The “Jig Layout” feature is for arranging the jobs to be printed on a substrate with specific size and regions. It handles also fitting of the jobs to the areas of those regions, as well as alignment.
This can be applied to multiple copy jobs and nested jobs.
Accessing Jig Templates
This feature can be accessed from Production Manager, from both Default Job Properties and Job Properties dialogs, at the bottom of the Layout tab.
The “Apply jig layout” checkbox specifies whether a jig layout will be applied to the jobs. The “Define Jig Layout” button launches a dialog (to be documented later) to edit or define new jig layouts.
Jig Definition Dialog
The dialog displays the current jig layout and allows editing of it, as well as saving it as a preset, or import from or export to external files.
1. Presets: These controls are used to select a preset defined previously, or to save, load, delete, or rename it. It can also import and export them as .jigpst files to be transferred between different installations of Flexi. The functionalities of the buttons are displayed as tooltips.
2. Media Size: These controls are used to specify the size of the whole substrate, as well as the 4 margins.
3. Jig Size: These controls specify the dimensions and margins of each jig. The option “fits jobs to jigs” indicates whether the jobs should be resized to fit the jigs. “Fit proportionally” indicates whether the jobs that need to be scaled will be doing so proportionally.
4. Spacing: These controls specify the spacings between jigs.
5. Origin: This indicates the zero point of slot 1.
6. Alignment: These controls specify how the jobs will be positioned if they don’t fit both dimensions of the jigs.
7. Preview: This control shows how the layout looks like.
8. Print Jig Layout: Prints the outline (media size) plus the jig slot outlines.
Here’s an example of how a jig layout is applied.