A step based on the IdentifyPDFDocumentsFromZip step template determines page and sheet counts, determines the values of properties for each document in the PDF file, writes the properties to the document properties file, and builds a single PDF file from the contents of a ZIP file.

During the merging of the PDF files you have the option to keep the individual PDFs in memory or to write them out to the job’s spool directory. A control file is optional and is only necessary if each of the PDFs in the ZIP file contain more than one document or you need to extract additional document properties.

IdentifyPDFDocumentsFromZip also sets the values of properties that are related to the document in its original job:

  • Sequence in child job
  • Original pages
  • Original sheets
  • Original input file for documents
  • Original first page
Note: The original first page is not displayed in the user interface, but other steps use that property.

Job property defaults

  • Duplex: Yes
  • Identify PDF control file: Not set
  • Add blank page: Yes
  • Merge PDFs directly from zip file: Yes

Usage notes

  • A RICOH ProcessDirector job should only be processed by one of the IdentifyPDFDocuments or IdentifyPDFDocumentsFromZip steps, not both. We recommend that you use the IdentifyPDFDocuments step.

  • If you are specifying a control file in this step, it must contain the page group definition that you created using RICOH ProcessDirector Plug-in for Adobe Acrobat.
  • If you change the value of the Duplex property, the Total sheets property that RICOH ProcessDirector calculates might not match the total number of job sheets that actually stack at the printer.
  • If you plan to use the RICOH ProcessDirector viewer to search document properties to find specific documents in a PDF, you must include an IdentifyPDFDocuments or IdentifyPDFDocumentsFromZip step in your workflow.
  • A step that is based on this step template can be used only for PDF files packaged as ZIP files.
  • A step that is based on this step template cannot be used to process a ZIP file that includes any encrypted PDF files.
  • This step can only process ZIP files that use the Store and Deflate compression methods.
  • The original PDF files are added to the final PDF file based on the order of the PDF files in the ZIP or list file. For example, if you submit a ZIP file that you created, the order of the final PDF file reflects the order of that ZIP file. If you use the List batching method and set the Create .zip file property to Yes, the order of the final PDF file reflects the order of the list file. If you use any batching method other than List and set the Create .zip file property to Yes, the order of the final PDF file is based on the timestamp of the individual PDF files in the ZIP file.