Creo print servers and PPML (a performance tip on VDP jobs for a Creo)

Creo servers (Creo print controllers) do support the PPML format and can process PPML files as quickly as Creo VPS files. Additionally, Creo servers that support the PPML ZIP file format can process PPML ZIP files faster than Creo VPS files. 

All Creo servers support non-zipped PPML (a PPML file that contains all of the content for that PPML job) as well as non-zipped VPS (a VPS file that contains all of the content for that VPS job). Non-zipped PPML output is very similar to VPS output and a Creo server can process PPML files as quickly as it can process VPS files. 

Additionally, more recent Creo servers support the PPML ZIP file format. The PPML ZIP file format allows for optimal performance of both the DesignMerge PPML Driver and the Creo server. Please note that you may first need to enable an option on the Creo server's queue where you will be processing the PPML ZIP file. For example: Under the “Settings” tab for this queue, check “Apply Filter” and choose “PPML Package Unzipper”. This ensures your .zip file can be automatically unzipped. Forgetting this setting will cause the job to encounter an error.

For those using InDesign, to further enhance the performance of both the DesignMerge PPML Driver and your Creo server, consider applying the new PPML Image Objects Destination feature, which allows you to send Image Objects to the Creo server's external resources folder. For more information about this new feature, please see the PPML Driver manual, avaiable in PDF format in the DesignMerge product folder that the installer places by default in your system's Applications or Program Files folder.

If your Creo server does not provide an option to enable PPML package unzipping, but you would still like to take advantage of the optimal performance that the PPML ZIP file format provides for both DesignMerge as well as your Creo server, a Creo server can locate external resources that are stored in the same folder as the PPML file that requires them. To apply this approach, you would do the following: 

  1. Use DesignMerge to produce a PPML ZIP file. 
  2. Place the PPML ZIP file on your Creo server. 
  3. On the Creo server, unzip the ZIP file. This will place a folder on the Creo server. This folder will contain a PPML file and all of the external resources that the PPML file requires. 
  4. Import the PPML file. By default, the Creo server will search inside the PPML file's folder for the PPML job's external resources. 

NOTE: You may be able to automate the unzipping of the PPML ZIP file and the import of the PPML file that is inside the resulting folder by setting up a Hot Folder or Smart Folder to use as the destination for the PPML ZIP file that DesignMerge produces.