A step that is based on the CreateAFPJobsFromDocuments step template generates one or more child AFP jobs.

The step inserts appropriate medium maps and resolves AFP resources to maintain the original job settings. This step also applies barcodes, cover blocks, and text if you define these modifications by creating an Enhance AFP control file and specify it in the step.

The step creates the child AFP files in individual subdirectories of the children subdirectory of the job's spool directory; for example, /aiw/aiw1/spool/default/JobNumber/children/1 (AIX and Linux) or C:\aiw\aiw1\spool\default\JobNumber\children/1 (Windows). When the step completes successfully, RICOH ProcessDirector creates a child job from the AFP file in each subdirectory. You can assign a workflow for all the child jobs that CreateAFPJobsFromDocuments creates by specifying a value for the Child workflow property.

Job property defaults

  • Enhance AFP control file: Not set
  • Child workflow: Not set

Usage notes

  • You cannot delete this step template.
  • The child workflow property is required.
  • When CreateAFPJobsFromDocuments creates a child job, you must use a step based on the SetJobPropsFromTextFile step template for the first step in the child job if you want to transfer job property values to the child job.
  • A step based on the RunExternalProgram step template can also specify job properties (in addition to the workflow) for child jobs by adding columns to the document properties file that use the job property name in the first row. The CreateAFPJobsFromDocuments step adds these properties to the overrides file that it uses to specify the child workflow. If documents for the same child job have different values for these job properties, the step moves the job to an error state.
  • Do not confuse this step template with the SubmitChildFiles step template. SubmitChildFiles cannot be included in a workflow and it does not do the required AFP file processing.