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Planned for release in the third quarter, Montreal-based Dynagram introduces a new feature called Layout Re-flow to version 6.0 of its flagship DynaStrip 6.0 software. In addition, the company states its work-styles functionality has been completely reworked to the advantage of work-and-turn jobs.

On the light table, when adding a sheet with a work-and-turn – or work-and-tumble – attribute, a symmetry axis line will be drawn in the middle of the surface to split it in two halves, simulating the front and the back. When placing objects, such as pages or marks, on the front half of a sheet, the back-half is automatically mirrored for alignment and visual confirmations. This feature, according to the company, eases the creation of multi-sheet jobs when using work-and-turn work-styles and in gang-run production.

The all-new Layout Re-flow feature allows users to modify layout attributes, page and sheet marks on the first signature or modify the document list and then, by clicking the Re-Flow button, the entire job is re-flowed based on all the new changes.

An upgrade to its MIS platform from Prism, WIN 2009 integrates Metrix-based planning with job-ganging tools, as well as enhanced data collection. Based on the preexisting PRISM WIN architecture, the 2009 version also includes a software featured called KPI Dashboard, which enables browser-based access to what the company calls Key Performance Indicator (KPI) information.

KPI Dashboard consists of several online pages, each containing a number of widgets. According to the company, widgets can be configured to personal graphical preferences, as well as added, removed, moved or renamed. Information pertaining to the widget can be displayed with the mouse pointer. For example, hovering over the Quote Conversion Rate opens a hover window showing the actual number of quotes raised and the actual number of quotes converted.

Prism, which operates in 15 countries worldwide, supporting more than 5,000 end-users, also introduced the WIN 2009 Virtual Time Manager 2 (VTM2). This is a client-based application for recording operator activity either on the shop floor or during preproduction

Montreal-based Dynagram today announced the availability of its Automation Module for the inpO2 PDF imposition software for Adobe Acrobat. In addition, a 3.5.2 update for the inpO2 product family was also released with enhancements.

The new Automation module allows Wizard-designed pages to be saved as a layout profile and assigned to Hot Folders, along with specific profiles for drag and drop production. Bascially, when inpO2 Automation is activated, the automated imposition process will be triggered by placing a source PDF document in one of the active hot folders.

Although the plate/sheet size and layouts are fixed, Dynagram states functions like page sized, marks, and page counts are dynamic on a job-by-job basis, which can include saddle-stitch, perfect-bound, step-&-repeat, cut-&-stack, or N-Up work.

The Automation module is the sixth inpO2 module to the added to the inpO2 line along with other modules such as the Optimization module for gang work, and the Assembly Planner module for sheetfed- and web-press layouts. 
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