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How to create Preps 6.x JDF for :APOGEE Prepress
:APOGEE Prepress 8.0


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1. History


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2. Table of contents
1.History.................................................................................................................................................. 1
2.Table of contents .................................................................................................................................. 1
3.Introduction .......................................................................................................................................... 2
4.Preps requirements ............................................................................................................................... 2
5.Configuration ........................................................................................................................................ 3
5.1.Preps configuration ............................................................................................................................ 3
5.2.:APOGEE Prepress configuration ........................................................................................................ 7
6.Job creation in Preps ............................................................................................................................. 8
6.1.Technical Terms ................................................................................................................................. 8
7.Job Creation for JDF output .................................................................................................................... 9
8.Output to JDF .......................................................................................................................................11
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3. Introduction

The :APOGEE Prepress software can handle JDF from Preps 6.x and later. This document explains how you
need to setup Preps and :APOGEE Prepress to process a correctly imposed job. It also gives a brief
introduction on the use of Preps.


4. Preps requirements




Preps on OS to Apogee
Version 6.1 Windows7 (64 bit) APOGEE Prepress 7.0
Version 6.2.1 Windows7 (64 bit) APOGEE Prepress 8.0

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5. Configuration

5.1. Preps configuration

Share or mount a location where you want to save the JDF files. Make sure that it is accessible by the
:APOGEE Prepress server.
Share or mount a location where the content files reside. Make sure that it is accessible by the :APOGEE
Prepress server.
Choose Edit, Preferences. In the Folders tab select the location where you want to save the JDF files.




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In the JDF tab, select all options below:



In the Output tab, disable Output PS mark flats for PJTF/JDF



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Save this as a profile, close Preps
Browse to .\ Program Files\Kodak\Preps6\Profiles\Custom\Custom.cfg and open this file.
In this file search for all lines starting with CJK_... and delete them.



Save this file.
Browse to ..\Program Files\Kodak\Preps6\Printers\ppd\PressSheetSize.ppd and open this file.



In this file search for all text 150 and replace with 100.










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Go to the end of this file and replace 105.0 by 15.0 and 90.0 by 0.0



Save this file.
Start Preps again
Choose Resources, New Media.



Select Press Sheet Size as Media Type and give this Media a Nickname. Click OK.
Choose PressSheetSize as size and click OK.




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5.2. :APOGEE Prepress configuration
JDF files from Preps can be used in :Apogee Prepress in 2 ways, depending on the system license.
With :Apogee Integrate, you can set the Impose Task Processor to From input and import the output JDF
file, which we will create in the next chapters, in the JDF Import Taskprocessor.

In this way the content files are automatically imported as well and automatically placed in the correct
runlist positions.
With :Apogee Manage (and also :Apogee Integrate), you can set the Impose Task Processor to From file
and browse to the output JDF file which we will create in the next chapters.

In this way you cant place the content files in Preps but you need to place them manually in the correct
runlist positions in :Apogee.
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6. Job creation in Preps

6.1. Technical Terms

A Job contains all settings for a specific job. Every job is based on Pages and Signatures.

Every Signature selected in a job is part of a Template. These templates are saved in the default Preps
Templates folder.

The Marks that are used on the signatures are saved in the default Preps Marks folder.

A Signature contains a scheme that is made up with an Imposition or with Independent Pages.

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7. Job Creation for JDF output

In the main window, go to the Resources pane, select Layouts and browse to the Templates/Folding
Pattern Templates/Metric/A4 Perfect.tpl/16 page SW signature.



Double click on this signature to select it in the main window.
Select Media and double click the created media (see chapter 5.1) to select it.


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Click the Add button in the Files section.



Browse to the content files you want to use and open them.


Select the pages that you want to use and drag them on the main window. Note that you need to release
the pages on the placeholder when it is shown in gray with a refresh icon.


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In 'Job', 'Job Notes specify following 'Notes' and click OK.



The Content' from JobId will be used as Order in :APOGEE Prepress.
The Content' from Job_Title will be used as Job in :APOGEE Prepress.
Save the job by choosing File, Save.

8. Output to JDF
Choose File, Print.

Choose Send to: JDF and make sure the correct Media is selected..
Click Print.
Save the JDF on a shared or mounted location which is accessible by the :APOGEE Prepress server.
Note: Preps generates at the root a JDF file and a JDFMarksFlats folder. This folder contains a PDF file
with the marks inside. The content files remain on the shared or mounted location.
Depending on the license, import these files in the JDFImport Task Processor or select the JDF file in the
Impose Task Processor.