Batch Automation Follow
Just upgraded to 9.4 sp3, and was enjoying the description of the Batch Maker. Sounds exactly like what I have wanted to do for a long time... print multiple documents, using multiple label formats, to multiple destinations, without having to make up multiple trigger files!!
Only thing is, I want to automate the process, just like commander does.
Currently, if I want to accomplish the 'multiple' thing, I have to create separate trigger files, with different specs for label format and printer destination.
If I want to 'collate' the output of these 3 labels, I get into a bigger jam.
Let's say I have 5 sales orders. Each sales order needs 10 of label A, 6 of label B, and 2 of label C. Label A and label B come from the Zebra printer, and label C comes from the HP 4050 laser printer. I want to get 10 label A's and 6 label B's for sales order 1, then the same for sales order 2, etc. To accomplish this, I must make 11 trigger files, as follows...
SO 1, label A, format A, printer zebra
SO 1, label B, format B, printer zebra
SO 2, label A, format A, printer zebra
SO 2, label B, format B, printer zebra
SO 1 - 5, label C, format C, printer Laserjet
I also have to build in delays between each of the trigger files, else Bartender can not guarantee that they will be picked up in creation order. If they get picked up out of order, the sort falls apart.
Doesn't sound too bad for 5 sales orders... but, we can process 3000-4000 orders a day. At a 1 second delay, that is over an hours worth of delays. Not really productive.
My goal would be to create the batch file, as described in 9.4, but submit the batch file to be picked up by Commander, so that the entire process would be automated.
Any ideas or suggestions how to take advantage of the new batch maker to make this happen? Maybe there is a way to create the batch file, then send a blank trigger file to commander, which would, in turn, execute bartender running the batch print mode? Seems like a roundabout way to get there, but might be doable.
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