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How-To: Print Personalized Booklets using PPML format
Date: January 2013
Print Personalized Booklets using PPML format
How-To: Print Personalized Booklets using PPML format
Feature Overview
PPML was designed to support efficient job resources re-use. In allowing the printer to know early on which
fonts, logos, diagrams, images or other resources are needed at a particular point in the job, the system can
rasterize that resource a single time and use it as many times as needed, without redundant processing.
PPML compliance in Fiery servers enables the user to RIP and print jobs using the PPML language format for
variable data printing.
Variable data languages such as PPML allow documents to be produced that are different page lengths for
each record. Using Fiery Impose, these jobs can be printed as booklets automatically. The personalized
booklets vary in page quantity and Fiery Impose adjusts the booklet layout based on the individual page
Customer Benefits
Offers open VDP implementation, ensuring compatibility in all VDP workflows and complete flexibility.
Consistent Fiery workflow interface greatly reduces training curve for existing Fiery users, leading to
fast adoption and higher productivity.
The Preview function allows the user to proof and examine the actual output, ensuring proper output
and reducing spoilage.
The VDP Control Strip helps identify a spoiled sheet, which reduces waste and improves turnaround
User can apply media types such as covers and apply finishing to the VDP records. This feature
increases automation of the output process and reduces the number of manual off-line steps in
Objectives of the Exercise
Import a PPML Job
Apply Booklet Imposition to the PPML Job
Print the document, with a folder finisher if available
Additional Resources
If you would like to learn more about Fiery product features, EFI has created interactive online
courses designed to enhance Fiery product knowledge and help increase performance. For a
complete list of the online courses we offer, go to the Fiery eLearning web page.
Before you begin
Have Fiery Command WorkStation 5.4.0 or above opened and connected to at least one Fiery server,
running Fiery FS100/FS100 Pro or above.
Activate the Fiery Impose license on the Command WorkStation client or attach the Fiery Impose
dongle to the Fiery Command WorkStation client.
Ensure the printer and Fiery have been calibrated before printing any output.
Place the sample file folder: or in the Fiery Held queue. Drag and drop the file to the
Command WorkStation Held queue or use the Command WorkStation Import menu option.
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Print Personalized Booklets using PPML format
Imposing a Variable Data Booklet
1. Select the PPML file or in the Held queue, right click the mouse and select
2. Select Booklet 2-up saddle from the Template drop down menu.
3. Set the Sheet size to 11 x 17 or A3.
4. Check to enable the Cover option.
a. Select Print on Both for the Front Cover.
b. Select Print on Back for the Back Cover, and OK to close.
5. Select Define… next to Marks. Uncheck all print boxes in the Trim, Fold and Job Label tabs and
OK when done.
6. Select the Toggle Sheet Content icon in the toolbar. Fiery Impose will generate thumbnails for the
first five records.
7. When the first record set is displayed, scroll to the bottom of the Sheet View window. The next five
Sets will be condensed.
8. Select the expand button on Set 3 of 54 to preview the third record. Select to Collapse the view.
9. Click on the Record 1-5 of 54 page scroll button to change the record range from 1-5 to 1-7.
(highlighted above) Click OK.
10. Thumbnails for the next two records will be generated and added to the current record sets. The Fiery
Server does not need to reprocess the first five records again.
11. To save the job and exit Fiery Impose, select the red X in the upper right-hand corner.
12. When the Save window opens, enter the new job name. For this example, enter PPML Booklet and
select Yes.
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Select the records to print and apply finishing
1. Select the file PPML Booklet in the Held queue and right-click to select Properties.
2. Select the Job Info tab.
3. To print a small subset of the records select the Records radio button in the Print Range area.
a. For this example. In the Records text box, enter 1-2.
4. Select the Finishing tab and apply folding and stapling. Select the options appropriate for your
workflow. Note these options will vary with device.
a. Fold: Multi Half Fold
b. Stapling: Center
Output Tray: Select the appropriate output tray for the attached finisher.
5. Select Print and hold to send the job to the printer.
6. Select the rasterized job in the Held queue and right-click to select Preview.
7. The output should be two booklets, each containing 4 sheets.
The first booklet will be for Whitney Magruder and contain information on Roses.
The second booklet will be for Caroline Armstrong and contain information on Orchids.
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