Creating a Serialized Sequence of Files

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 JPG files, would create the following three files

Invoice_001.jpg

Invoice_002.jpg

Invoice_003.jpg

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

Invoice_004.jpg

Invoice_005.jpg

Invoice_006.jpg

Invoice_007.jpg

The serialized and append options are controlled through the Save tab on the Printing Preferences dialog. Close any open applications that you will be printing from before making changes as not all applications will see your changes until they are re-started. Changing the options using the following steps is a global change, meaning that all applications will use these settings when printing to Raster Image Printer.

Creating Serialized Files From a Single File

The following steps show how to create a series of JPG images, one per page, from a single file, or in this case, a report of invoices printed from a database.These same steps can be used to create a serialized sequence of files using any of the output file types that Raster Image Printer can create.

Step by Step Instructions

 

You can make the same changes outlined below through the Properties button on each applications's Print dialog as you print your files, but it is generally easier to make this change once, and then print all the files.

 

1.From the Windows Start menu, go to All Programs - Raster Image Printer  11.0 - Properties...

2.Click on the Save tab in the Printing Preferences dialog.

In the Type: drop-down list of file formats select JPEG (*.jpg) as the type of file to create.

In the Output Directory field, type in the folder where you want to save your JPG images. You can also use the Browse... button to find a folder on your computer. If the field is left blank, the Documents folder is used by default.

In the Filename field, type in the base name you want to use for your sequence of JPG images.

3.Click the Apply button and then the OK button to set the changes. If the output directory you typed in does not exist, you will be prompted to confirm creation of the new directory.

4.Open your document and select File - Print from your application. In our sample, this would be the invoice report from a database.

In the printer field choose the Raster Image Printer 11.0 from the list of printers.

Click the OK button on the Print dialog (or the appropriate button on your application's print dialog) to send the document to the printer.

5.The Save Image File dialog will appear with the Save in:?, File name:, Save as type: and image options set as specified in Step 2. Leave this information as shown and click the Save button to create the JPG images.

6.Each page printed from the report is saved as a separate JPG image.

Adding to an Existing Sequence of Files

The following steps show how to add additional JPG images to the end of an existing sequence, or series, of existing JPG images.

Step by Step Instructions

 

1.From the Windows Start menu, go to All Programs -  Raster Image Printer  11.0 - Properties...

2.Click on the Save tab in the Printing Preferences dialog.

In the Type: drop-down list of file formats select JPEG (*.jpg) as the type of file to create.

Check the Append to sequence check box to turn on append mode. This will cause the new files to be added at the end of the existing series of files.

In the Output Directory field, type in the folder where you want to save your JPG images. This has to be the same folder that contains the current existing series of JPG images. You can also use the Browse... button to find a folder on your computer. If the field is left blank, the Documents folder is used by default.

In the Filename field, type in the base name you want to use for your JPG image. This has to be the same base file name used on the existing series of files. For example, to continue from invoice_003.jpg, use "invoice" as the filename. Changing this name cause a new sequence of files to be started.

3.Click the Apply button and then the OK button to set the changes.

4.Open your document and select File - Print from your application. In our sample, this would be another invoice report from a database.

In the printer field choose the Raster Image Printer 11.0 from the list of printers.

Click the OK button on the Print dialog (or the appropriate button on your application's print dialog) to send the document to the printer.

5.The Save Image File dialog will appear with the Save in:, File name: and image options set as specified in Step 2. Leave this information as shown and click the Save button to create the image or files.

6.Each page printed from the report is saved as a separate file, added at the end of the existing series of files.