You may wish to move jobs across a printhead to avoid a clogged nozzle.  Or, combined with the page range settings, to spread the usage of the printhead around.

We will explain how to accomplish that below.

Ordinarily, if you submit a job, you might just have the DFE obtain the page dimensions from the PDF file.

That would look like this:

You may wish, instead, to see that envelope positioned on the printhead width, and then have the opportunity to move it around.  If so, choose the paper size "Full Printer Width". That would look like this:

Now, let's move it to the right 3 inches.

Now left.

Getting the paper feeder aligned with the position of the print data on the printhead is an exercise left to the reader.  Consult your printer manufacturer or dealer for help with that.

How to achieve this effect?

Set up a paper size that is the full width of your printer and a height of zero.  Zero height and Zero width are special cases for our positioning tool.  They mean "get that value from the PDF file".  So if your printer is 254 mm wide, you could create a paper size called "full printer width" and set it to 254mm x 0mm.  This would give you the ability to print any length job and shift it across the printhead.  

There are two ways to add paper sizes to the DFE.

1.  Edit the configuration file directly.

To do that, open it in a decent text editor like Notepad++.  It's located at Navigator/Navigator/Config/Media Sizes/Media.lst/

You'll see this:

Format for the file

Each paper size is on a separate line.

To add one, just type the name you wish to see in the DFE followed by the equals sign.  After the equals sign, put the size in micrometers inside quotation marks and separated by a comma.

So to add a full printer width for a printer that is 12.77 inches wide place your cursor after the last line, hit return and start typing.  

Because of math, the number 12.77 inches in micrometers is 324358.  (12.77 * 25400)  

You can get your micrometer conversions here pretty easily if you like. 

2.  Use the desktop client app.  

If you have a license for it, the desktop client app may be opened and used to configure this.  Just open it, edit the DFE workflow, go  to XiPosition, and add whatever paper sizes you wish to add.  In this interface you can work in either inches or mm.  You won't have to think about micrometers.

Complications with bleed.

Depending on how your printer handles the Start of Print (Top of Form) with bleed jobs and depending on how the bleed is defined in your file, this method described above may cut off the bleeds at the top and bottom.

If this is the case, you can still get the correct result.  You'll just have to add a special case for the bleed jobs.

Here I am going to set up a #10 envelope with bleeds for shifting across the printhead.

I'll add the paper size (printer width x 9.75")  My example printer is 12.77 inches wide.  

Either set it up in the client

or set it up in the configuration file

Now.  If I send a non bleed #10 envelope to this, it will have some extra at the top and bottom:

So that's not quite right.  This setup is for bleed jobs.

Here is what it looks like with a #10 envelope with bleed:

And then, shifted 3 inches to the right:

And shifted 4 inches to the left: