Is there a way to specify “replace a specified page with a preprinted sheet” without printing that specified page?
I know several solutions:
Actually Jean-Marcs final possibility is the official JDF method, but it has never been added to an ICS and he is correct that it is not widely supported. Most DFEs still live in a PDF File=Job paradigm.
RunLists were designed specifically with the idea in mind of extracting and reordering and/or repeating pages of a pdf file in a workflow. You can select individual pages with RunList/@Pages and add empty slots by inserting a partition that does not reference a page.
This solution prohibits using one JDF for all PDF's (i.e. in an automated approach) since PDF's vary in length and each side must be specified explicitly in the runlist.
JDF does not provide a "standard" way (best practice) to do this without manipulating PDF file?
I think you can also achieve it via the following, but I am uncertain which printers actually support the command.
8.85.8 Element: PageConditionNew in JDF 1.4The PageCondition Element defines restrictions on when page content SHALL NOT be placed in aContentObject of a Layout. Before placing page content from a RunList into a ContentObject thePageCondition/@RestrictedContentObjects Attribute SHALL be checked for the @Ord of theContentObject. If the @Ord of the ContentObject is in the @RestrictedContentObjects Attribute Value,the alternate content, if any, SHALL be placed in the ContentObject. After skipping a restricted ContentObject,the Imposition Process SHALL then place the current page content into the location defined by the nextContentObject (after that specified by the @RestrictedContentObject). This corresponds to incrementing theeffective @Ord value of the page in the RunList by 1, effectively incrementing the total number of pages of theRunList. If the next ContentObject is also restricted then the process is repeated. PageCondition Elements areprocessed in their XML order.
DFE are using LayoutPreparationParams, in conformance to IDP ICS.But PageCondition is an element of Layout and is not available in LayoutPreparationParams.
agreed that it is not part of IDP ICS, but vendors may have implemented it (I know Canon USA support Layout in JDF)
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