The Switch Configurator Module allows you to integrate external applications (such as Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud, HP Indigo, PitStop Server and more) into your Switch flows, in order to further automate complex workflows.
This module enables the so-called “configurators” — flow elements that streamline the connection to the third-party applications. Configurators behave in the same way as the other flow elements and built-in tools in Switch and can be configured from within Switch. Because Switch takes full control of the setup and the automation of the applications, it’s very easy to use with any supported application.
Currently, there are many configurators available for a variety of applications in different technologies, e.g. preflight, imposition, colour management, web-to-print, image optimisation, document archiving, etc. In addition to the configurators that are installed with Switch, you can also download many more from the Crossroads website (www.crossroads-world.com) for free. New configurators are being added on a regular basis by partners.
Further, if you have specific needs, you can integrate any existing or legacy application through hot folders, CLI (command line) or scripting interfaces.
How it works
Configurators allow you to process files using third-party applications from within a Switch workflow. Upon successful completion of a task, the files continue on through the flow for further processing.
In combination with the Metadata Module or the Database Module, the third-party applications can be configured by metadata coming from external sources to which those applications have no access on their own. This dramatically increases the power and flexibility of your workflow.
Switch is the solution that sticks all the third-party applications together, enabling end-to-end automation — even with applications that have no automation built in.
Other Available Modules:
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 labour-intensive re-keying of job information into multiple systems. The Database Module connects using system DSN resources and honours 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 visualisation of dynamic content from your database when using SwitchClient and PitStop Connect.
Much like the Database Module, this module enhances workflow intelligence by using existing information stored in XML or JDF job tickets or embedded within files as XMP data.
- Use metadata wherever Switch uses variables to route files or process jobs dynamically.
- Update or add information in XMP packages.
- Visualise metadata-based content within SwitchClient and PitStop Connect.
The Metadata Module also includes tools to export metadata and convert XML information, preflight logs and reports into other XML formats, HTML or human-readable information. By repurposing embedded or job ticket information, Switch enables you to more effectively utilise previous investments and personalise your service to customers.
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.