The deal that created EskoArtwork happened so close to the start of the show, the combined organization retained the two booths committed to by the separate companies. According to the executives on hand, the various workflow products involved are considered to be complementary so there are no near-term plans for any software lines to be phased out. Several “major” upgrades were released in Chicago, including Nexus 8.6, Odystar 3.0, Neo 1.2 and Esko Software Suite 7.
Variable data software originally was just part of the bundle with a digital press, but has evolved into its own workflow product category. Now, these applications increasingly are being integrated or expanded into storefront and Web-to-print solutions.
Printable Technologies has standardized on the FusionPro product name for both its Web-to-print and variable data product lines. Its FusionPro Web storefront has been enhanced with a reporting module for fulfillment, order tracking features, an imposition engine adapted from the company’s desktop product and three new shipping functions. On the variable data side, the functionality of FusionPro Server can now be extended with the Live module for online template editing and Load Balancing for parallel processing of large jobs.
Taking Things Personally
XMPie launched version 4.0 of its PersonalEffect variable data software that adds the ability to track and analyze campaign results in real-time. Version 2.5 of the uStore Web-to-print solution features streamlined order fulfillment and a new plug-in architecture for the shipping function that provides connectivity to shippers.
Under a deal announced at Graph Expo, AlphaGraphics is leveraging its long-standing relationship with EFI to deploy XMPie’s uDirect Professional Premier Edition variable data software (sold by EFI) to its 250 franchises worldwide. As for its own offerings, EFI previewed an upgrade of the PrinterSite Fulfillment storefront that features a new user interface, tighter integration with XMPie’s products and real-time shipping and tax calculations.