A step that is based on this step template puts the Ricoh ProcessDirector job in a hot folder that submits it to an external program. When the external program finishes processing the job, the step retrieves the job from the hot folder for the output of the external program.

Because processing is external to Ricoh ProcessDirector, steps created from this step template are called external steps. You can use this step template to run composition programs on the primary computer, a secondary computer, or an application server.

Job property defaults

  • Application log file:
  • Clean up retrieval folder: Yes
  • File to send: ${getAbsoluteFileName(print.pdf,read)}
  • File size verification count: 2
  • Poll interval (seconds): 30
  • Retrieval folder:
  • Retrieval pattern: ${Job.Id}.*
  • Retrieved file: ${getFileName(print.pdf,write)}
  • Sending folder:
  • Timeout interval (minutes):

Usage notes

  • Either the Ricoh ProcessDirector administrator or the administrator of the external program should periodically check the retrieval folder to clean up files left there in error.
  • While the RunHotFolderApplication step can write more than one file to another application, it can retrieve only one file. Therefore, do not use the step for batch jobs. Use the RunExternalProgram step for batch jobs instead.
  • This step template can be used for the following Ultimate TechnoGraphics applications:
    • Ultimate Impostrip BookStacker
    • Ultimate Impostrip OnDemand Econo
    • Ultimate Impostrip OnDemand Digital
  • If you are using Ultimate TechnoGraphics Impostrip OnDemand Digital Automation, purchase the OnDemand Impostrip Connect feature and use the RunImostripOnJob step template instead.
  • When you set the Clean up retrieval folder property to No, the file that the step retrieves can be in the retrieval folder when a job enters the step. The step retrieves the file, then puts the file specified by the File to send property in the sending folder. The step then sends the job and the retrieved file to the next step in the workflow. The step does not wait for a new file to be placed in the retrieval folder.