Because the processing is external to the processing that the Ricoh ProcessDirector -provided steps do, this type of processing is called an external step.
External steps can access files in the spool directory for the job. When Ricoh ProcessDirector creates a job from an input file, it creates a unique spool directory. The spool directory contains a copy of the input file and other files that provide information about the job. External steps can call programs that update existing files in the spool directory and write new files to the directory.
The default spool directory for a job is
(JobNumber is the spool ID that
assigns to the job).
You can also create additional spool directories. These spool directories have names
in this format:
(SpoolName is the subdirectory name that the authorized user defined).
The programs that the external steps call can also create child jobs. The spool directory
subdirectory or a
directory that external program can use to write its child jobs and their associated
files. After it detects the child jobs and files,
can continue to process them.