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List of variable marks

The following table lists, in alphabetical order, all valid variable marks and the type of information they represent. Variable marks are not case-sensitive.

If height is not specified, it defaults to the height of the text in the original mark. If dimensions is not specified, it defaults to 40x40.

Note: For ColorFlow variable marks used in Prinergy, see the ColorFlow variable marks in Prinergy topic in the ColorFlow User Guide.

Variable Mark

Mark Type

Information Represented

$[Angle]

Page Sheet

The screening angle (after color mapping) for each plate. This mark applies to AM screening only. 
You can also use the "offset" parameter with this mark to print different text in each separation.

$[CalCurve]

Sheet

The name of the Print calibration curve used to calibrate the output device

$[Color] 
$[Colour]

Page Sheet

The proper color name of an individual color separation. In making a composite proof, it is replaced by the word composite
You can also use the "offset" parameter with this mark to print different text in each separation.

$[ColorSetupName]

Page 
Sheet

This variable mark shows the ColorFlow color setup that was selected in the output process template. This variable mark will not be replaced if ColorFlow is not enabled for the process generating the output. For more information, see the ColorFlow User Guide.

$[ColorsOnPage] 
$[ColoursOnPage]

Page

This page mark is replaced with a list of all colors that were on a given page before any color mapping was done. 
It also indicates the layer to which the colors are assigned if additional layers are present for the page. 
The page for which colors are printed is the closest placed object to the mark. 
This page mark can be used for separated or composite files.

The output is in the following format:

Layer 1: <color1>, <color2>, <color3> ... Layer 2: <color1>, ...

The Layer 2 is optional; it prints only if additional layers (versions) are present. 
Note: Make sure the font used for the page mark is small enough so that all colors will fit in the list.

$[ColorsOnSurface]

Sheet

This sheet mark is replaced on output with all of the color names that are present on a surface. 
If the Color Combiner is turned ON in the process template, the colors that are listed on the surface are the output colors supported on the device. 
Example: If the proofing device is CMYK only and the colors on the PDF pages contain spot colors, the Color Combiner is automatically turned ON in the process template to map the spots to CMYK. On output, the "ColorsOnSurface" mark will list Cyan Magenta Yellow Black. 
If the Color Combiner is turned OFF in the process template, the colors that are listed on the surface are all colors for all the pages on the surface.

The output is in the following format:

Layer 1 <color1><color2><color3><color4> Layer 2 <color1><color2><color3><color4>

The Layer 2 is optional. It is printed only if additional layers (versions) are present. 
This mark can be used for separated or composite files.

$[Compound]

Page Sheet

This mark enables you to print more than one variable mark on a single line for page or sheet marks. 
If you want a mark that has the job name and color on the same line, use the following text string: 
$[compound_JobName:_%jobname%_color_%color%]
For example, the output would be JobName:5762 color:Cyan.

If you want the colors to be offset, use the following text string:$[compound_offset_%color%].

If you want to use the date sub-variables with this mark, use this text string:$[compound_%date_\%b-\%d-\%Y%].

When using this mark to separate the different marks that you want printed on the same line, you must use %mark% instead of $[mark], and an underscore instead of a space.

Custom Field Marks: 
 $[CustomFieldJob]  
 $[CustomFieldPageset], $[CFPS]  
 $[CustomFieldPage], $[CFPG]  
 $[CustomFieldPagePosition], $[CFPGPOS]  
 $[CustomFieldImposition], $[CFIMPO]  
 $[CustomFieldSignature], $[CFSIG]  
 $[CustomFieldSurface], $[CFSRF]  
 $[CustomFieldSeparation], $[CFSEP]
Page

You can create custom fields for jobs or for elements within a job, so that you can track unique information. 
You can use custom fields to create variable marks and custom file naming. For example, if you have created custom fields at the job level or job element level (page, page set, imposition, signature, surface, and separation), you can use them to create variable marks and custom file naming.

To create a custom field mark, you need to specify the name of the custom field that you created in the custom field mark that you want to print. Custom field marks take the name that you define for the custom field as a parameter. See the following two examples:

  • For the mark $[CustomFieldSurface_WebNumber], "WebNumber" is the name that you defined for a surface-level custom field, and the value of the field would print on output, for example, 2.
  • For the mark $[CustomFieldJob_Salesperson], "Salesperson" is the name that you defined for a job-level custom field, and the value of the field would print on output, for example, Bob.

$[Customer]

Sheet, Page, Section (Imposition)

The name of the customer (of the job)

$[Datamatrix_A_#]

Sheet

This mark prints a Datamatrix barcode that encodes the job and signature names in a 40 × 40 cell matrix, which is scaled to the size (in points) indicated by the #. The lower-left corner of the text mark coincides with the lower-left corner of the barcode. Data capacity is 112 bytes.

$[Datamatrix_B_#]

Sheet

This mark prints a Datamatrix barcode that encodes the front/back and separation information in a 40 × 40 cell matrix, which is scaled to the size (in points) indicated by the #. The lower-left corner of the text mark coincides with the lower-left corner of the barcode. Data capacity is 112 bytes.

$[DataMatrixPage_PageCustomField_Height_Dimensions]

Page

This mark prints a Datamatrix barcode that encodes the contents of a Page Custom Field in a variable cell size matrix, where Height is the size that the height of the barcode will be scaled to in points, and Dimensions is the cell matrix size specified as HxW, where H is the number of cells high and W is the number of cells wide.
For example: $[DataMatrixPage_WDDatamatrixPage_8_12x36] 
The number of H x W cell dimensions are restricted. See the supported cell matrix sizes and corresponding data capacities in the following chart:

Size
Binary Capacity
10 × 101
12 × 123
14 × 146
16 × 1610
18 × 1816
20 × 2020
22 × 2228
24 × 2434
26 × 2642
32 × 3260
36 × 3684
40 × 40112
44 × 44142
48 × 48172
52 × 52202
64 × 64278
72 × 72366
80 × 80454
88 × 88574
96 × 96694
104 × 104814
120 × 1201048
132 × 1321302
144 ×  1441556
8 × 183
8 × 328
12 × 2614
12 × 3620
16 × 3630
16 × 4847

If height is not specified, it defaults to the height of the text in the original mark. If dimensions is not specified, it defaults to 40x40.

$[DataMatrixSurface_CustomFieldName_##]

Sheet

This mark prints a Datamatrix barcode that encodes the contents of a Surface Custom Field in a (default) 40 × 40 cell matrix, which is scaled to the size (in points) indicated by the ##. It is possible to change the DataMatrixSurface mark to print as a 16 × 48 cell matrix by creating a DWORD registry key MRKJ_RectangularDataMatrixMarks = 1. Data capacity is normally 112 bytes (when dimensions are 40x40) but is only 47 bytes if MRKJ_RectangularDataMatrixMarks=1 (when dimensions are 16x48).

$[Date]

Sheet

See $[OutputDate].

$[Device]

Sheet

For output to a proofer, this mark contains the name of the proofer. 
For output to a file, such as a virtual proof, this mark contains the name of the file. 
For final output to plate, this mark does not show the device name. If you want to show the device name in the final output, name the process template with the device name and use $[ProcessPlanName], or use$[DeviceSerialNumber].

$[DeviceConditionName]

Page 
Sheet

A ColorFlow device condition name is a combination of a device and the operating conditions in which the device captures or produces an image. For more information, see the ColorFlow User Guide.

$[DeviceName]

Page 
Sheet

A ColorFlow device name is an individual occurrence of a physical device that captures or produces an image. For more information, see theColorFlow User Guide.

$[DeviceSerialNumber]

Sheet

This mark is intended for GDAPI devices and allows you to track which plate line a plate came from. If the device supports serial numbers, this mark prints the serial number on the plate.

$[DotShape]

Sheet

The name of the default or override dot shape used to create the output

$[FMPattern] 
$[FMPattern_offset]

Sheet

This mark is replaced on output with the Staccato pattern number that is used to screen the separation. For example, Cyan may be 1, Magenta may be 2 and so on. 
You can also use the "offset" parameter with this mark to print different text in each separation.

$[I2of5Checksum]

Page Sheet

This mark prints the signature ID code as human readable characters and appends the checksum digit for the Interleaved 2 of 5 style of barcode. Kodak has also developed an EPS mark that contains a custom font that prints the Signature ID Code as an Interleaved 2 of 5 barcode. This EPS mark is in the Marks folder in the AraxiPreps share. This EPS can be placed as a SmartMark in Kodak Preps digital imposition software and upon output from Prinergy prints a barcode on the signature (see the Preps digital imposition software documentation).

$[ICCProfile]

Page Sheet

The name of the ICC profile selected in the process template, whether the ICC profile is actually used or not

$[ImpBleedSizeX]

Sheet

The horizontal bleed size of the imposition

$[ImpBleedSizeY]

Sheet

The vertical bleed size of the imposition

$[ImpPlanName]

Sheet

The name of the imposition plan used to create the output

$[ImpTrimSizeX]

Sheet

The horizontal trim size of the page position closest to the mark as defined in the imposition plan

$[ImpTrimSizeY]

Sheet

The vertical trim size of the page position closes to the mark as defined in the imposition plan

InkEater mark

Sheet

See Ink eater mark

$[Jobcode]

Sheet

A user-assigned code for the job that is meaningful to you or your customer

$[Jobname]

Sheet

The name of the Prinergy job. When you create a job, you indicate its name in the Create New Job dialog box.

$[LayoutDisplayName]Sheet, Page, Section (Imposition)The layout name (the editable name)
$[LinkedPageNames]Page SheetThis mark is for Layered PDF Versioning (LPV) jobs and can only be used for composite proofs. This mark lists all of the names of the linked pages. 
For the $[LinkedPageNames]$[LinkedPageNames_Base], and$[LinkedPageNames_NotBase] variable marks, you can append the layer you want in the mark argument. 
For example, the variable mark $[LinkedPageNames_English] replaces the name of the page contributing English. The variable mark$[LinkedPageNames_Common] replaces the name of the page contributing the common layers.

$[LinkedPageNames_Base]

Page Sheet

This mark is for Layered PDF Versioning (LPV) jobs and can only be used for composite proofs. 
This mark replaces only those layer/page name pairs that are base layers. "Base" is a parameter that can only be used with this mark. For more information, see the $[LinkedPageNames] variable mark.

$[Linked Page names_NotBase]

Page Sheet

This mark replaces only those layer/page name pairs that are not base layers. "Not Base" is a parameter that can only be used with this mark. For more information, see the $[LinkedPageNames] variable mark.

$[MappedPrintingColors] 
$[MappedPrintingColours]

Sheet

This mark displays the names of colors that were mapped to other spot or process colors during output. 
For example, if you map the spot color "MySpot1" to black, the$[MappedPrintingColors] mark is replaced with "MySpot1" on the black plate on output. Nothing appears on the other plates.

$[MarksFileDate]

Sheet

Prints out the time of the marks PDF in %D:%M:%Y format

$[MarksFileTime]

Sheet

Prints out the time of the marks PDF in %H:%M:%S format

$[Medium]

Sheet

The Harmony tonal calibration software medium applied to the output

$[OutputComment]

Page Sheet

The value in the Output Comment box in the Start Process dialog box

$[OutputDate], $[Date]

Sheet

The date the output is created (yy-mm-dd). If you use the $[OutputDate]mark, the format is yy-mm-dd. If you use the $[Date] mark, the format can be adjusted using these tags:

  • %y for year (two digits)
  • %Y for Year (four digits)
  • %m for month
  • %b for month (3 characters)
  • %d date 

For example, to create a mark that shows the month, day and year, the tag could be $[date_%b-%d-%Y] for for Mar-11-2006. The tags are case sensitive and the underscore after the date in the variable is required. Separate the variable tags using colons, dashes or dashes. Spaces and underscores are supported.

$[OutputMonthYear]

Sheet

Prints the date in %M-%Y format on output

$[OutputTime], $[Time]

Sheet

The time the output is created (hh:mm:ss). If you use the $[OutputTime]mark, the format is hh:mm:ss. If you use the $[Time] mark, the format can be adjusted using these tags:

  • %H for hour
  • %M for minute
  • %S for second

For example, to create a mark that shows only the hour and minutes, the tag could be $[time_%H:%M] for 4:15. The tags are case sensitive and the underscore after the time in the variable is required. Separate the tags using colons or dashes. Spaces and underscores are supported.

$[PageColor] 
$[PageColour]

Page

Prints the colors that exist in the PDF page that is closest to the variable mark. 
For example, if a page contains Cyan, Magenta, and Black, this mark will display Cyan (in cyan), Magenta (in magenta), and Black (in black).

$[PageFileDate]

Page

The date that the PDF page was created. This mark prints the date on each layer if additional layers are present.

$[PageFileName]

Page

The name of the PDF page that is closest to the PDF file containing the variable mark. 
This mark prints out the page file name used for the top layer.

$[PageFileTime]

Page

The time that the PDF page was created. This mark prints the time on each layer if additional layers are present.

$[PageName]

Page

The name of the PDF page that is closest to the PDF file containing the variable mark. 
This mark will print out the page file name used for each layer if additional layers (versions) are present.

$[PageOffsetX], $[POX]

Page

The horizontal offset of the page closest to the PDF file containing the variable mark

$[PageOffsetY], $[POY]

Page

The vertical offset of the page closest to the PDF file containing the variable mark

$[PageOrientation], $[PO]

Page

The orientation (0°, 90°, 180°, or 270°) of the page closest to the PDF file containing the variable mark

$[PagePathName]

Page

The network path for the page associated with the mark. 
For example, if you have a four-page layout and the mark is closest to Page 3, the mark would show the path for Page 3.

$[PagePositionName]

Page

The page position name for the PDF page closest to the variable mark. Page position names are the identifiers used to indicate position within a page set.

$[PagePositionNumber], $[PPN]

Page

The page position number for the PDF page closest to the variable mark. Page position numbers are the identifiers used to indicate position within a page set.

$[PageScaleX]

Page

The horizontal scale of the page closest to the PDF file containing the variable mark

$[PageScaleY]

Page

The vertical scale of the page closest to the PDF file containing the variable mark

$[PageSetName]

Page

The page set prefix followed by an underscore and then the page set name

$[PageTrimSizeX], $[PageTrimX], $[PTX]

Page

The horizontal trim size of the page closest to the PDF file containing the variable mark

$[PageTrimSizeY], $[PageTrimY], $[PTY]

Page

The vertical trim size of the page closest to the PDF file containing the variable mark

$[PartName]

Sheet

The names of parts that have sections on this sheet

$[PartType]

Sheet

Part types on this sheet

$[PlateCalCurve], $[PlateCurve]

Sheet

This mark indicates the plate curve used on output.

$[PlateID]

Sheet

A unique identification number that is printed on the plate and can be used to remake the plate using the Plate Remake tool. (For more information about remaking plates, see Remaking plates.)

$[PlateLineName]

Page 
Sheet

When using ColorFlow, you establish the behavior of a particular plate, screening, and plating line by plating a tint ramp, manually measuring the resulting dot area on the plate, and entering the values in the Plate Setups dialog box in the ColorFlow software. For more information, see theColorFlow User Guide.

$[PositionName]

Page

See $[PagePositionName].

$[PositionNumber]

Page

See $[PagePositionNumber].

$[PressName]

Sheet, Page, Section (Imposition)

The name of the press selected for the part/scenario

$[PrintingOrder]

Sheet

The plate's printing position in the job. For example, if the printing order is C-M-Y-K, the $[PrintingOrder] mark on the cyan plate is replaced on output with "1", the mark on the magenta plate is replaced with "2", and so on.

$[ProcessPlanName] 
$[ProcessTemplateName]

Sheet

The name of the output process template used to create the output

$[ProductLayoutIndex]

Sheet, Page, Section (Imposition)

The layout index number within the product

$[ProductName]

Sheet

The names of the products that have sections on this sheet

$[ResolutionX], $[RX]

Sheet

The horizontal resolution of the output closest to the PDF file containing the variable mark

$[ResolutionY], $[RY]

Sheet

The vertical resolution of the output closest to the PDF file containing the variable mark

$[RIP]

Sheet

This mark prints the RIP that was used for output, either Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) or Adobe CPSI.

Scaling Factor Marks

Page Sheet

These marks indicate what scaling factor has been used on final impositions. These marks indicate what distortion or scaling factor has been used so that you can see what percent of flex has been used or if flex has not been applied in a process template.

  • $[ImpRasterScaleX] or $[IRSX]—The horizontal raster scaling amount applied to the surface.
  • $[ImpRasterScaleY] or $[IRSY]—The vertical raster scaling amount applied to the surface.
  • $[ImpVectorScaleX] or $[IVSX]—The horizontal vector scaling amount applied to the surface.
  • $[ImpVectorScaleY] or $[IVSY]—The vertical vector scaling amount applied to the surface.

$[Scenario]

Sheet, Page, Section (Imposition)

The name of the scenario assigned to this sheet

$[ScreenRuling], $[SR]

Sheet

The default or override line screen ruling used for the output. For AM screening, this refers to the size of the screen ruling in lines per inch (lpi). For FM screening, this refers to feature size in microns.

$[ScreenSystem]

Sheet

The default or override screening system family name used for the output

$[Section]

Section (Imposition)

The section ID number

$[SectionPartName]

Section (Imposition)

The name of the "parent" part of the section

$[SectionPartType]

Section (Imposition)

The type of the "parent" part of the section

$[SectionProductName]

Section (Imposition)

The name of the "parent" product of the section

$[Sheet]

Sheet

The sheet number

$[SheetSection]

Sheet

The names of the sections on this sheet

$[Signature], $[SIG]

Sheet

The signature number

$[SignatureID]

Page Sheet

This mark prints the signature ID code on a sheet to identify which signature the sheet will be used for.

$[SignatureID_<n>]

Page Sheet

This mark prints the signature ID code specified when a signature has more than one section assigned to it. The number <n> after the underscore can be any number up to the maximum number of sections on a signature. 
Example: For $[SignatureID_2], this mark prints the second code when a signature has two sections assigned to it.

$[SnapshotNumber]

Page 
Sheet

A ColorFlow snapshot captures the state of the entire color database, making its elements available to the workflow, as well as providing a convenient backup.

$[Substrate]

Sheet, Page, Section (Imposition)

The substrate of the part/scenario

$[SurfaceID], $[SID]

Sheet

This mark prints the surface ID of the plate. If the plate is the front side, "U" is printed. If the plate is the back side, "L" is printed.

$[SurfaceLetter], $[SL]

Sheet

The letter identifier for the surface. 
For example, a four-surface signature for a dual web press would be labeled A through D.

$[SurfaceName], $[SN]

Sheet

The name of the surface—either Front or Back

$[Time]

Sheet

See $[OutputTime].

$[UnmappedColorsOnSurface] 
$[UnmappedColoursOnSurface]

Sheet

Names of colors that were on the surface before the color combiner was used.
If color combiner is turned on in the process template,$[ColorsOnSurface] lists the output colors supported on the device and$[UnmappedColorsOnSurface] lists the names of all colors on the surface before the Color Combiner was used.

$[Username]

Sheet

Identifies the user that ran the output process

$[VMRResolution]

Sheet

Indicates the Variable Mainscan Imaging (VMI) resolution that is added to the VMI dpi box. The dpi box is located in the Device section of the final output process template.

$[WebGrowthExpansionX], $[WGEX] 
$[WebGrowthExpansionY], $[WGEY]

Sheet

These marks indicate the actual web growth distortion factor on the plate. Use these marks to show the horizontal or vertical web growth expansion factor that was used for the separation as specified by "expansion xpercent and/or ypercent" in the XML profile file (with suffix .wpg).

$[WebGrowthProfile]

Sheet

Name of the web growth profile used, if a web growth profile is selected in the process template

$[WebGrowthTowerID], $[WGTID]

Sheet

Shows the tower ID for the separation as specified in the color tower map file

$[Workstyle]

Sheet

This mark is used to indicate an imposition's workstyle, such as "sheetwise".

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