System properties apply to the overall Ricoh ProcessDirector environment, which includes the primary server and any application/secondary servers. Some of the properties apply to all the jobs that Ricoh ProcessDirector creates.
You can submit jobs to Ricoh ProcessDirector using different mechanisms, such as the LPD protocol, FTP, SCP, and file copying. Some preparation is necessary no matter which submission method you use. If you install the AFP Support feature, you can submit jobs using Download for z/OS
or AFP Download Plus.
Ricoh ProcessDirector has several media settings that you can use to help standardize the media names across
printers. For Ricoh PDF Printers, you can also configure Ricoh ProcessDirector to use product IDs to match media. After you configure media, the media requested
by a job can be reliably matched with media available in the printer selected to print
A workflow defines a set of steps that a job follows through the system. When you
define a workflow, you specify what phases and, within those phases, what steps the
job passes through during processing.
To reuse objects from another Ricoh ProcessDirector system, you can use the other system to export them. On this Ricoh ProcessDirector system, you can import the objects rather than recreating them manually.
Whenever you view or print an Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) file or convert
a line data job to AFP, Ricoh ProcessDirector most likely encounters references to AFP resources such as overlays, page segments,
and fonts. If those resources are sent inline with the job, Ricoh ProcessDirector uses the inline resources. If they are not inline, Ricoh ProcessDirector must know where to find them on your system to be able to display, print, or convert
the job correctly.
Ricoh ProcessDirector can call user exit programs that can modify the AFP print file for a job before or
after it prints. Authorized users can modify and compile the sample exit programs
that Ricoh ProcessDirector provides or they can write their own. Ricoh ProcessDirector provides sample exit programs in the /usr/lpp/psf/exits (AIX and Linux) or C:\Program Files (x86)\Ricoh\PSF\exits (Windows) directory.
Banner pages can be printed at the beginning and end of a job to help distinguish
one job from the next. If the AFP Support feature is installed, AFP print jobs can
also include banner pages between copies of a multi-copy job. Banner pages usually
include identifying information about the jobs, such as the job ID, file name, and
the time the job was submitted.
Ricoh ProcessDirector creates audit files that provide information about a specific job when it deletes
the job from the system. Control files that use Ricoh ProcessDirector symbol notation determine the values that Ricoh ProcessDirector writes to the audit files for a job.
To configure document processing features, you define the custom document properties
you need and then update them to make them available to the system. Using Ricoh ProcessDirector Plug-in for Adobe Acrobat for PDF files or Ricoh Visual Workbench for AFP files, you set up to use documents in your PDF or AFP jobs. You configure
your PDF or AFP workflows to process documents. Finally, you make adjustments to maximize
document processing performance on your system.
You can reconcile the documents in a job manually, accounting for all documents that
processed successfully and reprinting all damaged documents. You also can account
for all documents that are pulled from the job.
You can control access to the Ricoh ProcessDirector system with user names and security groups. You can also increase the security of
the data in your print system by enabling Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) or Transport
Layer Security (TLS) in the Web server component. If you exchange data with a web
service, you can install a security certificate for the web service.
The Ricoh ProcessDirector user interface lets you change the size, location, and contents of portlets to display
the information you need. It also lets you change how often the information is refreshed.
You can show totals of many numeric job properties for selected jobs in the Ricoh ProcessDirector system using the Show Totals Footer function on the Jobs table. By default, Total pages and Total sheets are shown. You
can change what properties are displayed in the footer. The properties you choose
must be included as columns in the Jobs table.