The Ricoh ProcessDirector base product is made up of the primary server, the user interface, and the information
center. The primary server includes the IBM DB2 database, the PSF print driver, and
other components. The primary server can interact with application servers and secondary servers. The
number of application and secondary servers required depends on the needs of your
environment. The primary computer is the computer that the primary server, along with the rest of the base product
and most features, is installed on.
If you need more processing power, you can run more than one Ricoh ProcessDirector server on a single computer. As an alternative, you can set up Ricoh ProcessDirector servers that run on different computers by installing a Secondary Server feature.
A workflow defines a set of steps that a job follows through the system. A printing process can contain one or more workflows, depending on the type of processing required and
the configuration of your system.
Step templates are the basic building blocks for processing on the Ricoh ProcessDirector system. A step template contains the code that does a specific action, such as creating or removing a job.
It can also define default job property values. When you add a step to a workflow,
you select a step template to use as the basis for the step.
Barcode format objects help Ricoh ProcessDirector interpret barcodes that you scan while jobs are processing. When your barcode format
objects are configured correctly, you can scan a barcode and use the information in
it to find a document in Ricoh ProcessDirector.
Printing documents in full color or with very high-quality black and white (grayscale)
images is more complex than printing black and white or spot-color documents. Understanding
some of the principles of color and grayscale printing and how various products can
fit into color and grayscale solutions can help you integrate color and grayscale
printing with your current operations or expand to implement new color workflows.
When you install Ricoh ProcessDirector on an UNIX-based system, the installation program creates a Ricoh ProcessDirector system user as a member of the Ricoh ProcessDirector group. You use the system user to log in to the system that Ricoh ProcessDirector runs on.
A credential object specifies the user ID and password required to access an SFTP
server. If multiple input devices or steps access the same SFTP site with the same
credentials, you can specify the user ID and password once in the Credential object
and then select that credential in the step or input device that needs it.
A step resource identifies a file that is used by a workflow step for its processing.
Some step templates allow you to specify a file for the step to use when processing
jobs. Some of these files might be created on your workstation but need to be available
to the workflow when it processes jobs. You can view, retrieve, and replace the file
by editing the step resource object.
A location is an object that you create to represent a geographical or physical location, such
as a name city or a room number in a building. You can also create locations to reflect
limited-access spaces, such as a secure print area where sensitive jobs are produced.
After you create locations, you can use them to restrict access to objects. Many objects
have a Location property, including printers and jobs.