tFLOW auto proof creation

tFLOW
tFlow auto proof creation
 
 
1. Basic Information
The goal of this doc is to explain how run CLI engine behind Approval to create a proof starting from any artwork in PDF format.
 
2. The Artwork and the frame
The proof creation is using 2 elements: the artwork and the frame. Both are PDF files stored into Approval.
The frame is a PDF document that contains some elements:
  • header (optional)
  • artwork area (where the artwork will be placed, mandatory)
  • a footer (or Slug line, optional)
  • data fields filled by Approval at runtime (Job ID, order ID, size, etc.., optional)
The procedure to create the proof is basically an imposition of the two objects :
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Artwork
 
Frame

The frame can be produced using any vectorial (AI, Corel) or bitmap application like PS or DTP app like ID/PageMaker.
It is important to export a PDF.
 
The result will be a PDF like the following:
The system at Runtime will rescale the artwork to fill it into the artwork area and will add optional elements like crop marks. Then it will populate the data defined in the slug line (but could be placed everywhere in the final document) with the data of the current job.
 
3. Data fields
The goal of this doc is to explain how run CLI engine behind Approval to create a proof starting from any artwork in PDF format.

Available values in Approval are:
  • File Name
  • File size
  • Title
  • Author
  • Creator
  • Producer
  • Color channels
  • Color 1
  • Color 2
  • Color 3
  • Color 4
  • Color…
  • Color n
  • PDF/X Version
  • Trapped
  • Total pages
  • PDF Preflight Quickset
  • Output intent
  • Page size
  • Final product dimensions
  • orderID
  • JobID
  • Description
  • Company
  • Status
  • Start Date
  • Ship Date
  • Created by
  • When
  • Roles / Users
  • Assigned output queues
 
4. Limitation
Main limitation is that the final proof page size which will be the same of the Frame pdf.
The artwork is resized (keeping proportion) to fit into the artwork box inside the frame.
 
5. Templates
Please find here below a zip containing the InDesign templates of Tucanna custom proof, you can start from here to build you custom proof templates:

CustomProofs.zip
 
 
6. Variables
The automatic proof creation is using variables in the script to populate the custom fields dynamically, please refer to the following document for further information on variables: