Getting into the Flow
Fujifilm Graphic Systems is now offering a trio of workflow solutions in the United States, including Rampage Systems’ Rampage v10.5, Screen’s Trueflow and LithoTechnics’ Metrix.
The latest release of Rampage enhances the native processing of files by its PDF Trap Engine, adding the ability to handle RGB-to-CMYK conversions, varnish or bump plates, die lines and object-based screening.
Metrix automates job planning by integrating with an MIS on the input side and outputting JDF or PPF data to drive downstream processes. Verion 3.0 adds Mac OS X support, optimizes production across multiple press sheets and presses, and provides a drag-and-drop interface. Xitron has also signed on as a distributor.
Designed for small- to mid-size commercial printers, ECRM’s WorkMates is a PDF-based workflow that includes PDFMate, for automatic PDF file creation via hot folders; ImposeMate, automated imposition for small-format offset and digital presses; and ProofMate Generic, for proofing on any networked Windows printer. It is based on a Harlequin RIP core.
XPS is the “electronic paper” file format introduced in Windows Vista and Office 2007 that is designed to facilitate sharing of files with more consistent, predictable results, similar to Adobe PDF. Global Graphics has been working with Microsoft and, at Graph Expo, put together a good size “XPS Land” booth to showcase companies that have developed some level of XPS support. Among the nine other companies manning demonstration kiosks were Konica Minolta, Xerox, Screen (USA), Quark and Xitron.
Global Graphics showed its new Harlequin+ Server RIP that natively processes XPS, along with PDF and PostScript. The company believes that businesses will be motivated to implement XPS because of the issues with file sharing in Office formats (such as .doc and .ppt). It sees the format migrating up to commercial printing applications within a year or so.