Hotfolders are generally used whenever a larger number of files need to be converted according to the same rules and output settings. Setting up hotfolders also leads to a higher degree of consistency and reproducibility. You can assign any number of input folders to a single hotfolder.

All processing parameters such as color management and output parameters are defined in the hotfolder.

Screenshot of the PDF Hotfolder list.

Hotfolder Types

Hotfolder type Description Supported file formats See also
Image Hotfolder Color-converts images and/or converts the image file format (e.g. from TIFF to JPEG). TIFF, JPEG  
PDF Hotfolder Processes PDFs. PDF processing demands extended functionalities due to the fact that PDFs can contain a mix of images and vector-based objects in multiple color spaces. Usually, each PDF object is tagged with an ICC profile that describes the color space of the object. GMG ColorServer automatically identifies these profiles and uses them as a starting point for the subsequent color management. TIFF, JPEG, PDF  
Job Ticket Hotfolder As an alternative to directly integrating GMG ColorServer into your workflow system, you can also set up hotfolders for processing job tickets. XML/JDF Job Ticket Hotfolder

Hotfolder Locations

GMG ColorServer uses shared hotfolder locations as physical folders in the network which allows for a file processing across the network. The shared locations can be created with the Hotfolder Service Configurator right from the Windows Start Menu.

Hotfolder Workflows

Each hotfolder can be defined with multiple workflows. Workflows contain steps that comprise a work process, e.g. a color processing of a certain file format to a certain output folder structure.