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Job Editor

Job Editor

To invoke the Job Editor, click the pencil icon next to the job, which opens a window showing the selected job.


If a suitable ICC output profile is present for the active Media, it is used in the Job Editor.



As shown above, there are a few controls that can be used to interact with the page.

The first button sets which tool can be used which can be either an Eyedropper tool or a Panning tool.

The Eyedropper tool displays the color values of the pixel selected by clicking on the page.

Only the colors with positive values are displayed.

The Panning tool moves the view of the page while zoomed in by clicking and dragging on the page.

The following controls are tied to page zoom.

The Actual Size button changes the zoom level to 100%.

The Fit to Page button changes the zoom level to one where the whole page is visible.

The Fit to Width button changes the zoom level to one where the full width of the page is visible.

The Zoom in button increases the zoom level up to a maximum of 6400%.

The Zoom out button decreases the zoom level down to a minimum of 10%.

The Zoom slider changes the zoom level by dragging and displays the zoom level as a percentage.


As shown above, you can use the Job Editor to specify a Page Range or the Document Rotation. It can also be used to view the separations and layers in the job.

You must press Apply if you change any parameters, and you must save the file before exiting the application; failure to do so results in losing the changes.

Page Selection

This menu allows you to choose the pages that print out when this PDF goes through a Print Run. There are three options for Page Selection:

  • All Pages prints all of the pages in the PDF, in the order that they are in. This is the default mode.
  • Current Page prints only the page that the Job Editor is displaying. In the screenshot above, it would print page 1 only.
  • Page Range allows you to type in a set of pages that you want to select for print in the text box below.

Page Ranges

There are three types of Page Ranges that are accepted:

  • 1 would print page 1 only.
  • 2- would print from page 2 to the last page of the document.
  • 3-7 would print all pages between 3 and 7 (inclusive).

These can be concatenated with commas; for example, the Page Range "1-3,5" would select pages 1, 2, 3, and 5 in that order.

You can specify the same page number multiple times; for example, the Page Range "1,1,1,1" would select page 1 four times, or the Page Range "1-,1-,1-" would print the whole document three times in a row.

Document Rotation

This dropdown allows you to select one of four orientations to rotate every page in the document to: 0, 90, 180, and 270 degrees clockwise.

Pressing Apply after changing the Document Rotation will require the document to be saved automatically. A confirmation dialog will appear to allow you to back out.

Spot Color Editor

In the Color Tab you can see what Colors are specified in the PDF Job both Process and Spot Colors:

The Spot Colors may contain Technical separations, Metallic inks or white backing as well as traditional spot colors such as Pantones.

If a color is out of gamut then a warning triangle is displayed. If you place your cursor over the triangle the delta E or color difference value is displayed to show you how far out of gamut it is.

If you select a color you have the option to “Rename Color”, “Change Color”, “Convert to Process Color” or “Replace with In Gamut Color”.

Renamed color is saved in Custom Colors library.

Thumbnail 

The thumbnail is updated to reflect any color changes made through a new preprocessing step, which is capable of replacing the values of spot colors in the job found in the TCB inside the SMD.

Rename Color

Change Color

You can choose from the installed library.

Select a specific ink from a swatch library using search option.



Or Edit the color manually:

This will show the mapped in gamut color and the Delta E color difference. You can manually change the Lab value or the CMYK Sliders to change the colour. (Or CMYKOV sliders if you have a suitable ECG profile).

Save

When you exit the Job Editor after modifying a spot color, you'll receive a warning message:

  • Job and Media : Save the edited spot, assign the job, and save it to the Spot Overrides in the Media (SMD). Saving the spot colors to the media will preserve them for all jobs utilizing this media.
  • Job: Simply save the spot color or job settings to the "Job."
  • Exit without saving: Close the Job Editor without saving any changes.
  • Cancel: Abort the exit process and return to the Job Editor.

The above options can also be accessed from the File menu.


Log 

Log file can be accessed from view menu.


Preferences

You can change your preferences under the view menu. Here you can choose whether to calculate Delta E using the CIE 1976 standard or the CIE 2000 standard. You can also choose your tolerance for the out of gamut warning to be triggered:


Convert to Process Color

This converts the Spot Color separation to a CMYK color and combines it with the CMYK separations.

Convert to In Gamut Color

This converts the Spot Color to an in Gamut Color. The color name is renamed (to _edited) and the preview is updated.

You can revert all changes


Layers

All layers in a PDF are viewable in the Layers pane. Each layer has two interactions available to them:

  • Print
    • This setting will determine if a layer will print when RIPped. As a visual aid, when this setting is changed, the job preview will update and display or hide the layer's contents.
  • Locked
    • This setting determines if the Print setting can be changed.

Spot Variations Chart

It allows the user to efficiently modify a spot color using a technique called "ring arounds".

This involves printing a reference patch of the original spot color along with adjacent patches that incorporate variations in cyan and magenta (or yellow) process color inks to achieve the desired ink mix.

The workflow consists of printing the original spot color and then introducing a small amount of cyan, magenta, or yellow to create the desired ink mix. The technician can compare this patch with the reference they are attempting to match. Once satisfied with the match, they proceed to adjust the spot color to reflect the CMYK values corresponding to the created patch.

The user has the flexibility to add or subtract up to three inks from an extended gamut ink set, excluding black.


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