information, 207 merging jobs, 39 move to storage, 27 moving pages, 38 Preview & Editor, 34 reprinting, 24 retrieving, 32 run immediately, 28 running job, 10 submitting, 30 ticket report, 32 Variable Information (VI), 140 waiting job, 10

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Processing, 23 ProcessPrint, 41, 206 ProcessStore, 41, 206 Product overview, 2 Profile Manager, 125 Progressive, 185 Protect CMYK, 132, 194 Protect RGB, 131, 194 PS (PostScript)

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Administration, 150 Color, 168 Configuration Backup, 160 Date and Time, 152 General Defaults, 166 JDF Outputs, 171 Localization, 163 Messages, 170 Network Setup, 153 Preferences, 150 Pre-RIP Preview, 165 Print Queue Manager, 167 Remote Tools Setup, 155 Security, 158 Server Name, 150 Server Setup, 150 Storage Management, 173 System Disks, 160

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alerts, 7 customizing, 8 menu bar, 7 opening, 17 overview, 7 queues, 7 status panel, 7 storage, 8 thumbnail, 7 toolbar, 7

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