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Printing by rules
Do you want to determine which printer your job is output on, whether your job is output with single-sided or double-sided printing, in color or in black-and-white? Then you have already specified rules for printing.
Wait a second! Those are just output parameters, aren’t they? It’s true and rule-based printing does not involve much more. The user typically defines these parameters directly when initiating the printing process. This is correct at least for applications that offer the definition of printing parameters. We are all familiar with the Windows printer drivers that allow us to regulate these types of setting and regulations.
But what about when applications are being used that don’t even provide this type of dialogue (SAP, Hostdruck, self-developed solutions)?
And what if you want to override the settings of your users in order to save money (e.g. double-sided printing for everyone) or to increase the level of security.
And what if you want to define rules implicitly in dependence of document characteristics such as form names, page numbers, recipients, etc?
In order to answer these and similar questions, we have to look at the topic of rule-based processing.
Developers are only needed at the beginning of a project and only when there is no template for the corresponding job definitions from SEAL Systems in the delivery scope already.
The job parameters of jobs that are typically in a system (typically PLOSSYS or DPF) are examined during the preparation stage using the rules. Here, the job parameters are either supplemented or overwritten. It is that simple.
The rules are defined by the user or system administrator with a web client based on what are called rule templates.
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