"We can expand our services and handle more jobs faster with PDF," reports Iwanicki. "In the end, we spend less time dealing with logistics and administrative tasks and more time focusing on quality."
Prinergy: New PDF-based Workflow Management Tool
The first joint venture technology brought to the table by Vancouver-based Creo Products and German giant Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Prinergy is the first workflow management system that utilizes not only Adobe PDF technology, but also Adobe PostScript Extreme. It's a prepress architecture based on Adobe PostScript 3 that uses Adobe PDF and Adobe Portable Job Ticket Format (PJTF) to: automate prepress processes; provide a distributed digital workflow; enable late-stage editing; provide multi-RIP support; and ensure consistent output.
What is Prinergy?
n Prinergy is an Adobe PDF-based workflow management tool that organizes the individual tasks or steps in prepress and plate production.
It leverages Adobe Extreme technology to provide job tickets and job ticket processors that control and perform tasks initiated by users, giving them a single product that automates preflight, trapping, imposition and color conversion.
Prinergy implements the full Adobe PostScript Extreme system, which automates the prepress process, keeping machines running at full capacity to avoid errors and reduce lost production time. It also allows prepress operators much more control over output options, resulting in flexibility for just-in-time imposition.
How open is Prinergy?
The system is open at several levels. Industry standard SQL queries can be made to extract information from the database, third-party Acrobat plug-ins can be added, third-party JTPs (Job Ticket Processors) can be installed and new client applications can communicate with the system through the communication layer.
The modern software architecture also means that additional resources can be added easily, without stopping or slowing down the system. Prinergy is compliant with the data storage protocol for Microsoft NT 5.0, known as NTMS (NT Mass Storage). As vendors bring new devices to the market, the NTMS drivers mean that they can be added to a Prinergy system without modification.