When the batching method is Batch, the hot folder input device submits one or more files as a group, based on the files that an operator selects.

The Batch batching method prevents the hot folder from submitting jobs immediately. The hot folder receives files but does nothing until an operator selects one or more print files and clicks Make batch. The hot folder creates a list file that contains the names of all the print files and submits the job.

When you use the Batch batching method, set these input device properties as indicated:

  • Workflow: ParentNoPrint
  • Child workflow: The workflow that is appropriate for the print files in the job.
  • Submit step: SubmitInputFiles
  • Create .zip file: If this property is set to Yes, all input files that match the value set in the Data patterns property are combined as a ZIP file and submitted as a single job. If this value is set to No, all input files are submitted as child jobs.
  • Data patterns: A pattern that matches some part of the file name of your print files. For hot folder input devices, the default value is the regular expression: .*$. That pattern matches all file names.
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