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Topic: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info  (Read 403 times) previous topic - next topic

Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

I’ve been using XMF for imposition for a little bit, but yesterday I was asked to start supplying PDF proofs to customers that has our company info, the name of the file, date worked on, etc.  Much like the way back days of hard proofs with an approval sticker slapped on.


I’ve been able to create an imposition that achieves what the boss wants, but the trouble with it is that it works for just one page size.  I need something more automated for any document size.


Is it possible to create a hot folder that will generate a pdf with a custom mark and slug line positioning?

Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #1
I'm not sure how automated it might be but I know you can save marks and slug line settings as presets and apply them with a dropdown menu. Creating the "sheet size" and such of the PDF might be a bit more of a headache though. I have to make PDF proofs for one customer that requests files at just the trim size (no marks bleed or anything) and it takes quite a bit of finagling to get there. I'm looking for better ways to do everything in XMF all the time though so hopefully someone will know better than I.

Aaron

Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #2
I'm not sure how automated it might be but I know you can save marks and slug line settings as presets and apply them with a dropdown menu. Creating the "sheet size" and such of the PDF might be a bit more of a headache though. I have to make PDF proofs for one customer that requests files at just the trim size (no marks bleed or anything) and it takes quite a bit of finagling to get there. I'm looking for better ways to do everything in XMF all the time though so hopefully someone will know better than I.

Aaron

Off topic but you could create an action from Pitstop to change the media, crop, and bleed box to the trim box size though you wouldn't want to apply that to your production pages. We do something similar in Prinergy for soft proofs where Prinergy will let you export the normalized PDF as a PDF without traps at trim size in one shot.
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Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #3
I have a template that Has a really big sheet size and then it is set to clip to clipping margins so It doesn't matter
what the sheet size is, this was created for me by Fuji and I can't find it in the templates, It's prolly somewhere
in the administrator, I will look where it is at. So if you set to clip at margins you can create a template with
Job slug etc.. I got it to work but I had to modify my template because my template isn't set for a job slug.

Try creating a template with a very large sheet size (40x28)?
and put all the job slug and parameters that you want, clip to clipping margins and see if it works.

Here is a screen shot

Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #4
Tracy, you will find it in –  Administrator / Templates / Workflow Items Templates.

Drew, another way of doing it would be to (make a PDF of you company logo and import as a Mark) create as Intelligent Mark and lock it to the bleed of the job. If the template is set to Auto page size it will adjust automatically with the job size. You can run all the other bits of info you need as a slug line.

You can’t polish a Turd, but you can roll it in glitter!

Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #5
The right person showed up! Hey Diddler!

Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #6
Hi Tracy, been a couple of crazy months in my life. Back into Prepress full time after automating myself to redundancy from the last company.

Now on the West Coast so even further away.
You can’t polish a Turd, but you can roll it in glitter!

Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #7
Tracy, you will find it in –  Administrator / Templates / Workflow Items Templates.

Drew, another way of doing it would be to (make a PDF of you company logo and import as a Mark) create as Intelligent Mark and lock it to the bleed of the job. If the template is set to Auto page size it will adjust automatically with the job size. You can run all the other bits of info you need as a slug line.

Thank you Didder.

I had already created an intelligent mark, but "real work" got in the way and I put it on the back burner.  Once the production schedule clears up, I'll hop back on it and follow up with the rest of the advice.  Thanks again

Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #8
Hi Tracy, been a couple of crazy months in my life. Back into Prepress full time after automating myself to redundancy from the last company.

Now on the West Coast so even further away.
I'm starting to get redundant  :laugh:
Thinking about taking some classes [sigh]

Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #9
Hi Tracy, been a couple of crazy months in my life. Back into Prepress full time after automating myself to redundancy from the last company.

Now on the West Coast so even further away.
Welcome noob Left Coaster. Whereabouts?
"I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells."
– Richard Pryor

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
― Ernest Hemingway

Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #10
Hi Tracy, been a couple of crazy months in my life. Back into Prepress full time after automating myself to redundancy from the last company.

Now on the West Coast so even further away.
Welcome noob Left Coaster. Whereabouts?

The west coast of Australia...
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Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #11
Hi Tracy, been a couple of crazy months in my life. Back into Prepress full time after automating myself to redundancy from the last company.

Now on the West Coast so even further away.
Welcome noob Left Coaster. Whereabouts?

The west coast of Australia...
ah. Perth. and nothing else.
"I'm not addicted to cocaine. I just like the way it smells."
– Richard Pryor

“Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.”
― Ernest Hemingway

 

Re: Automated PDF generation with company logo / job info

Reply #12
Hi all,

This is a great question!

Perhaps one way of doing this would be to use a Postflight profile in the PDF export product in XMF.

It should be possible to create a Pitstop Preflight Profile that includes Action Lists to place a logo and information onto the PDF.

I guess it will depend on exactly what type of information is required in the slugline...

Happy to try it out for you if you can explain exactly what information you require on the PDF proof.

Cheers,

Ian