Depending on your preference, when a job is submitted it will open either the Quick Edits job editor or the Full Job Editor.
We'll use the Full Job Editor to walk through the controls.
1. Thumbnail preview of page 1 of the input PDF file.
2. rotate and move the PDF on the media
3. print options. page range, page order, copy count, quality
4. Media size, layout on media (imposition)
5. Color management
6. Archive on/off
We will discuss 1, 2, and 4 together. Positioning, Media, and the Thumbnail.
You have standard page size choices under Media. You can always just allow the software to pick up the original media size from the input PDF. If you wish to reposition the PDF onto a different media size, you can choose a new media size and do so.
e.g. 11x17 Tabloid. The job is positioned on a grey rectangle, representing the new media size, and shows your image position on that media.
You can nudge it up or down, side to side with the arrow buttons or type in horizontal and vertical offsets in either positive or negative numbers. We will show you the changes you make in real time.
For example we will click the rotate button in the center of the positioning controls:
The thumbnail view window has some hidden controls.
First, here is a smaller job sitting on a larger media:
Now, when you click anywhere on the thumbnail, the anchor points appear.
The anchor points govern how the rotation and movements happen. The default is to be anchored at the center. Rotating the job means it rotates around the center point.
But if I change the anchor point to the left center, it changes the rotation and movement starting points.
Right away the job moves to the new anchor point. That is the new zero point for the movements too.
If I rotate 180 degrees the job will stay anchored to the left.
The Layout drop down menu gives you access to step and repeat and label imposition options.
You can step labels across or you can repeat them as well. The product ships with many standard layouts built-in.
More can be added by our support team. We'll include an editor in an upcoming version.
Print Options. Number 3 in the diagram above.
Test Print prints 1 copy of the first page. It is optional. It leaves the job in an incomplete, unprinted status so it can be printed in its entirety when you are satisfied. Test Print prints a proof so you can check positioning and color. If you are unsatisfied with the print, you can make adjustments and try again. If you are satisfied then choose Print All or Range.
After you have done a Test Print, the job remains in the print queue until you have printed it using one of the other two options.
Print All automatically fills in the Page Range fields with all of the pages in the job and sets quantity to '1'. You many change the quantity. After you set this, click Print. After this print completes the job will be removed from the print queue. You may find it in "Recent Jobs" if you need to reprint it for some reason.
Range allows full control of quantity and page range. You may type commas and/or dashes into the Page Range field. e.g. an entry of "1, 5-8" will cause pages 1, 5, 6, 7, and 8 to be printed. "1-1" will cause only page 1 to be printed.
Quality will have choices dependent upon your printer. In the case shown it has choices like "Best - Compressed" and "Fast - Uncompressed" and so on. For another printer it may have choices like "600x600 dpi" and "1200x600" dpi.
Collate changes print order for multiple page jobs that are printed with multiple copy counts. e.g. If you print a 3 page job with a copy count of 2 then unchecking Collate will cause it to be printed in the order 1,1,2,2,3,3. If you print that same job with Collate checked it will print in the order 1,2,3,1,2,3.
Color. Number 5 in the diagram above.
The color controls, in order: Paper profile (ICC color management), Color sliders (global color adjustment), Spot Color Adjustement, and Black preservation. These are all discussed in detail in the color management chapter.
Archive. Number 6 in the diagram above.
Archive is discussed in its own chapter.