Sending Documents to an IPDS Printer

Complete this procedure to define destinations for printing to an IPDS printer.

Important: If you use a third-party conversion tool, verify that it is licensed for the necessary input formats and for IPDS output to use IPDS destinations.
  1. In the Destinations tree, the destination group (folder) where you want to add destinations, right-click the destination group (folder) where you want to add destinations and click New Destination.
    This opens the Add Destination dialog box.
  2. In the Type list, select IPDS.
    Currently you can configure only one IPDS destination at a time.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Configure the general settings.
    For multiple destination configuration, this is configured on the General tab.
    1. Enter the destination Name.
    2. In the Server list, click the Output Manager server where the Output Manager Output Service is located for this destination.
      The destination does not have to be on the same server as the Output Manager Output Service.
    3. Enter any Comments or Location information for the destination.
    4. Optional: To change the large destination image that displays when configuring a single destination, you can click Select Image and choose the appropriate image file (BMP, JPEG, or PNG).
      The selected image will be compressed and scaled to 96x96 pixels. Changing this image will not change the smaller image that displays or the image that displays in the source tree. To change the image back to the default, click Reset Image.
  5. Configure the IPDS settings.
    1. On the IPDS settings tab, click Create to create an IPDS transform configuration. If an IPDS configuration is already defined for the printer, click Edit to view or change your configuration settings.
      This opens the Configure Transform dialog box.
    2. In the Server list, click the Output Manager server where the conversion tool is installed.
    3. In the Transform package list, you can select an existing IPDS transform package or create one. Complete the following steps to create an IPDS transform package.
      1. Click New.

        This opens the General tab.

      2. Enter the transform package Name.

        The transform package Type will display IPDS.

      3. Verify the EXE path is set to the correct folder. To change the path, type in the box or click the browse button (...).

        The EXE path for the IPDS transform type is automatically selected, @EOMTransformDir.

      4. Set the Logging State.

        The logging state determines if transform logs and temp files will be saved in the document folder. By default, the Logging State is set to Yes.

        All log files should be inspected during installation and preproduction testing to insure that fonts are correctly mapped. In a production system, the logging can be disabled to save disk space. If the transform operation returns an error (return code not zero), the log and temp files will not be deleted, and are available for troubleshooting.

      5. On the Filter Profiles tab, configure the IPD (IPDS) profile to enter the IPDS printer name and IP address. Configure/select a filter profile for the remaining formats as necessary.

        We recommend that to avoid confusion the same printer name be used within the IPDS profile and for the Output Manager destination name. Multiple IPDS printers and connections can be configured in the same profile.

      6. To configure a profile, click the browse button (...) in the Modify/New column for the appropriate formats. From the Configure Filter Profile dialog box, configure the profile as needed.

        The profile contains a communications and printer definition section.

      7. To select a profile, click in the Configuration column for the appropriate formats and select the profile from the list.
      8. On the Resources tab, you can control the search order for font resources.

        You can add paths by clicking in the top row of the grid or modify the listed paths by clicking directly in the grid. You will need to verify the Adobe and Ghostscript paths are correct and update if necessary (make sure to use the path to the fonts, not the path to the EXE file).

      9. On the Fonts tab, you can control the font mapping of input fonts to output fonts.

        The defaults are typically correct, but may need to be adjusted for special cases. You can add or modify fonts directly in the grid.

      10. Click OK to create the transform package.
      11. Select the Override input filter profile assigned to document check box if you want to use the filter profile in the transform package.

        Use the Override input filter profile assigned to document check box option to determine if you want to override the input filter profile assigned to the document or if you want to use the filter profile configured in the transform package.

      12. Configure the conversion of each input format in the Input Formats grid and then click OK.
        For Do This
        All unlicensed input formats and any input formats you do not want to transform Click the corresponding grid cell under the Configuration column and select Do Not Transform.
        Licensed input formats Select Use Default Options or select a predefined configuration in the Configuration column. To configure a custom input format, click the browse button (...) in the Modify/New column.

        If Use Default Options or Do Not Transformis selected in the Configuration column, a new configuration will be created. If a predefined configuration is selected, that configuration will be modified. The custom transform options are configured on the Input options tab, Output options tab, and Page Layout tab.

      13. In the Printer name list, select the IPDS printer to use.
        Tip: We recommend to avoid confusion that the same printer name be used within the IPDS profile and for the Output Manager destination name.

        You can configure a default value and a dynamic override value for this option. The default value is used to manage the documents as they are being sent to the destination. You can choose to dynamically override the default value using document properties and functions. To insert document properties, right-click in the dynamic box and click Insert Document Property to display a menu containing all of the available properties. You can select a property from the list or type the property name. If a property is selected and it contains a value, that value is processed instead of the default value. To insert functions, right-click in the dynamic box and click Insert Function, then choose the appropriate function. Review the Using Output Manager Functions help topic for information on configuring functions.

  6. Configure options on the More settings tab.
    Configuration Method
    Single destination configuration Use the More settings tab.
    Multiple destination configuration Use the More settings (Bulk Configuration) tab.
    1. Select the printing cost per page for black and white and color documents.
    2. Select the appropriate Printer family.
      Printer families are used to configure commands for print languages and map them to destinations based on their capabilities. You can select an existing printer family in the list or create one in the Printer Family Profile dialog box. To create a printer family during single destination configuration, click New. To create during multiple destination configuration, click the Browse button.
    3. Optional: If you select a Printer family, you can configure Destination specific capabilities.
      These options determine which print preferences/document properties are supported by the destination. To configure destination specific capabilities, click Configure to open the Destination Capabilities dialog box. All of the document properties available to this destination are listed and grouped into categories. Expand the appropriate category by clicking the arrow next to the category name. Select the check boxes for properties you want to be available for configuration throughout Output Manager. Clear the check boxes for properties you do not want to be available. If a property is configured by selecting from a list of options, those options will display beneath the property. Select and clear the check boxes to determine the choices that will be available when those properties are configured. Repeat this step until all properties are configured, and then click OK.
    4. Select the appropriate Output process. You can select an existing process in the list or create one using the Process Designer.
      • To create a process during single destination configuration, click New.
      • To create during multiple destination configuration, click the Browse button.
      Output processes can be created to impact documents as they are being sent to a destination. The processes contain a set of actions which could be used for search and replace, setting finishing options, editing PJL commands, inserting overlays, and so on.
    5. Determine if you want to override the output process assigned to the document and use the selected destination output process.
    6. Select the appropriate Failover profile. You can select an existing profile in the list or create one in the Failover Profile dialog box.
      • To create a profile during single destination configuration, click New.
      • To create during multiple destination configuration, click the Browse button.
      Failover profiles specify what should happen to documents when they are sent to inaccessible destinations (they are not able to receive documents).
    7. Determine if you want to override the failover profile assigned to the document and use the selected destination failover profile.
  7. On the Error handling tab, configure the error handling options.
    Configuration Method
    Single destination configuration Use the Error Handling tab.
    Multiple destination configuration Use the Error Handling (Bulk Configuration) tab.
    1. Select the appropriate Error handling profile. You can select an existing profile in the list, or create one in the Error Handling Profile dialog box. To create a profile during single destination configuration, click New. To create during multiple destination configuration, click the Browse button.
      Error handling profiles specify what should happen to destinations when an error is detected via SNMP or during transmission of a document.
    2. Choose the Default failover destination.
      This specifies what should happen to documents when they are sent to inaccessible destinations (they are not able to receive documents). You can choose to route the documents to a parent group or a specific destination or group. The parent group where the destination currently resides is selected by default.
  8. Click OK.
    The IPDS destination displays the connection status in the Extended Msg destination column.
  9. Add the Extended Msg destination column to the destination grid.
    For more information, see Configuring columns.