Creating and Editing Banner Profiles

You can define profiles for inserting banner sheets and banner pages. A profile includes all the settings required to create the banner. When you specify a banner profile for a job, the application generates the banner according to the profile settings and the job data.

You can either insert a banner sheet using the sheet size of the job or a banner page using the size of the imposed document.

Note: The size of the banner sheet or banner page is determined automatically when the application creates the imposed output file. You can use the same profile for multiple jobs with different sheet sizes and page sizes.

To create or edit a banner profile:

  1. On the Advanced Imposition screen, click Configuration button, the Configuration button, and select Banner Editor.
  2. On the Banner Profiles screen, either create a new profile or edit an existing profile:
    • To create a new profile, click New in the Profile section. Enter a name for the profile in the New Profile dialog box.
    • To edit an existing profile, select the profile from the Profile list.
    Banner Profiles screen
  3. In the Global Settings section, specify general settings for the banner.

    These options are available:

    • Font Size: Specifies the size of the text that is printed on the banner.

    • Banner as: Specifies the type and position of the banner.

      • To insert a banner sheet with the size of the sheets in the job, select First Sheet, Last Sheet, or First + Last Sheet.

      • To insert a banner page with the size of the document pages, select First Page, Last Page, or First + Last Page.

    • Page Side: Specifies if the banner sheet is simplex or duplex. If the job is 2-sided, select Duplex to avoid printing job content on the back or front side of the banner sheet.

    • Data On: Specifies whether the data is printed only on the front side, only on the back side, or on both sides of the banner sheet.

    • Barcode Height in mm: If you print banner data as a barcode, this value defines the height of the bars in the barcode.

    • Colorize Sheet: This option lets you colorize the banner to help you identify each copy from a stack of copies.

      If you enable the Colorize Sheet option, you must also configure the settings available in the Sheet Color section.

      To define the color, enter values from 0 through 255 for C, M, Y, and K. The colored area is printed as a solid color. To minimize ink consumption, specify lower values for each color to reduce the ink intensity.

      Specify the area that you want to colorize:

      • Entire Banner: The color is printed on the whole area of the banner sheet or page.

      • From Banner Edge: The color is printed as a border starting from the edges of the banner sheet or page.

        To set the width of the border, enter values in the Top/Bottom and Left/Right fields.

        This setting uses the measurement unit specified in the Unit field.

    • Print Tag Caption: This option also includes the name of the tag in the banner together with the specific value. All the available tags are listed in the Tag List section.

    • Unit: Specifies the measurement unit used to calculate the position of the text (Row/Y, Col/X), the barcode height, the width of the color border, and the thumbnail size. You can select Adobe points, centimeters, millimeters, or inches. If you select auto, the application calculates the size and position based on the size of the actual sheet or page that contains the banner data.

  4. Under Tag List, select a tag and click the arrow to add it to the profile.

    Repeat the procedure for the rest of the tags that you want to include in the banner data. By default, the tags are positioned in the order in which they are added.

      Note:
    • The values for the tags are extracted from the current job data and printed on the banner. For example, if you add the Job Name tag, the name of the job is printed on the banner.

    • Custom fields and data sources are not currently supported for general use.

    These tags are available:

    • Job Name: The name of the job.

    • File Name (first file): The name of the first file used in the job.

    • File Name (all files): The names of the files used in the job.

    • Job Comment: The text specified in the Description field on the Job Properties Editor panel.

    • Date and Time: The date and time when the banner is printed.

    • Total Number of Sheets: The total number of sheets in the job.

    • Total Number of Pages: The total number of pages in the job.

    • Copy Number: The copy number when multiple copies are printed.

    • Static Text: Custom text that you can add manually to the banner profile.

      After you add the tag, select it in the tag table, and then enter the text in the Static Text field. Select the Repeat until end of line check box if you want to repeat the specified text to the end of the line.

      For example, to print the following text, you must add three Static Text tags:

      **************************

      Company Name

      **************************

      First and third line of text

      Adding static text

      Second line of text

      Adding static text
    • Static Graphic: Custom JPEG image or PDF page that you can add to the banner profile.

      After you add the tag, select it in the tag table, then right-click and select Edit Img from the menu or select Image in the Barcode/Img column. In the Image Properties dialog box, click Browse and select the image file.Adding static graphic

      To set the position and size of the image, use the options available under Origin and Size:

      • X Position: Sets the distance between the left edge of the banner and the bottom left corner of the image.

        This setting uses the measurement unit specified in the Unit field.

      • Y Position: Sets the distance between the top edge of the banner and the top left corner of the image.

        This setting uses the measurement unit specified in the Unit field.

      • Width: Resizes the image width. By default, this option is set to -1, which means that the application determines the actual value.

      • Height: Resizes the image height. By default, this option is set to -1, which means that the application determines the actual value.

      Note: To add multiple images, you must add multiple Static Graphic tags.

  5. Customize the position and appearance of the tags in the banner.
    Tag settings

    You can configure each tag you added to the banner using the columns in the tag table:

    • Tag: Specifies the name of the tag. When the Print Tag Caption option is enabled, the tag name is printed on the banner along with the value.

    • Bold: Specifies whether the tag name is printed in bold.

    • Col/X: Specifies the start position of the line from left to right. Double-click the cell and enter the distance from the left edge of the banner.

      This setting uses the measurement unit specified in the Unit field. For example, if you use inches and enter 1 for Col/X, the line is printed 1 inch from the left edge of the banner.

      When Unit is set to auto, the position of the line and total number of lines are calculated according to the sheet size or page size.

    • Row/Y: Specifies the start position of the line from top to bottom. Double-click the cell and enter the distance from the top edge of the banner.

      This setting uses the measurement unit specified in the Unit field. For example, if you use inches and enter 1 for Row/Y, the line is printed 1 inch from the top edge of the banner.

      When Unit is set to auto, the position of the line and total number of lines are calculated according to the sheet size or page size.

      Note: By default, the tags are positioned from top to bottom in the order in which they were added.
    • Value On: Specifies if the tag value is printed on the same line as the tag name or in the line below the tag name.

    • Barcode/Img: Specifies if the tag value is printed as text or as a barcode. To print text, select None. To print a barcode, select one of the available barcode formats. Possible barcode formats are Code 39, Code 128, Interleaved 2 of 5, and Data Matrix.

      To print a value both as text and as a barcode, add the same tag twice. For one of the tags, select None and, for the other tag, select a barcode format.

      For the Static Graphic tag, select Image to specify the image file that you want to use and set image properties.

    Note: To remove a tag from the banner profile, select the tag in the tag table, right-click, and select Delete from the menu.
  6. In the Profile section, click Save.

You can apply banner profiles from the Marks & Banner Sheets panel on the Advanced Imposition screen.