WORKFLOW SOFTWARE -- Betting on a System
Version 2.0, released earlier this year, was said to extend its application to high-end operations by enhancing system scalability, providing load balancing of processor intensive tasks and adding fault tolerance. It also extended the connectivity of the system with drivers for new Agfa and non-Agfa imaging devices and ability to export PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3 files.
New features of ApogeeX 3.0 include increased raster data handling capabilities and support of JDF layout information from independent imposition solutions. It also will include a number of improvements for proofing, such as enhanced reproduction of spot colors and additional remote proofing functionality.
Also newly introduced is Arcadia, a dynamic publishing and asset management system featuring browser-based file transformation and fully searchable text.
Creo has introduced new versions of both its Prinergy and Brisque workflow systems, and the Synapse UpFront 3.0 (job planning), InSite 4.0 (remote proofing and job tracking) and Link 2.0 (MIS connectivity) workflow modules.
Prinergy 2.3 is said to introduce new automation concepts, including Rules-based Automation and Unified Versioning. In addition, the system now supports automated ink-key presetting via JDF with the PrintLink module and accepts JDF-based job tickets from Preps imposition software. It also can integrate with the Creo Spire color server and Xerox FreeFlow Print Manager to drive digital printing.
Designed for entry-level applications, the new Prinergy Evo provides a more affordable, automated workflow solution based on the JDF and PDF open data formats.
Brisque Version 5.0 features a client-server architecture, intelligent Job Ticket automation, new intuitive GUI, and PDF preflight and trapping tools. When used in combination with Synapse Director, the update provides access to many of the capabilities that had been specific to Prinergy.
EFI's OneFlow PDF-based workflow solution is designed to provide centralized management of output to multiple devices, including CTP platesetters, digital printing systems and wide-format ink-jet printers. OneFlow RIP employs the ROOM (RIP Once, Output Many) concept.