Working with hot folders in pdfaPilot Server

pdfaPilot Server is one of the automatic flavors of the pdfaPilot product family. It is capable of handling any number of jobs; each job is a hot folder setup with an input folder and one or more output folders. PDF documents dropped into an input folder are picked up and processed automatically.

Launching the pdfaPilot Server user interface

pdfaPilot Server doesn't have its own user interface; instead it can be controlled through pdfaPilot Desktop. To launch it:

  1. Launch pdfaPilot Desktop.
  2. Click the "Tools" > "Server" menu item.

The pdfaPilot Server control panel appears:

pdfaPilot Server can be started in different modes:

  1. Start a Server
    Use "Start a Server" to launch pdfaPilot Server on the same machine as pdfToolbox Desktop.
  2. Connect with Remote Server
    Use "Connect with Remote Server" to connect to a pdfPilot Server instance that is already running either on the same machine or on a different machine on the network. This allows remote monitoring and configuration over the network. You will need to know the IP address of the machine running pdfaPilot Server.
  3. Start a Dispatcher and Start a Satellite
    With pdfaPilot Server, tasks can be distributed via a dispatcher in the network to one or more satellites, which receive the tasks, process them and send them back to the dispatcher. The dispatcher controls which tasks are to be processed by which satellite.