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FAQ: What are all of these files with my Job?

link this post written on 22/11/2010
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So you are creating a DirectSmile job either with the Bridge to Indesign, or for a cross media campaign. After you close the software, you notice there are a lot of files that were created by DirectSmile.


What are they and where am I suppose to save them?!

First, all jobs will have the following files associated with a job:

somename.dmdb : This is a job file. You can save this wherever you want but it is recommended to save this file in the location of your job resources like design files, etc. This is a DirectSmile proprietary file format which basically takes the database and properties of the job and keeps it in this location.

somename.xls .xlsx .txt .csv .xml .mdb : Here is your database file. Whether it was created in text, excel or Access, this is the data that will be used to create a variable image, document, or cross media campaign.


DirectSmile Sets:

When editing or creating a Set, there is a specific file and directories that may be created.

setname.dSet : Here is the description file that DirectSmile creates to track the Set information like where the variable frames are, what effects are done, etc. This is not human readable.

./PicFont ./Clips : When using a Picture Font or a Clip Font, the image resources can be read directly from a subfolder within the Set directory. This is created by the Designer software and does not have to be modified by the user.

setname.xml : This is a human readable file that is used mainly for the DirectSMile Integration Server. This is so that developers can use our API to return this information to manipulate a set on the fly.

DirectSmile Documents:

somename.indd : The InDesign document file. This is your Adobe Indesign layout for your printed document.

somename.DSM (directory) : This sub-directroy is created by the DirectSmile software to create several files from your InDesign document and dmdb job file. What happens is DirectSmile will render the static areas of the document as PDF's and EPS files and will keep a description of the document, imposition, available Sets, etc in there. When this is created, it should not be modified by the user, the software will modify this automatically. This always has to be located inside the directory where you InDesign file(s) is.

somename.dimp : This is a DirectSmile imposition file. We have a very robust imposition tool built into the software and we can export and save these imposition files for re-use with other documents as well.

DirectSmile Cross Media Documents:

somename.dhtt : This is a description file DirectSmile creates to describe the field mapping and variable areas of a HTML and CSS document to a DirectSmile Job File (dmsb).


It is highly recommended to keep job files (dmdb) files in the location where your design and DB files are located for organizational purposes.

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link this post written on 21/06/2012
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I don't think there should be any problem with this actually as you could really see why they are being utilized while on the screen and most of the concerns others have is that the are not so sure about what to implement and what to have working before they could be on a more considerable level to be as properly implemented as possible.  And with the lot of other choices, you are left with support that do not always have to come in primary option.
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