Supplied Activities and Custom Activities

TotalFlow Production Manager supplies the basic activities that you need to print jobs. You can add these activities to workflows without changing them or copy and modify them to create your own custom activities.

Some of the supplied activities are protected. You cannot copy, modify, or delete these activities, although you can change the job defaults that they set. Others are not protected. If you want to modify these activities, copy them to custom activities and modify the custom activities.

The supplied protected activities are:

Create Job
Use this activity to determine the input data stream and set the values of job properties according to the workflow defaults and overrides.
Proof Print
Use this activity to preview a specified page range of the job.
Print
Use this activity to locate the beginning of each page in the job, rebuild the page information needed for accurate repositioning when a partial job is reprinted, and send the job to the printer.
Retain
Use this activity to store a job in the system after printing.
Remove
Use this activity to export audit information, then remove the job from the system.

The supplied unprotected activities are:

TotalFlow Prep
Use this activity to require an operator to indicate that a TotalFlow Prep operation has been completed before the job moves to the next activity in the workflow.
Transform to PDF
Use this activity to convert PCL and PostScript files to PDF files.
To be able to use this activity, make sure you have Enhanced Workflow option installed.
Run External Application
Use this activity to pass a job to an external application that uses a command-line interface for processing. You specify return codes that indicate success so that TotalFlow Production Manager can move the job to the next activity in the workflow when the external Run External Application completes.
Copy to Folder
Use this activity to save job files in a specified folder.
Closeout Order
Use this activity to closeout order jobs submitted through external web-to-print applications portals.
Run Hot Folder Application
Use this activity to pass a file to an external application that uses a hot folder interface for processing. TotalFlow Production Manager moves the job automatically to the next activity in the workflow when the external application returns a completed file.
Preflight
Use this activity to preflight PDF files using the internal TotalFlow Production Manager PitStop library.
To be able to process Preflight profiles that contain action lists, make sure you have Enhanced Preflight option installed.
External Preflight
Use this activity to preflight PDF files using PitStop Server program.
Imposition
Use this activity to create output files with complex layouts, barcodes, marks, and banner sheets.
To be able to use this activity, make sure you have Advanced Imposition option installed.
Bindery Export
Use this activity to order bindery devices that are used after printing to apply finishing actions on the output.
To be able to use this activity, make sure you have an Imposition activity before it in the workflow.
Change Workflow
Use this activity to move jobs to specific workflows based on defined conditions.
To be able to use this activity, make sure you define the conditions in the Job Defaults dialog of the workflow.
Approve
Use this activity to stop a job so that it can be approved or rejected before moving to the next activity in the workflow.