This topic describes how to set up Photo Kiosk to export collected orders in the needed format. You can choose to export orders to 1) DPOF (format used by minilabs, check your minilab technical specification for support of this format) or 2) to arbitrary format grouping collected photos into folders with pre-defined structure.

Important

If you use Photo Kiosk as instant order station, you do not have order management stage in your workflow.

Generally, orders management process in Photo Kiosk includes the following:

  1. saving an order files to the temporary storage at the moment when the order is collected
  2. creating folders structure in accordance with printing company needs
  3. arranging ordered photos by folders
  4. creating human-readable order description in html format
  5. creating other format-depended files (in case of export in DPOF)

To configure orders management run Configuration Tool and select Ordering Photos from the tree on the left. The following General settings are available in the Ordering Photos section:

Name Default Value Description
Enabled selected Here you can disable print order station mode.
Folder to store orders C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Roaming\ Aurigma\PhotoKiosk\7.0\Orders Destination folder for exported orders.
Convert photos to JPEG cleared If selected, all photos in order will be converted to JPEG format.
Enable temporary storage cleanup cleared If selected, an order will be removed from the temporary storage after it is exported.
Enable transliteration cleared If selected, non-English symbols in any file names will be transliterated into English. In case of using DPOF, non-English symbols in original photo names will be transliterated.
Use DPOF cleared Select this check box to export orders in DPOF. If it is cleared, orders are exported in the arbitrary format (read below how to set up folders structure).
Important

If you disabled automatic temporary storage cleanup, you should regularly clean the storage manually. Otherwise you will run out of free disk space and Photo Kiosk will not work properly.

Arbitrary Format

The following settings are available in the Arbitrary format subsection:

Name Default Value Description
Photo template %KioskId%\%Date%\%CustomerName%\%Format%_%PaperType%\%PrintsQuantity%_%FileName% Path and filename to save the processed photo.
Order info template %KioskId%\%OrderId%_info.html Path and filename of the html file containing order description. The file will be generated during the order export.

Let us demonstrate how templates work. Suppose there is a kiosk which ID is Kiosk, and John Smith ordered 4 copies of photo_01.jpg to print on 10x15 matt paper and 1 copy of photo_02.jpg to print on 20x30 matt paper. The order was placed on November 1, 2011 and get Kiosk19 order ID. The following folder structure will be created using default path templates:

Kiosk\
	2011_11_01\
		JOHN SMITH\
			10x15_matt\
				4_photo_01.jpg
			20x30_matt\
				1_photo_02.jpg
	Kiosk19_info.html

If you expect small orders and want to simplify folder structure (decrease number of levels), you can, for example, use the following templates:

%KioskId%\%Date%_%CustomerName%\%Format%_%PaperType%_%PrintsQuantity%_%FileName% for Photo template

%KioskId%\%Date%_%CustomerName%\info.html for Order info template

In this case folder structure for the order above will be as follows:

Kiosk\
	2011_11_01_JOHN SMITH\
		10x15_matt_4_photo_01.jpg
		20x30_matt_1_photo_02.jpg
		info.html

Digital Photo Order Format (DPOF)

If you choose DPOF as order export format, you can configure the following settings in the DPOF subsection:

Name Default Value Description
Photo template %KioskId%\Order_%OrderId% Path and filename to save processed photo.
Order info template %KioskId%\Order_%OrderId%\info.html Path and filename of the html file containing order description. The file will be generated during the order export.
Channel mapping
Paper photo paper format/type pair All paper format/type pairs are listed here. You can add/delete paper type or format in the Paper Types and Paper Formats sections of Configuration Tool; for more information see the Configuring Photo Paper Formats and Types.
Channel Specify print channel in your minilab used for corresponding format/paper type pair.

Let us demonstrate how templates work. Suppose, there is a kiosk having Kiosk ID. The kiosk is configured to use DPOF and channels are mapped as follows: 10x15 matt - channel 202, 20x30 matt - channel 102. Someone John Smith ordered 4 copies of photo_01.jpg to print on 10x15 matt paper and 1 copy of photo_02.jpg to print on 20x30 matt paper. The order was placed on November 1, 2011 and get Kiosk19 order ID. The following folder structure will be created using default path templates:

Kiosk\
	Order_Kiosk19\
		print-channel-102\
			FILES\
				photo_01.jpg
			MISC\
				AUTPRINT.MRK
				UNICODE.MRK
		print-channel-202\
			FILES\
				photo_02.jpg
			MISC\
				AUTPRINT.MRK
				UNICODE.MRK
		info.html

Let us presume, you want all orders to be arranged by date, not by kiosk ID, and you want to have a quick access to all order descriptions; the following templates do this:

%Date%\Order_%OrderId% for Photo template

%Date%\%CustomerName%_%OrderId%_info.html for Order info template

In this case folder structure for the order above will be as follows:

2011_11_01\
	Order_Kiosk19\
		print-channel-102\
			FILES\
				photo_01.jpg
			MISC\
				AUTPRINT.MRK
				UNICODE.MRK
		print-channel-202\
			FILES\
				photo_02.jpg
			MISC\
				AUTPRINT.MRK
				UNICODE.MRK
	JOHN SMITH_Kiosk19_info.html

Tags

Photo template and Order info template settings (of both, DPOF and arbitrary format) can contain tags, which are populated by real values during the order export. To insert a tag you can select it in the Tags list box and click Insert or type tag name directly via keyboard. The following tags are supported:

  • %KioskId% - Photo Kiosk instance ID.

  • %OrderId% - order ID.

  • %CustomerName% - customer name.

  • %Format% - format of a photo.

  • %PaperType% - selected paper type.

  • %CropMode% - selected crop mode.

  • %PrintsQuantity% - number of copies.

  • %Date% - date when the order was created.

  • %FileName% - the original file name.