This article will give you an insight on the different Job release types and their options. It is important to understand becausing changing the job release type of a profile can have a big impact on your workflow.
Job release types:
- 'Auto' release
- 'Manual' release
- 'Wait for condition' release
This is the default, nothing to configure here.
Selecting this option means that the incoming job will be processed Automatically.
Printing a file or adding a file to a hot folder will be processed automatically.
Selecting this option means that the incoming job will not be processed automatically. You need to Manually release the job.
An administrator can do this via
Monitor > All jobs and selecting the All manual printed jobs-tab.
A user can manually release his/her own jobs via
My data > My jobs and selecting the All manual printed jobs-tab.
By default you release at Profile-level. By enabling the option Manually release channels, we give you control at Channel-level.
Use case: A possible use case could be collecting and holding print jobs and a print room operator releasing batches of jobs to be printed to merged into a single PDF. See: Hold and manually release print jobs (e.g. printroom)
'Wait for condition' release
Several options are available here (which can be combined):
- Condition is valid
- Recognized value is different than the previous job
- Number of jobs in queue
- Number of pages in last job
- Timeout has occurred after receiving last job
They all have the same principle. They will not execute jobs. Incoming jobs are being put in a waiting condition until an incoming job triggers or matches a condition. Then all waiting jobs will be processed. This could be useful if you want to merge jobs into a single PDF or staple them together.
Condition is valid
This option allows you to configure a recognition. When this recognition results in a match, meaning the recognition has found what you are looking for then the jobs will be released.
Use case: You print several jobs where one document with a barcode in the upper right corner signals the end of the current batch.
Recognized value is different than the previous job
This option will release the waiting-jobs untill a different value was found with a recognition.
You have many documents with a label
Customer: <customer-reference>. All documents with the same customer reference should be printed and stapled together. When a new customer reference is found, it should be the start of a new print job being stapled together (combined).
Number of jobs in queue
This option will release jobs when a fixed number of jobs is in queue.
Use case: Your ERP always prints two separate print jobs and you want to combine them into a single job and staple them.
Number of pages in last job
This option will release jobs when a job is found with a certain number of pages.
Use case: Your ERP always prints several documents but the last job is a summary, always containing 25 pages. This signals the end of the batch.
Timeout has occurred after receiving last job
This option will release jobs when no new jobs were received in the last 30 seconds or in the last 5minutes.
Use case: Your ERP prints out different documents, you don't know how many print jobs it sends out, but between two badges there is a 10 minutes delay.