User Manual - Timestone Software

User Manual - Timestone Software
User Manual
Updated for Version 1.4
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Table of Contents
1 – Before you Begin ................................................................................................................................ 1
Scope and audience..........................................................................................................................................................................1
Pre-installation requirements ...........................................................................................................................................................1
Learning PrintTime..........................................................................................................................................................................1
Getting help from Technical Support...............................................................................................................................................2
2 – System Requirements ........................................................................................................................ 3
Hardware requirements....................................................................................................................................................................3
3 – Installation .......................................................................................................................................... 5
Installing the Adobe Acrobat Reader...............................................................................................................................................6
4 – Understanding PrintTime .................................................................................................................. 7
PrintTime’s main features................................................................................................................................................................7
Using PrintTime’s interface.............................................................................................................................................................9
Understanding the interface ...........................................................................................................................................................10
5 – Configuring PrintTime..................................................................................................................... 11
Setting the Program defaults..........................................................................................................................................................11
Defining packages and pack sets ...................................................................................................................................................12
How PrintTime handles Packages and Sets ...................................................................................................................................12
Defining Packages .........................................................................................................................................................................12
Designing a package – an example ................................................................................................................................................13
Create a new pack set ....................................................................................................................................................................14
6 – Adding files ....................................................................................................................................... 16
Choosing files to add .....................................................................................................................................................................16
Sorting files ...................................................................................................................................................................................17
Preparing bitmap files....................................................................................................................................................................18
Switching Pack sets .......................................................................................................................................................................20
Setting file options.........................................................................................................................................................................21
Adding the file ...............................................................................................................................................................................21
Editing files in a queue ..................................................................................................................................................................22
Managing prints in a queue............................................................................................................................................................22
Batch printing ................................................................................................................................................................................22
Create a new batch.........................................................................................................................................................................22
Pausing a batch ..............................................................................................................................................................................23
7 – Printing the queue............................................................................................................................ 24
Configuring and controlling paper sizes ........................................................................................................................................24
Automatic paper orientation ..........................................................................................................................................................25
Automatic paper size selection ......................................................................................................................................................25
Package Index Lines ......................................................................................................................................................................26
Setting the Index Line options .......................................................................................................................................................28
Choosing the Index Line content ...................................................................................................................................................28
Using printer corrections ...............................................................................................................................................................29
Printing to a bitmap .......................................................................................................................................................................29
Using printer corrections ...............................................................................................................................................................31
Configuring the Printed tab............................................................................................................................................................31
Printing and using the queue..........................................................................................................................................................31
Using the Printed tab .....................................................................................................................................................................32
Printing batches .............................................................................................................................................................................33
Pausing a batch while printing.......................................................................................................................................................33
Re-printing batches........................................................................................................................................................................33
8 – Printing Image Script files .............................................................................................................. 34
Using Timestone Image Script files...............................................................................................................................................34
Adding Script files.........................................................................................................................................................................34
Displaying a Script file ..................................................................................................................................................................34
Printing Timestone Image Script files ...........................................................................................................................................36
9 – Automated printing ......................................................................................................................... 37
Hot Folders: An overview..............................................................................................................................................................37
Creating hot folders .......................................................................................................................................................................37
Defining new hot folders ...............................................................................................................................................................38
Batch processing............................................................................................................................................................................39
Sorting a batch ...............................................................................................................................................................................40
Batch handling for Timestone Image Script files...........................................................................................................................40
Applying image corrections and packages.....................................................................................................................................41
Printing files from hot folders........................................................................................................................................................41
File handling after imaging............................................................................................................................................................42
10 – Calibration & Color Management ............................................................................................... 43
Index........................................................................................................................................................ 44
1
1 – Before you Begin
Scope and audience
This manual covers both operation and technical aspects required to use PrintTime. The
manual is divided into several chapters – see the Table of Contents at the start for a broad
sweep. Alternatively, consult the Index for specific procedures.
Getting more help
More help is available for PrintTime from the following places:
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Help pages from our WWW site, http://www.timestone.com.au
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Technical support as noted at the end of this chapter
Pre-installation requirements
You will need to following resources and information before you start installing
PrintTime:
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PrintTime software installation CD-Rom
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PrintTime software user’s guide
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Hardware protection device
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‘Unlock’ code supplied by Timestone Software
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Your computer complies with the hardware and software specifications
as outlined in Chapter 2, Installation.
Learning PrintTime
Included on the PrintTime CD-Rom are contained the following resources:
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Installation files
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PrintTime user manual – the document you are currently reading
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Tutorial files
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We strongly recommend that you read the major sections of this manual before using the
software.
Getting help from Technical Support
We offer many different methods of support. However, we strongly encourage you to use
e-mail as your primary support mechanism.
☎
Telephone support
Telephone support is available by calling Timestone Software during our business hours.
These hours are:
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM Australian Eastern time
The telephone numbers are:
Voice: + 61 3 9570 9899
"
Fax support
You can fax us with questions or queries. Please address your fax queries to Technical
Support. The fax number is:
Fax: + 61 3 9570 9855
E-mail and WWW support
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There are support pages that include links to the newest versions of the software, as well
as user documentation, and ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.
http://
Our WWW and e-mail contacts are:
WWW: http://www.timestone.com.au
E-mail: support@timestone.com.au
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2 – System Requirements
Hardware requirements
The following hardware requirements are required as a minimum configuration to run
PrintTime. You should always attempt to exceed these requirements.
If you have a choice in areas that you can afford to exceed these requirements: do this in
the following order:
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Memory
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CPU class (Pentium II, Pentium III)
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CPU Speed
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Hard disk speed (Ultra, Ultra Wide, RAID)
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Other
Minimum requirements
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Intel Pentium II processor at 350 MHz
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100 MHz system motherboard (Bx class)
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128 Mb RAM
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4Mb Video card (1024 x 768 @ 24 bit – see note)
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9Gb Hard Disk (see note)
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10 / 100 Ethernet card
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33.6k Modem
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High quality (Sony, Apple) 17" color monitor
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Windows NT 4.0, Service Pack 3
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Mouse with mouse wheel (Microsoft, Logitec)
Optional Extras
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6 x 9cm Graphics Tablet with pressure sensitive stylus (Wacom)
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CD-R or DVD RAM drive for data backup
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Notes
Video Card: It is most important to use a high quality video card. In particular, you
should use video cards that support monitor calibration in some manner. Typically,
manufacturers such as ATI or Video Seven have such products.
Hard disk: If you are using PrintTime on a single workstation, you should realise that
very quickly you will use 9Gb of data storage, just with the images you scan to create your
products. If your requirements are low volume, you could consider a single 9Gb hard, and
continually move images that are finished onto a CD-Rom or DVD-RAM disk. However,
if you are producing just an average number of packages, you will want to use a number
of drives. Fortunately, hard disk drive costs are relatively low today.
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3
3 – Installation
Open the CD-Rom in Windows Explorer or My Computer, and double-click the file,
Install PrintTime. The installer
screen appears.
The installation process may
require a restart mid-way
through the process. If the
installer requests you to restart
the PC, please do so, as the
installation is not able to
complete without the restart.
•
Choose Next to proceed.
•
Read the contents of the
ReadMe screen. It
contains timely
information that may be
required for the installation. Choose Next to proceed.
•
Choose the location for the program files to be installed to. Unless you have a
particular reason for changing the default path setting, we recommend you leave it
as is. Choose Next to proceed.
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Allow the program to
create backup files for
the installation. Choose
Next to proceed.
•
Choose the components
to install. If this
machine is to house the
hardlock, install the
License Server
component.
•
Documentation and
tutorial files are
installed to the same
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directory as the program
files.
•
Choose Next to proceed.
•
Select the name of the
Program Manager group
to add the icons to.
Choose Next to proceed.
•
Once you’re happy with
all the settings, choose
Next to proceed, or
choose Back to change
any of your settings.
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The program files are installed.
•
Once all the files have been installed, the Complete screen is shown. Choose
to complete the installation.
Finish
Installing the Adobe Acrobat Reader
If you want to view the application documentation, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat
installed. If you don’t have the software on your system, use the installer on the CD.
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Note: If you’ve installed ‘over the top’ of a demo version, you’ll find that the
documentation on the CD is likely to be a much larger file than the one you
downloaded. Although the manual is the same, the version on the CD has images
saved at a higher resolution. You won’t notice any difference viewing the manual on
screen, but you will certainly notice a difference if you print it.
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4 – Understanding PrintTime
PrintTime allows the user to image files on a computer disk, whether that disk be a floppy,
Zip, local hard disk, or a network drive somewhere. Files can be corrected for brightness,
contrast, color balance as well as zoomed and cropped.
Advanced features such as sophisticated hot folder support allow the user to create an
automated package and image production environment.
If you are using Timestone’s NeoPack+, PrintTime is also able to open Timestone Image
Script files and print these to your printer.
PrintTime’s main features
Managing files
PrintTime is designed to help you keep track of files that need to be imaged, have been
imaged, and do so in an intuitive manner. Files are gathered together as bitmap files,
Timestone Image Script files, queued files and printed files. The software allows
automatic data gathering so removable disks don’t have to be present at imaging time to
image the original files. Files can be re-submitted for printing, and changes made to the
original order if required. This process is manual, and must be completed by the operator
– ‘Cold’ mode.
Creating package prints
PrintTime allows simple creation of package prints from image files. Packages can be
easily defined within the pack set editor. There are no restrictions on what packages can
be created, as long as the printer can print the page size required by the pack, PrintTime
can create it. Images are automatically rotated when the package is created – no operator
intervention or special settings are required.
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Figure 1: A package print
Image cropping
When creating package prints, it is important that your images are cropped correctly.
PrintTime offers you on-screen cropping using the mouse or graphics tablet. If you are
creating package prints, each image preview can display the aspect ratio boundaries,
ensuring that the cropping you choose is suitable for all the aspect ratios that are to be
printed.
You have control on the image zoom, x and y image position. These controls can be
adjusted either numerically from the image toolbox, or using the mouse. Images can be
cropped individually, as a group of selected images or across the entire group of images
currently open.
Figure 2: Image cropping with aspect ratio preview
Color, density and contrast corrections
Image color and density can be adjusted from the image toolbox. You have control over
Brightness, Contrast, Yellow, Magenta, and Cyan.
Print Package sets
Gather together print sizes together into a pack, or specify individual print sizes. You can
gather collections of packages or print sizes together into a pack set, allowing single-click
printing of complex print combinations. Multiple copies of the chosen print pack can also
be specified.
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Timestone Print Job file support
Packages and other products created in Timestone Software’s Neo family of applications
can be printed to a Timestone Print Job file. This results in a very short print times for the
operator, allowing them to be more productive creating the packages. The more time
consuming computer task can be handled by PrintTime, where the jobs are opened and
released to the printer. No operator attention is required during this process.
Extensive automated operation with ‘Hot’ folders
PrintTime offers unattended printing to any Windows printer with its extensively
customisable hot folders. Create folders on local or network drives, and attach various
actions to that folder. Each time images are deposited to the folder, the action is carried
out (color corrections, package, zooming or jogging) and the images are printed.
Operating PrintTime with hot folders is called ‘Hot’ operation.
Using PrintTime’s interface
Once PrintTime has been installed, choose PrintTime from the Start menu > Program Files
> Timestone Software. PrintTime will start. If you are asked for a serial number, or told
that the software protection device is not present, please review Chapter 2, Installation.
In the picture below, the PrintTime main window is shown in ‘cold’ mode. The program is
shown here with an image file and print queue open.
Figure 3: The PrintTime main screen
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Understanding the interface
Using the program tabs
PrintTime’s main panes are divided by tabs. Choosing the relevant tab will display
information specific to that tab.
Figure 4: Use tabs to switch the program modes
Selecting a preview mode for bitmaps
There are various modes available to preview an image:
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Image
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Lens
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Pack
Choosing the relevant radio button changes the image preview contents.
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5
5 – Configuring PrintTime
PrintTime comes with various default settings and packs. However, you will want to
design print sizes and packages to suit your business.
Setting the Program defaults
Program defaults such as measurement and monitor calibration are set from the Options
dialog. Choose File > Options. The Options dialog opens.
Setting measurement units
Choose either imperial or metric units of measurements.
If you have defined packs in one measurement setting, PrintTime automatically converts
the units in the Pack Setup dialog.
Set the view size
When displaying a pack preview, the display is relative to the size set here. For example,
if a pack is 8 x 8", and the View size is set to a width and height of 20", the pack will
appear quite small when previewed. Conversely, if a pack is 8 x 16", and the View size is
set to 10 x 10, the pack will be clipped in the preview window.
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Figure 5: The same pack with the View setting set to 20x20, and 8x8
Monitor calibration
If you wish to use the built-in monitor calibration, ensure Enable monitor LUT is checked.
If this option is enabled, the monitor calibration wizard must be run. See chapter 10 for
more information regarding monitor calibration.
Defining packages and pack sets
PrintTime can create image packages, as well as printing files as a single print. All prints
made with PrintTime are handled as a package. If a single print is required, a package with
that single print must be created.
How PrintTime handles Packages and Sets
Package prints and pack sets are both created in the Package Editor.
The editor is divided into two sections – Entries and Sets.
Packages consist of an Entry, or the name of the package being
created, and the print sizes that belong to that package. As many
prints as are required can be added to a particular package, and the
prints can be of different sizes, positions and orientations within a
single pack. If an image needs to rotate for a particular print, it is
automatically rotated.
Each pack is defined by specifying the origin (the top left corner),
width and height of the pack (the x, y, cx and cy entries).
Once all the packages required have been created, they are gathered
together into pack sets. When a set is chosen within PrintTime, the
packages that have been added to that set are displayed for use.
Pack sets can be chosen to make pack selection from the many
defined packs easier. Only the packs than belong to a pack set are
available when a set is chosen. The same packs can be placed into
multiple pack sets if desired.
Defining Packages
Each package consists of a single description, and as many ‘lenses’ as required to make up
the pack. Each ‘lens’ consists of 4 values:
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x and y, the print origin
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cx and cy, the print size.
The units are those selected as the program defaults.
Determining the origin
Each print within a pack has an origin. The origin is the top left corner of each of the
prints.
Origin,
x = 0, y = 0
cx
Position 1
cy
1
2
Position 2
3
4
In this example, the origin of the prints are:
Print 1: x = 0, y = 0
Print 2 x = cx, y = 0
Print 3 x = 0, y = cy and
Print 4 x = cx, y = cy
Designing a package – an example
In an example, we wish to create the following package for use within PrintTime.
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Step 1: Create the pack entry
Make sure the program default measurements are imperial (File
> Options). Open the pack editor, and create a new entry in the
Entry list. Name the entry Pack A.
Step 2: Create a new lens set
Choose Add. A new line appears in the Lenses for entry table. Enter the following values:
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x = 0 (x origin)
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y = 0 (y origin)
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cx = 8 (print width)
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cy = 10 (print height)
Choose Add again. A new line appears in the Lenses for entry table. Enter the following
values
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x = 8 (x origin)
!
y = 0 (y origin)
!
cx = 7 (print width)
!
cy = 5 (print height)
Continue adding entries until all the below values have been entered:
Print
x value
y value
cx value
cy value
Print 1
0
0
8
10
Print 2
8
0
7
5
Print 3
8
5
7
5
Print 4
15
0
3.5
5
Print 5
15
5
3.5
5
Print 6
18.5
0
3
2
Print 7
18.5
2
3
2
Print 8
18.5
4
3
2
Print 9
18.5
6
3
2
Print 10
18.5
8
3
2
Create a new pack set
Once you have designed all the required packages, they
need to be placed into a pack set. As many packs as are
required can be placed into a pack set.
It is useful to name and gather the packs into pack sets for
easy selection. For example, you may have a number of
single print sizes defined as well as packages that fit on an
A4 page. It is sensible to gather the single prints together
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into a Single Print set, while all the A4 packs are gathered to the A4 Packs set.
If the package editor window isn’t already open, open it by choosing Edit > Packs… the
package editor opens. Choose the Sets tab.
Step 1: Create and name the pack set
Choose New from the Set list section. A new line appears in the Set list table. Enter some
meaningful name that identifies this pack set.
Step 2: Add packs to the set
Choose Add from the Packs in set section of the dialog. A new line appears in the Packs in
table. Note that the Pack entry has a drop-down button.
set
Click the drop-down arrow. A list of available packages is displayed. Choose the package
you wish to add.
Click inside the Description field and name the pack. This is the name that is displayed in
the program to identify this particular package
Continue adding packs to the pack set as necessary. Once finished, choose OK. The dialog
is dismissed
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6
6 – Adding files
There are several different types of files, and modes of operation PrintTime can handle.
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Individual image files
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Timestone Image Script files; special files from other Timestone
Software applications
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Batch operation – add image and Script files to a special batch folder
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Hot
and Cold operation
When individual image files are added to a printer queue, they can be corrected for color,
density and contrast, as well as being zoomed and cropped. Single prints or packages can
then be selected. Prints are sized automatically to create the desired print size, or using the
file’s dimensions. Script files are already formatted, and so only the color, density,
contrast and required quantity can be adjusted.
Files can also be added to a batch of files. Batches ensure that files are printed together as
a group, ensuring a particular job isn’t mixed with images not belonging to that job.
Finally, PrintTime allows either Cold operation where files must be manually added to a
queue or batch, or Hot operation where files and batches are automatically added using
special Hot folders. For information regarding this Hot operation, see a later chapter.
Choosing files to add
Choose the directory that contains the files you wish to image by either;
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Typing the directory location in the Path
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Clicking the folder icon and choosing the location
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Choosing a previously chosen path from the Path
drop-down.
Bitmap and Timestone Image Script files are automatically recognised, regardless of their
file extension. This includes some file formats from other operating systems such as
MacOS, UNIX etc.
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The following file formats are recognised:
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TIF
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TARGA + TARGA compressed
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BMP
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PNG
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JPEG
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Mac PICT
All valid image files will appear in either the Bitmap Files tab and Timestone Image Script
files in the Image Script tab. An image thumbnail will be generated for all the bitmap files.
If the images are quite large, it may take a little time to generate the thumbnail, but this is
handled as a background task, and the software will still allow operations during this
process.
Any Timestone Image Script files will show the created pack or other items created in any
of the Neo applications.
Figure 6: File listing of bitmap and Image Script files
Sorting files
Files can be sorted by alphabetically, numerically or by date / time stamp. This is useful
when adding files to the queue in a particular order. Click on the button you wish to use as
the sort criteria – any files displayed in the Files tab will be sorted.
Files added with
Are sorted…
Alphabetical sort
Alpha-numeric sort (abc123…)
Numeric sort
Strict natural order (9, 10, 11) numeric sort. Normal numeric sort
can result in sort order 1, 10, 2, 3… Alphabetical characters are
ignored.
Date / Time stamp sort
Sorted according to the file creation time.
Alphabetical sort
Numeric sort
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Preparing bitmap files
It is possible to correct density, color, contrast, as well as zoom and crop images as they
are added to the queue.
Choose the view
Choose the file you wish to add. A larger view appears in the centre pane. Choose one of
the three views available by clicking the radio button:
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Image – previews the image or script file
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Lens – previews the image with the defined aspect ratios for cropping
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Pack – previews the selected image pack
If you are viewing Image scripts, the radio buttons are not available as it is only
possible to correct the image. A preview is still shown.
Figure 7: Centre pane preview showing Image, Lens and Pack modes
Color correct the image
Choose Image preview mode. Enter the color or density corrections required using the
color and density controls. The keyboard can be used to enter the corrections by typing the
color or density key (R, G, B, D) and then the required amount. For example, a correction
of +2 Green +2 Yellow and –3 Density would be achieved by typing:
G+2B-2D-3
Corrections made here are ‘sticky’. As new images are added to the printer queue are
applied to the images. Corrections are remembered for each individual image and can be
changed by choosing the file once it has been added to the Unprinted tab. Choose the
Reset button to reset all the values.
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Reset settings
Blue value
Brightness value
Contrast value
Green value
Red value
Task
Action
Lighten or darken a print
Increase or decrease the I amount, or type Ctrl-I
immediately followed by the amount (i.e. +2, -1)
Make the print more red or cyan
Increase or decrease the R amount, or type Ctrl-R
immediately followed by the amount (i.e. +2, -1)
Make the print more green or magenta
Increase or decrease the G amount, or type Ctrl-G
immediately followed by the amount (i.e. +2, -1)
Make the print more blue or yellow
Increase or decrease the B amount, or type Ctrl-B
immediately followed by the amount (i.e. +2, -1)
Add the corrected print to the queue
Choose Add
Add the same corrections to many
prints
Make the required corrections, choose the file then
choose Add
Reset settings
Press the reset button. All values are set to zero.
Zoom and crop the image
Images can be moved and re-sized to create the best cropping for various aspect ratio
prints. When in cropping mode, PrintTime displays any enabled aspect ratios. Images
should be cropped so that each of the different aspect ratios will appear pleasingly
cropped.
Choose the Lens radio button. The preview images changes to show any active aspect
ratios. Use the mouse and thumbwheel to zoom and crop the image.
Choose the Reset button to set all the values to default.
Reset settings
Zoom value
Horizontal shift value
Horizontal shift value
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Crop an image
Choose an image. The image can be moved by:
Action
Mouse
Image Correction palette
Move an image left
Click and drag the mouse
Decrease the X value
Move an image right
Click and drag the mouse
Increase the X value
Move an image up
Click and drag the mouse
Decrease the Y value
Move an image down
Click and drag the mouse
Increase the Y value
Reset cropping
Press the Reset button
Zooming images
Choose an image. The image can be zoomed by:
Action
Mouse
Image Correction palette
Make the image larger
Click the preview and turn the
scroll wheel
Increase the S value
Make the image larger
Click the preview and turn the
scroll wheel
Decrease the S value
Reset the zoom ratio
Press the reset button
Choose the print size or package and quantity
Choose the desired print size or package from the pack drop-down. Choose other pack sets
by clicking the Pack set button. Choose the desired set from the list of choices. The print
sizes and packs that belong to that set become available. Enter the required number of this
print or pack in the Quantity box.
Choose the Pack radio button to preview the print or package chosen.
Choose the print quantity
Choose the print or pack required
Click to choose a different pack set
Switching Pack sets
Switch between the pack sets you have defined by clicking the
Pack Set button. A drop-down window with the available sets
appears. Choose the set you want.
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Setting file options
PrintTime allows you to choose how files are handled as they are added to the printer
queue, and after being imaged.
There are three options:
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No special file handling
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Print from a copy of the file
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Delete file after printing
No special file handling
When a file is added to a print queue, the original file is used to print. This means that the
file must still be available in order to be printed
Print from a copy of the file
When the file is added to the queue, its image data is copied to a temporary file. This
means that the original file doesn’t have to be present to image correctly. This is useful
when imaging from a removable or network disk or a floppy.
Delete file after printing
If the option Delete file when finished is checked, any files added to the Unprinted queue,
and then printed are marked for deletion.
There are further options in the Printed tab that control when the file is finally deleted. For
example, if the keep reprint information checkbox is checked, the file won’t be deleted
until its entry in the Printed list is removed, or the program is quit.
Be careful when using this option!
Adding the file
Once all the various options and corrections have been set, click the Add
button or double click the file. The resulting print or pack is added to the
printer queue. The same file can be added many times to the printer queue
with different cropping, corrections, print sizes and packs.
Files are added to the Unprinted tab.
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Figure 8: Unprinted images in the current queue
Editing files in a queue
Once a file has been added to the queue, the settings for a particular print can be edited by
clicking the image in the queue. Choosing the image will display that image in the
preview pane. Change any of the settings as required.
Managing prints in a queue
Prints in a queue can be removed, held or released.
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Delete – deletes a file from the queue permanently. To delete an
image from the queue, click its entry, then the Delete button. The
entry is removed.
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Pause – Holds the print within the queue. Prints that are held will
not be printed when the printer is started. If a print is held in the
queue, it is indicated by a pause marker. To release a paused
image, click the Pause button again. The image can now be printed.
Batch printing
Some groups of image files belong to a single job. In this case, you will want all the files
printed together, un-interrupted by other files.
Batches can be defined within the Unprinted queue by adding a job folder. Files are then
added to the folder, and are handled as an individual job. All files from this folder will be
imaged before any others, unless the batch is cancelled.
Batches can consist of individual files, as well as Image Script files.
Create a new batch
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Click the New batch button. A folder is added to the Unprinted queue.
Note that the folder is open, indicating any files added will be added to this new batch.
Add files to the batch
With the folder still open, add image or Timestone Script files as normal. Files will be
added to the batch as usual. Note that members of a batch are nestled under the batch
folder. The folder can be expanded or collapsed as in Windows Explorer by clicking the +
or – symbol in the queue list.
Figure 9: Batch folders expanded and collapsed.
Opening or closing a batch
Once all the necessary files have been added to the batch folder,
close it by clicking the Close Batch button.
Once a batch has been closed, it can be opened for adding further
files by clicking the batch, then the Open Batch button.
Figure 10: An open and closed batch
Pausing a batch
If you want to print other files in a queue but are not yet ready to print a
batch, pause the batch by clicking it in the list, then the Pause button.
The batch won’t be printed until it is released.
A paused batch is indicated by the pause markers over the batch folder.
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7 – Printing the queue
Whether files have been added to a queue individually or to a batch, they are handled in a
similar manner when printed. Both image and Script files are handled in the same manner,
the only difference being the corrections available.
Any standard Windows printer driver can be used to print images. Timestone Software has
special printer drivers that enhance the possibilities when printing packages. Any special
properties are discussed in that driver’s user documentation.
Configuring and controlling paper sizes
As with any application, PrintTime needs to know which printer is currently being used.
You should follow your printer driver’s documentation for configuration information.
From the File menu, choose Setup printer. The printer setup dialog is shown.
Choose the printer
Open Printer properties
dialog
Automated print functions; only available if
supported by the print driver.
Index line configuration
Output file path
File output options
Output file naming
Output file naming options
Printer LUT settings
Figure 11: Print setup dialog
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Choosing the printer
Choose the desired printer by clicking the arrow in the Name drop-down, then choose the
printer from the list.
Set the printer properties
The Windows printer properties can be set by choosing
Properties from the print setup dialog. Once the printer properties
dialog opens, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to set the
necessary parameters.
In particular, ensure that the page size is able to print the packages you have designed.
Automatic paper orientation
When printing to a ‘normal’ printer, NeoPack will automatically adjust the orientation of
the printer’s paper to match the package being printed. Enable this option by choosing
Automatically adjust orientation.
Automatic orientation of a ‘bitmap’ printer
As discussed previously, PrintTime allows you to ‘print’ to many new digital photographic
printers by printing its jobs to bitmap files. These files are then submitted to the digital
photographic printer by a server software. These printers often require that the image be
presented in a particular orientation (portrait or landscape), meaning that the orientation of
the printed bitmap must be changed as required.
When printing to Zenographics SuperPrint drivers, PrintTime will print the file in the
orientation the bitmap driver is currently set. For example, if the packages have been
designed in a landscape orientation, but the printer driver is set to portrait, PrintTime will
print the image in a portrait orientation to match the driver.
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This rotation can take a number of seconds to perform, depending on the size of the
final print. To avoid this time, make sure you design your packages in the correct
orientation for the printer.
Automatic paper size selection
PrintTime can automatically choose the most appropriate page size for an image being
printed. Within a particular print job, there may be a number of different page sizes
required by the printer queue. Pack A might require a page size of 8 x 20.5", while Pack B
might need 8 x 11.5". Printing these packages on a single page size is wasteful of paper.
PrintTime can automatically choose from the available paper sizes from most Windows
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printer drivers, or automatically generate the exact paper size when using a Timestone
Software Windows printer driver.
When using standard Windows printer drivers, the physical printer must of course be able
to automatically change the paper size to use this feature. In the main, this feature is best
used with Zenographics SuperPrint bitmap drivers to send to a photographic style digital
printer that can automatically vary the paper size.
Timestone Software printer drivers automatically control the photographic printer to
create the exact paper size required.
Using best paper sizes
Choose Setup printer from the File menu. The Print setup dialog is shown. Enable best
paper size selection by choosing Pick best paper size from the Printer options section. With
this option enabled, PrintTime will check all the available paper sizes, and chooses the
closest match for the page currently being printed. This check is performed for each job,
meaning that a queue can contain different size prints- the best paper size will be selected
for each page being printed.
Use custom paper sizes only
Most print sizes PrintTime is required to create are not standard (A4, Letter) sizes. Printer
drivers that allow custom paper sizes to be created allow you to design sizes that are
exactly correct for PrintTime prints. In this case, it is not desirable to allow PrintTime to
automatically choose a standard paper size, as it may not be exactly correct.
Choose Use custom paper sizes only. PrintTime will only consider custom paper sizes
when automatically choosing the one to be used.
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When using this feature with the Index line enabled, be sure to allow enough room
for the index line when defining the paper size dimensions. If the paper size is too
small to include the index line, the next larger size will be chosen, resulting in unpredictable results.
Package Index Lines
PrintTime allows creating Index Lines that can be positioned at a particular position on
each package printed. The Index Line can contain information such as the source file,
corrections, image number, and a number of other options.
Other Neo applications also support index line information. When printing Image Script
files, PrintTime can use the index line settings specified when the file was created by the
other Neo application. These settings can also be over-ridden if desired.
There are different settings available when printing bitmap or Timestone Image Script
files.
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Figure 12: An Package Index Line
Enabling Index Line printing
PrintTime supports separate settings for either Bitmap or Script files. Settings made for
one do not affect the other, so it is possible to configure the index line specifically for
either file type.
Choose either the Bitmap or Scripts tab. Enable Index lines checking Index line on within
desired tab.
Image alignment
Normally, if the paper size chosen is bigger than required, the alignment of the printed
image on the page can vary according to how the printer driver handles the mismatch.
Using the Align setting, the image can be aligned to a specific position on the page.
Choose the desired alignment by clicking the Align drop-down, then choosing from the
available alignments.
Configuring the Index line
Click the Configure button. The Index Line setup dialog is displayed.
Figure 13: The Index Line options panel
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Setting the Index Line options
Setting the Height
Choose the height of the Image Line in Points. The Image Line text will be automatically
scaled to fit within the height.
Specify the gap to the Index Line
Specify the gap amount to leave between the Package print and Index Line. This amount
is specified as a percentage of the Index Line height.
Set the Index Line position
Choose the position for the Index Line to appear. Choosing Anywhere allows NeoPack to
automatically choose the most appropriate position for the Index Line.
Set the text alignment
Choose Left, Centred or right alignment for the Index Line text.
Choosing the Index Line content
There are different contents and settings available for either bitmap or script file index
lines.
There are a number of items that can be included in the Index Line. These
options can be added to the current Index Line by clicking the Text options
drop-down. A list of pre-defined codes appears. Choose the desired code, and
it is added to the end of the current text selection. It is also possible to enter
text to the Index Line.
Option
Description
Description (Hot
folders only)
The Hot Folder description that created the print
Original line text
(Scripts only)
Index line information specified in the originating Neo application
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Path + Filename
Source NeoPack filename and the path to that file
Filename
Source NeoPack filename
Date
Date the job was printed from NeoPack
Time
Time the job was printed from NeoPack
Corrections
Color and density corrections for this pack
Pack
Package selected
Figure 14: Index Line text options for bitmaps (left) and scripts (right)
Using printer corrections
PrintTime allows printer corrections by applying a LUT to the image as it is printed. This is
especially useful if you have more than one printer in use, and you switch between them.
It is also useful to calibrate your printer to the computer’s monitor.
To choose a correction, click the Apply LUT drop-down box.
Printing to a bitmap
Normally, an application uses a standard Windows print driver to print a page. However,
some of the newer photographic digital printers will only image bitmap files. Many of
these printers don’t have Windows printer drivers available at all.
If your printer is in this category, it is possible to ‘print’ to a bitmap file using printer
drivers such as Zenographics SuperPrint™. These are a set of Windows printer drivers
that create bitmap files instead of printing to a physical printer. These bitmaps can then be
submitted to your printer.
Configuring a bitmap printer driver
If you’re using a bitmap style driver like SuperPrint to print to your printer, you need to
understand how your printer needs to receive the final printed bitmap files. This involves
understanding the desired page size, and the resolution (dpi) that the printer is set to.
SuperPrint also has some useful image enhancement features when imaging the resulting
files to a photographic style printer.
Setting the output filename options
In order to use the bitmap drivers, it is necessary to specify the output filenames of the
resulting bitmap files. Important if you are printing 100 packages!
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Enable file naming
Enable the file naming feature by checking Print each page to individual file. If you are
using a normal Windows Printer driver, this will create a Windows Print file. If you are
using a Zenographics bitmap driver, this will create a bitmap file.
Choose the destination
Choose the final destination of the image files by either typing the path, or click the
Browse button and browse for the destination folder.
When printing with these settings, each page is printed to an individual file. There are
various options available to control the filename allocated for each page.
There are three options to choose from:
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A prefix (characters always at the beginning of the filenames)
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An image identifier (information that identifies each printed file)
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Number of copies (the number of copies requested)
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File extension (the image file extension)
Prefix
The prefix is the first characters of each filename created. Each file created for a particular
job will start with whatever is entered here.
Identifier
The number can be either the Original filename base or a Sequential number.
Option
Description
Original filename
base
PrintTime uses the original filename as the number information.
Sequential no.
PrintTime numbers this field with a sequential number. The starting
number can be specified by entering a number in the next number field.
Copies
The chosen number of copies is automatically entered.
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Extension
The characters used as the file extension.
Using printer corrections
NeoPack allows printer corrections by applying a LUT to the image as it is printed. This is
especially useful if you have more than one printer in use, and you switch between them.
It is also useful to calibrate your printer to the computer’s monitor.
To choose a correction, click the Apply LUT drop-down box, and choose from the available
corrections.
See chapter 11 for more information regarding using and constructing corrections for use.
Configuring the Printed tab
Once files have been printed, they can be added to the
Printed tab if required. There are several options that
control how queue entries are handled after individual
files have been printed. The entire entry for an image file,
batch or script file can be moved to the Printed tab,
allowing it to be re-printed at a later time. It is also
possible to add just the file entry name, making it
impossible to re-print, but cat as confirmation the file has
been printed. Finally, entries can be removed entirely,
with no entries appearing in the Printed tab as files are printed.
Option
Description
Put in list
Once a file has been printed, its entry in the Unprinted queue will be moved to
the Printed queue. If this option is not checked, the entry will be deleted
immediately the file has been printed.
Keep reprint
information
Allows the file to be re-printed at a later time. If this option is not chosen, it may
not be possible to re-print the file.
Printing and using the queue
Once all the necessary settings have been made, and images have been added to the queue,
PrintTime can print the images.
Starting the printer
The printer is set printing by choosing OK to print. Once this is chosen, the printing
process will start. As an image is printed, it will be removed from the Unprinted tab, and
placed into the into the Printed tab according to the settings made there.
Printing is handled as a background process, so it is possible to add, edit and pause files as
the queue is being printed.
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Pausing the printer
To pause the printer during the printing process, uncheck the OK to print checkbox. The
traffic light turns to yellow as the current print is completed, and then to red as the printer
is stopped.
Figure 15: The printer is stopping, then stopped
Re-starting the printer
To restart the printer, choose OK to print. Printing starts again.
Using the Printed tab
Depending on how the Printed tab options were set when a file was printed, a file’s entry
may have been moved from the Unprinted to the Printed tab. Entries within the Printed tab
can allow images to be re-submitted for reprinting, or act as a confirmation that a file was
printed.
Removing a single Printed entry
A single entry can be removed from the Printed queue by choosing
the entry to remove, then pressing the Delete selected button. The
selected entry is removed from the Printed queue.
Remove all Printed entries
All entries in the Printed queue can be removed by clicking the Remove All button. When
this is done any entries currently in the Printed queue are removed.
Re-printing prints
Once a print has been sent to the printer once, it is moved from the Unprinted
tab to the Printed tab. Once in the Printed tab, it can be removed altogether
from the queue, or re-printed.
To re-print a file, choose it in the Printed tab, then click the Reprint button. If
the option keep reprint information was not checked when the file was
printed, this button will not be available.
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Printing batches
Once all the files have been added to the batch, it is printed in the normal fashion by
checking OK to print. If a batch is still open, it will not be printed.
Once PrintTime starts printing the batch, it will work its way down the list of images until
it is either paused, or all the files are completed. As individual files with a batch are
printed, they are ‘dimmed’ in the display, indicating they have been printed.
Once all the files have been printed within a batch, they will be added to the Printed tab
according to the options set here.
Pausing a batch while printing
If you need to pause the printing of a batch while it is being printed, uncheck OK to print.
A confirmation dialog will be displayed. Confirm the pausing of the batch – the batch is
pauses. When you are ready to start printing the batch again, check OK to print.
Re-printing batches
If the put in list and keep reprint information checkboxes were checked
when a batch was printed, it is possible to re-print a batch. To do this,
open the Printed tab and click the batch you wish to reprint.
Click the Reprint button. The batch is moved from the Printed to Un-printed tab ready to be
printed again. If the option keep reprint information was not checked
when the file was printed, this button will not be available.
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8 – Printing Image Script files
Timestone Software’s other products are tools that create prints, packages, ID cards,
composite images and other items that you may design. PrintTime and Timestone Image
Script files create a very efficient production workflow.
This is achieved by using Timestone Image Script files and multiple workstations running
PrintTime, all feeding prints into your high-volume digital printers. These files are created
by the operator ‘printing’ to a Timestone Image Script file instead of directly to the printer.
The file contains all the image, print, pack and other information used to create the print.
PrintTime can then open the file and re-create the product, even though it is not capable of
creating the file in the first place.
As PrintTime can run as an un-attended application, it can be set to print a queue of
images while your operators continue to quickly create more product.
Using Timestone Image Script files
In order to create a Timestone Image Script file, you must have a Timestone Software
application that supports this file format.
In the originating Neo applications, choose Print Setup from the File menu. The printer
setup dialog is displayed. Choose Timestone Image Script file as the target printer. A
Timestone Image Script file will be created when the job is printed.
Adding Script files
Once created, the Timestone Image Script files are opened by PrintTime in the same way
as simple bitmap image files. However, they appear in the Script file tab instead of the
Bitmap files tab.
The file directory can contain both bitmap and script files. The different types are
automatically recognised, regardless a files extension, and placed into the correct program
tab.
Displaying a Script file
Choose the directory that contains the Timestone Image Script files, then the Script files
tab. The Timestone Image Script files are displayed.
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Figure 16: The Script tab with image scripts
Choosing a script file in the file listing shows a preview of that file.
Figure 17: An Image Script preview
It is possible to adjust the color and density of the script file, as well as the quantity
ordered. However, as the print has been designed and printed from another application, it
is not possible to zoom or jog the image. If these adjustments are required, they must be
done in the originating application.
Color correct the image
Choose Image preview mode. Enter the color or density corrections required using the
color and density controls. The keyboard can be used to enter the corrections by typing the
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color or density key (R, G, B, D) and then the required amount. For example, a correction
of +2 Green +2 Yellow and –3 Density would be achieved by typing:
G+2B-2D-3
Corrections made here are ‘sticky’. As new images are added to the printer queue are
applied to the images. Corrections are remembered for each individual image and can be
changed by choosing the file once it has been added to the Unprinted tab.
Choose the Reset button to reset all the values.
Reset settings
Blue value
Brightness value
Contrast value
Green value
Red value
Printing Timestone Image Script files
An Image script file can be managed within a queue exactly as if it were a normal bitmap
file. However, as the originating application has set the image cropping, positioning and
other such application-specific items, none of these controls are available from PrintTime.
It is possible only to:
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Adjust the overall color balance, density and contrast of the item
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Change the number of prints created
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Override the Index line contents
Any color corrections, Index line information or LUT corrections applied within the
originating Neo application will be honored in PrintTime.
Script files can be added to the print queue via the hot folder mechanism, exactly as
bitmap files. When the TIS files are created by the originating Neo application, a matching
TIB file is created. This file contains batch information for the TIS files.
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9 – Automated printing
Hot Folders: An overview
A folder can be set to treat files as members of a batch or as individual files. PrintTime can
be set to check the special folders at regular intervals – for example, every 60 seconds.
If files are found inside an individual file folder, they are added to the ‘unprinted’ tab, and
will be printed in turn. Each of the hot folders is searched one after the other, in the order
shown in the hot folder list, and files added in that folder order to the Unprinted tab.
If a folder that has batch printing enabled is found with new files, PrintTime checks to see
if the ‘batch’ settings have been satisfied. If the conditions have not yet been met,
PrintTime passes over this folder and continues to the next. Once the batch conditions are
met, the files are added to the Unprinted tab as a job, and will be printed together.
Once files have been added to the Unprinted tab, they are handled as normal within
PrintTime. Depending on the options set for a hot folder, files will either be re-named to
an in-eligible filename, moved to a new folder or deleted from the hot folder once printed.
Creating hot folders
Choose the Automatic Settings tab. The Hot folder settings are shown.
Figure 18: The Automatic Settings screen.
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Defining new hot folders
Choose New – a new hot folder entry is added to the list. Make the following entries to the
General tab.
Enabling the hot folder
Switch the hot folder on or off by checking or un-checking Enable this folder.
Specify the hot folder
Either type in the path to the hot folder, or choose Browse. A directory browser is
displayed. Choose the correct folder and choose OK. You can specify a network path if
desired. If this is done, it is important to ensure that the current operator has permission to
read files from the remote folder.
Enter a folder description
Enter a description for the entry.
Include or exclude sub-directories
PrintTime can scan the sub-directories of a hot folder for eligible files. This is useful for
convenient folder drop operations from the operator’s workstation. With this option
enabled, the operator simply copies the whole folder containing the files to be printed to
the hot folder.
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Batch processing
Hot folders can either consider files within a folder as a part of a job (and so required to be
printed together, without other files mixed in), or as individual files.
Defining a folder as a ‘batch’ folder
Choose the folder you wish to define as a batch folder, then choose the Batch tab. The
folder is made a batch folder by checking Enable batch printing for folder.
Figure 19 The Batch settings
Activity based batch handling
When files are copied to a hot batch folder by another application or user, it is possible for
files to be added in different ways:
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The whole batch of files are copied in a single operation (all files appear
in the hot folder quickly one after the other)
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Files are ‘printed’ to bitmaps from the application directly from the
application (the files appear with a significant time gap between files)
If activity based monitoring for a batch of files is used, it is important that the setting
made here is done carefully.
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Note: If there are several operators creating or copying files to a hot folder at the
same time, they should separate their files to different sub-directories to avoid
mixing jobs. Make sure that the hot folder has the Include subdirectories as well
option checked.
If the whole batch is copied as after all the files have been created on the operator’s
workstation, set a short time in the when there is no activity for xx minutes field.
If the files are being created in the hot folder by printing directly from the originating
application, use a longer time.
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The best time to enter as the activity value depends on many
variables, including the time taken to create a single file, network
traffic. In practice, if files are created within a sub-directory specific
to a particular workstation, set the value to a higher number rather
than a low one.
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Special file identifier
An alternative method of indicating a batch of files is complete is to copy a special file to
the hot folder at the end of printing from the application or after all the files have been
copied.
Once this file is seen by PrintTime, all the files contained within the hot folder at that
moment are treated as a job and added to the Unprinted tab.
The contents of the file itself is un-important. PrintTime only checks for a particular
filename. You could create a blank document within Notepad, and save it with the special
filename to the hot folder.
When specifying the file to use, you can use wildcards such as printnow.*
While this method does involve an additional step, it is a good way of ensuring the files
are printed as a job.
Sorting a batch
Once a group of files become eligible to be added to the queue, they are first sorted, and
then added to the Unprinted tab for printing.
The sort options are set in the Print batch sorted by section.
Sort by
Description
Filename
Files are sorted alphanumerically by their filename. This option may
not correctly order files named by sequential numbers.
Numerically
Numerical sort order. This ensures natural counting order is
maintained. Any alphabetical characters are ignored with this sort.
Time
Files are sorted by their modification date / time stamp
Reverse order
Reverses the sort order (Z – A)
Batch handling for Timestone Image Script files
Timestone Image Script files are automatically identified as a batch by a special TIB file.
This file is created at the same time as the script files themselves, and identify all the
members of a particular batch.
When the originating Timestone Software package begins printing to a Script file, it first
creates the TIB file. PrintTime will not start printing the Script file until it sees that this
file is completed.
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Be sure that the TIB file is copied across with the other TIS files to maintain the batch
information. Other batch criteria can also be used to identify TIS files as a batch as
previously discussed.
Applying image corrections and packages
Image corrections such as density, color, contrast, image scaling and jogging can be
applied to bitmap files as they are printed. This means that any files dropped into a folder
can be (for example) zoomed, and color corrected as they are printed.
Corrections apply globally to any file dropped into the hot folder, with the exception of
Timestone Image Script files. These files can be color corrected, but no zoom, jog pack or
multiple copies will be created unless specified in the originating application.
Specify the corrections
Click on the hot folder you wish to edit and choose the Pre-processing tab. Enter the
required corrections, including zoom, jog, copies and pack. If PrintTime encounters an
Timestone Image Script file within this hot folder, it will ignore these settings, but apply
the color corrections.
Creating packages and multiple copies
PrintTime will create an image package from each bitmap as specified in the Pack dropdown. All packs that have been created will be displayed, regardless of the pack set.
Choose the package you wish to be created by choosing it from the drop-down list.
Similarly, if multiple copies are required from a single image, specify the number in the
Copies box.
If your application creates images correctly sized, choose Same Size from the Pack dropdown. Prints will be created using the image file’s original resolution and dimensions (if
possible).
Timestone Image Script file corrections
As an image script contains corrections such as color, density, cropping and package, it is
not necessary to make the corrections in PrintTime.
It is not possible to change zoom, crop, pack or copies ordered within a image script file.
Color, density and contrast and be changed. Any invalid settings are ignored when
printing a script file.
Printing files from hot folders
Once eligible files have been added to the Unprinted tab, they are handled exactly as if
they had been manually added as a file.
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The exception is that files added as a batch are still recognised as a batch, and printed as
such, as long as the printer driver you are using supports job printing. This means that if
there are multiple PrintTime stations printing batches to a printer, the batches will be
honoured and printed together without mixed prints.
It is still possible to edit the settings of images added from a batch. Simply choose the
image within the Unprinted tab. Any settings are displayed, and can be changed.
To start printing the files, turn the printer On by checking the OK to print checkbox.
PrintTime starts printing the files.
File handling after imaging
Post-processing options are set by choosing the hot folder you wish to edit, then the Posttab. Several actions are possible after files have been printed to ensure they
are not re-added to the Unprinted tab again:
processing
!
Delete the file
!
Rename the file
!
Move the file
Delete the file
Once the files have been printed, they will be deleted from the hot folder.
Prefix files with…
Once the files have been printed, they will be re-named by prefixing with this character. It
is possible to use a single or multiple characters.
PrintTime will ignore any files found with this prefix.
Move files
Once the files have been printed, they will be moved from the original directory to the
specified directory. The directory cannot be an absolute path (eg. C:\Printed), but must be
a sub-directory of the hot folder directory.
PrintTime will ignore any files found in this sub-directory, even if include subdirectories
as well was chosen in the General tab.
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10 – Calibration & Color Management
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Note: Timestone Software’s Neo family of products (including PrintTime and
RipTime) use the ICC color management system that Microsoft has built into
Windows 2000. If you are using Windows 2000, you should use the ICM-2 color
management system in preference to taking the steps described in previous versions
of this manual.
ICC color management involves creating ‘color profiles’ for every display or output
device on your system, and is considerably more sophisticated than the previous
method.
However, the ‘calibration’ method of color management, and the creation of LUTs
(Look-Up Tables) to achieve consistent color correction is still valid if you have not
yet upgraded to Windows 2000, and both methods are now described in our
separate Color Management Guide, which should be available on the same CDROM that this manual was on – or you can download it from our website at:
http://www.timestone.com.au
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Index
Adding files.................................................... 16
Batch printing................................................. 22
open and closing a batch ............................ 23
special file identifier .................................. 40
Bitmap files
preparing .................................................... 18
Color management ......................................... 43
Configuring PrintTime................................... 11
Creating
a new pack set ............................................ 14
a print batch................................................ 22
hot folders .................................................. 37
Cropping
images .............................................. 8, 19, 20
Default settings .............................................. 11
Editing files in a queue................................... 22
File management .............................................. 7
Files
adding......................................................... 16
editing in a queue ....................................... 22
preparing .................................................... 18
sorting ........................................................ 17
Hardware requirements .................................... 3
Help.............................................................. 1, 2
Hot folders.................................................. 9, 37
batch printing from .................................... 39
ICC color management .................................. 43
Images
cropping ........................................... 8, 19, 20
zooming...................................................... 20
PrintTime – Index
Index lines...................................................... 26
Installation........................................................ 5
Managing files ................................................. 7
Output filename options................................. 29
Pack set
creating....................................................... 14
Package Index Lines ...................................... 26
Packages
choosing a pack set .................................... 20
defining (example) ..................................... 13
Packages and sets........................................... 12
Paper sizes...................................................... 24
Preparing bitmap files .................................... 18
Print options
File options................................................. 21
Printing..................................................... 24, 31
batch........................................................... 22
output filename options.............................. 29
to a bitmap.................................................. 29
Printing Image Script files ............................. 34
Queue
managing.................................................... 22
Sorting files.................................................... 17
Switching Pack sets........................................ 20
System requirements
hardware requirements................................. 3
pre-installation requirements ....................... 1
Units of measurement .................................... 11
Zooming......................................................... 20
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