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Copyright 2002 Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft.

No part of this book may be reproduced without prior written permission. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Aktiengesellschaft Business Unit Prepress

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Before you start ... About this documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XIII Structure of the Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XIII Previous Knowledge . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XIV Further documentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XV Conventions used in this manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XVII Important information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XVII Monitor interference due to magnetic fields . . . . . . XVIII Any comments on this documentation? . . . . . . . . . . . XVIII HEIDELBERG online . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . XIX 1 Introduction Modular concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Delta Technology components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Operating systems . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Functional principle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Direct mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Output via queues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Offline output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 RIP and server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Delta Printmanager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 Delta Imagemanager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Delta Control (Tools and Status) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Starting Delta Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Structure of the Delta Control program window . . . . . . 116 Progress . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Select Delta Workstation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 117 Display Window in Delta Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120 Pipelining (parallel processing) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122 The internal RIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 125 Method of the internal RIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126 Different screening hardware . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 126

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Asymmetric resolution . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The Delta Lists concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Non-overlapping Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Precise calculation of the exposure time of Delta Lists . . . Speed mode of the PostScript Interpreter . . . . . . . . . . . . . Use of the High Imagesetter Resolutions . . . . . . . . . . . . . Very quick data transfer to the Delta Tower . . . . . . . . . . . Not Much Memory Required for Buffering Exposed Jobs . Additional Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Color Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Additional options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trapping . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Process Calibration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Connection to proof devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Color proofer output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 137 Formproof Output . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 138 Delta TIFF Export . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Delta Proof Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Delta Formproof SW . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 139 Screening proof . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Generation of CIP3 control data in Print Production Format (PPF) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 140 Delta Pressgate CIP3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 141 Import and Export of Delta Documents and Delta Lists . . 142 Adapting Delta Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Impositioning using Delta Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Import functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Delta CEPS Input . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Mac Import . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Connection to Prinergy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Connecting to MetaDimension: DeltaFlow . . . . . . . . . . . . Generate TIFF-B data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Remote Control and Monitoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 144 144 146 146 146 147 147 147 148

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Workflow Internal workflow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Delta Technology PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Delta Tower . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Workflow in various work environments . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Delta Technology as a server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Delta Technology in a mixed workflow with scanners, DTP workstations and imagesetters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Delta Technology PC as a (Print and Image) Server in an Imagesetting Studio . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Delta Technology as a RIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Delta Technology with an Imagesetter as the Output Device and a Dedicated File Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 Special workflows . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 212 Workflow with layout proof (form proofer workflow) . . . . . 212 Workflow with color proofing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214 Delta Technology in the Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 Distributing PostScript Interpretation and Exposure Output on Several Delta Technology PCs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 Networking of several Delta Technology PCs . . . . . . . . 215 Offline Printing with Exported Delta Lists and Delta Documents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 217 Configuration of the Delta Printmanager for an Offline Printing Workflow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 219 Workflow with Impositioning on a Signastation . . . . 234 Schematic description of the impositioning workflow . . . 235 Setting the Mirror Mode Parameter for different output devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 238 Proofer workflow with mirror-inverted Delta Lists . . . . 239 Special Conditions in a Workflow with Impositioning on the Basis of Delta Lists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 242 Connecting Delta Technology to Prinergy . . . . . . . . . 244

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Delta Printmanager Overview Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Direct channel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 OPI (Image Data Substitution) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 DTP Documents with Delta Layout Files . . . . . . . . . . . 310 DTP documents without layout files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 312 DTP Documents with OPI Files which were not created by Delta Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313 Processing colored layout files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 313 Default image directories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 314 Font Handling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 318 Fonts for the internal PostScript interpreter . . . . . . . . 320 Fonts for Delta Printmanager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 324 Fonts Which Are Already Loaded on a Printer or Which Will Be Loaded Directly to a Printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325 Fonts Which Are Sent Together with the Document from a DTP Workstation to the Output Device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 325 Configuration Options of the Delta Printmanager . . 325 Priorities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 326 OPC Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 327 PPD settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 330 Load Balancing of Several Printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 332 Drop folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335 Offline printing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 335 Printing with Color Separations in the Internal RIP . . . . Special output devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Printing on a Proofer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Storing CIP3 PPF files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Color Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . What is Color Management? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Standardization of color reproduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . Various procedures of color management . . . . . . . . . . Color spaces . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 337 340 340 344 345 346 346 347 349

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ICC profiles for the proofer workflow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ICC profiles in image processing and DTP applications "Open" and "closed" image/graphics formats . . . . . . Why InRIP Color Management? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Color Management in Delta Technology . . . . . . . . . . . . . Remote control and monitoring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

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Configuring Delta Printmanager Setting up queues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Register General . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Type of queue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Determining the spool directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Header file . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Import Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Job Handling tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Resource Handling tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Trapping tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Proofer tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 411 411 412 420 421 423 426 428

CIP3 tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 435 Calibration tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 436 Concept . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 436 Calling up Calibration Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 439 Calibration groups of linearization or process calibration datasets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 441 Linearization section: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 442 Process Calibration section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 443 Print Parameter section . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 445 Color Matching tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 446 Use Color Matching option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 448 ICC profiles . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 448 Rendering intent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 449 Preserve Black Generation (CMYK Graphic / Image) . . . 451 CMYK Graphic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 451

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RGB Graphic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CMYK Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . RGB Image . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CIE Based Object . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Target . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Color Management for Black Graphic Objects option . . Subsequently changing queue settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . Delete queues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Setting up printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Internal RIP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . AppleTalk Network... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . BSPP... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . CIP3... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Directory... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Export Directory... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Form proofer... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Color Proofer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . TIFF Directory... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Subsequently Modifying Printer Settings . . . . . . . . . . Delete printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Setting up links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Working with Delta Printmanager Delta Printmanager operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Manual Control of the Workflow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pausing a Queue or a Drop Folder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pausing links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pausing printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Drag & Drop . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Contextual menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monitoring the Activities of Delta Printmanager . . . . Viewing the Jobs in a Queue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Viewing the jobs of a printer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Viewing all jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Delta Imagemanager Overview Elements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Concept of Delta Imagemanager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Utilization of image directories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Utilization of layout files in layout programs . . . . . . . . . . Utilization of layout files for proof output . . . . . . . . . . . . . Operational procedure of Delta Imagemanager . . . . . File formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Supported fine image file formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . DCS and ICS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 64 65 66 66 67 68 68

EPS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 JPEG . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 Scitex-CT . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 68 TIFF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Comments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Macintosh fine images . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Color formats in layout files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Photoshop clippaths . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 610 Generation of previews and/or layout proofs from PostScript image files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 610 Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 610 7 Configuring Delta Imagemanager Creating image directories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 72 Name . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73

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Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Image subdirectories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ignore unknown files Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Defining the Workflow Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Delete Job entries after: option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Min. time between updates option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Max. time between updates option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Creating Layout Generators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . General tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Processing tab . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pixel Image Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . EPS, DCS, ICS Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Generate EPS Layout File for . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 718 Creating connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 720 8 Working with the Delta Imagemanager Operating Delta Imagemanager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Manual Control of the Workflow . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 81 Stopping (pause) Delta Imagemanager . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Refresh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Deleting jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Monitoring the activities of Delta Imagemanager . . . Viewing jobs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 83 83 84 84

Trendsetter User Interface General Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 91 Starting the Creo Delta Workstation software . . . . . . 92 The Creo Delta Workstation window . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Window for Trendsetters without Autoloader . . . . . . . . . . Window for Trendsetters with Autoloader . . . . . . . . . . . . . Menus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . System menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Queue menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Tools menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 93 94 96 96 97 97

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This documentation applies to version 7.5 of Delta Technology. Technology tested in Version 7.5 and are thus 2 Delta not released for operation withDelta Technology 7.5 :
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Delta ColorFlash Copier GUTENBERG plate imagesetter

The purpose of notes regarding these components occurring in the documentation is to furnish general understanding of Delta Technology and the explanation of certain functional connections. However, the fact that these components are mentioned in the documentation does not mean that these components are supported by Delta Technology 7.5. Structure of the Manual Introduction The Introduction will provide you with an overview of the components and important functions in Delta Technology. The principle underlying Delta Technology will also be explained. In the first part of the Workflow chapter, you will learn about the way the different software and hardware components interact in the Delta Technology PC and the Delta Tower. Flow diagrams illustrate the internal workflow the print jobs run through. The second part of this chapter has some configuration examples. The aim of these is to show how Delta Technology can be used in different work environments. The third part of the chapter explains possible special areas of use and workflow variants such as: Proofer-Workflows, Offline-Ripping and signature assembly workflow.

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The next three chapters concentrate on the Delta Printmanager. Delta Printmanager Overview provides you with a summary of the features and possible uses of the Delta Printmanager. Chapter 4 describes in detail the possible configurations of the Delta Printmanager elements queues, printers and connections. In the fifth chapter, you will learn how to run continuous operations with the Delta Printmanager, and what intervention and protocol options the Delta Printmanager has. Analog to chapters 3, 4 and 5, chapters 6, 7 and 8 describe the Delta Imagemanager. Here, too, there is an overview chapter, one on configuration and one on working with the Delta Imagemanager. Note: This documentation describes workflows and

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tions. You will find an explanation of all the functions in the user interfaces of the various applications in the respective online help which you can call up with the Help menu or with the F1 function key (context-sensitive). Previous Knowledge We assume that you are familiar with the basic functions of Windows NT/Apple Macintosh. For outputting from a DTP application program, it is assumed that the operator knows how to operate the application, especially with regard to printing.

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Form Proofer: Delta Formproof Software Installation Quick Proofer: Quick Proofer User's Guide Delta Proof: Delta Proof User's Guide Proof Open: Delta Proof Open User's Guide Screen proofers as output devices: Delta HighresProof Trendsetter Spectrum: Delta Technology Print Console CIP3: CIP3/PPF-Data Generation - User's Guide/Workflow Delta Trapper User's Guide Online Help Signastation: Signastation X Reference Signastation X Installation Signastation X.X Working with Delta Documents (X is a position marker for the appropriate version.) Jobstream Solution: Jobstream Solution Users Guide

as online documentation (in the Adobe Acrobat 2 uals pdf format) in the Windows start menu under the menu item: Start > Programs > Delta Technology > Books Online.

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Italics are used to indicate menus, names of functions, hardware conditions, switch settings, and system messages. Example: Move the switch to off.

Menus, functions and sub-functions are separated by ">". Example: Select File > Open...

A plus sign is used to indicate keys that have to be pressed at the same time. Example: Press Alt+A.

V" in front of a word indicates that it is explained in the glossary.

Important information Important information in the text is marked by symbols which indicate the following:

Warning: Contains information that must be taken into consideration to protect the user from injury.

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2 information about a specific topic. Prerequisites: This text contains requirements which be fulfilled before the steps which follow can be 5 must performed.
Monitor interference due to magnetic fields
Strong magnetic fields may influence your monitor screen (for example, they might make the edges of the screen unsteady or images flicker). This could be caused by the 50 Hz magnetic field coming from the power cables routed along your floors or in the wall. The following corrective measures are recommended, taking into account the safety regulations for working at monitors in offices:
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Introduction

Delta Technology offers a powerful system for controlling and editing print jobs, allowing the output process to be optimized and almost completely automated. This documentation will explain the internal processing steps in Delta Technology which will enable the user to configure his/her system so that optimal results are produced as a result of customization to a particular work environment.

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Offline printing Impositioning using Delta Lists Connecting Heidelberg Primesetter film imagesetters. Trendsetter platesetter support with integration of the Trendsetter user interface on the Delta Technology PC. Connecting high-resolution proofing devices: Kodak Approval and Trendsetter Spectrum Exporting screen data in TIFF-B format Connection to Prinergy (Autoflow) Calibration Manager: Tool for calibrating and linearizing film and plate imagesetters Jobstream software for setting parameters of output options in the Print dialog box of the DTP application

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Modular concept
Delta Technology is the generic term for a system which comprises the following hardware and software components:

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Delta Tec software Delta Control Delta Printmanager Delta List Generator Delta Imagemanager/Layout Generator Delta Trapper/Trap Viewer Delta Document Viewer Delta Rastermanager Calibration Manager: Delta Autoflow Delta Color Management Delta Formproof SW Delta SignaMerger Delta Pressgate CIP3 Various screening systems Delta Kanjii Fonts Output Manager Software Delta Proof Open Delta List Transformation

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Delta Technology components The following software components belong to the standard scope of delivery for Delta Technology (some options depend on the output device that is installed):
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Delta Signamerger Create IM Delta Kanji fonts (font software) Delta LowRes Kanji fonts Delta Gravure Dot Delta Mega Dot

In addition to its functions, Delta Technology also contains additional programs which are required for the management of the system:
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If a Trendsetter plate imagesetter is to be used as the output device, you can install the Trendsetter user interface either on the Delta Technology-PC or on a separate NT computer. Operating systems All components run on the Delta Technology-PC on the Windows NT Server or on the Windows 2000 Server. The Delta Tower is only supported on Windows NT. Balancing out processes with long computing times Windows NT or Windows 2000 are operating systems that can run on various hardware platforms. This makes it easy to keep Delta Technology abreast of the continual development in the field of hardware (scalable hardware). Windows NT/Windows 2000 also support configurations where several processors are used. In this way, time-consuming processes such as PostScript interpretation or trapping on several processors can be processed parallel to each other. The presence of several modules on one PC (if necessary, by using several processors) forms a very good basis for obtaining a high overall performance. With Delta Technology it is also possible to link up several Delta Technology-PCs by means of fast network links to create a server pool. In this way, a high degree of efficiency can be attained for large work groups.

Functional principle
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In addition to the RIP functionality, Delta Technology can also be used for print server and image server functions. Compared to a conventional RIP, Delta Technology has a much wider array of functions and, thanks to its numerous control options, enables you to control the output process in most points. An important new feature in Delta Technology is the introduction of Delta Lists (see section The Delta Lists concept, page 128). Although creating Delta Lists involves one more step compared to a direct output, the concept of Delta Lists considerably increases the speed of your output. For the DTP user, output using Delta Technology is in principle similar to output using a conventional RIP. Within the Delta Technology system, however, the print jobs run through several processing stations. When printing with Delta Technology, you can choose between the following modes:
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Direct mode In the direct mode, the jobs are sent immediately to the PostScript interpreter. A Display List is created from the PostScript code and sent to the Delta List generator. The Delta List generator converts the display list to a Delta List. During this process, the data are compressed. In the Delta Tower, these Delta Lists are buffered, decompressed, screened and then sent to the output device. Output via queues In the queue mode, the print jobs are gathered (spooled) in different queues of the Delta Printmanager. They are edited as defined in the queue setups and sent to the PostScript interpreter in the order they arrived or according to their priority. The PostScript interpreter generates a Display List from the PostScript code of a job. Offline output In the offline mode, the processing of a job is "interrupted" at the interface to the Delta Tower. The Delta Lists and Delta Documents are buffered at the (export) Delta Workstation and can be archived on data carriers or external servers. When Delta Lists and Delta Documents are to be output, they are imported from data carriers or via the network to an input directory of the output Delta Technology PC and sent to the output device (Delta Tower with an imagesetter) see section Import and Export of Delta Documents and Delta Lists, page 142. The overviews on the next two pages will illustrate again what has just been described.

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Print job from application Print LAN Direct mode Queue in Delta Printmanager

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Storage of the Delta Lists and Delta Documents Data medium

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Import of the Delta Lists and transfer to output SCSI Buffering of the Delta Lists Decompression and screening of the Delta Lists SpeedWay/SCSI Output device

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RIP and server


Delta Technology differs from conventional RIPs in that it not only provides the user with the high-performance RIP functionality and special screening hardware but also a print and image server which is equipped with a variety of options, such as OPI support, RIP trapping (refer to Page 1-35), InRIP Color Separation, remote control, etc. Delta Printmanager Delta Printmanager is able to collect print jobs and distribute them among several output devices. The Delta Printmanager can send the print jobs to various kinds of output devices, such as imagesetters (via the internal RIP or external RIPs) and any PostScript printer (PostScript laser printer, PostScript color proofers, etc.). The output devices are connected via networks or via a SCSI connection (Delta Tower) to the Delta Technology-PC. Special configuration options let the user almost completely automate and optimize the workflow with regard to output. A graphic user interface lets the user configure and control Delta Printmanager: the Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window. The elements of the Delta Printmanager are displayed as icons in this window. Certain processes (such as the spooling of jobs) are also displayed graphically. The Delta Printmanager can communicate with all important network environments (Apple Talk/PAP, UNIX/TCP/IP, Microsoft Net BEUI, Novell SPX/IPX) since it is based on the Windows NT or Windows 2000 operating system.

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Delta Imagemanager Delta Imagemanager is used to optimize the processing of high-resolution images. The processing of such images places great demands on a DTP system (graphics, main memory, network...). To simplify work with high-resolution images, the Delta Imagemanager makes it possible for the user to create so-called "lay files" from these images. These lay files can contain screen previews of the original images and are saved with the screen resolution (e.g. 72 dpi), thus requiring considerably less memory. Working with lay files lightens the workload of the DTP system noticeably. Lay files can either be integrated into layout documents or used as layout proofs for output on (PostScript) laser printers, (PostScript) color proofers, etc. Similar to Delta Printmanager, Delta Imagemanager also has a graphic user interface: the Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window. However, during the output run to an imagesetter, for example, by means of the internal RIP, the Delta Printmanager pastes the high-resolution image data into the documents ("Include high-res. data"). Since the Delta Imagemanager, the Delta Printmanager and the internal RIP are all located on the same PC, the image data need only be moved within the Delta Technology PC. In this way, the quick, internal data bus of the Delta Technology PC can be used and the network is not burdened with these data. Delta Control (Tools and Status) Delta Control is a user program for the central management of Delta Technology. Programs which are related to Delta Technology are called up in the Delta Control window:

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Delta Printmanager Delta Imagemanager NTUTIL for setting RIP and imagesetter parameters Progress Event Viewer for viewing events in the Windows NT system Delta Document Viewer: Program for displaying and analyzing Delta Documents and Delta Lists of individual jobs

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can be viewed and, if required, printed. If you want to use a Delta Technology version that is installed for a certain output device (e.g. Speedmaster 74 DI) for another output device (e.g. Speedmaster 102 DI), you can select a corresponding variant file in Delta Control (menu itemMisc. > Select variant file for boot procedure). Starting Delta Control The Delta Control program can be started in one of the following ways:

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with Start > Run... and entering the file path \\Delta\DeltaControl\EXE\DUI.EXE. by double-clicking the file icon in Windows Explorer. by double-clicking the file icon in the Delta Technology Desktop folder.

Structure of the Delta Control program window The Delta Control window comprises a program section where the applications listed can be started and a status section where the current status of the Delta Technology system components is shown:

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The Progress function is active only if you previously selected the setting Activate Progress window under File > Preferences... in the tab Preview & Progress. The Progress window appears during an exposure run; the progress of a job Delta List can be viewed from a screen preview of the Delta List concerned. Select Delta Workstation Choose File > Select Delta Workstation to open the corresponding dialog box.

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The processing states shown refer to the internal RIP of the local Delta Technology PC.

To be able to access a remote Delta Technology-PC (Delta Workstation), i.e. one that can be reached in the network, the Windows network name of a Delta Technology-PC must be entered in the edit box. If one or several remote Delta Technology PCs were accessed previously, the name of the workstation can be selected from the list box.
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If several Delta Technology PCs are in a network, there are two ways of accessing Delta Technology: Control Access or Watch Access. To make sure that control access is only performed by one source, only one Delta Technology PC at a time can have control access on a Delta Technology system. Generally, this is the local system, in other words, the one running on the local Delta Technology PC. Occasionally, it may make sense to access a Delta Technology system from a remote Delta TechnologyPC (control access). Then only a watch mode can be activated on the Delta Technology-PC which is remote-controlled. The "Access" option can be chosen accordingly.
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If Control Access is set, this is displayed at the lower right corner of the Delta Control window.

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If Control Access is set, this is displayed at the lower right corner of the Delta Control window.

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Display Window in Delta Control The display window for the Delta Technology components Interpreter, Delta Generator, Delta Tower, Imagesetter and Printmanager displays the current processing state of imagesetting jobs in plain text.

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how many kilobytes per second are being received by the output device(s).

running Delta Technology operations. 2 monitoring For this reason, it is advisable to leave the Delta Control application window open while Delta Technology is running. In this way, you can immediately see how the current processes are progressing and can take steps if corrections prove necessary.

Note: As you can see, Delta Control is well suited for

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The modular structure of Delta Technology is designed in such a way that several processes can be processed at the same time in the system. Therefore, it is imperative that the Delta Technology system is configured and used so that manual intervention in the workflow is possible only in exceptional cases. Example: Only the internal RIP with one Delta Tower and one imagesetter as a printer is used. A queue has also been set up to receive the print jobs from several sources. A

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Imagesetter Delta Tower Job 1 Queue 1 PostScript Interpreter Delta List Generator

When the first job is sent, it is analyzed and transferred to a spool directory. Since it is the first job in this directory, it is immediately passed on to the PostScript interpreter and the conversion process is started. Display lists are created during PostScript interpretation. These are converted by the Delta List generator to non-overlapping, compressed Delta Lists. Finally, the converted data are transferred to the Delta Tower.
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In the meantime, other jobs from several sources enter the queue. When a Delta List has been created from the first job, screening and exposure is started in the Delta Tower. A second job can be interpreted parallel to this without having to wait for exposure of the first job to finish.

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While the interpreter and exposure processes are running, high-resolution images can be processed at the same time by Delta Imagemanager. A more complex configuration enables the workflow to be optimized even further, resulting in practically no waiting periods within the system. The pre-emptive multi-tasking capacity of Windows NT/Windows 2000 means that all processes can run almost parallel to each other. The following advantages result from this concept:
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This concept avoids waiting periods at the DTP workstation when jobs are sent since Delta Printmanager immediately receives the incoming jobs and does not have to wait until they are processed by the PostScript interpreter or screened. It is important that the Delta Technology system is configured and used optimally so that the advantages listed above are reflected in the workflow. The performance advantages of the Delta Technology concept become readily apparent when several jobs are processed simultaneously.

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Delta List Generator Delta Tower. Delta Trapper.

Method of the internal RIP The PostScript interpreter does not control the imagesetter directly as is the case with a conventional RIP but first creates a Display List from every job. Compressed, non-overlapping data, known as "Delta Lists", are generated in the Delta List generator on the basis of these display lists. If the Delta Trapper is activated, trapping is performed on the Delta Lists. Screening is performed in the Delta Tower. The Delta Lists are buffered in the Delta Tower, decompressed, prepared for output ("screening") and finally sent to the imagesetter. Different screening hardware The Delta Tower is available in two versions so that it is possible to meet various output wishes. There is the "High Quality Screening (HQS)" variant and the "Irrational Screening (IS)" variant. Diamond Screening" is available as an option for both Delta Tower variants. Asymmetric resolution Depending on the Delta Tower version (IS or HQS) and the resolution capacity of the connected imagesetter, it is possible to increase the output quality by doubling the resolution of the imagesetter in fast scan direction. This means, for example, that a Herkules imagesetter which is controlled by an IS Delta Tower

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exposes the jobs with a resolution of 2000 l/cm in fast scan direction if a resolution of 1000 l/cm has been set. The increase in resolution in fast scan direction does not slow down the exposure process, and a noticeable improvement in quality is obtained without any loss in performance. Doubling the resolution in fast scan direction is automatically performed by the Delta Tower as soon as an appropriate imagesetter is addressed. The following table provides you with an overview of the imagesetters which can run with double the resolution in fast scan direction and shows you the resolution in slow scan direction on which this increase is based: Asymmetry factors (Fast-Scan / Slow-Scan)
Slow-Scan resolution (l/cm) Herkules Pro Herkules Elite Herkules Basic Dry Setter Quasar/Duosetter Signasetter Signasetter Pro GUTENBERG 333 2 500 2 2 2 2 1 2 666 2 2 2 2 1 2 800 2 2 1 2 1 2 1000 2 2 1 2 2 1 2 1333 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 1600 2 1 1 2000 1 1 1

of both), each resolution has an asymmetry fac2 sions tor of 1. For the ChromaGraph CG R 3020/30/60 imagesetters, each resolution has an asymmetry factor of 2.

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The Delta Lists concept


The concept of creating Delta Lists and Delta Documents from the interpreted PostScript data is a central new feature of Delta Technology. So-called "display lists" are created during PostScript interpretation. In a conventional RIP, these display lists are screened and sent to the imagesetter as bitmap data. As there is no "buffer" between PostScript interpretation and screening, the exposure process is closely linked to the PostScript interpretation. As a result of this dependency, the imagesetter has to wait until the RIP has finished with the PostScript interpretation. If errors or problems occur during interpretation, for example, if certain fonts are not found, either the exposure process has to be stopped or the printed result will be useless and will have to be exposed again. Delta Lists Delta Documents In Delta Generator, a new data format is created from the display lists, one containing non-overlapping, extremely compressed data. This data format is known as a "Delta List". One such list is created for every page to be exposed. Delta Lists are decompressed and screened in the Delta Tower and output to the imagesetter from there. In addition to these Delta Lists, one so-called "Delta Document" is created for each print job. These documents contain in addition to references to the Delta Lists specific information about the print job, such as details of the color separations, data for color management, etc. There are several advantages of compressed data in the form of Delta Lists which were created on the basis of the interpreted PostScript code:
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ingly as backup data for print jobs. If you want to re-expose individual print jobs at a later point in time, you can use the Delta Lists and it is guaranteed that the exposure corresponds exactly to the first exposure. It is not necessary to reload the appropriate documents in the front-end application for printing.
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non-overlapping data and thus minimum exposure times low error rate during exposure precise calculation of the exposure time of Delta Lists trapping of interpreted data (Delta Lists) Use of the High Imagesetter Resolutions very quick data transfer to the Delta Tower not much memory required for buffering exposed jobs connection to CTP (Computer to Plate) systems (Trendsetter) output to (both color and form) proofing devices Proof workflow: output on a proofing device before exposure import and export of Delta Documents and Delta Lists Offline workflow: Offline output of Delta Lists designing the layout for whole sheets (impositioning) on a Signastation using Delta Lists output of several Delta Lists on one sheet

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adapting existing Delta Lists to different output devices (changing resolution, 90 rotation) with the Delta List Transformation tool. archiving of jobs and Delta Lists (connection to Jetbase database)

Non-overlapping Data Up to now, a bitmap was generated from a PostScript file in the RIP. It was only possible to approximately estimate how long this process would take. For that reason, the imagesetter often had to change to the start-stop mode. One of the main obstacles preventing a precise calculation of the computing times was the fact that several objects could overlap each other on one page.

Three objects, overlapping partially

Computed bitmap area, but not printed

Printed bitmap area of the three objects

In a conventional RIP, this means that each single object is computed and screened, irrespective of whether the object is visible in the output or hidden by other objects. A Delta List displays the computed and corrected result of a PostScript interpretation. In a Delta List, only one level of information is created, and that is the level which is actually visible after output (refer to right image above). Computation of the screen data to be output is based only on this one level.

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Precise calculation of the exposure time of Delta Lists In the Delta List format, the data do not overlap and, for that reason, screening of the page/sheet and the actual exposure can be calculated precisely beforehand for the specified device configuration (Delta Technology/output device). This precise calculation of time means that an imagesetter can be driven without having to change to the Start/Stop mode. As a result, exposure time is greatly reduced. Speed mode of the PostScript Interpreter With certain resolutions (1000 l/cm and 1333 l/cm) the PostScript interpreter can be switched to a socalled "speed" mode. In this mode, the PostScript interpreter only uses half the resolution specified when computing. The Delta Tower, however, still creates the resolution which has been set for the imagesetter (1000 l/cm or 1333 l/cm). The PostScript interpreter works considerably faster in the Speed mode than in the Quality mode. The lower resolution used in PostScript interpretation means, however, that minor inaccuracies could occur in the exposure result, which can become apparent by fonts being displayed with unsharp contours. The loss of quality is hardly discernible with images. if the jobs being printed consist only of 2 Interpreter images. This can considerably increase the performance of the Delta Technology system. When processing jobs which have fonts, it might be necessary to check whether the output quality obtained with the Speed mode will satisfy your demands. Note: The Speed mode should be set for the Delta

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We recommend that you set up separate queues for the Speed mode and the Quality mode in Delta Printmanager (see section Setting up queues, page 42). Use of the High Imagesetter Resolutions In contrast to bitmaps which were created with conventional PostScript interpreters, a Delta List contains unscreened gray tone information. This information is converted to a bitmap by special screening hardware (Delta Tower) only when it is sent to be exposed. This method has the advantage that the interpreter can compute without any loss of quality and at a lower resolution than normally would be required for the defined screen frequency. This means that, for the first time, the very fine screens which some imagesetters have can be used in practice. A conventional RIP would require extremely long computation times for such screen frequencies. Very quick data transfer to the Delta Tower The concept of Delta Lists with their highly compressed data format means that it is possible to transfer data very quickly between the Delta Technology PC and the Delta Tower. Because the Delta Tower is connected to the Delta Technology PC via a fast SCSI connection, the Delta Tower is addressed as being a Delta Technology PC-internal hard disk. Due to the compressed data format, distributing the processes of interpretation and screening among different hardware components does not have any negative effect on the overall performance of the system.

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Not Much Memory Required for Buffering Exposed Jobs The Delta Tower is able to buffer incoming Delta Lists while the screening and output process is running. The compressed data format of the Delta Lists means that not much memory is required for buffering the information. Furthermore, the data can be saved very quickly. The quick buffering facility means that the PostScript interpreter does not have to wait until the Delta Tower has finished with the screening or exposure process. The PostScript interpreter can send the Delta Lists to the Delta Tower immediately they are ready and can then process a new job. A high overall performance is achieved if the facilities of the system are fully utilized.

Additional Functions
In addition to the functions listed so far, Delta Technology also has other Delta Technology options which considerably extend its scope as required. Color Management To provide a correct, true-to-color print output of color originals, Delta Technology provides professional Color Management and the possibility of executing color proof outputs (see section Color proofer output, page 137). Color Management is based on the assumption that all worksteps involved in the publishing and printing process work with a uniform standardized display of colors. For this purpose, the corresponding devices must be calibrated for the processing of digital printing data. The following device types are calibrated:

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scanners (digitize color originals) monitors (display color data) color proof devices (print color pages)

These device types can be calibrated with special software, e.g. Heidelberg Color Open. During calibration, special calibration sets, so-called ICC-Profiles are created and stored for every device in case of color proofers as well as for any other print media. The "ICC Profile Format" was developed by the "InterColor Consortium" and published as the "InterColor Profile Format Specification". Since the devices mentioned above (scanners, monitors, color proofers) do not always work in the CMYK color space of the offset printing process, conversion into a device-independent color space occurs first of all during the calibration. During output or screening, the data is converted from the LAB color scheme to the output color scheme that is required in each case (CMYK or RGB). The goal of Color Management is optimum color adaptation during process conversion. Color Management can be a component of an operating system, such as ICM for Windows 98 and Windows 2000 or Color Sync for Macintosh OS. Applications with their own Color Management also exist. ICC output profiles can be imported into Delta Technology and assigned to individual queues. When calculating screen data for the Imagesetter, these profiles are observed and thereby generate a calibrated exposure. in section Color Management, 2 Management page 345 or section Color Matching tab, page 446. Note: You can find detailed information about Color

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When the activation code has been purchased, the various options can be enabled with the Set Dongle Options program. Trapping In the graphic arts industry "trapping" is the term most frequently used to describe such topics as choking and spreading. Trapping is a technique for correcting errors in offset printing which may be caused by inaccurate mounting, distortion of the film, inaccuracies between the different printing stages or distortion of the paper. in the Delta Trapper Application manual or in 2 tained the online help for the Delta Trap Viewer or the Delta Printmanager. Note: Additional information on trapping is con-

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Delta Technology supports the use of trapping in the RIP using Delta Trapper. Compared to other trapping methods (such as trapping in the DTP application or in a special trapping application), trapping in the RIP offers substantial advantages:
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Since trapping is carried out after the PostScript has been interpreted, only one run through the interpreter is required. In this way, problems concerning different PostScript interpreters or different versions of fonts, etc. are avoided. Furthermore, because no additional run through an interpreter is required, a quite noticeable amount of time is saved. Since trapping is carried out in the RIP (which means the Delta Technology PC), the network is not affected by the trapping. Data transfers to external trapping workstations are not necessary and the PostScript job which is sent to the Delta Technology-PC does not yet contain any trapping data and therefore is much smaller than a trapped job. When trapping is done using the Delta Lists, the data has no overlapping parts, which means that only the visible color transitions have to be treated. This can reduce the computing time for trapping considerably. Trapping in the RIP makes it possible to have color management performed in the RIP because the trapping must be carried out after color management.

In addition, Delta Technology provides zone trapping, i.e. you can define up to 256 polygons per page as trapping zones. You can define a separate trap parameter for each zone. This provides optimum trapping results. In addition, you can obtain a gain in

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performance by marking only trapping-relevant areas of a page as a zone. The rest of the page is not trapped. The trapping zones are defined in Delta Trap Viewer. You can find more detailed information concerning zone trapping in the Online Help for Delta Trap Viewer. Process Calibration Delta Technology supports film linearization and process calibration. Special software, Calibration Manager, is provided to carry out film linearization and process calibration. You can find more detailed information concerning film linearization or process calibration in the documentation for Calibration Manager or in section Process Calibration section, page 443. Connection to proof devices For proof outputting, special proof devices can be used. Such devices are color proofers and form proofers. Color proofer output Color proofers check the exposure color settings, taking into account the medium used in printing. For example, for newspaper printing, the dark colors of the paper are simulated in the proof to obtain a preview which most accurately depicts the printed result. This means that color proofers always require color management which lets the user customize the proof display true-to-color to the output result. In color proofer output, a color test page is printed before the data are output to the imagesetter or on a DI printing press. In this way, the results expected can be checked visually beforehand. In particular

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when plates are used (CTP systems DI press), creating a proof is an important tool for obtaining precise results without wasting expensive plate material. In color proofing, it is essential to obtain a true-tocolor display with the data customized to the paper which will be used later on in the printing process. For this reason, color management is always required for the color proofing. Generally, the color information is set at the DTP workstation for a particular process (for example, CMYK) so that the data are adapted true-to-color to the output medium. In offset printing, certain profiles are available for obtaining this customization, for example Euroscale or SWOP. This transformation is executed by Color Management. proof mode. This will automatically create a proof 2 the before the data are output to the imagesetter or the DI printing press. Only when the proof result has been evaluated is the exposure run started by the user (see section Workflow with color proofing, page 214). In keeping with the philosophy behind the Delta Printmanager, each mode corresponds to a particular queue-printer configuration. Therefore, both modes can be installed and used parallel to each other in several configurations. Formproof Output Form proofers evaluate the geometry of the output result. Such devices are used in particular with computer-to-plate (CTP) systems so that the layout of the signatures can be checked closely before they are output to a plate. This means that an accurate reproducNote: A special proof workflow can be configured for

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tion of color and in turn color management are not important for form proofers even if some form proofers can output in color. Delta TIFF Export Delta Lists can be saved in a "TIFF Directory" for the color proof workflow and sent on to a color proofer. The TIFF files here only have the contone data of the page or signature. TIFF files are required for outputting to color proofers. Color matching (color management) is also possible when TIFF files are being created. The Delta Proof Open option must be enabled to be able to do this. Delta Proof Open The Delta Proof Open option makes color management available for the TIFF export of Delta Lists (see section Delta TIFF Export, page 139). The color management function in Delta Proof Open is based on Delta Lists. ICC profiles (see Page 1-34) are required for the color management of Delta Proof Open. The color management function (CMM) is controlled either by queue setups of the Delta Printmanager or by the appropriate printer drivers (PPDs) of the DTP workstation (Macintosh/PC). found in the documentation Delta Proof Open 2 be User's Guide. Delta Formproof SW Delta Lists and/or Delta Documents can be output to form proofers with this option. The output device used as a form proofer depends on the quality required of a form proof. The geometric properties of Note: Detailed information about Delta Proof Open can

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the resulting output can be judged on the basis of form proofs. Form proofs are used mainly in CTP (computer-to-plate) applications or with DI presses to check the layout of a signature before it is output to a plate. Screening proof As of Delta Technology release 6.0, screening proofers are supported. Screening proofers can expose color proofs with the same resolution and screening system as the imagesetter exposes. For the screening proof, a separate Delta Technology PC which controls the proofing device is used. This "proofer" Delta Technology-PC obtains the Delta Lists and Delta Documents from other Delta Technology-PCs using an offline workflow with export directories and import drop folders (refer to section Import and Export of Delta Documents and Delta Lists, page 142). The following screening proof devices are supported:
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For more information on using these devices, please refer to the Delta Technology Print Console manual or the Delta Highres Proof manual and the original Kodak documentation. Generation of CIP3 control data in Print Production Format (PPF) In offset printing, problems may arise when individual areas of a signature are to be printed with a very high color density as then so much ink is applied that the paper is "oversaturated" and becomes too wet (paper tends to jam!). For this reason, the ink density distribution on an exposed and developed printing plate is examined before printing and, if necessary,

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the ink feed is reduced in printing ("ink zone control"). The printing plate is scanned following the normal procedure so that the correct values for ink zone control can be determined. However, this procedure is very complex and attempts to simplify it have brought about the introduction of CIP3 PPF files. The main idea behind the introduction of PPF files was to transfer information already available in the Prepress stage to production stages further on (printing process, cutting, folding). The "International Cooperation for Integration of Prepress, Press and Postpress" (CIP3) was founded with the purpose of defining a general format which is independent of manufacturers and machines. PPF files are created during impositioning at the prepress stage and in the RIP when the print job is being processed. The information contained in a PPF file is used in printing for the ink zone default setting, register control and color quality control. Information on cutting and folding is taken from the PPF files when the printed signatures are being processed. Delta Pressgate CIP3 During impositioning, for example on a Signastation, the trimming and folding data for the signature are created and sent as a PPF file together with the signature data (PostScript files or Delta Documents) to the Delta Technology PC. The Delta Printmanager calculates the data for ink zone control from the interpreted PostScript data and adds these in the form of bitmap files to the PPF file with the folding marks and cutting marks. The PPF files are filed in a directory and can be sent on a data carrier (disk) or using the network to the next processing stage (for example, Heidelberg CPC 32 sta-

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tion). At the CPC 32 station, the information for ink zone control is prepared while the information for trimming and folding is sent on to the devices concerned. in the CIP3/PPF Data Generation Users Guide/Workflow 2 manual. Import and Export of Delta Documents and Delta Lists Delta Printmanager lets the user export Delta Lists and Delta Documents, that is, save them to data carriers (hard disks, MODs, cartridges) or transfer them to another Delta Technology PC via the network. There are new ways of dealing with print jobs since jobs which are in the Delta List format can be output directly and do not require a time-consuming and error-prone PostScript interpreter run. Offline output of Delta Lists This refers to the procedure where jobs are converted "offline" (i.e. where no Delta Tower or output device is connected) to Delta Lists and Delta Documents at an export workstation ("Delta Prep Workstation"). These lists and documents are then exported, either to a data carrier (for example, removable disk) or passed on through the network and can be output at any time to an imagesetter via a Delta Technology-PC with a connected Delta Tower ("imagesetter station"). Screen Proofing in an Offline Workflow If a screening proofer (Trendsetter Spectrum, Kodak Approval) is used as an output device, an offline workflow is installed also. In such a configuration, the output workstation controls the proofing device. The output workstation obtains the print jobs in the form of Delta Lists and Delta Documents from other Delta Technology PCs. Note: Detailed information about CIP3 can be found

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With the offline output of Delta Lists, it is possible to rip jobs in advance in the layout studio with a Delta Prep Workstation. At a later stage in a typesetting studio or printing shop, the exported Delta Lists and Delta Documents are imported from the data carrier to the Delta Printmanager and then exposed or printed. For more information about offline printing, see section Offline Printing with Exported Delta Lists and Delta Documents, page 217. Saving jobs which are ready for output The export function of the Delta Printmanager saves Delta Lists and Delta Documents in TAR format (whether compressed or not) or saves a directory directly on hard disks or removable disks. The TAR format is an archiving format for saving to tape which for years has been successfully used in UNIX systems for data backup. Interaction of several Delta Technology PCs in a network With the help of the automatic import and export function, several Delta Technology PCs can be linked to form one very powerful network. In such a network, several "Delta Prep Workstations" can generate Delta Lists including PostScript interpretation or trapping while one Delta Technology-PC with a connected Delta Tower and imagesetter is responsible for the output. Such a configuration can contribute to a better utilization of the imagesetter, especially if the trapping option is used extensively, as the imagesetter can be practically constantly fed with data. For more information, see section Networking of several Delta Technology PCs, page 215).

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Adapting Delta Documents Using the Delta List Transformation option, you can subsequently adapt Delta Documents or Delta Lists which you have, for example, written to an export directory, for output to another device. You can make the following modifications:
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Modifying the output resolution: If you wish to output the Delta Documents to an imagesetter and/or to a DI printing press with a different resolution than the one for which the Delta Documents were originally created, you can adapt the resolution to the new output device. Modifying the alignment (rotation): Since different imagesetters work with different alignments, you can rotate your Delta Lists by 90 or 270 (in the clockwise direction). In this way, you can adapt the rotation of Delta Documents to different output devices.

You call up the Delta List Transformation program with the Start > Programs > Delta Technology Deltalist Transformation command in the Windows Start menu. More details about using the program and the options that can be set there are found in the Online Help of the program. Impositioning using Delta Lists A Signastation now supports impositioning (designing layouts for whole sheets) using Delta Lists. For this purpose, a special workflow (see section Workflow with Impositioning on a Signastation, page 234) has been configured. In this workflow, the Delta Technology software generates special Delta Lists and bitmap files for each page and separation. The bitmap files are then transferred to the Signastation, where they are

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positioned in the layout on the screen. During this time, the Delta Lists remain buffered on the Delta Technology PC. After the layout has been finished, the Signastation creates an information file containing all the selected positions with references to the respective Delta Lists. This information file is then transferred to the Delta Technology-PC, where a special Delta Printmanager module the "SignaMerger" creates a new Delta Document and new Delta Lists by applying the information in this file to the corresponding Delta Lists. One advantage of this procedure is the fact that single pages, already in a form that has already been interpreted (i.e. as a Delta List), can be taken from their respective jobs and positioned in a layout. This means that the completed sheet does not need to pass through the PostScript interpreter, which saves time and reduces the possibility for errors. The Delta Lists used for positioning have already been interpreted and are available in a compressed and non-overlapping format. In addition to that, it is much easier to replace individual pages on the final sheet. If PostScript files are used for positioning, a whole new interpreter pass has to be carried out after every change, no matter whether only one or several pages are actually effected. Furthermore, errors can easily occur, for example by fonts not being found. The impositioning using Delta Lists requires that only new pages which are to be inserted into the layout have to be interpreted. Once that has been done, they can immediately be positioned on the layout. The information file and the Delta List for the whole sheet are quickly generated and the output will almost certainly be successful, as all the Delta Lists that are required have already been generated.

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with impositioning using Delta Lists refer to Sig2 flow nastation: Signastation X.X reference in the Working with Delta Documents chapter. Import functions Delta Technology has special import modules which lets you import data which normally is not supported by Windows NT/Windows 2000. Delta CEPS Input Delta CEPS Input converts ChromaCom and Scitex data from data carriers which can be read with a SCSI drive (MegaShuttle, MOD) to TIFF/IT-P1 data. The imported data are filed in a hot folder at the Delta Technology-PC. This folder monitors incoming data. The data are then sent to a drop folder of the Delta Printmanager (refer to section Drop folders, page 335) so that they can be processed further. (formatted, set up, deleted, copied, 2 manipulated renamed), but only read. Processing is for the most part automatic. Input in the documentation Delta Ceps Input 2 Ceps Users Guide". Mac Import Data from Macintosh data carriers can be imported to the Delta Technology PC with the Mac Import function. However, it is not possible to write to these data carriers. The following Macintosh data carriers can be read: Note: You can find more information about Delta Note: ChromaCom and Scitex data carriers cannot be

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Connection to Prinergy

Note: 720KB discs andMacintosh-CDs can not be read

Delta Technology can be connected to the PDF-based Prinergy workflow system. For the Prinergy connection, a special type of drop folder is available in the Delta Printmanager: Autoflow. You can obtain detailed information about the Prinergy connection in the Delta Autoflow - Users Guide documentation. Connecting to MetaDimension: DeltaFlow You can export Delta Lists to a MetaDimension system. The export function of Delta Lists for MetaDimension is summarized under the term DeltaFlow. In such a configuration, you can use the advantages of Delta Technology as a workflow system that are otherwise only supported by MetaDimension. To export Delta Lists to MetaDimension, create an export directory with special options. More detailed information on exporting Delta Lists to MetaDimension is contained in section Prepare Delta Lists for DeltaFlow Option., page 229 and in the MetaDimensions documentation. Generate TIFF-B data Delta Technology supports the export of screened data in TIFF-B Format. TIFF-B is a pixel data format that has established itself as a universal exchange format for screened print data. Thus, special output PCs

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such as, e.g. MetaShooter or Top Connect can import TIFF-B data and can then output them via an interface board to the connected imagesetters. As the TIFF-B data already contains completely screened job data, the output can be made very fast once the TIFF-B data has been generated. You can configure Delta Technology for creating TIFFB data as follows:
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Remote Control and Monitoring


The transfer of jobs as well as controlling and monitoring them require some basic preparations. This includes:
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recent (as of V. 8.51) Apple LaserWriter and 2 with Adobe (as of V. 8.6) printer drivers, i.e. the job OPC settings are not processed by these printer drivers. For this reason, Output Control is no longer supported by Delta Technology 7.5. You should use Jobstream software for job OPC settings. You can find more information about Jobstream in the Jobstream Solution 2.3/2.5 Users Guide. During the initial startup, the NT Utility application determines the current system and device configuration. Defaults that can be changed at any time are entered for the output parameters.

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Starting and terminating programs


When the Delta Tec software is installed successfully, you will find Delta Technology plus any related items in the Windows Start menu. You will also find the Delta Technology folder on the Windows desktop; this has the same entries as the Delta Technology Start menu. In this way, you can choose whether you wish to call up the various applications from the Start menu or by double-clicking the desktop folder.

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Registry Save/Restore Program for saving and restoring your Heidelberg Delta Technology configuration. Release Notes Information regarding the current Delta Technology version, documentation, etc. BooksOnline Refers to a "link page" from where all available online documentation (in PDF format) relating to Delta Technology can be called up. Delta AddOns Link page with references to online documentation which contains information about different subjects, for example, drives, networks, PC connection, offline printing, etc.). This information has been designed as an aid for older Delta Technology installations. Delta Control Application for displaying status information about the Delta Technology system components. The core applications in Delta Technology can also be called up from Delta Control. In addition, Delta Control has a progress tool which can be used to view the processing status of a job shown as a thumbnail. Delta Document Viewer Application for viewing Delta Documents and pages which are available as Delta Lists. Delta Start Stop Program for starting and stopping the Delta Technology service. Delta Trap Viewer Application for viewing Delta Lists, Trap Delta Lists and Delta Documents as well as for configur-

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ing trap parameters. Interactive trapping is also performed in the Delta Trap Viewer.
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Imagemanager applications, they are probably 2 Delta not enabled. You must enable the corresponding program with Set Dongle Options. You can find notes on how to enable options in the Delta Technology Quick Reference Guide or in the Delta Technology Release Notes. Starting programs You can start the individual Delta Technology applications:
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Delta Technology can perform specific tasks in various system configurations, leading in most cases to a noticeable improvement in the workflow. The internal workflow will be explained first. The role Delta Technology plays in various work environments will be described on the basis of some typical system configurations.

Internal workflow
The process of creating PostScript jobs on a DTP or color workstation up to the output is as usual. The PostScript data normally arrive at the Delta Technology PC via a network. Delta Technology PC The following elements (software components) play a role in the workflow on the Delta Technology:
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In Delta Printmanager, the incoming jobs pass through a preliminary stage (parser"). The steps for font and image management are performed there. The job then enters the spool directory and is given a processing number corresponding to the priority setting of the queue. If necessary, the original job is removed from the input queue (when the set time has elapsed). The job is then sent from the spool directory to the PostScript interpreter by the "job downloader" as soon as the interpreter is no longer busy. The Job Downloader also controls the OPI functions of the Delta Printmanager (see section OPI (Image Data Substitution), page 38). If the InRIP Color Separation option is checked in the Print dialog box on the DTP workstation, the PostScript interpreter can generate color separations from the print job (for further information about separations, see section Printing with Color Separations in the Internal RIP, page 337). The interpreted PostScript code (perhaps as separations) is converted to a display list. Subsequently, the display list is transformed in the Delta Generator to a highly compressed Delta List and a Delta Document. If the trapping option is acti-

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vated, the Delta Trapper processes the trapping on the Delta List (or on the Delta Lists of the color separations). After that, the Delta List is transferred to the Delta Tower via a SCSI connection. Delta Tower The Delta Tower comprises the following components: Hardware:
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The compressed Delta Lists reach the input memory (hard disk) of the Delta Tower via the SCSI interface. The Delta Lists are buffered here and are processed one after the other. Before screening is performed, the data are decompressed in the Delta List Decompressor. A bitmap which drives the imagesetter is created by the Screening Processor. The screened data are sent to the imagesetter or the platesetter via a Speedway link or a SCSI Wide Differential interface.

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The fact that incoming Delta Lists can be buffered in the input memory means that PostScript interpretation is no longer linked to the processes of screening and exposure. This leaves the Delta Tower free to constantly receive data from the Delta Technology PC without having to wait for an exposure run to finish. The figure shows the entire workflow, starting from the DTP workstation, passing through the Delta Printmanager and the internal RIP and arriving at the imagesetter.

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Delta Technology not only functions as a powerful print and image server but also provides a wide range of possible configurations made possible through functions such as import and export of Delta Lists and Delta Documents or the linking of several Delta Technology PCs. This makes Delta Technology very flexible, in that it can be adapted to various work environments and can be optimized for different tasks. On the basis of some typical configuration examples, this section will illustrate in what ways Delta Technology can be used. Delta Technology as a server Delta Technology, with its Delta Printmanager and Delta Imagemanager, functions as a powerful print and image server. The OPI facility of the Delta Printmanager and the option of managing high-resolution pixel images on the same Delta Technology PC in conjunction with the Delta Imagemanager can relieve a network considerably since the image data only have to be sent once through the network, namely from the scanner workstation to the Delta Technology PC.

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Delta Technology in a mixed workflow with scanners, DTP workstations and imagesetters

The image data can be sent from the scanner workstation to the Delta Imagemanager and filed on the Delta Technology PC. If the high-resolution image data are filed in an appropriately configured image directory in the Delta Imagemanager, the Delta Imagemanager will automatically create a "lay-file" which can then be transferred to the DTP workstation via the network or by means of a data carrier (removable disk). The PostScript job is created at a DTP workstation (in a typesetting studio or by the customer) using the lay files. When the job is output via the Delta Printmanager, the high-resolution image data on the Delta Technology PC are automatically integrated into the job.

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In this configuration, the high-resolution image data only have to be sent once either via the network (scanner workstation -> Delta Technology PC) or by means of a data carrier (removable disk). Delta Technology PC as a (Print and Image) Server in an Imagesetting Studio The configuration depicted here describes a workflow in which a customer", for example a layout studio, creates DTP documents and brings them to the imagesetting studio for exposure. The customer brings the ready DTP documents (Quark XPress documents, PageMaker documents, etc.), including the high-resolution image data on data carriers, to the imagesetting studio.

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copied directly onto the Delta Technology PC. On the DTP workstation, the DTP document will be output for example, from Quark XPress with the option Exclude TIFF or Exclude TIFF & EPS on the Delta Printmanager. By this process, the image references may need to be updated for the output. Advantage: The high-resolution image data do not pass through the network at all. Furthermore, it is not necessary to generate lay files and to replace the images in the DTP document with the lay files. Alternative 2: customer lay files The imagesetting studio provides the high-resolution image data. In this case, the customer receives only the lay-files (created by Delta Imagemanager) which will be integrated into the layout as position markers. The imagesetting studio integrates the high-resolution image data into the print job during the output from Delta Printmanager. Alternative 3: Postediting the DTP Documents in the Typesetting Studio In the imagesetting studio, the corresponding DTP document is loaded to a DTP workstation. The highresolution image data are integrated from the data carrier into the layout and then output by the Delta Technology PC. This means that the high-resolution data pass through the network once. The functionality of the Delta Imagemanager is not used with this variant. Delta Technology as a RIP In its capacity as a RIP, Delta Technology can drive various output devices:

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Imagesetter for output to film Computer to Plate (CTP) systems (plate recorders):
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If an external RIP is not used for these output devices, Delta Technology always creates Delta Lists and Delta Documents from the PostScript code of the jobs. Imagesetter as output device If an imagesetter or CTP system is driven as the output device, the Delta Lists and Delta Documents are transferred to the Delta Tower, which then screens the data. If a form proofer is driven as the output device, the Delta Lists and Delta Documents are also edited for output to the form proofer.

Form proofer as output device

Delta Technology with an Imagesetter as the Output Device and a Dedicated File Server A dedicated file server (e.g. LinoServer or Jetbase) is used in this sample configuration where there is a large amount of data (imagesetting studio/printing shop).

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The high-resolution image data are sent from the scanner workstation to the file server. A low-resolution lay-file is created in the file server and is transferred to the customer. The customer creates the layout at his/her DTP workstation using the lay-files. The DTP document is sent back to the typesetting studio or to the printer on a data carrier. When the print job has been sent to the print spooler of the file server, the high-resolution image data are integrated into the PostScript code. The data are passed on from the file server to the Delta Technology PC. Here, either a Delta Printmanager queue can be activated (with the relevant setting

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options for the output) or the job is output by means of the direct channel. Choosing the latter option avoids spooling with the Delta Printmanager. The data are transferred directly to the PostScript interpreter; Delta Technology acts like a conventional RIP in this case. On the whole, the high-resolution image data must pass through the network twice: the first time from the scanner workstation to the file server, the second time from the file server to the Delta Technology PC. This workflow can be modified in such a way that the high-resolution data are integrated on the Delta Technology PC. In this case, Delta Printmanager reads the Helios OPI comments from LinoServer or ColorCentral and finds the high-resolution images on the dedicated file server in the network. Prerequisites for this are that an NFS extension is installed on the Delta Technology PC and that the Delta Technology PC and the file server are connected via NFS (Network File System). Using this configuration, an additional file transfer via the network is necessary (when the highresolution images are included, they must be transferred from the file server to the Delta Technology PC). Because this workflow results in a substantial loss of performance, working out the lay-file generation and the OPI image data inclusion on the same workstation is strongly recommended.

Special workflows
Workflow with layout proof (form proofer workflow) This workflow is generally used in work environments where output is to a CTP system (plate recorder). A special impositioning device (Signastation)

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is frequently used when large signatures are output. A layout proof or form proof is output on a special proofing device so that the final signature layout can be checked before it is output to the imagesetter or the CTP system.

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Delta Printmanager provides the user with special configuration options for the proof output. In the proof workflow, print jobs are first transferred to a queue. This queue is first configured for the high-resolution output device (imagesetter, CTP system) (OPC settings). In addition, a proofing device (color copier or form proofer) is selected in the Proofer tab during the queue configuration. The relevant proofing device must have been set up as the printer beforehand in the Delta Printmanager. You can select between Automatically and Stop job after proofing for the proof workflow.

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The Automatically option means that exposure is automatically started immediately after proof output. The Stop job after proofing option lets you evaluate the proof result first and then choose whether the print job is to be output (exposure is then started manually) or not.
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For output to the proofer, the Delta List of the print job is converted from the high imagesetter resolution to the lower resolution of the proofer. The original Delta List is buffered on the Delta Technology PC for later exposure in the higher resolution. Workflow with color proofing Instead of a form proofer, a color proofing device can be used in the proof workflow. Color proofs are necessary whenever a preview of the way colors react in the printing process is required. Precise color management is essential in order to correctly adapt the proof display to the printed result. The type of paper used in printing must be simulated in this mode. Delta Technology provides Color Management based on ICC profiles (see section Color Management, page 133). In this way, color proofing devices can

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also be included in a proofing workflow. Configuration of this workflow is similar to that of the form proof workflow (see section Workflow with layout proof (form proofer workflow), page 212).

Delta Technology in the Network


Distributing PostScript Interpretation and Exposure Output on Several Delta Technology PCs The option for the import and export of Delta Lists and Delta Documents lets you separate PostScript interpretation and the generation of Delta Lists from screening and output. The Delta Lists and Delta Documents are generated and exported from a Delta Technology PC which is not connected to a Delta Tower or imagesetter (Delta export station, or Delta PrepStation") and then sent to another Delta Technology PC which has a Delta Tower (output workstation) by means of the network or data carrier. This means that the output workstation is not busy with PostScript interpretation; as a result, the exposure performance is high, very reliable and the time required can be calculated. Generally, there are two workflow variants for importing and exporting Delta Lists and Delta Documents, depending on whether the exported Delta Lists and Delta Documents are transported via a network or via data carriers. Networking of several Delta Technology PCs In larger work groups, the workload of the Delta Technology PC may be quite high (CPU(s), hard disk access), especially if complex operations such as trap-

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When planning your hardware configuration, make sure that the network connections between the Delta Technology PCs allow the highest possible data transfer rates since the Delta Lists can sometimes be very large. For this reason, a fast network, such as Fast Ethernet or FDDI, should be selected when linking the Delta Technology PCs. Furthermore, if more than two Delta Technology PCs are involved, a switching hub must be integrated into the network. This regulates the data flow in the network so that the various network lines are only busy with the data actually transferred between an export station and the output workstation. Only a fast network, if necessary with a switching hub, will give you the performance required for a smooth workflow within the entire configuration. Offline Printing with Exported Delta Lists and Delta Documents In this variant of offline printing, Delta Lists and Delta Documents are generated offline at a Delta export station, for example in a layout studio, and are subsequently exported to a data carrier. When the data are to be output, they are brought to a typesetting studio where they are imported and exposed at a Delta Technology PC with a Delta Tower and imagesetter. This workflow means that the output at the studio is very quick, reliable, and cost-efficient since the errorprone and time-consuming PostScript interpretation, the generation of the Delta Lists and trapping, if any, have already been performed in the layout studio. The exported Delta Lists and Delta Documents can also be saved to data carriers and output again at a later point in time.

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Lists to be examined before they are 2 ments/Delta imported. The special program for this purpose, Delta Document Viewer, can be found in the Delta Technology Program Group. Delta Document Viewer can be started either from the program group (or the Delta Technology Start menu) or from the Delta Printmanager. This is done by first double-clicking on the job in the appropriate job list (see section Monitoring the Activities of Delta Printmanager, page 513). The Job Information dialog box opens. When this dialog box is opened, the key combination Alt+V will call the Delta Document Viewer. The Delta Document Viewer offers a variety of ways to examine the various characteristics of the Delta Documents/Delta Lists. Further details are given in the Delta Document Viewer online-help.

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Configuration of the Delta Printmanager for an Offline Printing Workflow Various requirements must be met when setting up a workflow for the import and export of Delta Lists and Delta Documents. The different steps in the configuration of such a workflow are explained briefly below.

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Generating an Output Profile Before an export directory can be set up in Delta Printmanager , the export directory must be adapted to the output device on which the exported Delta Lists are to be output. This adaptation is carried out using co-called output profiles". A few standard output profiles are supplied with the Delta Technologysoftware; however, it is basically better (or required in the case of those recorders for which a standard output profile is not available) to generate an output profile for the designated output device. Special characteristics in the configuration of imagesetters can be taken into account only by individual output profiles. For this purpose, the Delta Control program is opened on the output station on which the Delta Lists are to be output. This program communicates online with the imagesetter and can read status and configuration information from the imagesetter. The Output profiles dialog box is opened with File > Output profiles.

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The Generate dialog box is opened by pressing the Generate button. Enter the name that the output profile should have in this dialog box. For consistency reasons, the .ipr file extension should not be changed. Exporting an Output Profile To export the output profile, press the Export button to open the Export Output Profiles dialog box.

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Here, select the path under which the output profile is to be saved, e.g. drive A:\ if the output profile is to be transferred by diskette to the Delta export station. Importing an Output Profile The output profile saved to diskette is imported to the export station with the same procedure, i.e. Delta Control program, File > Output Profiles menu item and Import button.

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In this way, as many different output profiles as desired can be imported to the export station and saved. The output profiles are now available for recorder adaptation in Delta Printmanager.

Note: A few output profiles are supplied as defaults with the Delta Tec software. However, these profiles do not contain any special settings such as header or footer punch parameters. Therefore, specially adapted output profiles should always be used, if possible.

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Creating an Export Directory on the Export Station Export directories are generated in Delta Printmanager as printers" (see Page 3-4). The Export Directory option is to be selected in the Type list box.

After determining the type, the Export Directory Setup dialog box is opened. Several settings must be made in this dialog box. Export Directory: The path of the export directory is entered here. The export directory can be selected via a dialog box, or a new directory can be created, by clicking on the Selection button ( ... ).

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The export directory can be located on a hard disk of the Delta Technology PC, on a removable disk or on an activated network drive.

Attention: If you want to create export directories within the Delta directory tree on the Delta Technology PC , be sure to place them in the \Delta \UserDir branch. Otherwise you run the risk of having all saved data deleted should the software be reinstalled (not update), since the complete \Delta directory tree apart from the \Delta \UserDir - is deleted. Export format: Several files are always generated from a PostScript print job. A Delta Document exists for each job. A Delta Document is a text file that contains all information about a print job. Furthermore, Delta List files are exported. Delta Lists contain the actual exposure data. Therefore, five files are generated a one print job that describes a standard color page: the Delta Document for the print job and the four Delta Lists in cyan, magenta, yellow and black. In the case of PostScript jobs with several pages or when spot colors are used, the number of Delta Lists may increase.
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This option generates a directory with the name of the print job. The Delta Lists and Delta Documents are exported as separate files into this directory.
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If this option is selected, all files that belong to a print order, i.e. all Delta List and the Delta Document, are saved in a single Tar Archive File. The Tar Archive File receives the name of the PostScript print job. The format corresponds to the familiar UNIX Tar format.
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This option is similar to the Single file option, but the Delta Lists are compressed in the Zip" format before being gathered into the Tar archive. Compression of the Delta Lists can take a great deal of time; this option should be used only if the data are to be transported through a slow data transfer channel. In many cases, the compression factor is between 0.7 and 0.5.
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Using this option, you can decide whether exported files should overwrite older export files with the same name. The name of the export file is determined by the name of the print job. If this option is not activated, a running number is attached to the name of the exported files so that export files of individual print jobs may be saved several times. Output profile: Here, you select a device profile file (IPR profile) for the output device on which the jobs are to be output (also see section Generating an Output Profile, page 220).
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The name of a Windows batch file (file extension: .BAT) can be entered in this editing field. This option offers the possibility of executing a batch file as a macro after generating the export file. The batch file can be designed so that the name of the export file is transferred as a parameter to the batch file. In this way, for example, an export file can be automatically copied to another directory in the network after generation and then deleted from the Delta Technology PC. The name of the export file to be sent is not entered directly in the batch processing file; instead, a bookmark in the form of the %1 symbol is inserted.

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Each time that the batch processing file is executed, the name of the export file is inserted in place of the bookmark. Example of such a batch processing file:
@echo off rem rem Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG 2002 rem rem This sample batch file demonstrates how errors that can rem occur in an export batch file are to rem be treated. rem This file also demonstrates how the progress bar of an rem export directory symbol is controlled in Delta rem Printmanager. rem rem %1 is the path of the job to be exported, as rem configured in Delta Printmanager. rem rem While the export batch file runs, the rem work directory is set to the export directory, rem as configured in Delta Printmanager (the export directory is the rem current directory") rem rem The Batcherror:" keyword transfers error messages from rem the standard output of the rem batch file (stderr) to the Delta Printmanager. rem rem To copy in the Single (TAR) file" format, rem" must be rem removed from the following rem line: rem copy %1 d:\delta\userdir\lhps\inputDir1 rem rem To copy in the Subdirectory with multiple files" format, the rem command xcopy is used. rem rem Parameter /f means: rem Output file name on stdout.". rem This activates the progress bar in rem activated in Delta Printmanager : rem the progress bar moves forward by one increment rem with every file registered by xcopy (an stdout). rem rem Parameter /i means: rem Create a directory if the data are exported in the rem Subdirectory with multiple files" format. rem xcopy %1 d:\delta\userdir\lhps\inputDir1\%1 /i /f rem

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if errorlevel 5 goto diskwriteerror if errorlevel 4 goto lowmemory if errorlevel 2 goto abort if errorlevel 1 goto nofiles if errorlevel 0 goto exit rem rem other errors echo BATCHERROR: xcopy reports errorlevel %errorlevel% rem :lowmemory echo BATCHERROR: Memory tool low to copy files or unpermitted command line syntax goto exit rem :diskwriteerror echo BATCHERROR: Error writing to drive. goto exit rem :nofiles echo BATCHERROR: No files to copy found. goto exit rem :abort echo BATCHERROR: You pressed Ctrl+C to terminate the copying rem :exit rem The job has been copied successfully, it can be deleted. rem The parameter /q means that the deleting need not be confirmed. del /q %1

Such a text can be entered with a text editor, for example, the Windows Notepad. When saving the file, make sure the file has the extension .BAT. The example given above could be saved as Copysave.bat". This name is entered in the Execute the following batch file after exporting field in the Export Directory Setup dialog box. In this example, the file first copies the export files to a backup directory (DeltaListSave) on drive F:. This drive may be a mounted network drive, for example. Then the relevant export file is copied to another Delta Technology PC, for example an output workstation. It is assumed here that the import directory of the output workstation is mounted as (network) drive G:. Finally, the export file is deleted from the export

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directory of the local Delta Workstation. Copying can be adapted to current requirements by changing the entries in the batch file. In particular, routines for troubleshooting ("Errorlevel-Handling") should be added to the batch files.

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When you activate this option, the exported Delta Lists are generated in a format that makes it possible to import them to a MetaDimension system. The Delta Flow option represents the interface between Delta Technology and MetaDimension. Using this export mechanism, Delta Lists can also be output on devices that are supported solely by MetaDimension. The Prepare Delta Lists for DeltaFlow option can be activated only if the Delta Flow Export dongle option has been enabled.

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exists there. If necessary, you can suitably adapt the Delta Lists with the DeltaList Transformation program.
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The output profile that is activated in the export directory must be suitable for the output device that is used for output in MetaDimension. Note that output on half tone devices is impossible for Delta Flow. Solely the MetaDimension parameters are used to set the parameters of the output. Please note that the Delta Lists screen parameters are not transferred. MetaDimension can not proof Delta Lists or generate CIP3 data from them. If CIP3 data are required for further processing, these data must be generated on Delta Technology.

Delete Result after ... Hours option

If this option is activated, all data which have been exported are deleted from the export directory after the set period of time. This option prevents the hard disk on which the export directory is located from filling up.

Attention: Delta Lists can only be deleted when the corresponding job is still in the job list od the input queue. If the time until automatic deletion in the queue (Option job handling > Delete finished jobs after ... hours) is less than the time set in the export directory for automatic deletion then the Delta Lists in the export directory may not be able to be deleted. In this case, an error message is outputted. Please therefore make sure that the time for automatic deletion in the queue is more than the time interval set in the export directory.

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Importing Delta Lists: If you wish to import Delta Lists to an output workstation, it is only necessary to copy the export file to a drop folder on the output workstation. The format of the Delta Lists (directory, TAR or ZIP) is irrelevant here. A workflow where the exported Delta Lists are to be automatically exposed should be configured as follows: 1. Create a drop folder as the import directory at the output workstation. 2. Connect the import directory with the printer required. 3. Mount the import directory of the output workstation as the network drive at the export station. (Mounting a drive and assigning it a letter are performed in Windows Explorer.) 4. The mounted import directory is set up as the export directory on the export station (see Page 2-24). used as the import directory, remember that all 2 be the output options, such as OPC settings (see section Note: When configuring the drop folder which will

OPC Settings, page 327), are normally not used on export files. The Delta Lists have already been generated with the appropriate output options at the export station and adapted to the output device by means of the output profile. For that reason, for output of the data you should use the output device (do not change the settings) for which the output profile was generated. Overwriting output parameters of imported Delta Lists If desired, specific output parameters (OPC and PPD settings) of the imported Delta Lists may be ignored. In this case, the queue OPC settings and/or the set-

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tings of the output device overwrite the OPC parameters of the imported Delta Lists. If the parameters of the Delta Lists are to be overwritten, the Use OPC or Output Manager defaults for Import jobs check box in the Create Spool Queue dialog box or in the Modify Queue dialog box must be checked. option can only be activated for physical" output 2 jobs devices, not for export directories. Note: The Use OPC or Output Manager defaults for Import

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If imported Delta Lists are to be output to a proofing device (see section Printing on a Proofer, page 340), PPD settings for the proofing device (paper size, orientation, etc.) can be defined by clicking on the PPD Header File button. These PPD parameters of the import drop folder are always taken into account during output, no matter whether the Use OPC or Output Manager defaults for Import jobs check box is checked or not. proofer workflow. For further information 2 screening regarding the screen proofer workflow, see section Screening proof, page 140. Note: An offline configuration is also used for a

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Schematic description of the impositioning workflow with impositioning using Delta Lists, refer to Sig2 flow nastation: Signastation X.X - Working with Delta Documents (Online documentation, supplied with Signastation). First, the print jobs are transferred from the DTP workstation to specifically configured queues. Each imagesetter requires two queues being created: one for non-rotated" pages and one for rotated" pages. Analogously, two export directories have to be created and linked to the corresponding queues. The orientation of the short edge of the page with regard to the short edge of the sheet (Fast Scan) determines whether or not the page will be rotated by 90 on the Delta Technology PC. If the short edges of the pages are parallel to the short edges of the sheet, the pages will not be rotated. If the long edges of the pages are parallel to the short edges of the sheet, the pages will be rotated or formulated in another way. Landscape format pages are not rotated, portrait format pages are rotated. with the orientation of single pages within 2 confused the sheet. The orientation of the individual pages is, as always, set in the print dialog box of the DTP application. Note: The orientation of the whole sheet is not to be Note: For detailed instructions on installing a work-

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Using the information files, the SignaMerger generates a new (signature) Delta Document and a new (signature) Delta List, based on the single (page) Delta Lists. Drop folder To output device (depending on configuration)

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directory on the Delta Technology PC. Furthermore, bitmap files for the individual pages are also created and similarly stored in the export directory. These bitmap files allow the contents of the Delta Lists to be previewed on the screen by using the Signastation user interface. At the Signastation, the user can look into" the export directory via a network connection and bitmap files can be transferred from there to the Signastation. Then, with the help of these bitmap files, the layout is designed. PostScript marks are still used when marks are required. However, the output process requires that the marks are in the Delta List format. Therefore, Delta Lists are generated from the PostScript marks and stored in a special directory on the Delta Technology PC. The software on the Signastation generates a special information file. This information file contains all data that are required for the layout of the mounted sheet , including links to the positioned Delta Lists. The information file is transferred to an appropriately configured drop folder of the Delta Printmanager. This drop folder is monitored by a special module called SignaMerger. If it finds an information file, it creates a new Delta Document for the sheet with a corresponding Delta List. SignaMerger does this by accessing the Delta Lists which have already been generated and stored in the export directory of the Delta Technology PC. This new Delta Document is then exposed on an imagesetter. The output device to be used is specified by a link from the input queue (corresponding to the drop folder) and the appropriate printer. page 135), the trapping must take place 2 Trapping, immediately after the Delta Lists of the individual Note: If the print jobs are to be trapped (see section

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pages have been generated and before they are stored in the export directory. This means that the trapping has to be configured in the two input queues (for rotated and non-rotated jobs). Trapping can not be done on the Delta Document of the completely mounted sheet. In contrast to this, the impositioning workflow can be combined with a proofer workflow (form proofer or color proofer; see section Workflow with layout proof (form proofer workflow), page 212) in such a way that the Delta Lists of the complete layout are output to the proofer. a proofer workflow (form proofer or color 2 with proofer; see section Workflow with layout proof Note: The impositioning workflow can be combined

(form proofer workflow), page 212) in such a way that the Delta Lists of the complete layout are output to the proofer. Setting the Mirror Mode Parameter for different output devices Some output devices, in particular the Trendsetter and Gutenberg plate setters, are constructed in such a way (sense of rotation of the deflection mirror) that they expose mirror-invertedly. Therefore, the print jobs must be mirror-inverted in the RIP. In order to be certain that the jobs are printed mirrorinvertedly, the mirroring is preset in the printer profiles (.ipr files; see section Generating an Output Profile, page 220). The PostScript interpreter receives the information from the printer profile to generate mirror-inverted Delta Lists. The supplied default printer profiles for Topsetter, Trendsetter, GUTENBERG and the R30x0 film recorder (which also need mirror-inverted Delta Lists) are already set up for exposing mirror-invertedly.

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for the plate or film imagesetters: 2 ated Topsetter, Trendsetter, GUTENBERG or R30x0

Note: If mirror-inverted Delta Lists are to be gener-

(as is usually the case), inversion is set using the printer profiles (.ipr files). In all other cases, e.g. in the Print dialog of the DTP application, or in the PPD and/or OPC settings of the queues, the Mirror mode parameter should be set to unchanged or Printers default! they are also displayed mirror-inverted in 2 inverted, the Delta Document Viewer, in the Delta Trap Viewer, and in the progress window (Delta Control). Proofer workflow with mirror-inverted Delta Lists If a proofer workflow (see Section Workflow with layout proof (form proofer workflow)) for a platesetter or imagesetter whose system requires mirror-inverted Delta Lists is set up, you normally want the proof output in a right reading way. Especially for a form proofer, right reading output is required. For this purpose, you have to create a new printer for the desired (form or color) proofing device in the Delta Printmanager (Printer > Create... menu item). Note: Because the Delta Lists are generated mirror-

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You can activate the Mirror option in the Output Mode section. When this option is checked, the output data for the proofer are automatically converted to the mirror-inverted parameters of the Delta List. The same procedure also works with a color proofer.

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Special Conditions in a Workflow with Impositioning on the Basis of Delta Lists To imposition on a Signastation (see section Workflow with Impositioning on a Signastation, page 234), right-reading Delta Lists and/or bitmap files are required. For this workflow, the individual Delta Lists are stored in an export directory. When you set up an export directory, you must include a printer profile file (.ipr file), which fits the output device.

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For the Trendsetter, a printer profile file is supplied which generates right-reading Delta Lists especially for the impositioning workflow: SignastationTrendSetter.ipr. take care that the Mirror Mode parameter is not 2 should turned on in any other place! When the sheet layout is created, the Mirror Mode parameter must be activated in the Print dialog box of the Signastation. This ensures that a mirrored sheet Delta List is created for output to the Trendsetter. Note: Especially for the impositioning workflow, you

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Connecting Delta Technology to Prinergy


As of version 6.0, Delta Technology can be connected to the Prinergy workflow management system. In a Prinergy workflow, Delta Technology works as a RIP; the server functionality is achieved by Prinergy in this configuration. In a Prinergy configuration, Delta Technology provides the following services:
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Generation of page and sheet Delta Lists and Delta Documents. With this feature, all advantages of using Delta Lists are also available for Prinergy (see section The Delta Lists concept, page 128). Screening of Delta Lists and output to imagesetter (IS screening/HQS screening). Collection ("caching") of individual pages and merging of multiple page Delta Lists to form sheet Delta Lists and subsequent output. The sheet layouts (signatures) are defined by Prinergy job tickets. Trapping of separated data on the basis of Delta Lists. Proofer workflow (form and color proofer). ROOM concept (See page 128) also for Prinergy jobs.

You can obtain detailed information on the Delta/Prinergy workflow in the Delta Autoflow - Users Guide.

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Delta Printmanager Overview

Delta Printmanager provides you with extensive functions for the management and editing of print jobs. Delta Printmanager (together with Delta Imagemanager) can replace a dedicated print server in work environments with small to medium volumes of data. Below you will find an overview of some of the features of Delta Printmanager:
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Setting up of several output devices (laser printers, imagesetters, color proofers, etc.) Detailed setting options for queues Queues and printers can be linked as desired OPI support (Open Prepress Interface") Settings for output control (OPC, PPD) Control of print jobs (Reprint, Pause, Resume, Abort, Drag & Drop) Connection to a Macintosh and/or PC Settings for Delta Trapper InRIP Color Management Process calibration Proofer connection with special proof workflow Import and export of Delta Lists/Delta Documents Generating ink zone control data for printing presses (CIP3) Connection to external RIPs by means of a fast TCP/IP protocol Checking and monitoring of print jobs and of the Delta Technology system Remote monitoring of other PCs (see section Select Delta Workstation, page 117)

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Direct channel to the internal RIP Drop folders Priority control Log file Background mode (Service") Support of impositioning using Delta Lists in cooperation with a Signastation (see section Workflow with Impositioning on a Signastation, page 234).

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Internal PostScript interpreter with a connected Delta Tower and imagesetter External PostScript RIPs (RIP 50, RIP5060, etc.) with a connected imagesetter PostScript printers: Apple LaserWriter, etc. PostScript proofing devices: form proofer, color proofer, etc. Screening proofers (Trendsetter Spectrum, Kodak Approval) Computer-to-plate (CTP) systems: Topsetter, Prosetter, Trendsetter...

Delta Printmanager is designed so that the best results for data output (throughput) are obtained using the internal RIP (PostScript interpreter, Delta List generator, Delta Tower). However, if you use another output device, the full scope of the print server functions is not affected by this choice.

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Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window

The user interface of Delta Printmanager is the Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window. Delta Printmanager is configured and controlled here.

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ties can be set up depending on the task in question. Input queues are displayed as icons in the Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window.
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Drop folders Drop folders have a similar function to queues. In contrast to queues, however, drop folders cannot be driven by the application as a printer. Drop folders are directories to which PostScript files (created, for example, by Print to file") can be copied. These directories must be enabled for the relevant network protocol (for example, AppleTalk) so that they can be driven by another computer in the network. The PostScript files in the drop folder are processed in exactly the same way as print jobs are in a queue. Any number of drop folders can be used as import directories for Delta Lists and Delta Documents. Drop folders are displayed as icons in the Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window. Autoflow drop folder Autoflow is a special type of drop folder. Autoflow is used to connect Delta Technology to a Prinergy workflow management system. You can obtain detailed information on Autoflow in the Delta Technology Autoflow Users Guide. Printer The term printer" in Delta Printmanager is a synonym for the transfer of a job to an output device. Delta Printmanager uses a specific software module, the Job Downloader", to send print jobs to an output device. Job Downloader performs various tasks when passing on a print job, such as including high-resolution pixel images (OPI functions;. see section OPI (Image Data Substitution), page 38).

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In other words, the term printer" in this documentation does not refer to the physical output device but to a specially configured Job Downloader which drives an output device. In Delta Printmanager, printers" can be set up for various output devices: for (internal or external) RIPs with a connected imagesetter, laser printers, color proofers, etc. Printers are displayed as icons in the Delta Printmanager window. In addition to conventional output devices, special output functions can also be set up as printers":
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Apple Talk Network With this option, output devices which can be reached through an Apple Talk network can be installed, for example, laser printers, external RIPs with a connected imagesetter. BSPP Some output devices (RIP60, form proofers) can be driven using the BSPP protocol. The BSPP has a better data transfer performance than Apple Talk. Enter the TCP/IP address and port number of your output device in the BSPP dialog box. Directories: With the Directory option, the jobs are saved as PostScript files in an output directory. Export Directories Special export directories can be set up for the export of Delta Lists and Delta Documents. The exported Delta Lists are written to these directories. Generally, the export directories are not on the local hard disks of the Delta Technology PC but on external network computers or on

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removable disks. To import Delta Lists, any drop folder can be used; the parser of Delta Printmanager can detect by itself whether PostScript data or Delta Lists are to be processed. Export directories can be used for: offline printing (see section Offline Printing with Exported Delta Lists and Delta Documents, page 217) archiving of Delta Documents and Delta Lists
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Tiff-B export directories You can set-up TIFF-B export directories for output devices that are controlled via an additional output workstation (refer to section Generate TIFF-B data, page 147). Color Proofer To get a true-to-color proof output, the color proofer can be configured as a printer. TIFF Directories The Delta Lists must be converted to a TIFF format when they are to be exposed on a color proofer(color copier or special color proofing device). If certain color proofers are not supported directly as a printer (as Color Proofer"), TIFF directories can be set up for this purpose. The print jobs are stored in these directories in TIFF format. CIP3 Directories For ink zone control based on the CIP3 standard, calculation of the density dispersion of the ink zone is based on the PostScript data of the job. The result is added to a so-called CIP3PPF file". This file permits the optimum addition of ink during the later printing process

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(see section Generation of CIP3 control data in Print Production Format (PPF), page 140). PPF files are transferred on disk or through the network to a processing station (for example, Heidelberg CPC 32). The CIP3 data for the ink zone control are prepared on the CPC 32 and transferred to the printing press. The data for cutting and folding are transferred to the corresponding press controls. CIP3 directories are configured in the Delta Printmanager as printers". You can configure up to 64 CIP3 directories.
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Links A link connects a queue to a printer. By means of a link, you define which printer is used to output the jobs of a queue. In principle, it is possible to conduct the jobs of a queue via several links to several printers (known as load balancing"). Several links from various queues can also be allocated to a single printer. In the Delta Printmanager window, links are displayed as lines between queues and printers.

Each of these elements can be allocated certain properties. For example, priorities can be set for queues and links, queues can be assigned certain output options, etc. Furthermore, queues, drop folders or links can be temporarily disabled. This means, for example, that a queue which is paused cannot continue to receive data. The Pause" status is sent to the printing application.

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in addition to the installed printers the names 2 ager, of the installed queues appear in the printer selection of your DTP workstation. If a queue is selected as a printer, Delta Printmnager takes over the management of the output devices . When you name a queue (or a drop folder), its name should include a reference to the output device and any special settings. Example: Primesetter_1000dpi_neg Direct channel The direct channel links the connected DTP workstation directly to the internal PostScript interpreter of Delta Technology PC. If Delta Technology is driven by means of the direct channel, all print server functions are avoided and the input side of the system reacts just like a conventional RIP. Downloading fonts to the PostScript interpreter The direct channel is intended above all for operation on a dedicated file server (LinoServer) which takes over the functions of the Printmanager. Fonts can also be downloaded to the internal RIP by means of the direct channel. The direct channel can also be driven by means of the TCP/IP protocol. This is recommended, for example, if data is to be output from a UNIX print server (LinoServer) to Delta Technology.

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layout documents while they are being edited on the screen. Position markers are displayed instead of the images. The image data are incorporated into the print job only when it is being output. An appropriate reference is added to the PostScript code of the job so that the high-resolution image data can be allocated to the correct job. References References A reference is a piece of information on the location" (to be more precise, the directory path in the file system) where the high-resolution original image is stored. Layout files Layout files The Delta Imagemanager can create layout files from high-resolution image data. The layout files can contain low-resolution previews or layout proofs and are inserted into the layout instead of the position markers. The layout files also contain references to the high-resolution image data. The document is created in the layout or image editing program with the layout files which require considerably less memory than the "fine image" originals. This lightens the work load of both the DTP workstation and the network, and a noticeably higher performance is achieved. This method also ensures that the original image is not damaged if errors occur during processing at the workstation computer. Delta Printmanager ensures that the lay-files are replaced by the fine image data during the output if the OPI Including option has been activated.

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When working with image data inclusion, it is absolutely essential that Delta Printmanager can find the high-resolution images which are to be output. Delta Printmanager has several mechanisms to help in finding the fine images. The use of these mechanisms depends on the type of image data inclusion the job was created with. Delta Printmanager can differentiate between two types: DTP documents (e.g. QuarkXPress files) with layout files and DTP documents without layout files. Delta Printmanager only performs image data replacement either if there are only references to high-resolution images instead of lay-files in the print job or if lay-files containing references to high-resolution images are recognized. Lay-files created by Delta Imagemanager are always recognized. Layout files created by other programs (e.g. Helios) are recognized by their file name extension or a special comment. The following extensions are considered to identify layout files: ".lay", ".sam", ".place". DTP Documents with Delta Layout Files If layout files created with the Delta Imagemanager were incorporated into the DTP document (see section Utilization of layout files in layout programs, page 65), these layout files then contain references to the highresolution fine images from which the layout files were derived. When the document is printed in the DTP program, a PostScript code containing a layout file is created. A special printer option may suppress the layout file from being integrated into the PostScript code. We have two different cases: Printing with layout files or printing without layout files.

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Printing with layout files In this case, the PostScript code of the print job has lay-files. During the output, the Delta Printmanager decodes the reference to the fine image data which is contained in the lay-file code. The Delta Printmanager can find the high-resolution image on the basis of this information and pastes it into the print job replacing the lay-file. Searching for highresolution images If Delta Printmanagers search for high-resolution images using the reference is unsuccessful because, for example, the image is now filed in a different directory, Delta Printmanager starts a search algorithm. Printmanager first searches in sequence the default image directories that were specified under File > Options (for the set-up of default image directories, see Page 3-14). If a fine image is not found in these directories, either the printout is canceled (if the Check Images option has been activated) or the lay-file itself is output instead of the fine image (see Page 4-26). Printing Without Layout Files If Delta layout files were included in the DTP Document but not printed (e.g. using the OPI: Exclude TIFF or OPI: Exclude Tiff & EPS options in QuarkXPress), Delta Printmanager attempts to find a link to the included Delta layout files in the PostScript code of the print job. When the lay-files are found, Delta Printmanager will find a reference to the fine image data here. The Delta Printmanager uses this information in the same way as described above. If no fine image is found, the search algorithm for finding fine images is activated again (see section Printing with layout files, page 311).

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DTP documents without layout files In the case of OPI without layout files, the high-resolution images are usually integrated directly into the DTP document. images is to be output in, for example, an exter2 fine nal imagesetting studio, it is possible to copy the high-resolution fine images from the data carrier directly to a directory on the Delta Technology PC at the imagesetting studio at the same time the DTP document is being loaded onto a DTP workstation. Printing takes place e.g. in QuarkXPress with the option Exclude TIFF or Exclude TIFF & EPS. However, QuarkXPress will complain during printing that the integrated images cannot be found. The images have to be updated (release the image directory on the Delta Technology PC for the Macintosh protocol in advance and mount it on the Macintosh). After the images have been updated, the output can be created via the Delta Printmanager. It is important for this process that no layout files need to be generated and included in the document! A further variant is that the fine images are not integrated in the DTP document and also are not displayed as a low-resolution layout file preview in the document. Position markers, which are not shown on the monitor, are reserved in the layout document for the images. References to the fine image data are inserted in the PostScript code of the print job for the output. Note: If a document which contains high-resolution

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DTP Documents with OPI Files which were not created by Delta Technology If the DTP document contains lay-files (or ViewFiles" or Placefiles") which were not created by Delta Imagemanager (for example, Helios), Delta Printmanager first looks for references to the fine image data in these lay-files. If no references are found in these lay-files, Delta Printmanager then tries to find references to the fine image data through evaluation of standard OPI comments (such as originally described by Aldus). Processing colored layout files On certain conditions the Delta Printmanager is able to process print jobs which contain colored lay-files. "Process" in this context means that the adjustments made, with regard to the color of the layout files, are applied to the fine images when the OPI image replacement takes place. The following conditions must be fulfilled for the processing of colored layout files:
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Default image directories Default image directories If the high-resolution images cannot be found on the basis of the references in the lay files, the Delta Imagemanager uses an intelligent search algorithm to find the high-resolution images required for the OPI image data substitution. As a part of this search algorithm, default image directories may be entered in the Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window. The default image directories are searched using a specific method, if the high resolution images are not found on the basis of the references included in the job. This can occur when, for example, high-resolution images, which were located on the Delta Technology PC during the creation of the lay-files, were later relocated to a different disk drive. When jobs which refer to such high resolution images are sent to Delta Printmanager, the search algorithm is activated. Example: On drive D: of the Delta Technology PC, a CustomerImages directory was set up, which contains a subdirectory for each letter of the alphabet. Within each of these subdirectories, additional subdirectories are created, named according to each individual customer. So, the complete path for the image TestImage of the customer called FreeDesign would read as follows: D:\CustomerImages\F\FreeDesign\TestImage If e.g. due to the hard drive D: being too full - the directory D:\CustomerImages\... was relocated to drive E: into the Images directory after the generation of layout files, the new path for the image TestImage is: E:\Images\CustomerImages\F\FreeDesign\TestImage.

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In this case it is recommended to specify the directory E:\Images\ as a default image directory. Then, when the OPI include mechanism is activated, Delta Printmanagers search algorithm will try to combine the original path of image TestImage with the path of a default image directory in such a way that the image can be found. The algorithm works in such a way that it successively replaces the components of the original path with those of the default directory name until the correct match is found. In the example above, drive D: will first of all be replaced with the path be replaced by the path E:\Images so that the new search path is: E:\Images\CustomerImages\F\FreeDesign\TestImage. At this point, the Delta Printmanager will already find an image with a matching name and will use this high resolution image for the image data inclusion.

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To set a default image directory, select the File > Options... menu item in Delta Printmanagers Configuration and Status window. . The Options dialog box is opened. By clicking the Add... button, the Choose Directory dialog box is opened. In this box, you can select an existing directory or, alternatively, create a new directory by clicking the Create... button. The directory chosen is inserted into the list of default image directories. Default image directories may be located on any of the drives connected to the Delta Technology PC. This includes network drives. Normally image directories are created in Delta Imagemanagers Configuration and Status window (see section Creating image directories, page 72).

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deleted of the software is reinstalled (not in an update) since the complete \\Delta\... directory tree apart from \\Delta \UserDir\... - is deleted. To remove a default image directory from the list, select it and click the Delete button. image directories, you should enter as few 2 default paths for the default image directories as possible Note: Although it is possible to specify any number of

and specify path names as short as possible to reduce the danger of ambiguity when searching for the high resolution images. Otherwise it may happen that there are two high resolution images with the same name; Delta Printmanager might then insert the wrong high resolution image data into the print job during the image data replacement. Example: Following the above example (see Page 3-14), assume that on drive E: under the Images directory, there is another directory ArtStudios, which also contains a high-resolution image with the name TestImage. In this case there are two different image files with identical names in the paths: E:\Images\ArtStudios\TestImage and E:\Images\CustomerImages\F\FreeDesign\TestImage. The following paths have been entered as default image directories: E:\Images\ArtStudios and E:\Images\CustomerImages\F\FreeDesign. Now, if the new path for the image D:\CustomerImages\F\FreeDesign\TestImage is to be found, it is possible that the Delta Imagemanager first tries to find the image in the E:\Images\ArtStudios default image directory. During the search the indi-

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vidual components of the path are gradually replaced resulting in the following search paths: E:\Images\ArtStudios\CustomerImages\F\FreeDesign\TestImage E:\Images\ArtStudios\F\FreeDesign\TestImage E:\Images\ArtStudios\FreeDesign\TestImage E:\Images\ArtStudios\TestImage When the last path is examined the algorithm will report success" and the wrong high-resolution image will be inserted into the print job. If path E:\Images were the only path available as the default image directory, inserting path E:\Images to replace drive letter D: would be found by quickly replacing drive letter D: by E:\Images\CustomerImages\F\FreeDesign\TestImage image.

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overburdening the network. However, for certain functions of the font handling to work perfectly, some preconditions must be fulfilled. The use of the fonts which are handled centrally by Delta Printmanager assumes that Delta Printmanager can recognize from the PostScript code what fonts (Adobe type 1) are required for exposure and what fonts are installed on the DTP workstation. This identification, especially with older versions of applications, is not always very clear since the PostScript code created often does not have information on the type of fonts. It might happen that the application integrates certain fonts as bitmap fonts into the print job and that these bitmap fonts are not recognized as such by Delta Printmanager. This means that such jobs are output with bitmap fonts. Activating the Check Fonts option in the queue settings does not prevent the bitmaps from being output if the PostScript code created does not clearly indicate whether they are PostScript fonts or bitmap fonts. Avoiding exposures with bitmap fonts In order to be sure of preventing faulty exposures with bitmap fonts, Printserver fonts should only be used if
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or, the user knows exactly that all required fonts are available on the printer or on the Printmanager.

in the document should be installed as Adobe 2 fonts Type 1 fonts on the DTP workstation, at least while

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the job is being printed. Always observe the remarks on missing fonts when the document is being loaded or during printing. Generally, we recommend that you install all frequently used fonts on the printer or on the RIP. Fonts for the internal PostScript interpreter Downloading fonts to the PostScript interpreter The internal PostScript interpreter is delivered with a number of Adobe Typ 1 fonts. These fonts are installed with the Delta Tec software; they are located in a specific directory on the Delta Technology PC. If a print job has one or more of these interpreter" fonts, these fonts are automatically used for PostScript interpretation. The user can load other fonts for the internal PostScript interpreter in one of the following ways: From Macintosh via the network The following fonts can be installed in the Macintosh format:
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A: With the help of a font download utility (Font Downloader):

The procedure for downloading fonts is the same as for downloading fonts to a conventional RIP or PostScript printer. However, it it important that, when you are downloading fonts, the PostScript interpreter is operated via the direct channel! The fonts are automatically transferred during the downloading to the font directory of the PostScript interpreter on the Delta Technology PC.

1. Click the Add... button and select the Delta\UserDir\LHPS\FontImport directory in the Add Font dialog box (by double-clicking). All the fonts filed in this directory are displayed.

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2. Select the fonts to be added and click OK to install these fonts. All the installed fonts are displayed in the Font List dialog box. Click the Close button. 3. When installation is concluded, the fonts copied from the Macintosh can be deleted from the FontImport directory by means of the File Manager.
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This procedure is as follows: 1. At the Macintosh, set up a network link to the Delta \UserDir\LHPS\FontImport directory on the Delta Technology PC. 2. Copy the fonts you want (Warning: Only use Adobe Type 1 fonts for Delta Technology!) to the FontImport network directory.

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3. On the Delta Technology PC, call up the Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window and select the menu item: File > Font List > Internal RIP. A list of all the installed fonts appears in the Font List dialog box From a Windows PC (domain or workgroups) via network Do not forget that, for Windows as well, only Adobe Type 1 fonts can be installed on the Delta Technology PC. Installation of the fonts is performed in the Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window: 1. Select the File > Font List > Internal RIP menu item. The Font List dialog box is opened. Click the Add... button and then the Network...button in the Add Fonts dialog box. 2. In the Connect Network Drive dialog box, choose the Windows computer whose fonts you want to install and log in to the relevant directory (e.g. \..\NEWFONTS). All Adobe fonts found in this directory are listed under Font List. 3. Select the fonts you require and close the dialog box with OK. 4. Conclude installation by clicking the Close button in the Font List dialog box. From a data carrier (diskettes, CD-ROM, removable disks) The installation of fonts from a data carrier is also performed in the Printmanager Configuration and Status window: 1. Insert the data carrier containing the fonts into the relevant drive.

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2. Select the File > Font List > Internal RIP menu item. The Font List dialog box is opened. 3. Click the Add... button. The Add Fonts dialog box is opened. 4. Select the drive with the data carrier under Drive. 5. If necessary, select the corresponding directory under Directories. 6. The fonts available are listed under Fonts. Select the fonts you require and click OK. 7. Close the Fonts dialog box. Installation is complete. Fonts for Delta Printmanager Delta Printmanager is able to handle fonts which can be installed on all connected output devices. The following advantages arise from this:
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Installation of the fonts for Delta Printmanager is performed in the same way as installation of the fonts for the internal PostScript interpreter. The only difference is that the File > Fonts > Printserver menu item is called up instead of File > Fonts > Internal RIP.

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Fonts Which Are Already Loaded on a Printer or Which Will Be Loaded Directly to a Printer Fonts which were already loaded to a printer or a RIP are automatically recognized by the Delta Printmanager and are used in the output. The use of printer fonts, in particular when printing is not performed via the internal RIP, means that fewer data are transferred to the printer, thus not burdening the network links as much. or RIP by means of Delta Printmanager. The 2 printer output device must be connected directly to a DTP workstation when downloading fonts to an external printer. Fonts Which Are Sent Together with the Document from a DTP Workstation to the Output Device Fonts which are neither installed on the printer nor are provided by the Delta Printmanager are sent together with the document by means of the Delta Printmanager to the output device. In particular, this refers to fonts which do not correspond to the Adobe standard, such as TrueType or bitmap fonts. These fonts are always sent together with the document to the output device. Note: Fonts cannot be downloaded to an external

Configuration Options of the Delta Printmanager


Before creating the individual elements of the Delta Printmanager is described, some general configuration options will be explained. These can be set for several elements of the Delta Printmanager or affect the way the elements interact.

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Priorities Queues, drop folders and links can be assigned priorities. In this way, the time element in an output run can be controlled.
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Priorities for queues (and drop folders): Assigning priorities to queues means that you can control the time element of an output to a certain printer. A queue can be assigned a Low (level 1), Normal (level 2), Top (level 3) or Urgent (level 4) priority. Example: If a certain queue has Urgent as its priority, all other queues which are linked to the same printer but which have a lower priority level must wait until the jobs of the Urgent queue have been output.

Priorities for Links: Links can also be assigned priorities. Using this option is recommended if, for example, links to several printers from just one queue were created (load balancing"). Assigning priorities to links can define the order in which the printers will be driven. A link can be assigned a No Change, Low (level 1), Normal (level 2) or Top (level 3) priority. No Change uses the priority level of the linked queue. Example: If a link to a certain printer is given "Urgent" as its priority, this printer will have preference over other printers which are linked to the same queue and which could process the job at an earlier point in time.

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orities, i.e. a link priority overrides the queue priority, unless it was set to No Change. Example:

Queue1 has the priority Urgent. The link between Queue 1 and the printer has the priority Normal. Queue2 has the priority Normal. The link between Queue2 and the printer has the priority Urgent. Jobs are constantly being sent to both queues. Jobs in queue 2 which are already spooled are sent to the printer. Only when there no longer is a spooled job in Queue2 or, for example, the link between Queue2 and the printer has been paused, can jobs in Queue1 be sent to the printer. If both links had been assigned the same priority, for example Normal, then the jobs in Queue1 would have priority over those in Queue2. By assigning priorities, the normal fifo" (first in first out) principle used when processing jobs no longer applies. OPC Settings Output settings can be made at the DTP workstation for certain output devices (imagesetters which have a connected RIP) using Jobstream. Up to now, it was possible to either save the OPC settings as default settings (with Output Manager) in the output device concerned or to change certain output parameters as an addi-

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tional print option of the DTP workstation (with Jobstream). The settings are sent to the output device together with the print job as a so-called OPC header. Setting default output options on the RIP The Output Manager program works online". In other words, all the setting parameters are sent directly to the imagesetter (or RIP) and the RIP reports that the data have arrived correctly. To work online, the RIP must be connected directly to the DTP workstation, thus circumventing the Printmanager. Preferences can also be set in the internal RIP of Delta Technology using Output Manager. If you wish to set preferences, the internal RIP must be connected to the DTP workstation by means of the direct channel. The Jobstream and Output Control programs work offline". In other words, the parameters set are not checked for plausibility by the RIP. The user is responsible for the accuracy of the set parameters. A direct connection to the RIP is not required for setting the OPC parameters. Note: The Output Control program is imcompatible

Setting Output Options with Jobstream or Output Control

recent (as of V. 8.51) Apple LaserWriter and 2 with Adobe (as of V. 8.6) printer drivers, i.e. the job OPC settings are not processed by these printer drivers. For this reason, Output Control is no longer supported by Delta Technology 7.0. You should use Jobstream software for job OPC settings. You can find more information about Jobstream in the Jobstream Solution 2.3/2.5 Users Guide. Setting output options on the Delta Imagemanager With Delta Printmanager, you can also perform OPC settings in the queues (or drop folders). Different output options can be realized by creating several queues with varying OPC settings. This means that it is no longer necessary to set the OPC parameters individually at the DTP workstation or that it is only required in a few, very special cases.

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Hierarchy in OPC settings

The OPC settings follow a three-layer model":


OPC Settings on the DTP Workstation OPC Settings on Delta Printmanager Preferences on the RIP

The bottom layer contains the preferences on the RIP or the imagesetter (Output Manager). These settings can be overwritten by the above two layers. The middle layer contains the OPC settings at the Delta Printmanager (queue OPC). These settings can only be overwritten by the defaults at the DTP workstation. The top layer contains the OPC settings on the DTP workstation (Jobstream). These settings can overwrite all settings in layers that are further down. This ensures that the user does not have to perform settings on Delta Printmanager or directly on the output device if he/she wants certain individual settings for the job. By using the No Change setting, the user can set individual parameters in such a way that the layers lower down are transparent" and that the settings performed there are effective. Example: An imagesetter which is driven by the internal RIP is configured for a resolution of 666 pixels/cm and for a positive output. However, now and again a resolution of 2000 pixels/cm is required. Two queues are set up for this imagesetter. In one queue, all the OPC settings are set to No Change so that the default settings of the imagesetter remain effec-

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tive. In a second queue, the resolution is set to 2000 pixels/cm while all other parameters are left at No Change. The first queue can be selected for all outputs which have the default resolution. If a job is to be output using the high resolution, you only need to select the second queue in the printer selection. Special case" with special exposure options If a special case is set once, for example, exposure with a resolution of 1000 pixels/cm and a negative output, then the relevant parameters can be switched in the OPC setting at the DTP workstation. One of the two queues can be selected as the printer. Such special settings" should always be performed if the output options desired are required so seldom that it is not worthwhile setting up a queue for it in Delta Printmanager. PPD settings PPD Header Similar to OPC headers, PPD headers can also be placed at the beginning of a job. PPD (PostScript Printer Description) headers are used to configure certain default settings for PostScript output devices. Whereas output options for the imagesetter are mainly configured in the OPC headers, defaults for other PostScript output devices are set in PPD headers. In particular, the options for proofing devices (paper size, orientation, color management, etc.) are configured by means of PPD headers. As with OPC settings, PPD settings can also be defined on a DTP workstation (Macintosh, Windows PC). The hierarchy for PPD settings is the same as for OPC settings. In other words, PPD settings defined at the DTP workstation have priority over all subsequent settings (queue, device settings; see Page 3-29).

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PPD files

PPD files contain parameter tables which describe the relevant output device. The PPD files are called up during the installation of a printer driver. The printer driver reads the device parameters and modifies the user interface accordingly in the Print dialog box of the applications. In this way, special properties such as Color Matching can be selected or customized in the Print dialog box. As every output device can have different parameter settings, the Delta Printmanager requires PPD files so that the PPD header options for the queue settings can be configured to match the output device concerned. For this reason, the PPD file for the output device in question must be loaded for the configuration of a PPD header. format) for various output devices are included in 2 PC the shipment of the Delta Tec software. The PPD files are located in the following directory: ...\Delta\MacTools\PPDs (Macintosh) ...\Delta\NTTools\PPDs (Windows) To install the PPD files on the Macintosh, mount the MacTools directory of the Delta Technology PC on the Macintosh (this directory has already been enabled for the Macintosh file system). The relevant PPD files are found in the PPDs folder as self-extracting archives. More information about PPD files and their installation can be found in the Readme_XX.pdf PDF files (Macintosh, Windows) in the relevant PPDs subdirectory. Note: A number of PPD files (both in Macintosh and

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Load Balancing of Several Printers If there are several similar output devices in one work environment or if it does not matter which output device is used, then several printers can be operated in a load balancing" mode. Load balancing means that one queue is linked to several printers. If a job is sent to this queue, the Delta Printmanager determines which printer can process this job first.
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printer which uses the internal PostScript inter2 (a preter), information about the printer (the printer

Note: If a link is set up from a queue to a CPSI printer

profile") is sent internally to the queue. The queue default settings are influenced by this printer profile. It is also possible to link a queue to several CPSI printers (e.g. export directories) at the same time. To preserve the unambinguity of the queue settings, only printers with equal printer profiles (IPR files) must be set up in a load balancing configuration, i.e. the printers must be members of the same device family (e.g. Primesetter). The following CPSI printers are possible:
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Defining sequence of printing

If several printers are ready for output, you can define the sequence in which printers are driven by assigning different priorities to the links of the various printers. A noticeable reduction in the waiting periods for printing can be achieved through the load balancing mode. The Delta Printmanager automatically determines which printers are ready for output.

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Attention: When installing a queue with load balancing, you must check very carefully whether an output to various printers which are automatically controlled by Delta Printmanager might produce undesired results. If you cannot completely exclude an incorrect choice of printer (for example, by using printers which are not totally identical), then the load balancing mode should not be used. Make sure that all the fonts required have been installed on all the printers involved in the load balancing mode. If they are not installed, some fonts may be incorrect when output. Only those installed fonts which are available for all available printers will be used for the output.)

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In the load balancing mode, the Delta Printmanager takes into account only those fonts which are common to all the printers involved since the user cannot determine which of the printers will be used for the output run. Drop folders Drop folders are special directories in the file system of the Delta Technology PC. Just like queues, these directories are constantly monitored for incoming PostScript files. If PostScript print files are copied to a drop folder, this file is handled in the same way as a print job which was sent to a queue (i.e. OPC analaysis, font check, transfer to a printer). Drop folders are able to process not only PostScript jobs but also Delta Lists and Delta Documents. This means that drop folders can be used as import directories for Delta Lists and Delta Documents (exported beforehand; see section Offline Printing with Exported Delta Lists and Delta Documents, page 217). A difference is automatically made between PostScript jobs and Delta Lists so that both data formats can be sent to the same drop folder. Offline printing An important use of drop folders is offline printing. This means that a customer can output his/her print job to a PostScript file and send this file on a removable disk to a typesetting studio. In the studio, the file is copied to a drop folder and output with Delta Technology. The document does not have to be reloaded to a DTP workstation in the studio and printed out again.

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there is a Delta Technology PC (functioning as an 2 if export station) in the layout studio. In this case, the

Note: A different type of offline printing can be used

customer himself/herself can perform the PostScript interpretation and the generation of the Delta Lists here. The Delta Lists and Delta Documents can then be saved to data carriers by means of the export function of the Delta Printmanager and subsequently be output in an imagesetting studio (see section Offline Printing with Exported Delta Lists and Delta Documents, page 217). This type of offline printing saves the customer a considerable amount of time and increases the output reliability noticeably (in that there are no PostScript interpretation errors). In contrast to queues, drop folders cannot be driven directly as printers. They do not appear in the printer selection list of the DTP workstation. Print jobs on UNIX computers If Delta Printmanager is to be used for output from a UNIX computer, the PostScript code must be transferred to the drop folder. A shell script which passes on the print jobs to the Delta Technology PC can be added to the UNIX print spooler if you want to print from a UNIX computer using FTP via Delta Printmanager. From a Helios server, the Delta Technology can be driven by means of the direct channel with BSPP 2. Delta Printmanager queue from a UNIX computer 2a via Remote LPR. For further information about using and installing this software, please refer to the Addons > Remote LPR" documentation which is available (in Adobe Acrobat format) on the Delta Technology PC. Note: Alternatively, it is possible to print directly into

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Printing with Color Separations in the Internal RIP The internal RIP is able to produce color separations in CMYK format when it receives composite print jobs. Having the RIP perform the separation has advantages (with regard to time) when jobs that require a long time to have the PostScript interpreted (e.g. complex linework) are printed. As the separation in the internal RIP is performed after the PostScript has been interpreted, only one run through the interpreter is necessary. Using the traditional method and creating the separations before the job is sent to the RIP means that each color separation has to be interpreted separately. Default Settings for Printing with a Macintosh Computer In order to print via the internal RIP, new PPD files (Printer Page Description), version 3.0 or later, have to be used with the Macintosh. These files are installed at the same time as the Delta Technology software on the Delta Technology PC (in D:\Delta\MacTools\PPDs). On the Macintosh, they can be copied from the MacTools\PPDs folder. After the installation of the PPD files, a Delta Printmanager queue that is connected to the internal RIP must be selected as the printer. In the printer configuration, a corresponding PPD file (depending on the output device) must be opened (more information regarding the installation of PPDfiles can be found in the Readme files in the D:\Delta\MacTools\PPDs folder on the Delta Technology PC). Default Settings for Printing with a Windows Computer First of all, you must install the suitable PPD files on your Windows computer. Then you must create the Windows queue as the printer on your PC. Informa-

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tionregarding these steps can be found in the Delta Technology Quick Reference Guide, Chapter 2: Printing Procedure, Section: Exposure with the Delta Printmanager. Printing procedure in a DTP application Once these settings have been made, it is possible to print from a Macintosh applicaton and have the color separation performed by the internal RIP. If the application (e.g. QuarkXPress) is able to create color separations itself, the Separation option in the Print dialog box has to be set to Off; otherwise, the separation would be performed twice (in QuarkXPress and in the RIP) resulting in 16 color separations.
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First, select File > Printer Setup... and then the Windows queue of the Delta Technology PC as the printer. Then click on the Properties button (in some applications it is called Options). The Default Document Properties dialog box is opened.

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In the Advanced tab, select the InRIP Color Separation option under Printer Features. You can now configure the InRIP separation in the Change InRIP Color Separation Setting section. You can select whether you want to deactivate the InRIP separation, either for all color separations or for single ones. Delta Technology creates the separations in keeping with the option activated.

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Special output devices The Delta Printmanager can drive a number of special output devices (proofing devices, etc.). These output devices require special options, such as color management for color proofers, so that they can work properly. Printing on a Proofer Proofing devices generally create a proof so that the printed result expected can be evaluated. There is a difference between a layout proof and a color proof. A layout proof (or form proof) will allow the user to evaluate the geometric structure of an output page. The proof does not have to be output in color for this. On the orther hand, a color proof will provide the user with a true-color preview of the printed result. For this purpose, all the color separations of the job must first be interpreted from the PostScript code of the job and then calculated and written to the color output of the proofing device. Since Delta Printmanager is based on Delta Lists (see section The Delta Lists concept, page 128), the Delta Lists of the various color separations are used when the data for the proofing device are being calculated. This procedure means that optimum coordination between a proof display and the output result is obtained. Proofer workflow A special proof workflow can be configured for output to a proofing device:

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In the proofer workflow, the print jobs enter a specially configured queue. There, they are spooled and then transferred to the PostScript interpreter and the Delta List Generator. The proofer queue is configured in such a way that the internal RIP with a connected Delta Tower and imagesetter or a CTP system (for example, Trendsetter) is always used as the output device. This is required since the proof workflow is always based on Delta Lists. Special output options for the imagesetter can be set in the OPC setttings (see section OPC Settings, page 327). At the same time, the proof workflow is configured in the Proofer tab (Automatically or Stop job after proofing) of the queue configuration and the proofing device is selected there. If you wish a true-to-color proof output, click in Edit Settings to call up a dialog box for detailed settings for color management. if a proofing device (form proofer, color proofer 2 tings or TIFF directory) has been set up beforehand as the printer. Note: The Proofer tab is only available for queue set-

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Delta Lists are generated in the imagesetter resolution (for example, 1000 dpi) on the basis of this information. These high-resolution Delta Lists are first buffered to a hard disk of the Delta Technology PC. The data required by the proofer for output are generated using these data. During this process, a lower resolution is calculated (for example, 1000 dpi for the imagesetter is lowered to 400 dpi for the proofer). The individual color separations are also gathered together in one file and any color corrections required for a true-to-color output are performed. Finally, the data format is adapted to the proofing device (TIFF data are created). If the Automatically option is selected in the Proofer tab, exposure is started automatically after output of the proof. If not, the process is stopped after output of the

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proof and exposure must be started manually. This allows the user to delete the job before exposure if the proof result is not satisfactory. Deletion/output of stopped jobs If you wish to delete or expose a job which was stopped after output of the proof, first open the job list of the internal RIP with a double click. The job which is stopped is marked by a stop symbol.

To delete the job, select it with the mouse and then click the Delete icon.

To expose the selected job, click the Resume icon. Procedure for configuration of a proof workflow: 1. First set up the appropriate proofing defice (form or color proofer, TIFF directory) as the printer. 2. Create a queue for the proof workflow: Perform OPC settings for the imagesetter. Select the proofing device in the Proofer tab. Set the proofing workflow in the Proofer tab. If necessary, make additional queue settings. 3. Create a link between the proofer queue and the internal RIP (via CPSI)

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in a queue which has a link to a proofing 2 option device. In such a case, every job will be printed twice to the proofing device: once because the proofer is linked to the queue as the printer and once because the proofer workflow is configured in the queue. Storing CIP3 PPF files Special bitmap files can be generated from the interpreted PostScript code of the job to be used as ink zone defaults during printing. These files are added to existing CIP3 PPF files (see section Generation of CIP3 control data in Print Production Format (PPF), page 140). The control files are saved to a directory on the Delta Technology PC by Delta Printmanager and can be sent from there to the processing programs by means of a data carrier or through the network. A CIP3 printer must be set up first in Delta Printmanager so that CIP3 PFF files can be created and saved (see section CIP3..., page 457). (for example, Topsetter) is driven as the output 2 tem device since the required information in the PostNote: CIP3 PPF files can only be created if a CTP sys-

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Script code of the jobs is only available in the special CTP workflow. In this workflow, the Signastation software as of version 3.1 is required on the Signastation to create PPF files. When a CIP3 printer has been set up, the dialog boxes for configuration of the queues now have an additional tab: CIP3. The workflow for creating PPF files can be configured in this tab. If such a queue is linked to the internal PostScript interpreter, the job is either sent to the Delta Tower and the connected imagesetter or is stopped after the CIP3 data are created. This

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depends on the workflow you have selected. A stopped job can be deleted or output can be continued manually (see Page 3-43). Setting up a CIP3 workflow where the job is stopped is advisable if, for example, CIP3 data are to be created subsequently in a job which was already exposed without having to expose the job again.

Color Management
When processing color data before their creation (scanner, digital photography, graphics applications) up until print output, it can occur at many points that the print output result is not what has been expected due to the various characteristics of the devices concerned. The colors are often incorrectly printed and a time-consuming adjustment process is required to correct the colors. To avoid the subsequent correction of incorrectly outputted colors, the Color Management tool may be of assistance. Color Management runs through the whole process path of the prepress and press workflow. A color management can therefore only provide correct results when the corresponding aids are correctly applied at every level of the workflow. To ensure this, the devices, applications and operating systems concerned must support color management and all required information (e.g. scanner calibration data) must be available at the corresponding locations. Heidelberg provides a very efficient color management system based on ICC device profiles. This color management is supported by Apple Macintosh (Color Sync) and Microsoft Windows (Image Color Management, ICM) operating systems.

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Delta Technology supports the Heidelberg InRIP Color Management as RIP and Workflow System (refer also to section Color Management, page 133). What is Color Management? Color Management is the general name for a process whose goal is to provide correct color reproduction of digital image data from recording (scanner, digital camera) to monitor display to printer output. Standardization of color reproduction Since the editing process of digital image data generally involves many steps where very different devices and software applications play their roles, a workflow without Color Management often results in output that has a greater or lesser amount of variation from the desired result, which generally requires time-consuming corrections and readjustments. Often, the results cannot be predicted and each correction procedure must be readapted. The goal of Color Management is to standardize the color reproduction of digital image data over the entire editing process. This means that devices on the input side, such as scanners or digital cameras, must be calibrated so that they can supply reproducable results. The next step in the editing process is is image editing on the monitor. Since monitors have very different color display characteristics, they must also be calibrated. The last step is the printed output. Here, it is important to adapt the color reproduction to the output medium (type of paper) that is used. In every calibration, device-specific or printing process-specific ICC profiles are generated. The main task of calibration is to standardize device-specific characteristics and to bring them to a universal norm.

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Various procedures of color management In principle, color management for processing color print data can be divided into three groups:
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PostScript Color Mangement PostScript Color Management is not based on ICC profiles but instead, the source data are transmitted via so-called Color Space Arrays (CSA) into a deviceindependent communication color space (CIE-based color space). To adjust to the output process (print process), the data are converted via Color Rendering Dictionaries (CRD) into the color space of the output device (normally the printing press). PostScript Color Management can be activated in some applications, e.g. Adobe Photoshop from Version 5.5. In Photoshop, PostScript-Color Management can be activated, e.g. when storing EPS files. If print jobs containing such EPS pictures are output via Delta Technology then the Heidelberg Color Management is not used. A CRD is used for the print process for these print jobs. This CRD is calculated from the target ICC profile. In PostScript Color Management, closed file formats are generated (refer to section "Open" and "closed" image/graphics formats, page 352).

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Heidelberg InRIP Color Management The Heidelberg InRIP Color Management is based on ICC profiles. As ICC profiles describe device characteristics, then this is also referred to as device-specific color management. If you want to use the Heidelberg InRIP Color Management with Delta Technology then all required input and output ICC profiles must exist on the Delta Technology-PC. More information on Heidelberg InRIP Color Management is contained in the following pages and in section Color Management, page 133 or in section Color Matching tab, page 446. Proofer Color Management The Proofer Color Management system is based on ICC profiles, just as the Heidelberg InRIP Color Management system. In contrast to InRIP Color Management, the color conversions are not made during the RIP process, i.e. after the PostScript/PDF interpretation and before creating the Delta Lists, but the Delta Lists generated for the imagesetter output are converted for a color proof device as a part of a proofer workflow (refer to section Workflow with color proofing, page 214). Hereby, a color conversion is also carried out by the proofer color management which, on the one hand takes into account the device profile of the color proofer and on the other, runs a simulation of the output medium (type of paper) used in the printing process.

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Color spaces The devices involved in the editing process of digital image data display colors in different ways: For example, monitors display individual color dots made up of one dot each of red, green and blue. Depending on the luminosity of the individual color portions, a different color appears in the eye of the viewer: for example, if all three color portions are displayed with the highest brightness, the resulting color appears as white. The colors that can be displayed on a monitor are represented in the so-called RGB color space". The term "color space" derives from a spatial, graphical representation of the color values. "RGB" refers to the primary colors Red, Green and Blue, of which the colors that can, for example, be displayed on a monitor consist. Scanners also work in the RGB color space; however, the scanner software often permits conversion into another color space during scanning. In printed output, a medium, e.g. paper, is printed with a color. As opposed to a monitor, paper does not light up itself; instead, the colors appear in the eye of the viewer through reflection of the light of an external light source on the printed paper. The light that is reflected from a printed medium contains the color portions that are not absorbed by the medium. For example, a red printed paper surface absorbs all colors from a white source of light except for the color red. Due to the different origin of color effects, monitors, for example, are said to have additive and paper is said to have subtractive color scheme. Due to the subtractive, reflection-based representation of colors, the primary colors for printed media are different than those for, for example, monitors. The primary colors result from color physics and are cyan, magenta and yellow. Cyan is a turquoise tone, magenta is pinkish. In order to better display con-

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trasts when printing and to reproduce the color black better, black is generally added as the fourth primary color. The colors Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black) provide the term CMYK color space". In this case also, the term "color space" results from the spatial, graphical representation of the four primary colors. The two displayed color spaces RGB and CMYK are "device-specific" since they are closely related to the physical representation of colors on each device or printed medium. Therefore, the colors in these color spaces stongly depend on the physical characteristics of the devices. For example, two monitors with the same controls and the same RGB values can display different colors since the fluorescent coating of the picture tubes react differently. This is where Color Management comes into play: By calibrating the devices, the controls are influenced in such a manner that the color display is standardized. To attain a standardized color representation, a color space that is not device-specific was introduced: the CIELab color space. The abbreviation "CIE" stands for the "Commission Internationale de lEclairage"; the CIE color space is a two-dimensional color space in which the color values are assigned to the X and Y axes. Brightness is not taken into account. Lab is an abstract name for a certain 3-dimensional color space model: one axis represents the brightness (L = Luminiscence) and the other two axes represent the different color values (a = red - green, b = yellow - blue), where a and b can have positive and negative values. In the calibration of a scanner or a digital camera, the device-specific characteristics are standardized in the form of a set of calibration curves. At the same time, the RGB data of the device are transformed into the Lab color space and stored in an "input ICC profile". If

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this ICC profile is activated during scanning, image data with standardized colors are created in the LAB color space. In monitor calibration, an ICC profile is also created; this can be activated when the image is displayed. In this case, a transformation from the standardized LAB color space to the RGB color space of the monitor occurs. In the printed output, an output ICC profile is generated; this results in a transformation from the Lab color space to the CMYK color space of the printer or of the offset printing process. ICC profiles for the proofer workflow A special case is ICC profiles for the proofer workflow (see section Workflow with color proofing, page 214). In the color proof, the proof result should represent the print result of the printing press as exactly as possible. For this, the color of the printed medium must be included in the calculations of the calibration data of the ICC profile for the proof workflow. In principle, a color proof workflow is therefore constructed as follows:
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This data has not been influenced by the proof color management. ICC profiles in image processing and DTP applications Many applications support Color Management. For example, scanner and monitor ICC profiles can be used in Photoshop. Since color space transformations can be carried out in Photoshop, it is possible to use ICC profiles here to carry out an adaptation to an output device or to an output printing process. For example, a scanned image that exists in the RGB color space can be saved as a CMYK image. A corresponding output ICC profile that results in a true-to-color transformation to the CMYK color space can be activated here. DTP applications such as QuarkXPress also support Color Management. If printed outputs in the CMYK color space are made in QuarkXPress, ICC profiles can be included in the print jobs. as of version 4.1, you must install and activate 2 XPress the Quark CMS extension. This extension provides excellent results for Color Management, especially for open graphics formats (see section "Open" and "closed" image/graphics formats, page 352), without having to use InRIP Color Management. In addition to image processing, graphics and DTP applications, it is possible to carry out Color Management for PDF data in Adobe Acrobat using a plug-in. "Open" and "closed" image/graphics formats Many graphics formats, such as TIFF, GIF, JPEG, etc., can not only be displayed and printed by DTP applications, but their image data can also be directly edited. Note: If you want to use Color Management in Quark

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Therefore, among other things, Color Management calculations can be made directly on the image data. These image formats are called "open" formats. transformed to CMYK by the DTP applica2 generally tion. Here, the Color Management of the application provides for a true-to-color color space transformation. An RGB ICC profile set for the InRIP color space transformation can thus no longer be used on these (CMYK) image data. Since the CMYK transformation in the DTP application occasionally occurs without the user noticing, it may appear that the images are RGB data on which InRIP Color Management cannot be correctly used. Since they are really CMYK data, the CMYK parameters are used on the image data if they have been activated. Although the PostScript graphics formats EPS and DCS can be displayed and output, the image data themselves are not accessible for DTP layout applications. Therefore, these formats are called "closed formats". If ICC profiles are to be used on image data that exist in the EPS or DCS format, the profiles are not included in the image data; instead, the ICC profiles are converted and imbedded in the PostScript code as "Color Space Arrays". Only during the printed output does the PostScript interpreter evaluate the color space arrays and convert the image data. Why InRIP Color Management? The previous sections show that Color Management calculations can already be made in various applications before the PostScript interpretation. Now the question is: why is Color Management in the RIP still required? Note: An RGB image in an open format (e.g. TIFF) is

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Color Management for office and Internet documents Generally, the common office applications (word processing, spreadsheets, charting programs, presentation programs) and simple vector graphics or image processing programs supply RGB data and do not have their own application-based Color Management. In these cases, InRIP Color Management can provide a true-to-color output. The same applies to documents from Internet applications. Color proofer workflow During the color proofer workflow (section ICC profiles for the proofer workflow, page 351), the printed medium in the color reproduction is to be taken into account in the output on the color proofer. In proofer workflow (see section Workflow with color proofing, page 214), the imagesetter data are calculated from the same data with which the proof is made. The shared data sources are the Delta Lists and the Delta Document of each job. Since special ICC profiles which are to simulate the basic color of the printed medium (e.g. the paper-white) are used for the proof output, these profile may be used in the calculations for the proof data but not for the imagesetter data. The proofer color management therefore first has an effect on the data used for the proof after the creation of the Delta Lists. Image data with no color correction Otherwise, InRIP Color Management can be used in all cases where the image data of the print jobs were not handled with the application-based Color Management methods mentioned above (see section ICC profiles in image processing and DTP applications, page 352). In this way, a lot of picture data can be output with color correction, even when no output

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ICC profile has been previously used in the picture data or when the CMYK color values are in a color space that does not match the planned printing process. Adaptation to existing output devices A further advantage of InRIP Color Management is that the printed output can be adapted precisely to existing output devices or printing processes by activating the corresponding ICC profile in the RIP. For example, color adaptation can be made for the existing output devices in a prepress service studio or in a printing shop without the customer needing access to the corresponding ICC profiles. An adaptation can be made especially for the printing processes, e.g. for region-specific processes (SWOP, EURO, etc.) in InRIP Color Management. Color Management in Delta Technology Color Management in Delta Technology can differentiate between
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Color Management in Delta Technology functions only for composite print jobs. For separated jobs, queues that are not set up for Color Management should be used. Color Management always affects the entire print job. Differentiating between individual pages or objects (graphics, images) is not possible. Imbedded ICC profiles in PDF documents or CSAs (Color Space Arrays) in PostScript documents can not be replaced by the RGB or CMYK profile of the Heidelberg Color Management system.

In Delta Technology, the parameters for Color Management are made in the queue settings under the Color Matching tab.

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Remote control from another Windows computer Delta Printmanager, running on a Delta Technology PC, can be remote-controlled from another Windows PC. To do this, the Delta Tec software (including the Delta Printmanager) must have been installed on the controlling PC. The name of a Delta Technology PC can be entered in the File > Select Computer... menu item. The contents of the Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window of the remote-controlled PC are then loaded. A prerequisite for the remote control of Delta Printmanager is that the remote-controlled Delta Technology PC and the remote-controlling PC can communicate with each other in the same Windows domain or workgroup in the same network. The same version of the Delta Printmanager software must be installed on both computers.

Attention: For remote control of Delta Printmanager, the user may not have any administrator rights. He/ she must be logged in as User on the remote PC and not as Administrator in the Windows system. Note: If a real remote control (creating and deleting

linking and printing, job handling, etc.) of 2 queues, the Delta Technology PC is to take place, Delta Printmanager must not be open on the remote-controlled Delta Technology PC. Moreover, Delta Printmanager may only be controlled by one PC at a time, not by several.

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Configuring Delta Printmanager

Configuration of Delta Printmanager greatly affects the mode of operation and the efficiency of the Delta Technology system. For that reason, the various elements should be configured carefully and oriented towards your work environment (what type of computer is there at the workstation, output devices, network) and to the intended use of the Delta Technology system. Configuration is performed in the Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window.

An important feature of Delta Printmanager is that several queues, printers and links can be set up where the individual elements in the configuration parameters can differ from each other. Different output results can be produced by means of these variants. The workflow can also be controlled through the configuration of the Delta Printmanager (assigning different priorities, etc.).

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Example: Several queues can be setup that are connected to the same RIP but that set different resolutions for exposure in the defaults of the output control (OPC: refer to section OPC Settings, page 327). This means it is not necessary to set the resolutions at your DTP workstation. All you have to do is select the relevant queue in the printer selection. Example: Queues which have different priority levels but are all linked to the same printer can be created. This means, for example, that a queue with Normal priority can be used as the default queue while a queue whose priority is Urgent is only selected for urgent jobs.

Setting up queues
Information on the spool directory, the automatic recognition and integration of OPC header files, the definition of printing times, and the integration of server fonts etc. can be entered in queues. The properties of a queue are defined in the Create Spool Queue dialog box. A new queue is created with the Queue > Create... menu item.

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In the Create Spool Queue dialog box, there are at first three tabs: General, Job Handling and Resource Handling. Additional tabs will be displayed if additional options have been installed. Possible additional tabs include: Trapping, Proofer, Color Management, Calibration and CIP3.

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The following settings can be made in General tab: Type of queue Under Type, the following options are available:
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AppleTalk Network: You can configure the queue for an AppleTalk network with this option. This queue is recognized as a PostScript printer by a Macintosh workstation (in the Chooser dialog box of the Macintosh operating system). Directory: The queue is set up as a drop folder with this option and has all the properties of a drop folder (see section Drop folders, page 335) If this option is chosen, the Select Drop Directory dialog box is opened.

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A directory which is already available can be selected as a drop folder in this dialog box. If you wish to create a new directory, click the New... button and enter the path name of a new drop folder in the Create Directory dialog box which then appears.

for Windows network protocols. If the direc2 enabled tory is to be available on a Macintosh, it must be

Note: A directory created in this way is automatically

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Windows network The queue is configured for a Windows network (Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 9.x/ME) with the option Windows Network.... The Windows Printer Setup dialog box is opened when this option is chosen:

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from the Windows installation CD when 2 installed used with Windows NT. The driver is normally already installed under Windows 2000; in this case, you can ignore the following steps.
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Insert the Windows NT CD into the CD drive.

If there is no entry such as E:\i386 in the editing field Copy files from then (E refers to the CD-ROM drive), correct the entry or click the Browse... button to select the \i386 directory on the CD-ROM.

queue can be found in Delta Technology 2 Windows Quick Reference Guide, Chapter 2: Printing Procedure, Section: Exposure with the Delta Printmanager.

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AutoFlow... AutoFlow... defines a drop folder for processing Prinergy job tickets. Name The name of the queue is entered here. The queue is addressed as a printer using this name. If the queue has been set up for a Windows network, the printer name assigned there is used. Only for Windows must the name not exceed eight characters. Determining the spool directory A spool directory holds all the print jobs which have entered an active" queue or drop folder. In this context, active" means that the queue or drop folder is linked to a printer by at least one link and that neither the queue not the link has been disabled (paused). Defining the sequence in the spool directory Before the jobs are transferred to the spool directory, they run through a recognition procedure which checks the PostScript code for certain properties (OPC header, OPI including, fonts, etc.). Each job is given an internal identification number, depending on the order it arrives in the spool directory, the priority settings of the queue and the link. The output sequence is determined on the basis of this number. By default, the spool directory which was created during the installation of the Delta Tec Software is entered in the entry field. If the Delta Tec Software was installed, e.g. on drive D:, then the following is the default file path: D:\Delta\LHPS\SpoolDir.

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Normally, the suggested setting should be used. Another drive (additional hard disk) should only be selected for the spool directory if the hard disk drive containing the spool directory does not have enough memory to buffer the data. contains another hard disk (drive E:) in addition to 2 PC the system hard disk. Because normally there are lots of data spooled if trapping is active, it is recommended that you select a directory on drive E: (e.g. E:\SpoolDir) as default spool directory for trapping queues. Header file In the Header File section of the General tab, you can choose different options for creating header files. With a header file, you can define various settings for the output control (e.g. Jobstream). The header file is at the beginning of every job which arrives at the appropriate queue. Output settings, which are already included in the PostScript code of the appropriate job, are read out after the header file and may override some settings made in the header file.
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The following options are given: None If this option is set (default), no header file is created. OPC header file Setting output options for Delta Printmanager If you check OPC Header File, the automatic creation of an OPC header file is activated. The Edit... button opens theOutput Control dialog box.

All settings in the queue with regard to output control are performed in this dialog box. All settings which are not marked by No Change overwrite the default settings of the driven output device. If OPC

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settings were performed at the DTP workstation, however, these are retained and overwrite both the OPC settings of the queue and the default settings for the output device. The Preferences dialog box is called up by clicking the Preferences button.

All the basic parameters of the output device are set in this dialog box.

Note: You can find more information regarding OPC settings in: Output Manager Utility Windows - User's Guide Output Manager Utility Macintosh- User's Guide PPD Header File PPD header files can be created with this option. If the PPD Header File option is selected, a PPD file can be selected using the Edit... button.

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Click New PPD if you wish to select a different PPD file. You can find more information regarding PPD header files in section PPD settings, page 330). Ignore job OPC If this option is checked, all OPC settings included in the PostScript code of the print jobs are ignored. Instead, the queue OPC settings (see Page 4-13) and/or the printer settings are used as output parameters.

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This option is advisable especially if jobs contain device-specific OPC information, such as punch parameters which do not match the used output device. Such misinformation" may cause abortion of job processing. PostScript Header File This option lets you import a manually edited PostScript header file for each job in the appropriately configured queue. This option is to provide you with special, supplementary options for the queue. Furthermore, settings for output devices or RIPs which are not supported by Heidelberg OPC utilities can be defined here. A manually created PostScript header file can be used as a single header file or in addition to the OPC or PPD header files. Priority is always given to manually created PostScript header files and not to the additional OPC or PPD header files. This means that the PostScript commands in these PostScript files overwrite any settings made in the OPC or PPD header files.
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Using the PSHeader Combiner program, you can combine several PostScript header files into a new header file. Thus you can combine the properties of different PostScript header files and activate them in a queue. You can rename these combined header files and save them. You can call up the program in the Windows Start menu with Start > Programs > Delta Technology > PSHeader Combiner. In order to use the new header files in a queue, you must as is the case for other header files activate them in the Delta Printmanager queue settings (PostScript Header File option). To combine several header files, simply mark the desired header in the list and enter a name for the new header-file. Then click the Combine button. be only performed by competent personnel 2 should who have sufficient knowledge concerning the PostNote: The manual creation of a PostScript header file

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the Heidelberg OPC Utilities, it is strongly recommended that you perform the OPC settings by using the Output Control dialog box. For the effects of modified queue settings on the print jobs, see Page 4-53. Black Overprint When the "Black Overprint" function is selected, black objects, usually text, appear only in the black separation on a color page. Without this function, objects which are completely black would be punched out from the background, i.e. from all the other separations. This can result in flashes in the final print. For this reason, most DTP applications have the option of marking an object with the attribute "overprint". However, since PostScript Level 2 was introduced, the color separation can be performed by the RIP. This is necessary when dealing with compressed images (JPEG), for example. An advantage of this method is the fact that the interpretation of the PostScript job is often much faster (as the color page only needs to be transferred and interpreted once). Black Overprint" in combination with the InRIP separation is provided by Delta Printmanager (see section Printing with Color Separations in the Internal RIP, page 337). Black Overprint" can be activated in the queue settings by using a PostScript header. Using PostScript Header File - Import, the Black_Overprint.ps PostScript file can be selected. This makes all black objects (black 100%, cyan, magenta and yellow 0%) appear only in the black separation; the background of these objects is not affected. In addition, the register marks and color names appear on the exposure. Color names and marks are also not supported by most applications when using InRIP separation.

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A list box appears when you click in the Import button. A PostScript header file which was already created can be selected in this box. Creating or editing a PostScript header file is performed with an ANSI editor (for example, Windows Notepad). PostScript header files can be saved to their own directory, for example: \\Delta\UserDir\PSHEADER. Import Job Use OPC or Output Manager defaults for import jobs This option is designed exclusively for the Delta List import in the offline workflow. For this reason, the queue must be configured as a drop folder, otherwise this option cannot be selected. Normally, exported Delta Lists contain printer-specific output parameters. If this option is enabled, these parameters are overwritten by the queue OPC settings. You can find more information in Chapter 2, Workflow" on Page 2-31

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Various parameters for controlling the workflow of the queue can be configured in the Job Handling tab:
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Period within which the jobs of the relevant queue are to be started. With this option you can create queues which, for example, output jobs only at night. If nothing is entered here, the jobs are output as soon as possible. Period (in hours) following which an exposed job can be removed from the queue. If nothing is entered here (default setting), the jobs remain in the queue. This means that the jobs can be output again at a later point in time (Reprint"). If you wish to reprint the job, first open the job list of the queue by double-clicking the queue icon. The job

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concerned is then selected. Output is started using Job > Reprint. If the value 0" is entered in the Delete Printed Job After....Hours field, each job is removed from the queue immediately after it is processed. Depending on how your workflow is defined, a set period for deleting jobs can be entered here. The period entered, however, should be chosen so that there is enough time to reprint a job if required. This deletion at set intervals also prevents the hard disk from filling up with jobs which are no longer required.

Attention: If you activate the automatic deletion of jobs in a queue and automatic deletion of Delta Lists in a connected export directory is also simultaneously activated then you must make sure that the time until automatic deletion in the queue is greater than the time that is set in the export directory for automatic deletion. Otherwise, the Delta Lists in the export directory may not be able to be deleted. In this case, an error message is outputted.
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Use file name for job title option: If this option is activated, the name of the job PostScript or PDF file is used as the job name in Delta Technology. Since jobs can be processed in the form of files only in drop folders, you can activate this option only for drop folders. InRip Separation for Composite PDF: In this area, parameters for handling spot colors for InRip separation of composite PDF jobs are set. InRip separation is activated either in the printing options of the DTP application or in the queue OPC settings (Color Separation option; see section OPC header file, page 413).
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Resource Handling tab Settings for font handling and image data processing are performed in the Resource Handling tab.

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Fonts

If the Use Server Fonts option is selected, the system checks whether the fonts used in the print job are already installed on the printer. If they are, the printer fonts are used. If they are not installed on the printer, the system checks whether the fonts are installed in the Delta Printmanager. If the conditions for font handling (see section Font Handling, page 318) are met and the fonts required are installed on Delta Printmanager, these fonts are used. In all other cases, the fonts are sent together with the document from the DTP workstation to the output device. Check Fonts If one of the Check Fonts while... options is activated, Delta Printmanager checks whether the fonts are installed on the output device, installed in Printmanager or included in the PostScript code. If certain fonts are not found during this check, Delta Printmanager stops the printing procedure and issues an error message.

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If this option is not activated, the missing fonts are replaced by printer fonts. These wildcards depend on the printer and its default settings. As a result, you may obtain unexpected results. To make sure this does not happen, all fonts which are used in the job should be installed as vector fonts (Adobe or True Type format) on the DTP workstation.
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Check Fonts while interpreting If this option is activated, the check does not occur until PostScript interpretation.

We recommend activating both options of you want to check fonts (default). In certain extraordinary cases, it may happen that, although a font is included in the job, it is not detected by the parser because the parser only evaluated PostScript comments for fonts. If the printing application does not generate these comments, the parser reports an error and job processing is cancelled with an error message. The job would be output without errors if the Check Fonts while... options were not activated. To nevertheless carry out a font check in such a case, you should deactivate the Check Fonts while parsing option and activate the Check Fonts while interpreting option.
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images are found. If the answer to both points is positive, the low-resolution data are replaced by the highresolution data during the output. If the fine image data are not found, the job is output using the coarse image data. However, if the Check Images option was activated, Delta Printmanager stops the output process and issues an error message. Trapping tab

Delta Trapper is an optional module which can be purchased in addition to the standard Delta Tec software. To activate the Delta Trapper the option has to be enabled by entering the correct dongle code. When the trapping option has been enabled, the trapping parameters for the queues can be configured by means of the Trapping tab. On this tab, there is a choice of four trapping modes.
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If either of the modes Interactively or View after Trapping is chosen, the trap settings of the queues can be adjusted by clicking the Edit Settings button. Click this button to call up the Trap parameters dialog box. It contains the four tabs Separations, Trap Geometry, Contone and TrapPairs.

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the trap settings can be found in the Delta 2 configuring Trapper Online Help and in the Delta TrapViewer Online Help. Proofer tab

Note: More detailed information about trapping and

The Proofer tab appears in the Create Spool Queue dialog box only if a proofing device or an export directory has been set up beforehand as the printer. The proof workflow options of the queue are configured in this tab (see section Printing on a Proofer, page 340). Furthermore, output options can be set. These depend on the proofing device used. When you click the Edit Settings... button, the Select PPD dialog box is opened.

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In this dialog box, select the suitable PPD driver file for the output device. The PPD files are located in the \\Delta \NTTools\PPDs or \\Delta\Win2000Tools\PPDsdirectory. The PPD settings dialog box appears when you confirm with OK. The name of the output device appears in the title bar.

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Various output settings can be made in this dialog box. The options displayed here depend on the features your output device has. For example, in the CMM Options tab (color management options), settings only appear for those devices which support color management. Otherwise, this tab remains empty. The following tabs always appear:

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Special extras for the output devices can be configured in this tab. This tab remains empty for devices without extra features.

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The following settings can be made in this tab: page size and orientation, paper feed, number of copies, etc. The options displayed here depend on your output device.

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Color management settings can be made in this tab. These settings are very important for a true-color output, for example, with color proofing. This tab remains empty for devices without a color option, for example, for a monochrome form proofer.

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In this tab, additional, printer-specific parameters, such as anti-aliasing functions, can be configured. in succession to a queue. For example, this is 2 times the case with renewed printing using Drag&Drop (see section Drag & Drop, page 54) or when importing and exporting Delta Lists (see Page 2-24). In these cases, remember that the PPD parameters which were set to Note: In principle it is possible to send a job several

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Printers default for the first queue run are overwritten during the following run if other parameters have been set in the meantime. For example, if the color management option (CMM Options) was set to Printers default for the first queue run and set to Color Matching for the second run, then color matching is performed for the job. It does not matter whether the job runs through the same queue each time or different ones. Even if the second run is through an import queue (for example, on another Delta Technology PC) and the job is an export file, the original PPD settings which were set to Printers default are overwritten. Keep in mind this change in setting when you are importing/exporting Delta Lists so as to avoid unwanted results. CIP3 tab

The CIP3 tab only appears in der Create Spool Queue dialog box if a CIP3 printer was set up beforehand (see section Storing CIP3 PPF files, page 344).
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Calibration tab In this tab, you can set the parameters for linearization and process calibration for queues. Linearization and process calibration are performed with the Calibration Manager software. Concept Linearization and process calibration are used to harmonize the individual processing steps of the entire printing process, from the creation of films / printing plates up to printing using an offset printing press. Inaccuracies in the dot size especially in color printing lead to errors in color and tone value reproduction. Linearization and process calibration influence the size of the dots: during output on a film imagesetter, for example, scattered light can cause larger dots ("dot growth") on the film than defined in the digital original. On the other hand, the film recopying process leads to dot reduction on a (positive) printing plate. When printing on an offset printing press, dot growth also occurs, resulting from the transfer of the ink from the printing plate to the paper. During calibration, the dot sizes on each output medium (film, printed paper) is measured using a densitometer and compared with the digital nominal defaults. The difference between the nominal defaults and the measured values result in calibration curves, which are used to correct the digital defaults in such a way that the correct dot sizes are on the output media after output. The calibration curves are stored in datasets, which are in turn gathered together in groups. Each data set contains two sections: a parameter section in which parameters

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such as the screening system, dot size, resolution, etc. are stored, and a section with the corresponding calibration curves. Linearization and process calibration in Delta Technology consists of two components: Calibration Manager software for generating calibration curves and a software module that includes the calibration curves in the calculations for the screening data of the print job. To guarantee a high degree of flexibility when using calibration curves, individual settings for linearization and process calibration can be made for each queue. Version 7.0. You can still use existing process 2 nology calibration data (.pca files) from earlier Delta Technology-versions. For more information, see section Process Calibration section, page 443. Linearization ensures that the physical dot on the film has the same size as the tone value that was specified in the job. The variations in dot size that occur during exposure of the hilm are removed from the calibration. This means that, for example, a dot percentage of 50% set in the print job is also output on the film with 50%. This is called a "linear" exposure. For this, Calibration Manager is used to generate one or more linearization curves. Process calibration is used to calibrate the tone value transfer on the complete printing sheet. For this, the results of a proof are measured so that they can serve as the basis for the calculation of the calibration curves. The calibration curves are included in the calculation of the dot sizes for imagesetting so that printing can be carried out in the end with correct tone values. The execution of process calibration requires a linearized film imagesetter in the case of Note: Calibration Manager is new since Delta Tech-

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film processing. Note that when a process calibration is used, the exposed film is generally no longer linear. More information regarding this subject can be found in the documentation for Calibration Manager.

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With Calibration Manager, you can either calibrate an output that is physically connected to the Delta Technology PC or set parameters for an output device that is not physically connected for the offline workflow (see section Distributing PostScript Interpretation and Exposure Output on Several Delta Technology PCs, page 215). Calibrating a physically connected output device Calibration Manager, the queue in which the cali5 ate bration parameters are to be set must be connected Prerequisites: In order to be able to call up and oper-

with the existing plate/film imagesetter. If test pages are to be output for the creation of linearization curves, the queue from which Calibration Manager was called up must also be a drop folder. In addition, the imagesetter must be ready for operation. Calibrating an output device in offline workflow Calibration Manager, an export directory must be 5 ate set up as a printer in Delta Printmanager. An output profile suitable to the output device must be activated for this export directory (see section Configuration of the Delta Printmanager for an Offline Printing Workflow, page 219). Furthermore, the queue in which the calibration parameters are to be set must be connected with the export directory. Calibration Manager obtains the required device information from the output profile. To call up Calibration Manager, click the Start Calibration Manager button. Calibration Manager is an independent application with its own user interface. With Calibration Manager, you can create and edit calibration Prerequisites: In order to be able to call up and oper-

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curves. Information regarding Calibration Manager can be found in Calibration Manager Users Guide or in the online help for Calibration Manager. or Use Process Calibration options, you must have 2 tion generated a calibration group with Calibration Manager and this group must have received activated calibration datasets. Otherwise, these options cannot be used. Exception: You want to use calibrations created in earlier Delta Technology versions (PCA-files). Calibration groups of linearization or process calibration datasets You can use Calibration Manager to generate calibration groups of linearization or process calibration datasets. If you have not yet created a group of calibration datasets, you can use the Start Calibration Manager button to call up Calibration Manager (see section Calling up Calibration Manager, page 439). A group generally contains several datasets. A dataset consists of a number of parameters such as the screening system, dot size, resolution, etc. and a set of corresponding calibration curves. If a group has been set in the Calibration Group list box in the Use Linearization or Use Process Calibration section, all processed jobs are examined to see if they contain parameters that conform with the dataset parameters of the calibration datasets of the group. If conformities are found, the appropriate calibration curves are used for the job. Otherwise, the behavior set in the Policy (see section Policy for linearization, page 442 or section Policy for process calibration, page 444) occurs. Note: In order to be able to activate the Use Lineariza-

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Linearization section: In the Use Linearization section, you can set the parameters for the linearization of a film imagesetter. The Use Linearization option is activated only if a corresponding output device is connected. In the Group list box, select a group of linearization datasets that has already been generated so that you can set it for this queue. Policy for linearization Here, you can determine in which way linearizations of the selected calibration group are to be used in the print job. The basis for selecting the suitable linearization curves is the parameters contained in the print job (screening system, dot size, resolution, etc.) which are compared with the parameters in the datasets of the set group.
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The set group is searched for a linearization curve that matches the parameters contained in the print job. Here, the screening system, dot size, screen ruling, resolution, polarity, orientation and output medium are taken into account. If no suitable linearization is found in the set group, for example because there are differences in one of the job parameters compared to the parameters of the datasets in the selected group, the job is cancelled with an error message. jobs, they must be activated in Calibration Man2 print ager.
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The group is searched for a linearization curve that matches the parameters contained in the print job. Here, the screening system, dot size, screen ruling, resolution, polarity, orientation and output medium are taken into account. If no suitable linearization is found in the set group, the default dataset that is set in the Default section is used.
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If this option is selected, the default dataset is always used. Process Calibration section In the Use Process Calibration section, you set the parameters for the process calibration. In the Group list box, select a group of process calibration curve datasets that has already been generated so that you can set it for this queue. If you are using a film imagesetter, it must first be linearized. To do this, activate the Use Linearization option in addition to the process calibration.
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tion datasets for process calibration (see section Calibration groups of linearization or process calibration datasets, page 441). After the Calibration Manager option has been activated and a group has been selected, the sections Policy and Printing Parameters can be used. The selected group contains the calibration datasets that are to be used for the process calibration. Policy for process calibration Here, you can determine in which way process calibration curves of the selected calibration group are to be used in the print job. The basis for selecting the suitable calibration curves is the parameters contained in the print job (screening system, dot size, resolution, etc.) which are compared with the parameters in the datasets of the set group.
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If this option is selected, the default dataset is always used. If there is no calibration curve for a color from the print job in the default dataset, the calibration curve to which the default color is assigned is used instead. Print Parameter section Here, you select a process standard (the desired "calibration target") and parameters that describe the printing conditions. More information regarding these parameters can be found in the Calibration Manager documentation.
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If this option is activated, the predefined "HD Default" inkset is always used as the basis for the search for a calibration dataset of a spot color, not the selected inkset. Color Matching tab The Color Management options for queues are set in the Color Matching tab.

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Use Color Matching option Color Management is activated with this option. When this option is activated, all jobs that are processed by this queue undergo Color Management functions. Even if no additional option is activated in this tab, internal Color Management calculations are executed; these lead to a brief increase of the processing times. always be activated when you want to process 2 option color composite jobs. Even if no graphics or image options are activated, CRDs (Color Rendering Dictionaries) are generated internally for jobs containing embedded color profiles in PostScript format or in PDF code. A target color profile is generated from this; this will certainly provide more precise results than the target color profile that is used when Color Management is not active. ICC profiles You can set one ICC profile (see section Color Management, page 133) for each of the object types CMYK/ RGB graphic and CMYK/RGB image. The following ICC profile types exist:
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Input profile, for e.g. scanners and digital cameras Display profile, for e.g. monitors Output profile, for e.g. color printers, imagesetters Additional profile formats, e.g. Device Link profile, color space conversion profile, etc.

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these profiles thus determine the input behavior of Color Management, even if the corresponding profiles have already been generated for the output devices. The target profile executes the adaptation to the output process (see section Target, page 452). A few default ICC profiles have already been installed with the Delta Technology software; these can be called up using the Browse button. If you have generated your own ICC profiles, e.g. with Heidelberg Color Open, you can transfer them to the Delta Technology PC and load them with the Browse button. Rendering intent In addition to selecting ICC profiles, you can set the rendering intent for the individual graphics/image types. Rendering intent determines how the color space adaptation should be executed: Since losses always occur during a color space transformation, it can be helpful to, for example, retain the photographic perception of an original and to accept a limit on the number of color values. The following parameters are available for rendering intent: absolute and relative colorimetric, saturation and perceptual. Absolute Colorimetric Colors are rendered taking the light source and the medium illuminant (e.g. the color of the unprinted paper). For example, the illuminant of a newsprint paper which is shifted from illustration printing paper towards yellow compared to the illuminant of paper is rendered with a yellowish cast. That is why Absolute Colorimetric is the default setting for proof output. All colors that lie outside of the output color space are displayed on the margin of the output color space. The advantage of this rendering intent is that

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the exact color values are retained when switching from one output medium to another. The disadvantage is that any colors that lie outside of the output color space cannot be distinguished. This rendering intent is especially suitable for logos or monochrome objects which must be reproduced exactly the same way on different output media. Relative Colorimetric Colors are rendered taking solely the light source into account. The rendering intent of the print medium (e.g the color of the unprinted paper) is not taken into account. For example, the illuminant of a monitor would be correctly rendered on the print medium. All colors that lie within the output color space are rendered identically. All colors that lie outside of the output color space are displayed on the margin of the output color space. The advantage of this rendering intent is that different illuminants of different output media are taken into account. The disadvantage is that the color adaptations are not exactly retained when switching from one output medium to another. This rendering intent is suitable for all vector graphics. Saturation In the output, the colors are rendered in such a manner that the color saturation is retained or even emphasized. The colorimetrically precise rendering of colors can be retained or not. This option is suitable for business graphics where the color saturation is the most important attribute in color rendering.

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Perceptual When you use the Perceptual parameter, you obtain an output that contains essentially the perceptible impression of the original. This means that the precise, colorimetric rendering of the colors is modified in favor of the retention of the relative color relationships. Here, the output color space is compressed, i.e. "fewer" colors are output as existed in the original. This option is especially suitable for photographs. Preserve Black Generation (CMYK Graphic / Image) This option affects the black portions in CMYK graphics and images. If the option is activated, black generation is retained as far as possible so that it matches that in the job. Color Management makes adaptations only when they are required to retain the visual impression of the black tone. option be always activated, even if the calculation 2 tion time of the jobs is slightly increased. CMYK Graphic If this option is activated, Color Management is used for vector-based CMYK graphics. RGB Graphic If this option is activated, Color Management is used for vector-based RGB graphics. CMYK Image If this option is activated, Color Management is used for pixel-based CMYK images. Note: It is recommended that the Preserve Black Genera-

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RGB Image If this option is activated, Color Management is used for pixel-based RGB images. CIE Based Object In this scroll list, you can set the rendering intent (see section Rendering intent, page 449) for Lab-based objects. If objects or colors are contained to which color profiles are embedded in PostScript or PDF code in print jobs then color management is always carried out on these objects if the Use Color Matching option is activated. This also occurs if no other option is activated in the Color Matching tab. Target In the Target area, you must select a target output profile (ICC profile). You can use this target output profile to determine which color adjustments the Color Management will make for the printing process. A number of default target output profiles have already been installed with the Delta Technology software; these can be called up using the Browse button. Color Management for Black Graphic Objects option This option affects all (CMYK) objects of a job that are defined with the "100% black" property. If the Color Management for Black Graphic Objects option is activated, black objects are included in the Color Management calculation. Due to this, it is possible that black objects are brightened. If the option is not activated, black objects are output as follows, depending on their color definition in the print job:

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Subsequently changing queue settings If the configuration settings for previously created queues are to be subsequently changed or checked, use the commands Queue > Setup... or the Settings button in the function bar to enter the Queue settings dialog box. Before doing this, first select the relevant queue with a click. are waiting to be processed, these jobs keep the 2 queue old" settings which were applicable when the jobs entered the queue. If the new settings are to affect these jobs as well, you must reprint every job in this queue (see Page 4-21). Delete queues Queues can be deleted with the Queue > Delete command or with the delete icon in the function bar. Note: If you change queue settings while jobs in the

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Attention: If a queue is deleted, every print job in this queue is deleted too. We recommend that you move every job not yet printed to another queue using Drag & Drop (see Page 5-4).

Printers (for a definition of the term printer" as used in the Delta Printmanager, see Page 3-4) are created in the Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window using the Printer > Create... menu item. This command calls up the Create printer dialog box. This dialog box contains only the General tab.

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The tab contains the Type: and Name: sections. The printer type is set under Type:. The name of the printer in the Delta Printmanager configuration and status window is entered under Name:. In Type, there are a number of options which determine the different ways the configured printers react: Internal RIP The internal RIP with the configurable PostScript interpreter (CPSI) is automatically set up during the installation. Since there can only be one printer of this type here, no other internal RIP can be installed with the Create Printer menu. The internal RIP controls the connected Delta Tower and an imagesetter connected to it. AppleTalk Network... The Delta Printmanager supports the following output devices (only PostScript-compatible ones) which can be addressed by means of the AppleTalk network:
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If the AppleTalk Network... option is selected, the Select AppleTalk Network Printer dialog box opens. A list of all the AppleTalk zones in the network is found in this dialog box. To install the printer, choose a zone and install the desired output device.

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BSPP... If the direct channel of another Delta Technology system or a conventional RIP (for example, RIP 50) with a connected imagesetter is set up as the output device, a faster BSPP link between the Delta Technology PC and the RIP can be set up instead of an AppleTalk network link.

To set up such a link, you only have to enter the IP address of the RIP concerned. Ask your network administrator for the IP address.

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your Delta Technology PC in order for a BSPP link 2 on to be set up. CIP3... Using this option, a CIP3 printer is set up, i.e. an output directory for generating CIP3-PPF files is specified (see section Storing CIP3 PPF files, page 344).

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Note: A maximum of 64 CIP3 printers can be set up.

A name can be entered for the CIP3 printer in the CIP3 Printer Name field (under Name. The resolution (in dpi) which is used to calculate the ink zone is set in Resolution (see section Generation of CIP3 control data in Print Production Format (PPF), page 140). For example, if a value of 10 dpi is entered, 10 density measurements per inch (both in X and Y direction) are made. The density dispersion of the entire signature is calculated with this screen resolution. uses a resolution of 50.8 dpi so that the val2 generally ues for ink zone control can be compared with the Note: Heidelberg CPC 3232, the CIP3 analysis program,

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results obtained with a plate scanner. Lower resolutions, for example 10 dpi, generally are also sufficient for a sufficiently accurate ink zone analysis. Select the output directory for the PPF files using the browser field in Output. For automatic further processing with PrepressInterface, the input directory at the PrepressInterface end must be entered here. This is always a subdirectory of PPDIN on the PC on which the PrepressInterface software is installed. If required, a different coding can be selected under PPF-Image coding. This can then effect, e.g. the file size. Call up Cip3Ini editor using the Cip3IniEdit button. Here you can make the settings for the generation of the Cip3 data. More informatin on the Cip3 editor is contained in the PPF File Generation Users Guide/Workflow.manual. Directory... Clicking the Directory... option opens the Select Directory dialog box. With this option, jobs are printed to an output directory as PostScript files. Printing to a directory only makes sense if there is no suitable output device linked to the local Delta Technology PC. The jobs can then be sent and output as PostScript files to another computer (e.g. another Delta Technology PC with a connected imagesetter) via the network or by means of a data carrier.

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An output directory can be located on the local hard disk of the Delta Technology PC, on a data carrier (disk, removable disk, etc.) or on another computer in the network. The New... button can be clicked to create a new directory. In the Create Directory dialog box, the complete directory path must be entered under Name.

If you click the Network... button, the Map Network Drive dialog box appears. All available work groups and computers (only Windows networks) are listed in this dialog box.

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To be able to drive a directory via the Windows network, it must first be installed on the relevant computer and the read/write properties must be enabled. To create an output directory via the network, first select the work group (with a double click) containing the relevant computer. Double-click on the computer name to list all enabled directories. Select the output directory and enter the password (you may be prompted). In the Drive list box, you can select the drive under which the output directory will be addressed on the Delta Technology PC. If you activate the Reconnect at Logon option, the network drive will be linked to the Delta Technology PC after every restart. This option must be activated if the output directory is to be used constantly.

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Export Directory... An export directory is set up as the printer in the Delta Printmanager with this option. An export directory is one where exported Delta Lists are filed. Each job has its own subdirectory in the export directory. The Delta Lists and Delta Documents or the TAR files are filed here. These subdirectories are assigned the names of the jobs concerned. Export directories are an effficient tool for offline printing with Delta Lists and Delta Documents or for archiving interpreted jobs (see section Import and Export of Delta Documents and Delta Lists, page 142).

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The various options for Export Directory Setup are described in detail in Chapter 2 (see section Offline Printing with Exported Delta Lists and Delta Documents, page 217). Form proofer... A form proofer is set up as the printer with this option (see section Printing on a Proofer, page 340). It is set up as part of a special proof workflow in Delta Printmanager (see section Workflow with Impositioning on a Signastation, page 234). Form proofers are used in particular in a special CTP workflow, that is when output is to a plate imagesetter. A form proofer must have been set up as the printer in order to be able to configure its options (see Page 3-40).

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Name: freely selectable Interpolationmode: sets the interpolation mode for scaling down from the imagesetter resolution to the form proofer resolution. Antialiasing can also be selected when interpolating the resolution. Printer Path: the network path of the form proofer is set here. You can either type the network path of the form proofer directly or click the Browse button and select the form proofer in the network you want. If the connection between the form proofer and the Delta Technology PC is local, you can also set the device by selecting it from a list. Type: the printer driver matching the form proofer can be selected in this list box. Resolution: the resolution desired (in dpi) for the layout proof is set here. The settings which are possible depend on the proofing device. Color Management: the color management option can be activated here if you have a color form proofer. Output Mode > Color: if a form proof in color is required, the Color mode can be checked here. Output Mode > Mirror: this mode is designed especially for form proofers that are capable of double-sided printing. This option must be checked for back printing.

A form proofer is generally set up as the printer for a proof workflow (see Page 3-40). However, it can also be set up as a stand-alone printer in Delta Printmanager.

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The form proofer is connected to the Delta Technology PC by means of a parallel (Centronics) interface or via a network link (for example, HP 755). Color Proofer In the Delta Printmanager, color proofers have been introduced as printers for exposing print jobs. Color proofers are usually integrated in a proof workflow (see Page 3-40). A color proofer has to first be set up as a printer before the color proofer options become available in the queue settings.

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Default Settings: When you click the Default Settings... button, the proofer Default Settings dialog box is opened. When are the Default Settings used? In a standard proofer workflow, the output parameters for both the imagesetter (via OPC or PPD settings) and the proofer (via the proofer PPD settings) are determined by the input queue. In this way, the print job and the appropriate Delta Lists respectively get the appropriate output parameters for the relevant output device. If, however, a proof is wanted, but no proofer workflow as yet has been set up, then no output parameters specifically for the proofing device are available. Example: A Delta List is created on an export Delta Technology PC and written to an export directory. The print job is to be exposed on another (import) Delta Technology PC to an imagesetter at a later point in time. The output parameters of the imagesetter are defined by the OPC settings of the queue in the export workstation. As no proofer workflow has been configured, there are no output parameters for a proofing device in this print job. Then, however, at the Import Workstation a proof is made by dragging the print job from the job list and dropping it onto a proofer icon or a TIFF directory (via Drag&Drop). At this point, the default settings of the proofer take effect, which ensure that the print job is exposed with suitable output parameters. If the print job already contains proofer output parameters, because, for example, the print job

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For more information regarding default settings, see Page 4-65. Subsequently Modifying Printer Settings If you want to subsequently modify or check the settings of printers, you can call up the Printer Setup dialog box as follows:
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Delete printer Printers can be deleted using the Printer > Delete command or with the delete icon in the function bar. Exception: The internal RIP is automatically created during the installation of the Delta Tec Software. This output device can neither be deleted nor reconfigured.

Setting up links
Links define which queue outputs the jobs to what printer. Links from one queue to several printers (load balancing) and links from several queues to one printer can be created. It makes sense to create links from several queues to one printer if several queues with different OPC settings (resolution, positive/negative output, etc.) were created and they are to be output to the same imagesetter. In this way, operation of the imagesetter can be made much easier when various queues are involved. Priorities for links Priorities can be assigned to links in the load balancing mode (see section Load Balancing of Several Printers, page 332), that is, when several (similar) printers are used by one queue. The levels No Change, Low, Normal and Top are available. By assigning different priorities, preference can be given to a particular printer in the load balancing mode. This option should be used if two printers with different performance features are used (see section Priorities, page 326). Links can be created in two ways: by dragging between the objects concerned with the mouse or by using the the Link > Create... command. The menu command is used to open the Create Link dialog box. In the

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dialog box, you can select a queue and a printer which are to be linked together. The link goes from the queue to the printer. The priority level of the link is also set in this dialog box.

Links are displayed as lines in the Delta Printmanager "Configuration and Status" window. A link is selected by a simple mouse click and this line is then wider. You can change the priority level of a selected link by means of the Link > Setup... command or with the setup icon in the function bar. A selected link can be deleted with the Link > Delete command or with the delete icon in the function bar. Exception: The link between the direct channel and the internal RIP is created by the system during the installation of the Delta Tec Software. This link can neither be deleted nor assigned a priority level.

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Working with Delta Printmanager

When Delta Printmanager has been set up and configured, it normally performs its functions automatically and does not need to be monitored by the user. However, there are situations where manual intervention in the workflow or monitoring of its activities is necessary.

Delta Printmanager operation


Delta Printmanager is designed for automatic operation. Therefore, operation is limited to selecting the correspondingly configured queue on the DTP computer. OPC (see section OPC Settings, page 327) and/ or PPD settings (see section PPD settings, page 330) may also need to be made. Furthermore, attention must be paid that the fonts required for the various jobs are in the Adobe Type 1 format. If necessary, the fonts must be downloaded to the printer or the Delta Printmanager (see section Font Handling, page 318).

Manual Control of the Workflow


In certain situations, for example, if a printer fails (jamming, problems with RIP, etc.), the workflow of the Delta Printmanager can be interrupted and/or modified manually. Manual intervention in the workflow can be accomplished by:
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Moving a job within a printer job list via Drag & Drop Moving a job from a printer into a queue via Drag & Drop Move a job from a queue into a printer using drag & drop or using the context menu command Send to Moving a job from one queue into another via Drag & Drop Move a job from a printer to another printer using drag & drop or using the context menu command Send to Changing the displayed order within a queue or a printer job list depending on column titles (sorting by priority, job name, etc.) Adding a queue, a printer or a link Deleting a queue, a printer or a link Linking a queue to another printer Modifying the properties of a queue or a printer

A queue can be stopped should it happen that print jobs land in the wrong queue by mistake or that a faulty job was sent to a queue. upper part of the Configuration and Status 2 the window for fast operation of some functions. The Note: There are quick access icons" in the tool bar of

function behind each icon is explained in a popup menu if you leave the mouse pointer approx. 2 seconds over the icon concerned.

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A queue is stopped (paused) either with the Queue > Pause menu item or with the corresponding icon in the function bar. Processing is continued with the Queue > Resume command or with the corresponding icon in the function bar. Monitoring of the queue or drop folder is activated again with Resume" and the jobs are printed in the order they arrive. Pausing links Links can also be paused. Pausing links means that the link between a queue and a printer is interrupted and that no job data can be sent on to the printer. Example: Several queues are linked to a printer and a very urgent job is to be printed immediately. One of the

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queues can be singled out for this express job" by temporarily pausing the links to the other queues. The job is then printed via this queue. If necessary, the job must be sent to the top of the job list in the queue if there are already other jobs there (see section Drag & Drop, page 54). Pausing printers Pausing printers means that jobs coming from one queue are not sent to the output device or the internal PostScript interpreter. The jobs are just collected in a printer spool directory. (see section Determining the spool directory, page 411) Pausing a printer is required if the output device is not to function temporarily, for example, when changing material, cleaning, etc. Drag & Drop Delta Printmanager allows individual jobs to be controlled by Drag & Drop", which means they can be picked up" using the mouse, then dragged" elsewhere and finally dropped". Moving jobs using Drag & Drop may be used to achieve the following results:
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selecting the job with the mouse and, holding down the left mouse button, dropping it at the top of the list. The job is dropped" by releasing the left mouse button when the job is in the correct position: The job will be sent to the corresponding printer as soon as it becomes available. A job that is dropped in this fashion will always be inserted into the queue before the job that it is dropped onto. Moving jobs within a printer is only possible when the chosen display order is set to Priority (also see Page 5-21).
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signals when a job can be moved: a Drag & Drop action can only be performed when a job is shown with either the symbol waiting" (three dots) or the symbol done" (smiley).

Attention: Great care has to be taken when jobs are dragged in this way, to ensure that printing a job on a different printer doesnt lead to unwanted results (see Page 3-34). You should make sure that all the required fonts are available on the printer. To avoid wasting film it may be a good idea to include all the required fonts in the job before it is sent to the Delta Printmanager. It is always recommended, when using the Drag & Drop function, that you select the Check Fonts option in all the queues that serve as a drop destination (see Page 4-24). In the Delta Printmanagers Configuration and Status window, the vertical order of the symbols for the queues and printers can be changed by Drag & Drop. Using this option will often create a more orderly appearance within the Delta Imagemanagers Configuration and Status window, as this allows the links to be disentangled", especially when there are many queues and printers. To drag a symbol to a new position, both the Control and the Shift key have to be pressed at the same time. In certain cases it might seem reasonable to reallocate a queue from one printer to another, i.e. the connection to printer 1 will be deleted and replaced by a new connection to printer 2. It could happen, for example, that a very urgent job is sent mistakenly into a queue which is connected to an imagesetter which in turn is already overloaded. Since one has already sent this job to the queue, the idea could arise to delete this connection to the

Rearranging symbols

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Imagesetter and to create a new connection to a second imagesetter, which is not presently being used.

Attention: When this method is used, it may occur that the job will be output with the wrong fonts and OPC settings. These settings are registered when a queue is connected to a printer; each job being sent to a queue will be assigned these font and OPC settings. For this reason, the correct output of such reallocated jobs is guaranteed only if the previous printer, which was connected to the queue, as well as the newly connected printer are absolutely equivalent in regard to the output options of the print job. It is recommended that the jobs which were mistakenly sent to the wrong" queue be deleted from this queue and sent anew via a different queue (which perhaps is connected to a different printer).

Contextual menus Context-sensitive menus can be used for quick operation of Delta Printmanager. Context-sensitive menus are always called up with the right mouse button. The menu items which can be used are determined by the object above which the mouse is currently positioned.

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There are various context-sensitive menus available in Delta Printmanager: Context-sensitive menu for the general desktop background of Delta Printmanager. This menu has the following options:
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The context menu for a (previously marked) queue. This menu has the following options:
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Resume resumes processing of the queue. Copy data... opens a dialog box where files to be copied to the drop folder can be selected. This menu item can only be selected for drop folders. Copy Directory... opens a dialog box where directories to be copied to the drop folder can be selected. This menu item can only be selected for drop folders. Copy Testjobs... opens a dialog box where test jobs to be copied to the drop folder can be selected. This menu item can only be selected for drop folders. MacImport... calls up the MacImport program which is used to copy Macintosh files from a Macintosh data carrier (disk, removable disk) to a Windows directory. This menu item can only be selected for drop folders. The highlighted drop folder is selected as the import directory in the MacImport program. For more information regarding the MacImport program, see the Online Help for MacImport. Print TIFF/IT... calls up the Print TIFF/IT program. This program frames" TIFF files with a set of PostScript comments, allowing Delta Printmanager to treat them as normal" PostScript print jobs. For more details on the Print TIFF/IT program refer to the Print TIFF/IT online help. Delete deletes the queue or the drop folder

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Copy... creates a duplicate of the queue or the drop folder. After calling up the menu command, a dialog box is opened where you must enter the name of the copy. Setup... calls up the Queue Setup dialog box.

The context menu for a (previously marked) queue. This menu has the following options:
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output directory can be selected. This menu item can only be selected for output directories.
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The actions which can be triggered with the commands of the context-sensitive menus correspond to those of the main menu. Option Copy files, MacImport and Status can only be attained using the contextual menus.

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The context menu for a single job in a queue or a printer job list.

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Priority assigns a new priority to the print job. Send to sends the print job to an installed printer Import in imports the print job into an sinatlled queue directory. The print job is outputted via this queue directory with the options configured there.

Monitoring the Activities of Delta Printmanager


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Viewing the Jobs in a Queue A list of all the jobs in the queue can be displayed by means of a double click on the queue icon or by choosing the Queue > View Jobs menu command. The list shows all the jobs in the queue together with a status symbol. The status symbol provides information about the processing state of each job.

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Double-click on a job or choose Job > View (select a job first) to open the Job Details dialog box.

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Delete the job is being deleted. DDV the job is opened in the Delta Document Viewer (DDV). Here you can view the logical page of the print job. More information is contained in the Delta Document Viewer Online Help. More information The Information on Document dialog box is opened. This contains detailed information on the print job.

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PostScript Output Fonts with information about the fonts in the job Images with a list of the images in the job

A job can be deleted from a queue (for example, if the job is faulty) or reprinted in the General tab. All other tabs are of a purely informative nature. Viewing the jobs of a printer In the same way as with queues, you can also display the jobs of a printer with the Printer > View Jobs menu command or with a double click on the printer icon. A status symbol is also shown for every job and provides you with information about the current processing status of a job.

Job Details dialog box

When you double-click a job or use the Job > Details menu command, the Job Details dialog box opens. The information and processing options (Delete and Reprint) are the same as in the corresponding dialog box for jobs in a queue.

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For example, if a faulty job was already sent to a printer but not yet printed, it can be deleted in this dialog box. A job which was not printed due to an error in the output device (jamming) can also be reprinted by means of this dialog box. Viewing all jobs If you want an overview of all the jobs currently processed by the Delta Printmanager, you can view a list of all the jobs with Job > View All.

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Progress indicators The processing status of jobs can be checked by means of the following indicators:
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For more information regarding the Delta Control program, see the Online Help for Delta Control and the Delta Technology Quick Reference Guide. Logfiles Job Logfile dialog box Further information about the jobs processed with Delta Imagemanager can be viewed with File > Log File > Job. This command calls up the Job Logfile dialog box, which contains a list of all the jobs in the order they were processed. Each job is commented by a message.

Event Detail dialog box

If you double-click an entry in this list, a dialog box appears which shows statistical details about the job concerned.

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In this dialog box, you can view information about the size and the processing times of the job. System Logfile dialog box The System Logfile dialog box is called up with File > Log File > System. All processes relating to the starting and stopping of the Delta Printmanager system components are filed here.

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Sorting job lists and log files by columns

Job lists and logfile windows are separated into several columns, e.g. Name, No., Pages and Printed at. The title of each column is a button. Clicking one of these buttons causes the job list to be sorted according to the corresponding entry. A second click on the same button reverses the order from ascending to descending and back again. Resorting by, for example, clicking the title Name results in the jobs being arranged in the order of their names. Note: The order shown in the display only matches

order in which the jobs are processed when the 2 the jobs are sorted by Priority (this applies only to the job lists in the printer windows).

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Export Logfiles With the Delta Printmanager, it is possible to export and save job information in different file formats so that the events relating to the processing of jobs can be evaluated. The Export Job Information dialog box is called up with File > Log File > Export....

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When you click the Export... button, the Export to dialog box is opened.

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In this dialog box, you can define the file name and the path for the export file. The file type should normally remain unchanged since it was defined in the preceding dialog box.

Delta Technology start options


Delta Technology consists of a number of software modules which can be configured with different start options to suit the case at hand. These start options run while the Windows operating system is being booted. Automatic Start of the Delta Technology Control Elements To avoid calling up the system control module of Delta Technology each time Windows is started, we recommend that you copy the icons for Delta Printmanager, Delta Imanager and Delta Control from the Delta Technology Start menu to the Autostart

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(or Startup) menu. In this way, these components are automatically called up each time Windows is started. error message may appear when the computer is 2 an powering up. There are two reasons why this may be Note: If Delta Printmanager is in the Autostart menu,

provoked: either the system services of Delta Technology are not yet completely started and, consequently, Printmanager does not have all its working documents or another computer has control access (see section Remote control and monitoring, page 358) to this Delta Technology PC. In the first case, wait until your computer has finished running up to its operational state and then click OK in the error message dialog box. Delta Printmanager now starts correctly. In the second case, you must clarify who has control access and, if necessary, end this. Procedure: 1. Click with the right mouse button on an unoccupied part of the Windows status bar. The context-sensitive menu for the status bar appears. 2. Select Properties. The Taskbar Properties dialog box is opened. 3. In the Programs in Start Menu tab, click the Erweitert... button. The Windows Explorer appears. 4. In the NT directory, open the Profiles > All Users > Start menu > Programs > Delta Technology folder and mark the entries Delta Printmanager, Delta Imagemanager and Delta Control. 5. Position the mouse pointer over one of the marked entries and press the right mouse button; a contextual menu opens. Select the menu item Copy.

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6. Open the Autostart folder and press the right mouse button. A contextual menu opens. Select the menu item Paste. The marked entries are copied to the Startup group. These applications are now automatically started every time Windows is started. Start Options for the Delta DriveMonitor Normally, the Delta DriveMonitor is started together with the Delta Technology service. If you do not want the Delta DriveMonitor to be started automatically, you can click on the DriveMonitor entry in the Window menu in Delta Printmanager. The tick beside the menu entry disappears and the Delta DriveMonitor is closed and is not started the next time Delta Technology is started. If you want the Delta DriveMonitor to be started automatically again, you have to mark this menu entry again.

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Attention: Remember that deactivating the Delta DriveMonitor may lead to full" drives in the Delta Technology system without any warning. This may cause a loss of data and bring Delta Technology to a complete standstill. More information can be found in the Delta DriveMonitoronline help.

You can use this program to save or restore the settings of your Delta Technology configuration. If you wish, you can also use it to install, remove or update individual components of the Delta Technology software.

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When you restore a Delta Technology configuration with Registry Restore", AppleTalk drop folders are restored in such a manner that these directories are released again for the Macintosh file system after restarting the system. Windows queues are also restored by "RegistryRestore". If you reinstall Windows and Delta Technology and then run Registry Restore", the required Windows NT printer drivers and system drivers are missing. For this reason, the Windows queues display the "stop sign", i.e. the printing jobs are not processed further. In order to install the drivers which are still missing, it is necessary to temporarily create a new Windows queue. You must then check which printer drivers or "PPD files" are used by the queues which are to be restored. You must now temporarily create a new Windows queue for each printer driver required. The necessary NT drivers are automatically installed at the same time. You can then restart the queues which have been stopped and delete the temporary queues.

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Delta Imagemanager Overview

Delta Imagemanager enhances the functionality of Delta Technology with powerful tools for the management and editing of image files. Definition of job" in Delta Imagemanager When used in conjunction with Delta Imagemanager, the images which will be processed are also referred to as jobs". Overview of the functions of Delta Imagemanager:
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File formats

Delta Imagemanager can edit or import the following file formats: TIFF, JPEG, Scitex-CT, EPS, DCS1, ICS, DCS2. The layout files are generated in the EPS format or, if the fine images are in a pixel format, in the original fine image file format. Special screen presentations, so called "previews" or layout proofs can be created from image files in the TIFF, JPEG or Scitex-CT format. The Delta Imagemanager user interface is the Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window.

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cally. Links are displayed as lines in the Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window.
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Each of these elements can be temporarily disabled (paused") manually. This means that a paused" image directory can no longer be monitored" by the system. In other words, image data can still be collected in the directory but the jobs are not integrated into the current processing run and are not automatically transferred to the Delta layout generator.

Concept of Delta Imagemanager


In the field of DTP, image data is often processed, that has been scanned at a high resolution. Such high-resolution images ensure a high output quality, but they require much more memory. As a result, this greatly increases the work load placed on the entire working environment processing these images (scanner workstation, layout station, network, etc.). Creating low-resolution layout files Delta Imagemanager has been designed to collect the high-resolution image files on the Delta Technology PC and to create low-resolution lay-files from them. Lay-files are files in PostScript format (EPS) which can be used for inclusion in DTP programs (with or without screen previews) or as layout proofs when printing with a low resolution (for example, with laser

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printers). The PostScript code of the layout files always contains references (information on the path in the file system) to the high-resolution images from which the layout files were created. A layout file may also contain screen previews or layout proofs. In the Delta Technology system, Delta Imagemanager works closely with Printmanager. OPI 1.3 comments. Therefore, applications 2 standard other than Delta Printmanager, e.g. Adobe Acrobat Distiller, can process Delta Imagemanager lay files. The OPI comments are maintained in PDF files. In earlier Delta Technology versions (< Version 7.0), Delta Imagemanager generated another format of the lay files. This was incompatible with Acrobat Distiller; OPI references to EPS files can be transferred to PDF files only with the new layout file format. If you delete the earlier lay files and generate new ones, you can transfer OPI references to PDF files and output them with Delta Technology using Acrobat Reader. to the lay files of Delta Direct 1.0 / MetaDi2 identical mension 2.0 and Imagemanager Pro. Utilization of image directories Saving high-resolution images The high-resolution image data can be collected in several directories on the Delta Technology PC. When the job is output, Printmanager includes the data of the high-resolution images which were filed in these directories in the PostScript code of the print job (see section OPI (Image Data Substitution), page 38). Image directories are created in the Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window. Note: The format of Delta Technology 7.5 lay files is Note: Delta Imagemanager generates lay files with

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Utilization of layout files in layout programs When you work with image data inclusion, the layout files are incorporated into the DTP documents instead of the high-resolution images. The DTP document should contain information on the location of the high-resolution images in the system so that these high-resolution images can be found later on when the job is output. This information is saved as a reference (see Page 3-9) PostScript comment in the data code of the lay file. During the output run, Delta Printmanager decodes this information and is able to find the high-resolution image which is then included in the print job instead of the lay file. For further information regarding finding high-resolution images, see section OPI (Image Data Substitution), page 38. Screen previews can be generated when creating the layout files if the high-resolution images are in TIFF, JPEG or Scitex-CT format or if they are EPS or DCS files which contain directly readable pixel images (Photoshop EPS). These previews are normally generated with the screen resolution (typically: 72 dpi). They usually require considerably less memory than the original high-resolution images. The layout files can be loaded to the relevant computer for layout or image editing without taxing the network or the resources of the DTP workstation too much. If the OPI option is activated, Delta Printmanager automatically pastes the relevant high-resolution image data into the job during the output run (see section OPI (Image Data Substitution), page 38).

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Utilization of layout files for proof output Output to low resolution printers If image data are to be output to laser printers or other output devices which work with a comparatively low resolution, lay files which contain so-called layout proofs" can be generated for this type of output by the layout generator if the original images are in TIFF, JPEG or Scitex-CT format or if they are EPS or DCS files which contain directly readable pixel images (Photoshop EPS). As with previews, layout proofs are low-resolution versions of the original high-resolution images. Layout proofs are generated in the resolution required by the output device in question. For example, a resolution of 100 - 200 dpi should be used for output on a laser printer. In the Delta Printmanager, queues which are linked to an appropriate printer can be created. If the OPI Including option (see section OPI (Image Data Substitution), page 38) is not activated when you create the queue, the layout proofs are printed instead of the high-resolution image files. Previews or layout proofs contained in PostScript files If the high-resolution images are in DCS or ICS format (but not EPS), they may already contain previews or layout proofs. These previews or layout proofs are not regenerated by Delta Imagemanager. Delta Imagemanager can be configured so that these PostScript previews or layout proofs are included when the lay-file is generated. This is valid in the same way for Macintosh previews or file icons in the Macintosh resource fork.

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Creating layout files by interpolation Delta layout generators create lay-files. Delta layout generators examine TIFF, JPEG or Scitex-CT high-resolution images and create the previews or layout

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proofs by means of interpolation. In this way, you obtain previews which show a much more detailed reproduction of the original image than previews created in the normal procedure. The lay files are filed in layout directories (high-resolution images are stored in the image directories). Layout generators are created in the Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window. Automatic layout file generation The procedure for creating layout files is automated. For this purpose, links between image directories and layout generators must be set up in the Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window. A link causes image directory jobs to be sent to the connected layout generator. This means that a lay-file is automatically created by a Delta layout generator from every image file filed in the image directory. The layout file is saved in the layout directory. not report changes to Image Manager (NFS, Net2 do ware) are checked for new or updated image data at a regular interval which can be stipulated (the Max. time between updates option). Note: Image directories stored on file systems which

File formats
When layout files are generated, various layout file formats can be created, depending upon the original fine image's file format. The possibilities when generating screen previews or layout proofs also vary, depending upon the fine image's file type. Other high-resolution images contain layout-proofs, which may serve as previews, simultaneously.

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Supported fine image file formats In the following, more detailed information on the high-resolution image formats supported will be given. Especially, it will be explained, under which conditions the file formats are processed by the Delta Imagemanager. DCS and ICS Separated PostScript files are supported, if they consist of one main file and 4 color separation files (CMYK). The main file format must correspond to DCS-1, and may contain a PostScript proof. An EPS file may contain a TIFF or a Windows metafile preview as well as an EPSI preview (PostScript comment). DCS-2 images in Single and Multifile formats are also supported. EPS An EPS high-resolution image file can not contain any PostScript proof because the PostScript part represents the fine image. An EPS file may contain a TIFF or a Windows metafile preview as well as an EPSI preview (PostScript comment). JPEG Baseline JPEG is supported in both the ADOBE and JFIF variants. Supported color depths: gray, RGB, and CMYK, each with 8 bits/sample. Scitex-CT Supported color depths: gray, RGB and CMYK. A TIFF file may contain a maximum of two additional color separations. These separations will not be processed and therefore not exposed.

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TIFF Supported color depths: B/W with 1 bit/sample, gray (8 bits and 4 bits), RGB palette (8 bit and 4 bit), CMYK, and single separation with 8 bits/sample. A TIFF file may contain a maximum of two additional color separations. These separations will not be processed and therefore not exposed. The image data may be arranged in a single area, in strips or in tiles, and they can either be LZW or PackBits compressed. DotRange is taken into consideration. Not supported are: LAB, YCC or other color spaces, color sequences other than C-M-Y-K, JPEG-compression, rotated orientation. Comments Macintosh fine images Fine image files may contain a PICT preview in the Mac resource fork. If available, the creator" will be copied into the layout file, otherwise LHPS" (Layout file Heidelberg Print Server) will be used as the creator. Depending on the layout file format, the type will be set to EPSF, JPEG, TIFF, or ..CT. If available, Mac icons will be taken over, otherwise a standard Mac icon will be used (depending on the type and creator). Color formats in layout files For previews in layout files, CMYK is substituted by RGB, in order to obtain a substantially better preview quality. If layout files are generated in the original (high resolution) file format (TIFF, JPEG, Scitex-CT), CMYK is preserved, in order not to impair the proof ability.

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Photoshop clippaths If clippaths are included in TIFF, JPEG or EPS images with Photoshop, they are recognized by the Delta Imagemanager and integrated into the lay-files as a white silhouette mask. The clippaths, or at least the white silhouette masks, are displayed and interpreted in the DTP application (Quark XPress, PageMaker) during layout generation with the use of the layout files. The Delta Printmanager processes the clippaths when the lay-files are replaced by the fine images. Generation of previews and/or layout proofs from PostScript image files The Delta Imagemanager is able to generate lay-files from PostScript files in EPS, DCS, or DCS-2 format, if these files contain image components. These lay-files may contain screen previews or layout proofs, even if the image file contains no preview. Prerequisite for this is that the image components are marked with appropriate comments (%ImageData) in the PostScript code.

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The following table gives a brief overview of the various options for creating and re-using previews and layout proofs when layout files are used. Depending upon the high-resolution image file format, varying layout files may be created. The previews or layout proofs, which are contained in the layout files, may come from different sources: from a Macintosh resource, from a PostScript file, or they were created by the Delta layout generator.

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Where do the preview images or proof images come from, when utilizing the layout files?
Fine image file format DCS/ICS Layout file format EPS ..when positioning. Preview from PICT resource or TIFF preview (option Preserve Preview; Preview must be contained in the fine image file) Preview from PICT resource or TIFF preview (option Preserve Preview; Preview must be contained in the fine image file) TIFF preview (option Generate Preview) ..for layout proofs without OPI PS proof from main file (option Preserve Proof; Proof must be contained in the main file of the fine images)

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No preview (if necessary, the fine image must be positioned)

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EPS (option Generate EPS Layout File for)

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Original format (proof resolution if Generate Proof is set, otherwise in preview resolution; Warning! do not use transparency or coloring!)

Original format (proof resolution if Generate Proof is set, otherwise preview resolution)

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Should the Mac preview be preser- Yes ved? (Preserve Preview option) No

Copy preview from the Mac resource fork into the layout file

Should the preview availa- Yes TIFF or WIN Yes Meta preble be preserved? view availa(Preserve Preview option) ble? No EPS or DCS with directly readable pixel data? (Photoshop EPS/DCS) No Yes No Generate TIFF preview in preview resolution

Copy EPSI, Win Meta or TIFF preview into the layout file

Should the layout Yes proof be preserved? (Preserve Proof option) No

Does the fine image contain a PostScript proof? (DCS and ICS only) No

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Copy PostScript proof to the layout file

Generate PostScript proof? (Photoshop EPS/ DCS only) No

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Generate PostScript proof

Create "dummy" PostScript proof and include it into the layout file

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Fine image in pixel format Should the Mac preview be preserved? (Preserve Preview option) No Yes Copy preview from the Mac resource fork into the layout file

Preserve the original file type? (Preserve this Type option)

Yes

Should a layout proof be generated? (Generate Proof option) No

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No Should a preview be generated? (Generate Preview option)

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Generate TIFF pre- Generate preview in view in preview fine image resoluresolution tion (preview resolution)

Generate proof in fine image resolution

No Generate PS proof in proof resolution

Should a layout proof be generated? (Generate Proof option) No Create "dummy" PostScript proof and include it into the layout file

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Create thumbnail for the preview function in the Image Manager

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Configuring Delta Imagemanager

Several image directories and layout generators can be created in Delta Imagemanager. Links between image directories and layout generators can also be created. This means that the Delta Imagemanager can be adapted to suit the job in question. For example, separate image directories can be set up for various persons in the company (or customers). If the image server functionality is used extensively, it may be necessary to create image directories on different hard disks (depending on their capacity) within the Delta Technology PC. If lay-files are to be created with different resolutions, you can define a layout generator for each resolution. Image directory as layout directory Furthermore, you also have the option of selecting the image directory with the high-resolution image as the layout directory. This means that the low-resolution layout files can be written back to the relevant image directory. In order to differentiate between lay files and original images, the lay files have a special file extension, e.g. .lay or eps. The lay file extension is appended to the high-resolution image file name. For example, if a high-resolution image is named image1.eps, then its lay-file can be called image1.eps.lay or image1.eps.eps. Note: The file extension you select depends on the

File extension for layout files

program the layout files are to be incorporated 2 DTP into. There are programs which only permit files with the extension .eps. In other cases, it may be better to select .lay so that you can differentiate between the lay-files and the high-resolution images which are in EPS format. The file name extension can also be empty. In this case the layout files have the same name as the high-resolution images.

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Creating image directories


Image directories are created in the Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window with the ImageDir > Create... menu command. In the Create Image Directory dialog box, you can set parameters concerning the directory (name, path) and time in the General tab.

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Name Here, you can enter a name for the image directory, e.g. image_directory_1". The image directory is displayed in the Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window under the name entered here. The name depends on the name of the physical" directory in the file system. are created, they are automatically released for 2 ries the Macintosh and Windows file system. The release name consists of the image directory name (e.g. image_directory_1) and the automatically generated ending _IM". The release name in the example is thus image_directory_1_IM". Directory Defining an Existing Directory as an Image Directory Here, a new image directory can be created in the file system of the Delta Technology PC. To set up a directory, open the Select Directory dialog box with the Browse... button. A directory tree can be seen in this dialog box. If an image directory was already created with the Windows Explorer, it can be selected in this dialog box. Note: A name must be assigned! After image directo-

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Creating a New Directory

If you want to create a new directory, in the directory tree you must first select the directory which is to hold the new directory. Then press New... and enter the name of the new directory in the Create Directory dialog box. Click OK to create the directory.

Example: A new directory with the name hires1" is to be created. The directory it to be located in the D:\delta\userdir\lhps\hires1 path. Procedure: 1. Open the Create Image Directory dialog box (ImageDir > Create...). 2. Click the Browse...button.

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3. If necessary, change the directory path setting in the Select Directory dialog box until you can see the following line under Directories: d:\delta\userdir\lhps 4. Click the New...button. 5. Enter the name hires1" in the edit field of the Create Directory dialog box and confirm with OK. 6. In the Select Directory dialog box, select the hires1: directory (double-click) until you can see the following line under Directories: d:\delta\userdir\lhps\hires1 7. Confirm the Select Directory and Create Image Directory dialog boxes with OK. The new image directory appears in the Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window as a new icon with the name image_directory_1 while the data are stored in the file system in the hires1 directory.

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Image subdirectories

Note: You can subsequently assign another directory

Image directories can contain subdirectories, e.g. a separate subdirectory for each customer. If you want to search subdirectories for image files, activate the Scan subdirectories, except option in the Create Image Directory or Image Directory Setup dialog box. If you want to exclude certain directories from layout file generation, use the corresponding field to enter parameters with which subdirectories to be excluded are to be more precisely specified:

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Parameter %0* determines that all subdirectories whose name starts with the "%0" character string are to be excluded from layout file generation. Symbols * and ? can be inserted as "bookmarks" in the names of the subdirectories. An asterisk (*) replaces any character string and a question mark (?) is used as a bookmark for a single character. Subdirectory exclusion works not only with subdirectories placed one level beneath the image directory, but also with directories placed e.g. two levels beneath the image directory in the directory tree structure.

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Example: The name of your image directory is hires1". The E P S I m a g e s entry in the edit field has the effect that the subfolder \\...\hires1\KundeA\EPSImages is excluded from layout file generation. Example: The F o n t s * entry causes all subdirectories whose names start with Fonts" to be excluded. These may be, for example, the subdirectories Fonts_slanted, Fonts3, FontsfromCustomerXYZ, etc. Example: The entry C u s t o m e r ? _ f n t causes all subdirectories whose names are based on the pattern Customer1_ fnt", Customer2_fnt", CustomerX_fnt", CustomerY_fnt", etc. to be excluded. Ignore unknown files Option Usually, i.e. if this option is not checked, an error message is displayed for every file in the image directory whose file type is not recognized by Delta Imagemanager. This setting makes sense when only image files, which are to be processed by the layout generator, are copied into the image directory. If not only image files but also complete customer job structures consisting of image files, DTP files, vector graphics, etc. are copied into an image directory (and its subdirectories), error messages are displayed continuously because many file formats cannot be processed. In this case, you can activate the Ignore unknown files option. Then all error messages which are prompted by unknown file types are suppressed. However, if image files of a known file type are to be processed, and if an error occurs during the file analysis, an error message is displayed even if the Ignore

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unknown files option is activated. This may occur if, for example, a TIFF file is built up erroneously so that Delta Imagemanager cannot process it. In this case the file format is correct, but the internal setup of the file causes an error message. Defining the Workflow Schedule The image directories in Delta Imagemanager are automatically monitored". This monitoring means that every high-resolution image file which is filed in an image directory is automatically transferred to the Delta layout generator. This triggers the process of lay-file creation which makes use of some of the system resources of the Delta Technology PC (CPU, main memory, hard disk controller..) and may slow down the speed with which the other components of the Delta Technology Software (Delta Printmanager, PostScript interpreter, Delta List generator) perform their functions. "Programming" the Delta layout generator To avoid such a reduction in performance, a Delta layout generator can be programmed" so that the layfile is automatically created only during a certain period of time. This control of time is activated by checking the Process Jobs between... and... option in the Create Image Directory dialog box. button. The start and stop times for job processing are entered in hours (24hour clock) in the two fields for this option. Example: An image directory will be defined in such a way that the image files found in the directory will be processed by the Delta layout generator between 19:00 and 6:00 hours. In this way, the process of creating a lay-file does not disturb the functionality of the Delta Printmanager and the internal RIP during daytime operation.

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Procedure: 1. Create an image directory as described above. 2. Check the Process Jobs between... and... option in the Create Image Directory dialog box. 3. Enter the hours 19:00 and 06:00 in the two fields. Use HH:MM as your input format. 4. Close the dialog box with OK. 5. Link the image directory to a layout generator. If image files are transferred to this image directory between 6:00 and 19:00, they are collected there but no layout file is generated from them. At 19:00, the automatic layout file generation starts. If there are so many image data in the image directory that layout file generation is not finished by 06:00, the Delta Layout Generator stops the process. Layout file generation starts again at 19:00. Image files transferred to this image directory between 19:00 and 6:00 hours are either processed immediately by the Delta layout generator or they are placed at the end of the queue if there are other image files waiting to be processed. Delete Job entries after: option If this option is activated, all jobs which are successfully processed (smiley icon) are deleted from the job list after the set time period. This option is helpful for keeping an overview over very large job lists. are deleted physically from the storage device! If 2 files you want to delete files, you must do this in Windows Explorer. Note: The jobs are only removed from the job list; no

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jobs which are copied into the image directory 2 affects after this option is activated. If you want to remove jobs which were processed before this option was activated from the job list, you can do this manually (see Page 3-43). Min. time between updates option With the Min. time between updates option, you can set how often Delta Imagemanager looks for new highresolution images in the image directory and its subdirectories. This search can take some time, especially if there are many high-resolution images in the image directory and its subdirectories. In such a case, we recommend that you set a time when the computing time required does not disturb your work to any great extent. If searching the image directory takes several minutes, for example, a value of at least 30 60 minutes should be entered. On the other hand, you must make sure that the Delta Imagemanager can make the current lay files available on time for further processing. Max. time between updates option Delta Imagemanager is not only able to monitor image directories which are located on a local hard disk of the Delta Technology PC but also those of mapped network directories. Directories released under Windows NT are automatically monitored byDelta Technology. This monitoring is not time-controlled. Delta Image manager has its own mechanism for monitoring such image directories since Windows directory monitoring activities do not work in the usual way for mapped directories, for example, on

Note: The deletion of jobs from the job list only

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UNIX computers. With the Max. time between updates parameter, you can set at what intervals these external directories will be monitored. be greater than or equal to the value for Min. 2 always time between updates. Changing settings for image directories If the configuration settings for previously created image directories are to be subsequently changed or checked, use the commands ImageDir > Setup... or the Settings button in the function bar to enter the ImageDir settings dialog box. Before doing this, select the relevant directory icon with a click. Note: The icons in the function bar are explained in Note: The value for Max. time between updates must

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Deleting image directories

Image directories can be deleted after being activated with the ImageDir > Delete command or with the Delete icon in the function bar. Note: When image directories are deleted, no files or

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Layout generators are installed in the Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window with LayoutGenerator > Create.... There are two tabs in the Create LayoutGenerator dialog box: General and Processing. General tab In the General dialog tab, the layout generator is first given a name in the Name field.

Directory for lay-files

In the Put Layout Files in section, you can define where the generated lay-files are saved.
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directory containing the originals related to the layout files. This also applies if several image directories are linked to one layout generator. When Image Directory has been chosen, the layout generator icon has a green two-headed arrow.

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Note: In this case, you must select a file name extension to save the lay-files with different file names from the names of the appropriate fine image files. Directory option: The layout files are saved in a separate layout directory. If an image directory contains subdirectories, corresponding subdirectories in the appropriate layout directory are created. In this way, the directory structure of the image directory is "projected" onto the directory structure of the layout directory. Directory relative to image option The layout files are saved in a subdirectory relative to the image directory which contains the highresolution images. If an image directory contains several subdirectories, each subdirectory is provided with its own layout-subdirectory. The layout files are saved in a layout subdirectory, which is one level below the corresponding fine image directory. Enter the name of the subdirectory in the appropriate edit field. If the subdirectory does not exist, it will be created automatically. Example: The name of the image directory is ImageDir, and it contains the subdirectories Customer1 and Customer2. The name for the relative subdirectories is Layouts. The directories \\....\ImageDir\Layouts, \\....\ImageDir\Customer1\Layouts and \\....\ImageDir\Customer2\Layouts are created automatically and the lay files which correspond to the fine

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images in the ImageDir, ImageDir\Customer1 and ImageDir\Customer2 are saved in their corresponding subdirectories. checked, you should not select any file name exten2 is sion because the high-resolution images and layout files are saved in different directories; therefore, no layout files will overwrite their corresponding highresolution images. If you leave out the file name extension, image handling in your DTP application is easier. Creating a new directory If you want to create a new directory, open the Select Directory dialog box with the Browse... button. The procedure for creating a new layout generator is the same as for creating an image directory (see section Directory, page 73). When the layout directory has been created, the layout generator icon has a yellow folder symbol. Under Extension, you can set which extension the layfiles will have (see Page 7-1). The entry field can be edited as desired (max. 6 characters). Note: If the Image Directory option is checked, you Note: If the Directory or Directory relative to image option

File extension for layout files

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The Processing tab is subdivided into the following areas:


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Pixel Image Options For image files in pixel format (all supported pixel formats, also Photoshop EPS) you can activate the

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Generate Preview Generate Proof

options. Generate Layout File with Preview if this occurs in EPS format. The file format of 2 only the high-resolution image is unimportant. If this option is checked, lay files for the screen preview are created in the original format of the highresolution image, unless an appropriate option in the Generate EPS Layout File for field is checked (see section Generate EPS Layout File for, page 718). The resolution for the preview can be set as desired. Some values are suggested in the Resolution list box. You can overwrite these values if you wish. However, you should select a value which suits the screen resolution of your DTP system (e.g. 72 dpi for Macintosh systems). Generate Layout File with a Proof If this option is checked, lay files for a layout proof are generated, e.g. for a proof printing on a laser printer. The resolution of a layout proof can also be set as desired. A resolution which corresponds to the resolution of the proof printer should be selected, e.g. 100200 dpi for laser printers. If the images are often greatly scaled up when you position them in the DTP application, the resolution you select should be correspondingly higher. This also applies for the reverse situation: you should select a lower resolution if you scale down the images. files: the higher the resolution, the larger the lay2 out out file. In order for the lay-files to remain a manageNote: The resolution set also affects the size of the layNote: This option affects the generation of lay files

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able size, the layout generator reduces the resolution of images where necessary so that the preview is not larger than 500 kb and the layout proof not larger than 1.5 - 2 MB. This applies to non-compressed images; for compressed images, smaller values are applicable. If this restriction is deactivated, the Unlimited Preview size and Unlimited Proof size options must be activated. If both the Generate Preview and Generate Proof options are checked, the lay files which are generated from Photoshop EPS images contain both a screen preview (TIFF preview) and a layout proof (PostScript). Layout files which are generated from images in other formats (TIFF, JPEG, Scitex-CT) always contain precisely one image. For this image, the proof resolution is used if the Generate Proof option is activated. Otherwise the preview resolution is used. EPS, DCS, ICS Options Previews and layout proofs (only DCS, ICS) are not generated from high-resolution images having the PostScript format (EPS, DCS, ICS). In this case, the layout files only have references to the high-resolution images. If these layout files are included in DTP documents, they appear as empty areas (they may be gray and contain the file name of the layout file). Images in the PostScript (vector) format may already have previews or layout proofs. The Preserve Preview and Preserve Proof options affect such image files. If the relevant option box has been checked, any existing previews or layout proofs are pasted into the lay files. If these option boxes are not checked, the layout files only contain references to the fine images. These options do not affect image files which are not in PostScript format.

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preview and/or proof images are only gener2 options; ated if they cannot be directly taken over from the high-resolution image file.

Note: These options have priority over the pixel file

Generate EPS Layout File for In this field, you can set up the layout generator in a manner that lay files in the EPS PostScript format are generated (instead of the original format) from highresolution images in pixel format. You can set up the layout generator by activating the appropriate pixel file format check boxes.

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Example: Assume you want to generate layout files in the original format from TIFF and Scitex-CT high-resolution images. On the other hand, you wish to create layout files in the EPS format from fine images in the JPEG format. In addition, you wish to generate previews and layout proofs for all image formats. Check the JPEG Files option in the Generate EPS Layout Files for field. Activate the Generate Preview and Generate Proof options in the Pixel Image Options field and enter the desired resolutions. section, the layout files for the listed image for2 this mats are generated in the original format of the highresolution images. The following rules apply to the resolution of the previews in these lay files:
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If the Generate Proof option is not activated, the previews are generated in the resolution set under Generate Preview. If the Generate Proof option is activated, the resolution set under Generate Proof is used.

Modifying Settings for Layout Generators

If the configuration settings for previously created layout generators are to be subsequently changed or checked, use the commands Layout-Generator > Setup... or the Settings button in the function bar to enter the Layout-Generator settings dialog box. Before doing this, first select the relevant layout generator icon with a click. Layout generators can be deleted after being activated with the LayoutGenerator > Delete command or with the Delete icon in the function bar.

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The Link > Create... commandopens the Create Link dialog box. In this dialog box, the picture directory from which the connection is to be made can be selected under From Picture Directory: The layout generator that is to be connected with the image directory is selected in the To Layout Generator list box.

Modifying the settings for the links

If you want to modify or check the configuration settings for existing links, you can call up the Setup Link dialog box with the Link > Setup... command or with the Setup icon in the function bar. Before doing this, first select the relevant link with a click (it then appears in bold). Links can be deleted after being activated with the Link > Delete command or with the Delete icon in the function bar.

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Rearranging the symbols

In the Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window, the vertical order of the symbols for the image directories and layout generators can be changed by drag & drop (see section Drag & Drop, page 54). Using this option will often create a more orderly appearance within the Delta Imagemanagers Configuration and Status window, as this especially when there are many image directories and layout generators allows the links to be disentangled". To drag a symbol to a new position, both the Control and the Shift key have to be pressed at the same time.

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8 Working with the Delta Imagemanager Delta Imagemanager has been designed so that, once it has been configured, it can perform its functions automatically. In particular, the automatic control of time in the setup of image directories (see section Defining the Workflow Schedule, page 78) generally makes constant, manual intervention in the workflow of Delta Imagemanager superfluous.

Operating Delta Imagemanager


Operation of the Delta Imagemanager normally just comprises the copying of high-resolution image files from the scanner workstation to an appropriate image directory. The layout files are then transferred to the DTP workstation (via the network or by means of data media) and included in the DTP document. When the job is output, the Delta Printmanager ensures that the correct output device is used (output of the layout proofs or inclusion of the high-resolution images). Manual Control of the Workflow Manual intervention in the Delta Imagemanager workflow can be necessary if, for example, lay file generation is to be updated because, for example, the data carrier on which the image files are located and of which lay files are to be generated has been replaced. It may also be necessary to manually intervene in the workflow of Delta Imagemanager if the process of creating a lay file has had to be stopped so that the system resources of the Delta Technology PC are free for other urgent tasks (Delta Printmanager, internal RIP...).

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Stopping or continuing the processing of an image directory, a layout generator or a link Repeated generation of lay-files (updating) Deleting a job Adding an image directory, a layout generator or a link Deleting an image directory, a layout generator or a link Linking an image directory to another layout generator Modifying the properties of an image directory or a layout generator

Stopping (pause) Delta Imagemanager Pausing an image directory Pausing an image directory means that the image files which are transferred to this directory are not recognized and are therefore not processed. As soon as the directory is enabled again, any new files in the directory will be processed. Pausing a link means that no image files are sent from the image directory to the connected layout generator. Pausing a layout generator means that the jobs for this layout generator or merely placed in a queue; lay files are not generated. Only when processing with the layout generator is resumed can lay-files be created from these jobs.

Pausing links

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The facts that an image directory can be linked to several layout generators and a layout generator can be linked to several image directories mean that you can pause and resume individual elements in Delta Imagemanager as desired. Refresh Updating job processing In the Delta Imagemanager, the Image Directory > Update command lets you process all the jobs in an image directory again with the Delta layout generator. Updating may be necessary if
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Deleting jobs Jobs can be deleted individually from a job list. The job concerned must first be selected. You can then delete the job in one of the following ways:
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that the images are removed from the process2 means ing functions of Delta Imagemanager. It does not mean that the image files or any generated lay-files are deleted from the data carrier. Files must be deleted in the Windows Explorer.

Note: The deletion of jobs in Delta Imagemanager

Monitoring the activities of Delta Imagemanager


Processes within Delta Imagemanager can be monitored as follows:
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Viewing jobs Jobs can be viewed:


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in the job list of a layout generator. This list is called up either by double-clicking the layout generator icon or by using the LayoutGenerator > View Jobs command.

in the List of all Jobs This list is called up by means of the Job > View All command.

Detailed job information

Detailed information about the jobs can be viewed within a job list. The details are found in the Image Details dialog box. To call up the Image Details dialog box:
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The Image details dialog box contains the General and Preview tabs. General tab:

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The job can also be deleted here by pressing the Delete button.

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Preview tab

A preview of the image is shown here (as a thumbnail) if it is a TIFF, JPEG, Scitex-CT or Photoshop EPS image file. Job Logfile dialog box Further information about the jobs processed with Delta Imagemanager can be viewed with File > Log File > Job. This command calls up the Job Logfile dialog box where a list of all the jobs which were not successfully processed are listed. Each job is accompanied by a message.

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System Logfile dialog box

The System Logfile dialog box is called up with File > Log File > System. All processes relating to the starting and stopping of Delta Imagemanager system components are logged here.

Sorting job lists and log files by columns

Job list and log file dialog boxes are divided into several columns. The title of each column is a button. Clicking on one of these buttons causes the list to be sorted by the elements in the corresponding column. A second click on the same button reverses the order from ascending to descending and back again. Resorting, for example by clicking on the column title Image, results in the jobs being sorted in the order of their image names. Note: Once a list has been rearranged, there is no but-

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Trendsetter User Interface

General Information
The user interface of Trendsetter is described on the following pages. A separate user interface has been created for Trendsetter; it was actually designed to operate the Creo Allegro RIP. Observe the following to operate using Delta Technology. 1. Some masks are not required for operation with Delta Technology. 2. Certain functions in masks may not be modified. 3. There are certain settings (e.g. paths or directories) that can be modified but which should not be modified so that problem-free operation using Delta Technology is ensured.

2 sponding locations in the text.

Note: These notes will be discussed again at the correThe designation of the user interface has been changed from Creo Delta Workstation" to Creo Platesetter Workstation". This change has no functional effects and has therefore not been changed in the following description.

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Starting the Creo Delta Workstation software


During thestartup of Delta Technology, the Creo Delta Workstation software is automatically also started. After the startup, the user interface is stored as an icon in the taskbar with the name Creo Delta Workstation.

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The Creo Delta Workstation window


When the Creo Delta Workstation icon in the taskbar is double-clicked, the Creo Delta Workstation window is opened. Window for Trendsetters without Autoloader

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Window for Trendsetters with Autoloader

All settings that affect Trendsetter and which are activated using the menus are made in this window. Furthermore, the recorder errors and messages are displayed here. If Autoloader is installed, the various loading statuses and movements are displayed in the graphic.

Note: All messages are deleted when the system is restarted; naturally, the configuration data are retained.

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Display the menu bar

When you simultaneously press the Ctrl+Alt+C keys, the menu bar is displayed at the upper edge of the window.

Offline switching

When you click the Offline switch button, the workstation is switched offline" (also see the message in the message window). Clicking the Offline switch button again restores the connection. The workstation is online" again. > Workstation menu function, the system 2 Configuration must be switched offline".
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Reset

Clicking the Reset button resets the image counter. The image counter counts every successful and failed plate exposure (only statistical function).
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Mag 1 (only for Trendsetter with Autoloader)

Clicking the Mag 1 button opens the Configuring the magazine window; see section Configuring the Autoloader magazine, page 924.

Menus
The menus and menu functions of the Trendsetter user interface are explained in the following. System menu

in connection with Delta Technology. When2 used Delta Technology is quit, the Creo Delta Workstation software is automatically also quit. The recorder is restarted with the System > Reset platesetter recorder menu function. After this is selected, a query appears.

Note: The System > Quit or Restart menu function is not

Confirming with Yes resets the recorder.

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Queue menu The Queue menu function cannot be selected. It cannot be used with Delta Technology since this function is carried out using the Delta Technology user interface. Tools menu The Tools menu function cannot be selected. It cannot be used with Delta Technology. Configuration menu

The Configuration > Printer Setup, Create PPD and Spool Folder menu functions are not used in connection with Delta Technology.

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Configuration > Carrier Types The Configuration > Carrier Types menu function opens the Configuring the Carrier Type window.

Carrier types can be deleted from the list of carrier types here.
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Change When you click the Change button, the changes that have been made are saved and the Configuring the Carrier Type window is closed.

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Delete Clicking on the Delete button deletes the activated carrier type.

Abort Cancel closes the Configuring the Carrier Type window. Changes that have been made are ignored.

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Carrier manufacturer

You can use the combo box to select the manufacturer of the carrier type.

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Configuration > Plate Type The Configuration > Plate Types menu function opens the Configuring the Plate Type window.

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Add > Change When you click the Add > Change button, a new plate type can be added to the scroll list of a selected existing plate type can be changed.

Delete Clicking on the Delete button deletes the activated plate type. A query appears where you must confirm that you want to delete.

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Yes Clicking on the Yes button deletes the activated plate type.

No Clicking the No button closes the window. The activated plate type is not deleted.

Options and Dot Gain Cal.

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In the Plate type field, the name of the set plate is shown or a new name is set up.

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dimensions of the plate as the name. This name is 2 the also used and displayed in the input device (e.g. Signastation) as well as on Delta Technology.
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Plate properties

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Length The length of the plate in millimeters or inches is displayed/entered here.

Width The width of the plate in millimeters or inches is displayed/entered here.

Thickness The thickness of the plate in millimeters or inches is displayed/entered here.

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Note: The Exposure functions are not used in connecCassette Capacity (only for Trendsetter with Autoloader) Enter the number of plates in the cassette here. Load direction You can determine the load direction here. Possibilities:

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Horizontal

Vertical

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Note: The alignment of the job is not changed by

In order for Delta Technology to be able to detect new or modified plate types, the NT Utility must be used to execute the Query output device function.

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Configuration > Workstation The Configuration > Workstation menu function opens the Configuring the Delta Workstation window.

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Language

This combo box can be used to select the language (for messages, etc.).

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Units

Here, you can select whether the units should be millimeters or inches. switch back and forth between the units. The val2 to ues that result from the conversions could lead to confusion.
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The Enable License Key function is not used in connection with Delta Technology. Configuration > Password The Configuration > Password menu function opens the Password for Configuration Mode window.

In this window, you can change the password of the Delta workstation configuration mode.
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Old password Enter the currently valid password here.

New password Enter the new password in this field.

Confirm new password Enter the new password again here.

OK Clicking the OK button closes the Password for Configuration Mode window. The changes are saved.

Abort Closes the Password for Configuration Mode window. Changes that have been made are ignored.

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Info menu

The Info > Version menu function opens the Info about Creo Delta Workstation Software window.

You can find information about the manufacturer, the language setting and the version level here.
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Expose jobs
When Trendsetter is ready for exposure and a Delta Technology job is to be exposed, the following material request window appears:

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Note: This window always appears in the foreground,

The dimensions of the requested plate depend on (in the following order): 1. input device (e.g. Signastation) from which information about the required material size is transmitted. 2. settings of the Printmanager queue (OPC). 3. the material size activated in the RIP using the NT Utility. Now load the requested plate on Trendsetter (also seeTrendsetter 3230/3244/3244F Users Guide). After the exposure is finished, the following window appears on the screen:

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Now remove the exposed plate. The window closes automatically after the plate is removed. Cancel load procedure

Cancel Clicking the Cancel button cancels the load procedure. The Recorder temporarily switched off window appears:

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Incorrect plate loaded If a plate other than the requested one is loaded, it is automatically unloaded and a system message appears in the following window:

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Confirm the corresponding procedure here.

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Configuring the Autoloader magazine


Clicking the Mag 1 button in the Creo Delta Workstation window opens the Configuring the magazine window.

Assign the plate type here. The entries in Exposure and Number appear automatically if you have entered the corresponding plate values in the Configuring the Plate Type window. Please do not change any other settings.

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Preventive maintenance
After certain periods, certain windows that request you to carry out certain preventive maintenance work appear on the user interface of the Creo Delta Workstation software. Example:

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Finish Clicking the Finish button closes the Maintenance Warning Message window. This should be done only after completing maintenance.

Ignore Clicking the Ignore button closes the Maintenance Warning Message window.

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Warn later

Clicking the Warn later button closes the Maintenance Warning Message window. You will be reminded later of the maintenance that has yet to be carried out.

The CREOSET.exe program


The CREOSET.exe utility program can be found in a standard installation under: D:\Delta\CREO_Tools\Exe It is used solely for servicing and should only be used by trained service personnel. When the CREOSET.exe utility program is started, the CREO Settings window appears.

Enable autoload function When this box is checked, the Autoload function is enabled.

Ignore narrow mode (Diamond screening) If this function is activated, the mode switches from reduced (for Diamond Screening) to expanded (standard).

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Check Fonts" option 319, 424 Create Directory" dialog box 459 Create Image Directory" dialog box 72 Create Link" dialog box 469, 720 Create Printer" dialog box 454 Create Spool Queue" dialog box 44 Event Detail" dialog box 519 Font List" dialog box 322 Image details" dialog box 86 Job Details" dialog box 516 Job Handling" tab 421 Job Logfile" dialog box 519 Job Logfile" dialog box (Delta Imagemanager) 87 Map Network Drive" dialog box 459 Max. time between updates" option 710 Min. time between updates" option 710 Min/Max time between updates" option 710 OPC header file" option 413 Output Control" dialog box 413 Preview" tab 87 Printer Setup" dialog box 468 Processing" tab 715 Resource Handling" tab 423 Select AppleTalk Network Printer" dialogbox 455 Select Directory" dialog box 458 System logfile" dialog box 520, 88 Trapping" tab 426 Windows Printer Setup" dialog box 48

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AppleTalk zones 455 Asymmetric resolution 126 AutoFlow 411 Automatic deleting of jobs 422 Automatic layout file generation 67 Automatic Start of the Delta Technology Control Elements 524 Automatic trapping 426 Autostart 153

Bitmap files 237 Bitmap fonts 319 Black Overprint 419 Calibration curve group 441 Calibration of a scanner 350 Calling up Calibration Manager 439 CEPS Input 146 CIE 350 CIE-based color space 347 CIELab color space 350 CIP 140 CIP3 Directories 36 CMYK 350 CMYK color space 350 Color Management 133, 345, 446 Color Management in Delta Technology 355 Color Management tab 446 Color Proofer 137, 35, 36 Color proofer output 137 Color proofer workflow 354 Color Rendering Dictionaries 347 Color space 349 Color Space Arrays 347 Color spaces 349 Color Sync 345 ColorCentral 212 Combining several PostScript header files 417 Concept of Delta Imagemanager 63 Connecting to MetaDimension: 147 Control access 118 CPSI 125 CRD 347

Absolute Colorimetric Rendering Intent 449 Access Control 118 Watch 119 Adapting an imagesetter resolution 144 Add Fonts dialog box 321 Additional hard disk 412 Additive color scheme 349 Adobe Type 1 fonts 320

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Creating connections 720 Creating layout files by interpolation 66 Creating Layout Generators 712 Creo Delta Workstation software starting 92 CSA 347

decompression 126 Default image directories 314 Delete Job entries after 79 Delete Links 470 Delete PostScript or PDF after Delta List generation 422 Delete printer 469 Delete queue 453 Delete results after ... hours 230 Deleting image directories 711 Deleting image files 84 Deleting jobs 710 Deleting jobs (Delta Imagemanager) 83 Deleting Layout Generators 719 Delta Control 113 Display window for Delta Technology 120 of Delta Technology 116 starting 114 Delta Document 128, 225 Delta Document Viewer 114 Delta Flow 229 Delta Formproof SW 139 Delta Generator 128 window 121 Delta Imagemanager 113 Delta Imagemanager Configuration and Status window 113, 61 Delta Layoutgenerator 63 Delta List 128 Delta List concept 128 Delta List Decompressor 23 Delta Listen Transformation 144 Delta PrepStation 215 Delta Printmanager 112 Manual intervention 51

Delta Printmanager Configuration and Status window 112, 33 Delta Printmanager operation 51 Delta Technology Delta Control 116 Delta Technology components 14 Delta Tower 23 window 121 Delta Workstation 117 DeltaFlow 147 DeltaRIP Off 119 Diamond Screening 126 Direct Channel 38 Direct mode 19 Directory for lay-files 712 Display List 126 Display Lists 128 Display window Delta Control for Delta Technology 120 Downloading fonts from a data carrier 323 Downloading fonts from a Windows computer 323 Downloading fonts from the Macintosh 320 Drag & Drop 54 DriveMonitor 526 Drop folder 34, 335 Drop folders 34, 335 DrveMonitor start options 526 DTP documents without layout files 312

Edit settings 427 Event viewer 114 Exclude TIFF 311 Exclude TIFF & EPS 311 Export directories 35 Export Directory 224 Exporting an IPR profile 221 Exporting an Output Profile 221 File extension for layout files 71

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File formats (Delta Imagemanager) 61 File menu Progress 117 Select Delta Workstation 117 Finding high-resolution images 310 Fine images in PostScript format 717 Folding data 141 Font Download Utility 321 Font Handling 318 Fonts for Delta Printmanager 324 Fonts for the internal PostScript interpreter 320 Fonts in Printer 325 Form proofer workflow 212 Form proofers 138 Formproof output 138 Formproof SW Delta 139 Functional principle of Delta Technology 17

Generating a printer profile 220 Generating an Export Directory 224 Generation of CIP3 control data 140 Gray tone information 132 Groups of calibration curves 441 Hardware components 13 HEIDELBERG CPC 32 station 141 Heidelberg InRIP Color Management 348 Helios 212 High Quality Screening 126 HQS 126 ICC profiles 134, 345, 448 ICM 345 Ignore unknown files 77 Image details (Delta Imagemanager) 85 Image directories 62, 64 Image directory as layout directory 71 Image subdirectories 75 Imagesetter window 121 Importing an IPR profile 222

Importing an Output Profile 222 Importing Delta Lists 219, 231 Impositioning 141 in the job list of a layout generator 85 Information file 237 Ink quality control 141 Ink zone control 142 Ink zone default setting 141 Input ICC profile 350 Input memory 23 Input Queue 33 InRIP Color Management 346, 348, 353 InRip Separation for Composite PDF 423 Interactive trapping 427 Internal RIP 125 Internal workflow 21 International Color Consortium 134 International Color Profile Format Specification 134 International Cooperation for Integration of Prepress, Press, and Postpress 141 Interpreter window 120 IPR profile 220 Irrational Screening 126 IS 126

Jetbase 130 Job Downloader 34 Job handling 44 Lab 350 LaserWriter printer driver 319 Lay file 113 Layout 237 Layout files 63 Layout proof 63 Layout workflow 234 Linearization section: 442 Links 37 LinoServer 210 List of all Jobs (Delta Imagemanager) 85 Load Balancing 332

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MacImport 59 Macintosh file system 47 Magnetic fields, influencing the monitors XVIII Manual Control of the Workflow 51 Manual control of the workflow (Delta Imagemanager) 81 Match Black Graphics Objects 452 Menu Configuration Trendsetter 97 Info Trendsetter 918 Queue Trendsetter 97 System Trendsetter 96 Tools Trendsetter 97 Meta Dimension 229 Microsoft Net BEUI 112 Mirroring of Delta Lists with impositioning 242 Mirroring the output 238 Modifying the alignment 144 Monitor calibration 351 Monitor, setup XVIII Monitoring the activities of Delta Imagemanager 84 Monitoring the Activities of Delta Printmanager 513 Multitasking 124 Non-overlapping data 130 NT Utility 149 NTUTIL 114 Offline output 18, 19 Offline printing 219, 335 OPC 327 OPC Header 328 OPC Settings 413 Open Prepress Interface 38 Operating Delta Image Manager 81 Operating system 17

Operational procedure of Delta Imagemanager 66 OPI 38 Output medium 346 Output profile 220 Output via queues 19 Overwriting output parameters of imported Delta Lists 231

Parallel processing 122 Parser 22 Pausing a link (Delta Imagemanager) 82 Pausing a queue 53 Pausing an image directory 82 Pausing layout generators 82 Pausing links 53 Pausing printers 54 PDF 125 Perceptual Rendering Intent 451 Pipelining 122 Position marker 312 PostScript Color Mangement 347 PostScript comments 65 PostScript Files 34 PostScript Level 3 125 PostScript previews 66 PPD settings 330 PPF files 141 Preferences 465 Prepare Delta Lists for DeltaFlow 229 Prepare Delta Lists for DeltaFlow option 229 Preserve Black Generation 451 Preserve Spotcolor 423 Preventive maintenance Trendsetter 925 Previews or layout proofs contained in PostScript files 66 Print Production Format (PPF) 140 Print server 31 Print server fonts 319 Print spooler 211 Print TIFF/IT... 59

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Printer 34 Apple Talk Network 35 BSPP 35 Directory 35 Printer type 455 Printing plate scanner 141 Printing with Color Separations 337 Printing without layout files 311 Printmanager 31 window 122 Priorities 326 Priority for queues 422 Process calibration 137, 437 Processing colored layout files 313 Processors 17 programming the Delta layout generator 78 programs starting 149, 153 terminating 149 Progress 117 File menu 117 Progress display 114 Progress indicators 518 Proof Open 139 Proofer Color Management 348 Proofer workflow 340 Proofer workflow with mirror-inverted Delta Lists 239 PSHeader Combiner 418

Rendering Intent 449 Absolute Colorimetric 449 Perceptual 451 Relative Colorimetric 450 Saturation 450 Reprint 421, 422, 51 Resource Handling 44 RGB 349 RGB color space 349 ROOM concept 128 Rotating Delta Lists 144

Queue settings 453 Queues 33 Quitting programs 149 Rearranging the symbols 56 reconnect at logon 460 Reference 39 Register control 141 Registry Save/Restore 16 Relative Colorimetric Rendering Intent 450 Remote control and monitoring 148, 358

Saturation Rendering Intent 450 Saving jobs which are ready for output 143 Scalable hardware 17 Scanner workstation 27 Screen previews 65 Screen Processor 23 Screen ruling 132 Screening 126 Screening hardware 132 SCSI connection 23 Searching for high-resolution images 311 Select Delta Workstation File menu 117 Select variant file for boot procedure 114 Sending fonts together with the document to the output device 325 Sequence of printing procedure 411 Set Dongle Options 16 Setting up links 469 Setting up printers 454 SignaMerger 237 Signastation 141 Signastation user interface 237 Software components 13 Sorting job lists by columns 521, 88 Speed mode 131 Speedway connection 23 Spool Directory 22, 412 Spool directory 411

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Spooling 19 Start/Stop mode 131 Starting Creo Delta Workstation software 92 Delta Control 114 programs 149, 153 Status of Delta Technology system components 116 Status of lay-file generation 86 Status symbol 513 Stopping (pause) Delta Imagemanager 82 Subtractive color scheme 349

View after trapping 427 Viewing all jobs 517 Viewing jobs (Delta Imagemanager) 84 Viewing the Jobs in a Queue 513 Viewing the jobs of a printer 516

Tar archive 225 TAR format 143 TCP/IP 112 TIFF directories 36 Trapping 135 Trendsetter Cancel load procedure 920 Incorrect plate loaded 922 Menu Configuration 97 Info 918 Queue 97 System 96 Tools 97 preventive maintenance 925 User interface 91 Trimming data 141 Type of queue 46 UNIX 112 UNIX Print Spooler 336 Updating job processing (Delta Imagemanager) 83 Use file name for job title 423 User interface Trendsetter 91 Utilization of image directories 64 Utilization of layout files for proof output 66 Vector fonts 425

Watch access 119 window Creo Delta Workstation 93 Delta Generator 121 Delta Tower 121 Imagesetter 121 Interpreter 120 Printmanager 122 Windows driver 48 Windows network 48 Windows NT 17 Workflow with Impositioning on a Signastation 234 Working with Delta Printmanager 51 Workstation Local 117 Remote 118 Workstation Off 119

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