Chapter2-GettingStarted
Chapter 2 - Getting Started
ThischapterdescribesthebasicfunctionsoftheSnowBatchproduct.Thischaptercontains
thefollowingtopics:
Using
the
Application
Format
of
Output
Files
Usingthe Application
ThissectiondescribessomebasicfunctionsoftheSnowBatchsoftware,suchasopeningand
closingtheapplication,usingkeyboardshortcuts,andpausingtheconversionprocess.
OpeningtheApplication
ToopentheSnowBatchapplication,double-clickSnowbatch.exefromtheinstallation
directory,ordouble-clicktheSnowBatchicon
fromthedesktop.ThemainSnowBatch
windowopens,asseeninFigure 2-
1
.
Figure2-1:SnowBatchMainDialog
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Chapter2-GettingStarted
UnderstandingtheMainSnowBatchDialog
ThemainSnowBatchdialogisdividedintofivesections;anareaforoutputsettings,sourcefile
options,sourcefiledirectories,destinationfiledirectories,andconversionstatus.
ClosingtheApplication
Toclosetheapplication,selectoneofthefollowingmethods:
• ChooseFile > Exit
• Click
Format of Output Files
Therearedifferentoutputfilenamingconventionsdependingontheoutputtype,whethermulti-
pageimagesaresplitduringconversion,andwhethertheimagesarebeingsavedtoadirectory
orafile.
Note:
Themajordifferencesinthefilenamingconventionareduetotheconversionoptions
selected.
ExamplesUsingMulti-pageOutputFileTypes
Table 2-1liststhepossibleoutputnamingconventionsforimagessavedtoamulti-pageoutput
format.Theoutputformatnamingconventionfortheimagesisdeterminedbasedonthe
conversionoptionsselected.
Table2.1:Multi-pageOutputFileNamingConversion
Example
SplittingFiles
Destination
OutputFileNames
1
False
Directory
<sourcefilename>.<format>.sbd
2
True
Directory
<sourcefilename>.<format>.<pg#>.sbd
3
False
File
<destinationfilename>.<format>.sbd
4
True
File
<destinationfile
name>.<format>.<pg#>.sbd
Belowisthesamplelogoutputforeachexamplelistedabove.Foralloftheseexamples,
chover.pdf isthesourcefile,whichisamulti-pagePDFfile.TIFF_G4_FAXistheoutputfile
typeselected(multi-pageoutputformat).
Example2.2:LogFileResults
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--1--c:\images\\\chover.pdf.TIFF_G4_
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FAX.sbd--1--Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--2--c:\images\\\chover.pdf.TIFF_G4_
FAX.sbd--2--Done! -> **APPENDED**
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--3--c:\images\\\chover.pdf.TIFF_G4_
FAX.sbd--3--Done! -> **APPENDED**
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--4--c:\images\\\chover.pdf.TIFF_G4_
FAX.sbd--4--Done! -> **APPENDED**
SnowBatchconvertedthePDFintoonefilecalledchover.pdf.TIFF_G4_FAX.sdb.
Allpagesoftheoriginalmulti-pageimageareappendedtothisfile.
Example2.3:LogFileResults
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--1--c:\images\\chover.pdf.TIFF_G4_
FAX.1.sbd--1--Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--2--c:\images\\chover.pdf.TIFF_G4_
FAX.2.sbd--1--Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--3--c:\images\\chover.pdf.TIFF_G4_
FAX.3.sbd--1--Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--4--c:\images\\chover.pdf.TIFF_G4_
FAX.4.sbd--1--Done!
SnowBatchconvertedthePDFintofourseparatefiles;chover.pdf.TIFF_G4_
FAX.1.sdb,chover.pdf.TIFF_G4_FAX.2.sdb,chover.pdf.TIFF_G4_
FAX.3.sdb,andchover.pdf.TIFF_G4_FAX.4.sdb.
Example2.4:LogFileResults-FilenameSelectedisTested
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--1--c:\images\test.TIFF_G4_FAX.sbd--
1--Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--2--c:\images\test.TIFF_G4_FAX.sbd--2--Done!
-> **APPENDED**
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--3--c:\images\test.TIFF_G4_FAX.sbd--3--Done!
-> **APPENDED**
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--4--c:\images\test.TIFF_G4_FAX.sbd--4--Done!
-> **APPENDED**
SnowBatchconvertedthePDFintoonefilecalledtest.TIFF_G4_FAX.sdb.All
pagesoftheoriginalmultipageimageareappendedtothisfile.
Example2.5:LogFileResults-FileNameSelectedIstest
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--1--c:\images\test.TIFF_G4_
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FAX.1.sbd--1--Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--2--c:\images\test.TIFF_G4_
FAX.2.sbd--1--Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--3--c:\images\test.TIFF_G4_
FAX.3.sbd--1--Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--10--4--c:\images\test.TIFF_G4_
FAX.4.sbd--1--Done!
SnowBatchconvertedthePDFintofourseparatefiles;test.TIFF_G4_FAX.1.sdb,
test.TIFF_G4_FAX.2.sdb,test.TIFF_G4_FAX.3.sdb,andtest.TIFF_G4_
FAX.4.sdb.
ExamplesUsingNon-Multi-pageOutputFileTypes
Table 2-2liststhepossibleoutputnamingconventionsforimagessavedtoanon-multi-page
outputformat.Theoutputformatnamingconventionfortheimagesisdeterminedbasedonthe
conversionoptionsselected.
Table2.6:Non-multi-pageOutputFileNamingConversion
Example
SplittingFiles
Destination
OutputFileName
5
True
Directory
<sourcefilename>.<format>.<pg#>.sbd
6
True
File
<destinationfilename>.<format>.<pg#>.sbd
Belowisthesamplelogoutputforeachexamplelistedabove.Foralloftheseexamples,afile
calledchover.pdf isbeingused.Thisfileisamulti-pagePDFfile.JPEGistheoutputfile
typeselected(non-multi-pageoutputformat).
Example2.7:LogFileResults
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--13--1--
c:\images\\\chover.pdf.JPEG.1.sbd--1--Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--13--2--
c:\images\\\chover.pdf.JPEG.2.sbd--1--Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--13--3--
c:\images\\\chover.pdf.JPEG.3.sbd--1--Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--13--4--
c:\images\\\chover.pdf.JPEG.4.sbd--1--Done!
SnowBatchconvertedthePDFintofourseparatefiles;chover.pdf.JPEG.1.sdb,
chover.pdf.JPEG.2.sdb,chover.pdf.JPEG.3.sdb,and
chover.pdf.JPEG.4.sdb.
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Example2.8:LogFileResultsFileNameSelectedIstest
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--13--1--c:\images\test.JPEG.1.sbd--1--
Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--13--2--c:\images\test.JPEG.2.sbd--1--
Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--13--3--c:\images\test.JPEG.3.sbd--1--
Done!
C:\manuals\chover.pdf--13--4--c:\images\test.JPEG.4.sbd--1--
Done!
SnowBatchconvertedthePDFintofourseparatefiles;test.JPEG.1.sdb,
test.JPEG.2.sdb,test.JPEG.3.sdb,andtest.JPEG.4.sdb.
PleaseseethenexttopicChapter
3,
Setting
User
Options.
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Chapter3-SettingUserOptions
Chapter 3 - Setting User Options
ThischapterdescribestheSnowBatchoptionsthatcanbesetbeforeconvertingimages.This
chaptercontainsthefollowingtopics:
Processing
Directories
Recursively
Replicating
Output
Subdirectories
Splitting
Up
Multi-
page
Files
Combining
Multiple
Source
Files
into
One
File
Combining
Multiple
Source
Files
in
a
Directory
into
a
File
Selecting
the
Source
File
Name
with
the
Filter
Selecting
Logging
Options
Setting
Document
Input
and
Output
Options
Setting
the
Source
File
Options
Deleting
Destination
Files
on
Error
Deleting
Output
Files
on
Error
S
etting
the
Overlay
Path
and
Font
Mapping
Options
Setting
the
Output
Naming
Convention
Working
with
Watermark
Options
ProcessingDirectories Recursively
YoucanprocesstheimagesinallsubdirectoriesofaspecifieddirectorybyusingtheConvert
SubDir'soption.Whenthisoptionisselected,SnowBatchtraversesthespecifieddirectory
treewithouthavingtospecifyeachsubdirectory.
Toprocessallimageswithinadirectorytree,checktheConvertSubDir'scheckboxinthe
OutputSettingsframeofthemaindialogbox.
Note:
IttakessometimeforSnowBatchtobuildthefilelistifthedirectorytreeislong.
ReplicatingOutput Subdirectories
Youcanselecttohaveallconvertedimagesgointoreplicatedsubdirectoriesbyusingthe
ReplicateOutputSubDir'soption.Whenthisoptionisselected,SnowBatchsavesall
convertedimagesintoreplicatedsubdirectoriesaccordingtotheoriginalsubdirectories.
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Toreplicatetheoutputsubdirectory,checktheReplicateOutputSubDir'scheckboxinthe
OutputSettingsframeofthemaindialogbox.Ifthisboxisnotchecked,theconvertedimages
willgotothedestinationdirectorieswithoutanysubdirectorycreated.
Note:
TheReplicateOutputSubDir'scheckboxisonlyenabledwhentheConvertSubDir's
checkboxisselected.Ifitisnotselected,theReplicateOutputSubDir'soptionis
disabled.
SplittingUpMulti-page Files
Youcansplitupmulti-pageimagesintoseparatefilesduringconversion.Forexample,let'ssay
youhaveamulti-pagefilecalledmultipic.tif,whichcontainsthreeimagesthatyouwantto
converttoPDFformat.Ifyouselecttheoptiontosplitupthefile,thesystemcreatesthree
separatefilesfromtheconversion.SeeFormat
of
Output
Files
formoreinformationand
examplesofdifferentfilenamingconventions.
Tosplitupmulti-pagefilesduringconversion,checktheSplitMulti-pageFilescheckboxin
theOutputSettingsframeofthemaindialogbox.IftheSplitMulti-pageFilescheckboxis
checked,allofthemulti-pagefilesinthesourcefilelistwillbeconvertedtosinglepagefiles.
Notes:
Themulti-pagesplitfeatureisignoredifyouconvertmulti-pagetypeformatstonon-
multi-pagetypeformats.
Whenthisoptionisselected,allmulti-pagefiles(withtheselectedextension)within
thesourcedirectory/directoriesaresplitupduringconversion.
CombiningMultiple Source Files intoOne File
Tocombineallofthelistedsourcefilesintoonedestinationfile,checktheMergeMulti-page
checkboxintheOutputSettingsframeonthemaindialogboxandselectonedestinationfile.If
theoutputformatisamulti-pageformat,allofthepagesofthesourcefileswillbeappended
accordingtotheorderinthesourcefilelist.Otherwise,ifthedestinationfileisinasinglepage
format,theoutputfilewillbeoverwritten.
Theexamplebelowshowshowtocombinethepdf_test_p1.jpg,pdf_test_p2.jpg,pdf_test_
p3.jpg,pdf_test_p4.jpgfilesintothetiff_merge_test.tiffilewiththeoutputformatasTIFF_G4_
FAX:
1.
IntheSourcesectionofthemaindialogbox,selecttheBrowsebutton.FromtheSelect
DirectoryorFiledialogbox,selectmultiplesourcefilesandclicktheOpenbutton.
2.
IntheOutputSettingssectionofthemaindialogbox,selectTIFF_G4_FAXfromthe
dropdownlistintheOutputFormatfield.
3.
ChecktheMergeMulti-pagecheckbox.
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4.
IntheDestinationsectionofthemaindialogbox,selecttheBrowsebutton.Fromthe
SelectDirectoryorFiledialogbox,typetheoutputfilenameastiff_merge_testand
clicktheOpenbutton.Whenthesystemasksifyouwanttocreateanewfolderfortiff_
merge_test,clicktheNobutton.Thefilenamedtiff_merge_testshouldbeselectedin
thedestinationlist.
5.
IntheStatussectionofthemaindialogbox,selecttheRunbuttontoconvertandmerge
thefileintotiff_merge_test.tifwithTIFF_G4_FAXastheoutputformat.
CombiningMultiple Source Files ina Directory intoa
File
Tocombinemultiplesourcefilesinadirectoryintoonefile,followthestepsbelow:
1.
FromtheSourcesectioninthemaindialogbox,selecttheBrowsebutton.Fromthe
SelectDirectoryorFiledialogbox,selectthedirectoryandclicktheOpenbutton.
2.
IntheDestinationsectionofthemaindialogbox,selecttheBrowsebutton.Fromthe
DirectoryorFiledialogbox,selectafileandclicktheOpenbutton.
3.
IntheStatussectionofthemaindialogbox,selecttheRunbutton.Allofthefilesinthe
sourcedirectorywillbemergedintothedestinationdirectorywiththeoutputformat.
Note:
Inthiscase,makesurethattheReplicateOutputSubDir'sboxisnotselected.
Iftheoutputfileisamultiplepagefile,allofthefileswillbecombinedintoonemultiplepagefile.
Theorderofthepagesarearrangedaccordingtothefilenameinthedirectory.Iftheoutput
formatisasinglepageformat,theoutputfilewillbeoverwritten.
Selectingthe Source File Name withthe Filter
Whenyouselectthesourcefile,thefilenamewithfilterisallowed.
Forexample,toconvertonlyfileswiththe.afpextension,dothefollowing:
1.
FromtheSourcesectioninthemaindialogbox,selecttheBrowsebutton.Fromthe
SelectDirectoryorFiledialogbox,typefilenameas*.afpandclicktheOpenbutton.
Whenthesystemasksifyouwanttocreateanewdirectory,clicktheNobutton.
2.
IntheDestinationsectionofthemaindialogbox,selecttheBrowsebutton.Fromthe
DirectoryorFiledialogbox,selectafoldernameorafilenameandclicktheOpen
button.Afilenamewithfilterisnotallowed.
3.
IntheStatussectionofthemaindialogbox,selecttheRunbutton.
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SelectingLoggingOptions
SnowBatch'sdefaultlognameisSnbLog.txt.ItiswrittentothedirectorywhereSnowBatch
wasinstalledunlessotherwisespecified.Thelogcontainsallconversionprocesses,alongwith
thestartandendtime.YoucanchangethelocationandnameofSnowBatch'sloggingfile.
Youcanspecifyaspecificlognameanddirectory.Tochangethelognameandlocation,typein
thedestinationdirectoryandlognameintheLogNamefieldontheOutputSettingsframeon
themaindialogbox.Forexample,ifyouwantthelogtobewrittentothesnowbatchlog
directory,andthelognametobelog,youwouldtypec:\snowbatchlog\log.
Note:
Alogfileiscreatedforeachfilebeingconverted.
SettingDocument Input andOutput Options
WhenconvertingimagestoPDFformat,youcandictatetheheightandwidthoftheconverted
images.Youcanspecifytheoutputsizeinpoints(1/72ndofaninch),whichisusefulfornon-
standardinputsizes,suchasA4.Byusingthesesettings,youensurethattheoutputimages
arethecorrectsize.
Youcanalsomodifythedocumentinputvariablestospeedupconversion.Forexample,you
canlowertheresolutionandbit-sizeoftheimagetobeconverted.
ChangingDocumentInputSize
SnowBatchhasdefaultdocumentimageinputsizes;200dots-per-inch(DPI)and24bits-per-
pixel(BPP).
Tochangethedocumentinputsize:
1.
ChooseOptions > DocumentInputtodisplaytheDocumentInputOptionsdialog.
2. EntertheDPIandBPP.
3.
ClickOKtoacceptthechanges,orclickDisabletoaborttheoperationwithoutmaking
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anychanges.
ResettingPDFOptions
OncePDFoptionsarechanged,theystayactiveuntilreset.YoucanresetallPDFoptions
backtotheirdefaultvaluesbychoosingFile > ResetMenuOptions.
ChangingPDFOutputSize
ThedefaultPDFimageoutputsizeis612wideby792high.TosetthePDFoutputsize:
1. ChooseOptions >  PDFOutputtodisplaythePDFOptionsdialog.
2. Entertheheightandwidth(inpoints)ofthePDFoutput.
3. IfyouwanttocreateasearchablePDF,clicktheCreateSearchablePDFbox.
4.
ClickOKtoacceptthechanges,orclickDisabletoaborttheoperationwithoutmaking
anychanges.
ResettingPDFOptions
OncePDFoptionsarechanged,theystayactiveuntilreset.YoucanresetallPDFoptions
backtotheirdefaultvaluesbychoosingFile > ResetMenuOptions.
Settingthe Source File Options
SnowBatchgivesyoutheoptionofmovingsourcefilestoadifferentdirectoryafterconversion
withtheSourceFileOptionsmenuitem.Youalsohavetheoptionofmovingthefailedsource
files.YouwillseeacheckboxnexttotheSourceFileOptionsmenuitemtodenotewhetheror
notthisfeatureisactive.
TousetheSourceFileOptionsmenuitem,followthestepsbelow:
1.
ChooseOptions > SourceFileOptionstodisplaytheSourceFileOptionsdialog.
2.
IntheSendSuccessfulSourceFilestoDirectoryfield,setupthedirectorywhereyou
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