Imposition Feature

You can apply imposition to jobs from the TotalFlow BatchBuilder system using the Ultimate Impostrip® application.

For information on how to configure Ultimate Impostrip® to connect with TotalFlow BatchBuilder see Configuring Ultimate Impostrip® to Connect with TotalFlow BatchBuilder.

Ultimate Impostrip®
You can enable or disable imposition throughout the TotalFlow BatchBuilder system by clicking the Enabled/Disabled button.
Mapping
BatchBuilder-to-Impostrip Mapping (when Impostrip® is remote)
When Ultimate Impostrip® is installed on a different machine than the TotalFlow BatchBuilder server, you must configure file mapping. This allows TotalFlow BatchBuilder to search for Ultimate Impostrip® folders on a remote location.
Note: If the TotalFlow BatchBuilder server and Ultimate Impostrip® are installed on the same machine, click the Co-location. The file mapping rules apply automatically.

For better performance, we recommend that you have Ultimate Impostrip® and TotalFlow BatchBuilder installed on different servers.

Ultimate Impostrip® Version

Select the Ultimate Impostrip® version that you intend to use.

Server Address and Port fields are available when you use 2019 1.0 or newer (New Generation). Enter the hostname or IP address and the port of the Ultimate Impostrip® server.

Ultimate Impostrip® Root Folder (Directory Path) is available when you use 10 or older (Legacy Version).

Type in the file path or click Browse... and select the folder where Ultimate Impostrip® is installed.

Mappings between Ultimate Impostrip® and BatchBuilder
For each file you must specify the corresponding local and remote folder locations for the TotalFlow BatchBuilder server and the Ultimate Impostrip® server.
  • XML Ticket: Specify the file path where TotalFlow BatchBuilder places the generated XML Ticket file. The XML Ticket file is generated by the TotalFlow BatchBuilder system for each PDF job file sent for imposition.
  • Audit Log: Specify the file path where TotalFlow BatchBuilder checks for the Audit Log file generated by Ultimate Impostrip® for each PDF job file.
  • Error Log: Specify the file path where TotalFlow BatchBuilder checks for the Error Log file generated by Ultimate Impostrip® for each PDF job file.
  • PDF to be Imposed: Specify the file path where TotalFlow BatchBuilder places the PDF job file sent for imposition.
  • Imposed PDF: Specify the file path where TotalFlow BatchBuilder checks for the imposed PDF job file generated by Ultimate Impostrip®.

In the BatchBuilder Location field, enter the local file path where the Impostrip® Server Location folder is mapped or click Browse... and manually map the remote folder location.

In the Impostrip® Server Location field, enter the file path for each folder from the machine where Ultimate Impostrip® is installed. The Impostrip® Server Location information for the XML Ticket, Audit Log, and Error Log folders, is obtained automatically from the Ultimate Impostrip® server.

Timer
Imposition Timer
You can set a timer for batches sent into imposition by specifying the number of hours and minutes. If the timer expires before the imposition is complete, the batch is set to an Imposition Error state. The imposition continues until the process finishes. If the timer is not set, there is no time limit for the batch imposition.
Filters

You can create imposition filters that process incoming jobs through inputs or manual order submission. Only jobs that do not have a specified Ultimate Impostrip® Folder job attribute are processed by imposition filters.

Imposition Exclusion Filters
You can create a maximum number of 20 Imposition Exclusion Filters. When a new job is received, the TotalFlow BatchBuilder system verifies if the job matches any of the existing Imposition Exclusion Filters. If the job matches an Imposition Exclusion Filters, the Impostrip Imposition Folder setting is set to Do not impose.
Imposition Filters
You can create a maximum number of 20 Imposition Filters. If a new job is received and it does not match any Imposition Exclusion Filters, the TotalFlow BatchBuilder system verifies if the job matches any of the existing Imposition Filters.

You can add new imposition filters or remove some of them. Click , the Add Filter button to add a new imposition filter. Click , the Remove Filter button, to remove a imposition filter from the list.

Click Edit to configure the imposition filter properties. The Imposition Filters detail dialog is displayed:

Filter Name
You can specify a filter name.
Description
You can enter a filter description.

In the Job Properties tab you can specify job attributes used to select incoming jobs.

Match
Select one of these options:
  • All Attributes ("and" logic)
  • Any Attributes ("or" logic)

If you select All Attributes ("and" logic), the filter selects the jobs matching all the attributes set in the Job Properties tab. If you select Any Attributes ("or" logic), the filter selects any job matching at least one of the specified attributes.

To configure the criteria for the filter:

  1. Select the attribute type from the first list.
  2. From the second list, select an operator.
  3. Enter a value for the selected attribute type to complete the criteria.

You can select one or more attributes to use as criteria for the filter. To add a new attribute, click , the Add Criteria button. To remove an attribute from the component criteria, click , the Remove Criteria button.

If you want to filter the jobs by a specific date and time, select the Due Date attribute from the first list. Select Is or Less than or equal as an operator from the second list.

Note: If you select Is as the operator, you can only set the day as the specified value.

To set specific values for the date and time:

  1. Click , the Calendar button. The Due dialog box appears. Select one of the available options or type in to set the date and time when the job is due.

    Note: The specified value represents a specific date and does not repeat every week.
  2. Click OK.

In the Imposition tab, you can specify the job attributes to use for the incoming jobs. Imposition settings are applied when the jobs reach the output destination.

Ultimate Impostrip® Folder

You can specify the folder name where TotalFlow BatchBuilder sends the jobs to be imposed. The imposition is applied to all the jobs when creating a batch from this filter.

Select a hot folder from the list or type in the name of the hot folder. The list of hot folders can only be edited from the Ultimate Impostrip® application. You can add or remove hot folders using Ultimate Impostrip®.

Note: If you are configuring Ultimate Impostrip® Folder locally, do not save the path in the Program Files.
Pages per Side

The number of pages on one side of the sheet. Specify a number of pages per one side. This field is mandatory.

Imposition
Specify the imposition type you want to apply for each job. Select one of the existing values from the list or enter a custom value.

Custom Properties tab

For each PDF job file sent for imposition, you can add job properties to the corresponding XML Ticket file. The TotalFlow BatchBuilder job data is exported to Ultimate Impostrip® and used as Custom Data Fields. For more information, see the Ultimate Impostrip® documentation.

To add a property to the list, click , the add property button. To remove a property from the list, click , the remove property button.