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Create a Serialized Sequence of Files

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In certain instances, such as a database report of invoices where each invoice is on a separate page, you may want to create a single file for each page of your document. This is called a serialized sequence, and can be created from a single input document, or combined with the append feature, created from a series of documents. Each file is named uniquely based on its page number, or its place on the sequence if you are appending sequences together.

For example, a three page report from an invoice database, created as PDF files, would create the following three files:

Invoice_001.pdf

Invoice_002.pdf

Invoice_003.pdf

Printing another database report of 4 pages and appending it to the same sequence would add the following four files:

Invoice_004.pdf

Invoice_005.pdf

Invoice_006.pdf

Invoice_007.pdf

 

The serialized and append options are controlled through the profile.

 

Creating Serialized Files From a Single File

The following steps show how to create a series of PDF files, one page per file, from a multipaged document.

Step by Step Instructions

1.Launch the PDF Image Printer Dashboard.

LaunchDashboard-PDF

 

2.Select "Edit & Create Profiles" to open Profile Manager.

3.Select "Add a profile" to create a personal profile, or create a copy of one of our system profiles.

4.Name the profile, add a description, and click Save.

5.On the Save Options tab, under Output Type and Color, drop the box to select Adobe PDF Serialized

CreateSerializedSequence-PDF

 

When creating a serialized sequence of files, you may be interested in setting the Output Location and Output File Name within the profile.

i.To set the Output Location, select the file icon to browse to your desired location. If you leave this field blank, PDF Image Printer will default to the last used folder. If there is no last used folder, the My Documents folder is used.

ii.To set the Output File Name, enter your desired base file name. If you leave this field blank, PDF Image Printer will use the filename from the print job.

ChangeOutputLocationAndOutputFilename-PDF

6.On the Filename Creator tab, you can see the naming convention that will be used when naming each file in your created sequence. By default, PDF Image Printer adds "_001" to the filename from the print job when creating serialized output. If desired, you can add or remove prefix/suffix text or increase/decrease the number of padding zeros.

7.Click Save-Back, and close Profile Manager.

 

If you plan to use these settings regularly, you may wish to make this personal profile the default profile used by PDF Image Printer.

 

i.Select "Manage Printers" to open Printer Management.

i.Select the printer you wish to edit and use the Profile drop box to select your desired default profile.

ii.Select the Save icon to save changes.

iii.Select the Home icon to return to the Dashboard.

 

8.Close the Dashboard. Now when you print your document to PDF Image Printer, you will create a single file for each page of your document.

 

Adding to an Existing Sequence of Files

The following steps show you can add files to an existing sequence of files by simply carrying out the additional step of enabling appending in the profile.

Step by Step Instructions

1.Launch the PDF Image Printer Dashboard.

 

2.Select "Edit & Create Profiles" to open Profile Manager.

3.Select "Add a profile" to create a personal profile, or create a copy of one of our system profiles.

4.Name the profile, add a description, and click Save.

5.On the Save Options tab, under Output Type and Color, drop the box to select Adobe PDF Serialized

CreateSerializedSequence-PDF

 

6.Enable Append pages to an existing file.

 

When adding to an existing sequence of files, you may be interested in setting the Output Location and Output File Name within the profile. The Output Location and Output File Name need to match that of the original sequence.

i.To set the Output Location, select the file icon to browse to your desired location. If you leave this field blank, PDF Image Printer will default to the last used folder. If there is no last used folder, the My Documents folder is used.

ii.To set the Output File Name, enter your desired base file name. If you leave this field blank, PDF Image Printer will use the filename from the print job.

ChangeOutputLocationAndOutputFilename-PDF

7.On the Filename Creator tab, you can see the naming convention that will be used when naming each file in your sequence. By default, PDF Image Printer adds "_001" to the filename from the print job when creating serialized output or when adding to an existing sequence. If desired, you an add or remove prefix/suffix text or increase/decrease the number of padding zeros.

8.Click Save-Back, and close Profile Manager.

 

If you plan to use these settings regularly, you may wish to make this personal profile the default profile used by PDF Image Printer.

 

i.Select "Manage Printers" to open Printer Management.

i.Select the printer you wish to edit and use the Profile drop box to select your desired default profile.

ii.Select the Save icon to save changes.

iii.Select the Home icon to return to the Dashboard.

 

9.Close the Dashboard. Now when you print your document to PDF Image Printer, you will create a single file for each page of your document, which will be added to an existing sequence.