When creating a MegaEdit product one of your 3 key/core components is an output type. This dictates the bleed a product will have whether it is a single/multipage or booklet with cover growth, spine size, pricing etc. In this article we will look at the different sections of the output type and explain each use.
You can create an output type in admin under Catfish > Infigo Variable Data > Dynamic products > Output Type. Click Create to add a new output type to the list specific to your needs. A product can have multiple output types. For example you may have a booklet/brochure product where you offer a softcover as standard but you can also offer a hardcover option as an upsell but the details for a hardcover will be very different compared to a softcover.
You can set different "Unit" measures when setting up your output type, Inches, Pts, Cm and Mm's can be used. Add a "Name" for your output type, this name can be whatever suits your workflow and will be what you will see displayed under the output type list under the dynamic product properties tabs. "Description" is used internally only for you as the administrator under the list of Output types. "Bleed" is used as the main bleed added to the product/document whether a multiple page document or inside page bleed for a booklet setup.
The Covers section specifies the details you wish to apply to the output type if a cover is required. Tick "Use Covers" to enable the use of covers. "Cover differences" are used to add extra Height x Width to the cover, for example here if you were creating a hardcover output type. "Cover Wrap" is then the extra wrap you wish to allow on the cover that wraps inside the cover. "Edit cover inside pages" allows you to make the inside pages of a cover editable - if NOT ticked you will see a greyed out page, anything left on these pages will not print out. "Separate cover pages front and back" allow your booklet setup to display the covers as separate pages as opposed to spreads as is default. So you would have a a single cover page first, then all your spread pages and then the single back cover page at the end. If using this mode then there is an additional tick box to use to make sure that the front and back pages are swapped around when using a spread output cover. "Gutter" This is additonal size that is added to the inside pages ONLY. This also ONLY appears on the final output inside pages of the binding page edges. You can also "Upload a gutter image" to be used on the final output PDF. Here you click browse and upload your jpg/png.
You can add margins to your products in MegaEdit. These do not print out but are there purely as guidance for the end users. These can be useful in terms of helping the end user position their fields around the canvas. The margins are green by default but can be changed in colour under the product options in the editor (admins ONLY).
Under the Price and weight factors section you can specify a different price and weight option for each of your output types. For example if you had a booklet product that had both a Softcover AND Hardcover you may wish to offer the Hardcover option as a higher price, perhaps 50% more expensive. This is done using the factors, which are percentage based, so a factor of 1.5 would make that option 50% more expensive, 1.25 = 25% more expensive or 0.5 = -50% less expensive etc. For the Weight option this adds a weight to the final output product. For example a hardcover would weigh more than a softcover and if you were using the shipping by weight options in catfish then you need to ensure that your products are an accurate final weight so you are not under/over charging your end users etc.
You can also specify different spine options for the output type here too. "Additional width the cover adds to the spine" allows you to add an extra amount of spine width on top of the spine calculation using the micron thickness of the stock. Example, if your have a 20 pp booklet and that page block adds up to 0.4 mm thickness you can then add additional amount for binding purposes. So if you added 10mm your total spine width would be 10.4 mm wide etc. "Minimal spine width" setting allows you to set smallest spine width amount if pages are deleted by the the end user. "Duplex Printing" is used in spine width calculation only, for example if you specified a booklet of 40 pp but you were printing duplex, then the spine width calculation would be halved to 20 pp. "Spine Tiers" are the option to set pre defined page tiers where the spine width increases based on a page count value. For example by clicking "Insert" you could specify that up to 20 pp the spine width is 10 mm and then above 20 but upto 32 pp the spine width increases to 20 mm and then when the pagination reaches 40 pp the spine width jumps to 30mm. So rather than the spine increasing dynamically on a per spread basis it increases at preset values.
After you have made all your changes you then click "Save" to register these updates.