Version 8 of the ColorGATE RIP software line, primarily applied in large-format printing, is now available with integration of the recently released Adobe PDF Print Engine 3.1. This includes new versions of ColorGATE Productionserver, Filmgate, Plategate and Proofgate.
Additionally, the Container+ function, the Linearization Assistant, the Profiler Module PFM and the CutServer have been updated with new functions, while the selection of the media size is now open to user defined changes.
With the new Container+, ColorGATE has enhanced nesting functions by adding centering containers and margins for containers without being limited to a certain size. Jobs can now be arranged according to preset or user-defined criteria with the ordered nesting option.
The Linearization Assistant and Profiler Module PFM support simultaneous linearization or profiling processes at the same time. The new presets for ink splitting curves are ranging from smoother print results up to the possibility to reduce the amount of ink used.
Improved control options for cut and perforation lines are now available through the added zoom function in the CutServer. It is available in the preview window, which has been enhanced with new illustrated cut and perforation lines. The cut directions are now displayed as vectors. The information overview of the file list, according to ColorGATE, is now more detailed.
In the job setting functions, it is now possible to set user-defined media sizes. The new dialogue saves these user defined sizes in the printer definition (COS file) automatically to be valid for the current printer queue. In addition, the complete list can be exported and re-imported to a different printer queue/RIP installation.
DALIM SOFTWARE GmbH, headquartered in Kehl, Germany, released its ES 4 platform, which is a customer-facing Web-based suite of tools for the creation, production and management of marketing media. The fourth version of ES (Enterprise Solution), according to the company, extends its support of images (with layers), video, Flash and animated GIF banner ads, as well as with Website content, documents and imposed forms for cross-media campaigns.
ES 4, in addition to its current ability to handle managed content within its own database, can now work with referenced content, which DALIM describes as useful for those who need to work with very large video files or external storage devices and other file system-based digital asset management (DAM) systems. ES 4 now also offers DAM features to automatically catalogue, enrich and share images and other assets, such as video or ePub or can be integrated with 3D augmented reality models.
For Web-based projects, print-ready PDFs are automatically or interactively enriched with active URLs, picture slide shows, videos, tables of content, and action buttons. These PDFs can be exported to HTML5 or ePUB3 content to be embedded in a Website or mobile e-readers, including customized iPad Apps, through Apple's iBookstore or Amazon Kindle Store. For print workflows, ES 4 features an imposition module that can import both CFF2 and JDF templates to automate step-and-repeats, as well as complex print and packaging impositions for PSPs.
DIALOGUE Engine 4 – a soft-proofing application – includes new HTML5 viewing, mark-up and validation. It relies solely on HTML5 for the most-common operations. New annotation management features allow users to comment and reply to notes someone else has written. Also, annotations can be turned into a checklist for participants to check as “done”, for better tracking of to-do items. When working in a colour-controlled environment, DIALOGUE Engine 4 now reads a spot colour’s spectral value in addition to Lab equivalents.
“DIALOGUE Engine 4 now with its important HTML5 implementation-and ES 4 are stronger and more versatile than ever,” stated Dr. Carol Werlé, CEO of DALIM SOFTWARE. “Individually or integrated through a powerful API, these products are capable of fulfilling the needs, equally, of printers, publishers, brands, corporations and retailers. With the help of intuitive Web services, finding, accessing, sharing, transforming or repurposing media assets becomes seamless and automatic; Whether for print, packaging or non-print content.”
- Cropping pages to what is visible on the page, disregarding invisible objects or objects that are partially masked out. This provides much better performance as only the actual visible page content is being used.- Hard cropping of images. The non-visible parts of images are removed to make the overall file smaller (and avoid problems with content that is not visible but could be retrieved using PDF editing software). Images can be cropped to their mask and additionally to one of the page boxes.- Removing arbitrary page elements. This for example allows easily removing a die line or all elements using a particular spot colour.- Removing all metadata from PDF documents – the new fix up even allows removing object level metadata, which can bloat PDF files considerably.
Denver-based Quark announced today the latest version of its QuarkXPress application is now available. Version 10 of the page layout software features a substantial revision of the program code, according to the company, resulting in more performance and better on-screen fidelity on modern computer hardware.
Below are some of the new features of QuarkXPress 10:
QuarkXPress 10 is available for immediate download for US$849, or $349 for previous Quark owners.
Look forward to an interview with Quark's Gavin Drake about the latest release in the September issue of PrintAction.
The Mercury RIP Architecture is designed to drive digital (inkjet and toner) presses, focusing on variable data printing in particular. Mercury’s parallel processing architecture features distributed multi-tier caching and dynamic load balancing. This ultimately allows the technology to support continuously streamed PDF and PDF/VT in High Volume workflows. Adobe claims that in its testing, the PDF Print Engine 3 is the fastest rendering technology in the industry today.
Fujifilm notes XMF v5.5 is optimized to drive its recently launched web-fed J Press 540W inkjet press, which inherently requires large amounts of data, potentially often large amounts of variable data, to be processed for high-speed runs.
“Digital web presses put huge demands on workflow systems, so our focus has been to develop an extremely efficient end-to-end print environment that allows companies to increase their productivity and competitiveness,” stated Shigenori Tsuji, Senior VP President, Fujifilm Global Graphic Systems, Workflow Division. “As well as being the first vendor to bring to market a workflow built from the ground up around JDF and the Adobe PDF Print Engine, Fujifilm is leading the way once more with the introduction of Adobe’s new Mercury RIP Architecture.”
Fujifilm describes leveraging the Mercury RIP within XMF v5.5 to create a very wide data path for driving graphically rich personalized content to the J Press 540W. “The J Press 540W powered by XMF v5.5 marks an impressive milestone in the evolution of continuous-feed digital printing,” stated Raman Nagpal, Senior Director of Print at Adobe.
XMF v5.5 also includes improved proofing capabilities through what the company describes as automated distribution of 3D proofs. The 3D proofing module, already embedded in previous versions of XMF, gives printers the ability to create a virtual printed product. XMF v5.5 also features improvements to support XMF ColorPath, Fuji’s cloud-based colour management system.
- The Mercury RIP Architecture for the Adobe PDF Print Engine 3, manages multiple concurrent instances of the Print Engine for maximum throughput within a single system, or several systems on a network. It is able to dynamically load balance available work across multiple presses concurrently, ensuring full resource utilization.
- Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 can support continuously streamed PDF and PDF/VT in High Volume workflows, (such as HVTO and Transpromo), fast-growing segments of the print industry.
- Adobe PDF Print Engine 3 renders content which matches the display in Reader and Acrobat XI. Using the same core Adobe PDF technology at every stage of the print workflow ensures predictability and eliminates unwelcome surprises.
The first Adobe PDF Print Engine SDK launched in 2006 and the company says that there are currently 90,000 units in live production of it worldwide. The new version replaces PDF Print Engine versions 2.5 and 2.6.
Kodak has launched the latest version of its Prinergy Workflow software worldwide, which brings “a new level of automation, accuracy and efficiency to print creation, while reducing costs.”
Quark has announced that its latest version of QuarkXPress will begin shipping in August. The software features numerous improvements, most notably it has had its code revised to run as a native Cocoa application on Mac OSX systems.
Canon’s operation in the United States has released Version 6.1 of Océ PRISMAprepare, described as all-in-one document preparation software, which also allows users to create and compose Variable Data Printing (VDP) applications.
This device-independent software optimizes the productivity capabilities of Canon’s imagePRESS and imageRUNNER ADVANCE lineups, the Océ VarioPrint DP line and a variety of colour and black-and-white production cut-sheet devices.
“The document preparation process can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of production work,” stated Sam Yoshida, VP and GM, Marketing, Business Imaging Solutions Group, Canon U.S.A. “When this process is not optimized, profitability and customer satisfaction is at risk. The improvements Canon made to the Océ PRISMAprepare software will support print providers and enhance their ability to meet increased and more complex customer needs.”
Océ PRISMAprepare 6.1 provides a simplified interface with a WYSIWYG preparation approach. From the position of staples to the location of fold lines, Canon explains that users can quickly preview the exact look and design of a document before it is sent to the printer.
The latest version of Océ PRISMAprepare now includes Variable Data Printing composition capabilities, such as adding specific content and graphics to each printed piece based on information in a linked database. This new software version is also based on open Adobe PDF standards, and supports multiple PDF plug-ins.
The colour-management features of Océ PRISMAprepare 6.1 allow users to produce consistent spot colour usage and modification of individual image tone and colour reproduction prior to printing. PRISMAprepare 6.1 is currently available for a free upgrade to PRISMAprepare v5 customers with existing software maintenance agreements.
ColorGATE is in the process of updating its entire line of RIP software to version 8 for a planned September 2013 launch. The company began taking orders for the new software on July 1, 2013.
The pending version 8 release is highlighted by the fact that ColorGATE is moving all of its RIPs onto the Adobe PDF Print Engine.
ColorGATE’s RIP software is built on a modular architecture that can be extended when needed, based on what the company refers to as Output Management Sets (OMS). The RIP software is fully scalable via the application of OMS, which can contain the following components: A printer driver of the categories Cat.1, Cat.2 or Cat.3 or S, M, L or P, an Adobe PDF Print Engine RIP, and the optional Ink Saver Module.
According to ColorGATE, the Ink Saver Module allows users to reduce their total amount of ink usage by up to 30 percent. The Ink Saver Module is available for CMYK, light-colour halftone printing systems, as well as for multi-colour systems.
Ricoh Production Print Solutions has introduced a new Verification feature to its TotalFlow DocEnhancer, which is an Adobe Acrobat plug-in for editing print-ready PDF files.
“The new verification feature provides a way for our customers to produce regulated and high value work, meeting the integrity requirements at a low cost of entry,” stated Theresa Lang, VP of Solutions and Services, Ricoh.
The TotalFlow DocEnhancer Verification tool allows users to add a unique bar code to documents to identify each piece within a PDF file. The feature then integrates with camera technology to track and report that each piece was properly produced.
Printers can scan the verification bar code at any point during the production process to track progress, create a visual report showing the percent of job completion, reconcile pieces that are missing, and initiate a reprint job.
More new features added to the TotalFlow DocEnhancer PDF plug-in include: Rules Manager, to more easily build and edit complex statements; Expanded font support; and a new interface with access to a drop-down menu of Adobe Acrobat Pro.
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