Configuring TotalFlow Production Manager to use PitStop Server

If you choose to use PitStop Server for Preflight activity, you need to configure TotalFlow Production Manager to work with PitStop Server.

To configure PitStop Server on the same computer on which TotalFlow Production Manager is installed, use the instructions in the installation guide that you receive with PitStop Server.

If you need to install PitStop Server on another computer, use the following steps for configuration:

  1. Install PitStop Server following the instructions in the installation guide that you receive with it.
  2. Create a Sending Folder and a Retrieval folder on the computer where PitStop Server is installed and set them as shared with Read/Write privileges.
  3. Log in to TotalFlow Production Manager as an administrator.
  4. In the menu bar, click Operations..
  5. In the Workflows tab, add a new workflow.
  6. In the new workflow, add an External Preflight activity.
  7. Edit the External Preflight activity using the following settings on the Job defaults page:
    1. Select the Remote/External radio button.
    2. Enter the IP or name of the machine that has PitStop Server installed on in the TCP/IP address or host name field.
    3. Enter the user name and password of the system where PitStop Server is installed.
    4. In the Sending folder field enter the file path of the folder where you want to copy the jobs.
    5. In the Retrieval folder field enter the file path of the folder from where TotalFlow Production Manager will retrieve the processed jobs.
  8. Set the Timeout interval to a value between 1 minute and 60 hours.
    The result should look similar to this:
    Settings dialog
  9. Click OK.
  10. On the computer where PitStop server is installed, open PitStop Server, go to Hot folders and add a new hot folder.
  11. Edit the new hot folder with the following settings:
    1. In the Folders window:
      • In the Input folder, enter the file path of the Sending folder on the computer where TotalFlow Production Manager is installed. See Substep 4) above.
      • In all the other folder fields enter the file path of the Retrieval folder from TotalFlow Production Manager Preflight activity. See Substep 5) above.
    2. In the Processing window:
      • Select XML report.
      • Make sure that PDF report is checked.
    3. In the Actions Lists and Preflight Profile:
      • Add an action and/or Preflight profile to the list, or choose them from the lists of defaults.
    4. Enable the hot folder.
  12. Now you can send a job from TotalFlow Production Manager through this workflow.