Ricoh ProcessDirector uses media objects to represent physical media. Like printer objects, media objects are representations of physical objects outside of the system. Each media object represents a type of paper, envelope or other material that your printers can print on.

You can define media objects for each type of media that you use in your environment. Ricoh ProcessDirector uses those media objects to map the media requested by a job with the physical media that is loaded in the printer.

Ricoh ProcessDirector has two types of media object:

  • System media

    Represents media that is specified for jobs and that can be used for all printers.

  • Printer media

    Represents the media that is used with a specific printer.

System media and printer media might have different names for the same physical media. If the media names are different, you can create a media mapping to indicate that they represent the same physical media. For most printer types, you set the Media to use property to specify which media names to send to that printer with jobs.

By defining media objects with enough information about the properties of the media that distinguish them from one another in your operation, Ricoh ProcessDirector can send the right information to the printer to select the correct media.