German software vendor DALIM will be presenting major version updates of its software in Chicago next month at Print 13. This includes the company’s workflow automation software TWIST, customer-facing web software ES, and soft-proofing application DIALOGUE.
The new ES (version 4) features an imposition module that allows for the import of both CFF2 and JDF templates to automate imposition workflows for print service providers (PSP). For both print and marketing service providers (MSP) exploring new opportunities beyond print, the latest version of ES extends its support of images (with layers), video, Flash and animated GIF banner ads along with website content, to bring together all the elements required today to manage and produce cross media campaigns. ES 4, along with its current ability to handle managed content within its own database, will now be able to work with referenced content, particularly useful for those who need to work with very large video files or external storage devices and other file system-based Digital Asset Management systems.
TWIST (version 7), the production automation solution has been completely updated, and provides speed improvements of up to a factor of four, according to the company. It is able to monitor FTP servers and receive files via email, making it easier for printers and MSPs to receive customer files, along with the usual hot folder and WEBLINK support. It extends its metadata handling abilities and provides new tools for the creation and conversion of a multitude of image files including layer support and BigTIFF (>4GB), making it easier to handle large files for point of sale and sign applications. TWIST also has updated visual compare tools for more efficient quality control and greater support for adding printers’ marks on multi-page documents.
DIALOGUE Engine, the soft proofing application of ES is now available in HTML5. This lets user mark up, annotate, compare and approve high-resolution files much easer and faster than before, without the need of any other browser plugin technology — reducing compatibility and security concerns. Additional new features and performance enhancements are also available in the latest version of DIALOGUE Engine.