Evaluating a layout
Rule Sets, Layout Specifications, and Output Specifications provide tests that can be evaluated to determine whether a layout adheres to the specifications created by the job definer. The Evaluate Layout command lets you execute those tests and determine whether (and where) any violations occur. This command also checks the layout against its layout definition, to verify medium type (Print, Web, or Interactive) and color management settings. Once violations are identified, a layout artist can decide what (if anything) to do about them.
To evaluate a layout:
- Choose File > Job Jackets > Evaluate Layout. The Layout Evaluation dialog box displays, with applicable Rule Sets, Layout Specifications, and Output Specifications listed. To expand a Rule Set, Layout Specification, or Output Specification and see its component Rules, click the expander icon next to it.
Use the Layout Evaluation dialog box to evaluate the active layout against Rule Sets, Layout Specifications, and Output Specifications.
- To edit the selected Rule, click its name and then click the Edit Rule button. Any changes to the Rule are written back to the Job Jackets file and apply to any other projects that use this Job Ticket.
- To indicate that a Rule should be checked, check the box next to that Rule. To indicate that all Rules in a Rule Set, Layout Specification, or Output Specification should be checked, check the box next to the name of the Rule Set, Layout Specification, or Output Specification.
- To evaluate the active layout against the checked Rules, click Evaluate. The Cases column is updated to show whether the document passes each Rule check.
- To view more detailed information about a violated Rule, click its name and then check the Instructions and Details boxes. The Instructions box shows any instructions written by the Rule creator, and the Details box provides information about the project (such as whether it has been modified since the last evaluation).
The Layout Evaluation dialog box shows which Rules are passed and which Rules are violated.
- To scroll the layout to the locations where Rules are violated, click the Show Case buttons. This makes it easy to fix Rule violations.