Metadata is information about the job you are processing, such as its size, creation date, number of pages, paper type and author. In Switch, this information enables you to route jobs, to rename them and to make processing decisions.
Additionally, the Metadata Module provides access to XMP metadata (embedded inside the job and available in most jobs created with Adobe products) and to metadata in external files (XML or JDF tickets) submitted with the job.
- Use metadata in Switch just like any other variables to process your jobs dynamically.
- Visualize metadata for jobs submitted in SwitchClient or processed with a Connector.
- Use the Metadata tools (listed below) to export metadata and convert XML information, preflight logs and reports into other XML formats, HTML or human-readable information.
The Metadata Module also adds additional flow elements that provide access to the following metadata functionality:
- XML pickup and JDF pickup are used to extract the metadata you need from an external XML or JDF file (usually submitted together with the job).
- XMP inject allows you to add or modify XMP metadata to a job.
- Opaque pickup helps you associate an arbitrary file with a job as metadata.
- Export metadata allows you to extract internal metadata and to save it to an external XML file. You can then use the XSLT transform tool to convert the resulting output file to the format of your choice (XML, HTML or text).
Once you have “picked up” the desired metadata set using one of the Metadata tools, you can select the variable of your choice from the Metadata variables group anywhere within the Switch interface.
Other Available Modules:
This module enables integration, control and automation of many popular third party applications in the creative, prepress and production sectors. The Configurator Module automates Adobe Acrobat Distiller, Adobe Creative Suite, Enfocus PitStop Server, and many other popular applications and allows you to easily build solutions for preflight, imposition, color management and many more. Setup and automation of the applications is fully controlled from within Switch and the visual flow editor makes it as easy to work with configurators as it is to work with the built-in tools. Use the applications you are already using today or feel free to choose the tools that suit your needs best.
This module also includes the necessary tools to integrate with any hotfolder-based application or to dynamically use any third party command line tools. The Configurator Module also allows various properties values to be created using simple script expressions, adding a higher level of intelligence to file receiving, routing and processing options.
The Database module for Switch automates the communication between a database application and Switch. The Database Module makes it possible for Switch to instantly access existing ODBC data sources to expedite automated processing and prevent labor-intensive re-keying of job information into multiple systems. The Database Module connects using system DSN resources and honors all database rights and privileges.
The Database Module adds a new Database connect element to the Switch toolset. This element can be used to dynamically read, write, create or delete records in the designated data sources anywhere in your workflow. The Module also enables any SQL query result to be used as a variable anywhere within your Switch workflow. You can use live job information to easily build dynamic SQL queries at any stage of your workflow. Query results can be used to make decisions for preflight, processing, delivery or archival based on existing job or customer information.
Scripting is no longer required, making it easier and faster for customers and integrators to build communication paths between Switch and an MIS or any ODBC-compliant database. This module also enables the visualization of dynamic content from your database when using SwitchClient and PitStop Connect.
To boost performance of the Switch Core Engine and get the ultimate processing power out of advanced hardware configurations that include multiple processors and high levels of RAM, you can extend the number of processes that Switch executes simultaneously.
Switch Web Services Module
This module enables third party applications such as web portals to integrate and drive Switch. You can improve your customer service experience by allowing your customers to securely submit files from the familiar environment of your company website. The Web Services Module enables your customers to track and approve jobs within Switch without leaving the comfort zone of your website interface.
The SwitchClient Module is a separate desktop application allowing users to access the Switch Server remotely.