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    Default xerox process manager....

    we print almost all variable sheets on our 800/1000. I would guess process mgr would not benefit us since it is mainly used for our clients to reorder their (mostly static) material? (Books,Business Cards, Booklets, Calendars, Postcards, Posters,etc)
    does anyone out there use process mgr? I could really use some unbiased info...

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    We use process manager, we have a 800, 120, 4127 and 4112 that we use with it. What would you like to know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arossetti View Post
    We use process manager, we have a 800, 120, 4127 and 4112 that we use with it. What would you like to know?
    for variable jobs, this wouldn't make sense, would it? for static work (mentioned above) it makes sense. would you agree?

    what type of work are you using process manager for?

    any complaints or positive comments?

    Thanks, Ken

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    for variable jobs, this wouldn't make sense, would it? for static work (mentioned above) it makes sense. would you agree?

    what type of work are you using process manager for?

    any complaints or positive comments?

    Thanks, Ken

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    We use it mostly for imposition. We impose through hot folders anything that has a standard size with our without bleed. We also have some specific customers who we created custom workflows for who send us odd sized originals or have an odd size trim size. The normalization process for color, transparency and other PDF issues sucks in our experience and we do not rely on it.

    For imposition the way my workflow works (I'll use a business card for the example) is if a customer send in a business card file the CSR dumps it into a hotfolder for business cards. The workflow first removes any color bars or crop marks. It then rotates the image to landscape and it checks the size, if it is 3.5x2 it sends it to a non-bleed business card branch and it multi-ups the card for 25-up on 12x18. If it is 3.75x2.25 it step and repeats for 18-up on 12x18 (optimized for our finishing). Sometimes indesign exports with an additional white boarder outside the crop marks and those sizes will automatically get cropped to a bleed/no bleed and impose. After impose the files get saved into a dedicated folder and sent to our dedicated business card printer. The CSR can then pull the file out of the dedicated process manager export file and size it under the customers folder (process manager will only save all files into 1 folder of your choosing, it is not dynamic). The process from when the file gets put into the hotfolder to the printer is roughly 60 seconds and requires no interaction from a human minus the initial file dump. Using this and our duplo we are able to process business card orders from receipt to packaging in about 5-10 minutes for an average order of 500 cards or so.

    The only time we use PM for variable jobs is to cut and stack a large file that would tie up a workstation for a long time if we cannot use xmpie for some reason.


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