Administration Guide : Adding and configuring input Hot Folders

Adding and configuring input Hot Folders
Hot folders provide an alternative to PAP or LPR (e.g., Bonjour) for putting files onto the server for print processing. Because AppleTalk itself is slower than other transfer mechanisms, Hot Folders can often speed-up workflow through the use of faster file-transfer protocols, such as AppleShare over TCP/IP. Hot folders also make it possible for people to print from machines that don’t support AppleTalk or Bonjour (LPR). They also provide an easy way to submit PostScript files, PDF files and images for printing.
As soon as an input Hot Folder receives a complete job, it sends the file to an output print queue—and then deletes the file. It really works as a sort of funnel to print queuing. While you might typically think of Hot Folders handling PostScript files, they can handle any type of file the server can print. That includes image files listed in Appendix B as well as ASCII files. You establish how output queues handle non-PostScript files when you configure an output queue’s local page setup, as described in the section, Advanced (or obscure) Image Replacement options. For further information about how to use Xinet Hot Folders to do more than print, refer to Using Xinet Hot Folders to do more than print (Custom processing).
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