Jobs and Queues Overview
The Overview window is divided into three sections: Queues, Pending Jobs and Processed Jobs.
ZePrA Configurations are associated with queues, however, the queue and its configuration are managed separately. Configurations can be assigned to Queues or changed anytime. The configuration assigned to a queue is displayed in the Configuration column.
To quickly access a queue’s hot folder, right-click a queue and select Open Folder in the context menu.
Stop or Start a queue via right clicking.
The priority order for queues can be controlled for file processing. Change the Priority of any queue by right-clicking on the queue to change the default setting Normal to High or Low.
Queues that are inactive or invalid are highlighted in orange. Incorrectly configured queues may be highlighted due to incomplete entries or missing profiles.
The job lists in the lower panes of the window show which jobs are still pending and which have been processed.
If errors occur when processing files, or if ZePrA detects non-supported file types, they are highlighted in red in the list Processed Jobs. If warnings occur during processing, file processing continues and the job is highlighted in yellow and labeled with a warning. Warnings show what action to take.
The Queues list can be sorted by ID, file Name, Configuration, Jobs and Status. Clicking on the ID column places the most recently processed job at the top, while clicking on the Status column sorts the files according to their Priority.
The Notes entered in the Configurations and Queues dialogs are displayed in ZePrA’s main window in the Queues list. The Notes column allows to quickly find queues based on cleverly selected keywords, such as customers, printers, media types, or other special properties.
Processing of queues can be started or stopped with the Start and Stop buttons on the bottom right of the window. The buttons are grayed out appropriately based on the queues status being active or inactive, e.g. they are grayed out for inactive queues.
Right-clicking on jobs under Queues opens a context menu where the following options can be chosen:
Starts the selected queue.
Stops the selected queue.
Changes the Priority of the jobs to be processed. Change the setting to Normal, High or Low.
Change the selected configuration settings.
Edit the queue settings.
Opens the queue’s folder (hot folder).
Add File to Queue
Select the file to be processed, it will be imported directly into the Input hot folder of the queue and processed immediately.
Opens the Delete Queues dialog.
Delete Configurations: Deletes the Configuration associated with the queue.
Delete Folders: Deletes all subfolders associated with the queue. The Base Folder of the queue is not deleted.
Delete empty Parent Folders: Deletes all subfolders and the Base Folder of the queue.
The table shows the files and folders which were selected for deletion.
Type: Indicates whether it is a queue, a configuration or a folder. For folders, the number of files contained is also displayed.
Name: Shows the names of queues, configurations and folders. For folders, the whole path is displayed.
If all checkboxes are unchecked only the queue will be deleted. In that case, the configuration and all folders will remain on the hard drive.
The list Pending jobs shows the Job-ID, the file name, the queue and the status of the queue. It can be sorted by ID, Name, Queue and Status. Clicking on the ID column places the most recently processed job at the top, while clicking on the Status column places the files with errors and/or warnings at the top.
The Status column provides information about the progress of file processing. Displays the processing step (such as SmartLink calculation or ink saving calculation) and the progress in percent.
Right-clicking on a job under Pending Jobs opens a context menu containing the following options:
Change the priority of the job to Normal, High or Low.
View the soft proof of the selected job.
Deletes the selected job.
The list Processed Jobs at the bottom of the window shows which jobs have been processed.
If errors occur when processing files, or if ZePrA detects non-supported file types, they are highlighted in red. If warnings occur during processing, file processing continues and the job is highlighted in yellow and labeled with a warning. Warnings show what action to take.
The list shows the Job-ID, the file name, the queue, the status and the date. It can be sorted by ID, Name, Queue, Status and Date. Clicking on the ID column places the most recently processed job at the top, while clicking on the Status column places the files with errors and/or warnings at the top.
Right-clicking on jobs under Processed Jobs opens a context menu containing the following options:
View a screen preview with color management of the selected job.
Show Job Properties
Opens the Job-Report which contains properties of the selected job. More information on job properties can be found in the section Show and Save Job Properties below.
Save Job Properties
Saves the Job Report as PDF, HTML, TXT or XML file.
Allows to process a processed job once again using the same configuration without the need to open the hot folder.
ZePrA allows restoring the configuration of a previous job in order to reprocess a file. As of ZePrA 7, the configurations of all jobs are saved and kept for future re-prints.
When to restore a configuration: A customer requests a reprint of a job and requires a similar or even identical color appearance previously printed. If that configuration has not been saved, or has been changed since, it is lost and it might be difficult or even impossible to remember the ZePrA settings used for that job.
Restore Configuration allows restoring a previously used configuration.
Deletes the selected job.
ZePrA’s Search Feature
The search function can browse through the sections Queues and Processed Jobs to search for the following criteria:
- File names
- Queue names
- Configuration names
- Parameters in configurations: Names of ICC profiles, names of spot color libraries
- Notes entered for configurations and queues
To use the search function, enter the search term in the text field with the magnifying glass icon.
- The search is not case sensitive.
- Entered text will be applied automatically after a few seconds. To start the search immediately click Apply.
- To find information, entering part of the search term will suffice, for example to find the queue ‘Normalize_GRACoL2006_Coated1v2’ entering the initials ‘gra’ is sufficient.
- The results of the search are displayed in the windows Queues or Processed Jobs, respectively.
- Deleting the input text or clicking on the X in the search field will immediately display all queues again.
In the Processed Jobs section, limit the search to a specific date range. This is useful to check how many and what kind of jobs have been completed in the searched time period (for example for a specific customer).
Search jobs by a defined range or in a period of the last few days, weeks, months or years. To do so, select one of the three options from the drop-down menu:
- All Jobs: Searches all jobs. This is the default setting in ZePrA.
- Recent Jobs: By choosing this option a number input field and a drop-down menu becomes available. In the drop-down menu choose whether to search for jobs in the last few days, weeks, months or years. Entering a number in the number input field will specify the time period.
- Jobs by Date Range:
- By choosing this option two date input fields (Mac) or two date input fields with drop-down calendar (Windows) become available. In the first input field (or calendar) enter the ‘from’ date, and in the second field the ‘to’ date. If a date is entered in the first field (or Calendar), only records from this date onward will be searched.
The Notes you have entered in the dialogs Configurations and Queues are shown in the main window of ZePrA in the list Queues. The Notes column allows to quickly locate queues based on relevant keywords, for example; customers, printers, media types or other special properties.
Show and Save Job Properties
The Job Report provides relevant information for the selected file including any PDF/X and ZePrA processing information. It can be accessed via the context menu (by right-clicking on a job in the section Processed Jobs and selecting the entry Show Job Properties).
This section contains information about the PDF version and the spot colors used. It also displays the page number for multi-page PDF files.
Shows the PDF/X-Version and the Output Intent.
Provides information about the Date and time of the conversion, Embedded Profiles of the original file, which Configuration was used, the New Output Intent, whether DeviceLink profiles were calculated using SmartLink, the Ink Saving percentage (if enabled) and whether Transparency Reduction was used including the selected settings.
The total Processing Time of a job is listed as well. The time is always displayed in seconds, even if the processing takes several minutes.
Spot Color Processing
This list provides information regarding the spot color library used for the conversion and the printing sequence. If the Spot Color module is licensed and spot colors are converted to the target color space, all spot colors and their DeltaE color value upon conversion are listed in the section Spot Color Processing. When an error occurs during conversion in ZePrA, the information will be listed under Warnings.
PSD layers lists the layers that were converted.
Save Job Properties
Job properties can be saved as a report file in various formats (including PDF, XML, TXT, and HTML) by right-clicking and selecting Save Job Properties.