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Artwork Systems has developed an entirely new workflow system, code-named Odyssey, for small- to mid-sized operations. The modular, hot folder-driven system is based on Mac OS X and utilizes PDF 1.4 as its internal file format. Its release is scheduled for late 2002 or early 2003.

StudioWorkhorse from the Workhorse Group is unique because it is specifically designed for dealing with images, the editors say. The system is based on the Cold Fusion MX Server and Microsoft SQL Server, running under Windows 2000.

According to the Hot Picks report, Xinet has upgraded its OPI server product—FullPress—with an array of features for optimizing PostScript and PDF workflows. The company was expected to preview functionality for the incorporation of the PDF/X-1a format, with automatic conversion of linked or referenced images into CMYK using designated ICC profiles.

The editors see “Content Management” being taken in new directions at SSF 2002. Documentum was recognized for the new client software interface (Digital Asset Manager or DAM) to its enterprise content management (ECM) system. FileNet’s Process Analyzer is said to be a business analytics processing tool for the company’s suite of content and document management technologies.

According to the report, “Enterprise Content Integration” solutions integrate existing content repositories and media-handling systems rather than replacing them with one master system. Agari Mediaware’s Media Star 2.2 system is described as middleware that creates a “Media Bus” interface, which makes the functions of specific systems open to the enterprise. Context Media offers Interchange Platform, which is said to act akin to a control center for content with a centralized catalog as its foundation.

Creating New Tasks

Increasingly, creative professionals are undertaking tasks that were formerly the domain of production personnel, the Seybold editors note. That trend was reflected by their picks in the “Tools for Creatives” category. Adobe InCopy 2.0 was selected for helping to “drive a market transition from dependence on Quark to reliance on Adobe In-Design for pagination.” Likewise, Markzware’s HawkEye technology puts preflighting capabilities directly in the hand of creatives via a plug-in for popular desktop content-creation applications.

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