Investing in Linux
DALiM Software has invested much of its recent product development activity on the Linux platform. The result is the introduction this month, at DRUPA 2000, of a Linux version of the company's flagship workflow software product, TWiST, and a new product family of easy-to-install workflow systems.
The various new Linux packages are said to be the result of years of experience in the design and development of software for workflow automation. Common to the new DALiM Linux workflow package is preflighting and normalization of incoming data. From there, customers will be able to select a Linux package that best meets the shop's individual requirements—automatic configurable trapping, automatic proofing or generation of a compatible output format.
Until recently, most of DALiM Software's customer base has consisted of larger companies that rely on TWiST workflow software to automate tedious, repetitive activities, allowing skilled prepress operators to concentrate on image manipulation and color correction.
"These companies have experienced important cost savings and increased productivity. However, smaller companies have recently expressed the same need for an affordable, yet powerful, tool to process prepress data securely and to automatically prepare data for final output," reports Carol Werle, software CEO at DALiM. "Many of these companies do not need the robust power of hefty Unix platforms, when Intel workstations running on Linux are just as suitable."
There is a definite trend in the IT world to make Linux the platform of choice for mission-critical applications, Werle contends. "It's why we decided to provide our cutting-edge products on Linux; the Linux operating platform solves many obstacles for customers: It empowers prepress shops, but also the entire publishing industry, printers and ad agencies, to run a powerful workflow package on less expensive, yet advanced and reliable, systems."
The Power of UNIX
Hybinette, a server supplier that exclusively manufactures products for printing and prepress operations, with more than 600 installs at customers including R.R. Donnelley & Sons, is presently focusing on Linux-based servers with the Intel and Alpha processor.