WORKFLOW SOFTWARE -- Betting on a System
Geared initially for commercial printers in the two- and four-up market, OneFlow allows users to build custom workflows and automate labor-intensive steps. An intuitive, icon-based GUI lets users easily design a workflow path to handle prepress functions such as preflighting, trapping, RIPing, imposition, soft proofing and more.
New features in version 2.0 include integrated proofing software with Best technology, EFI Impose automated imposition capabilities, browser-based job tracking and a new Hybrid Screening tool that enables AM and FM screening. Additionally, job management capabilities allow for on-the-fly workflow customization and interactive job editing, while the approval and attributes function enables users to preview, approve or modify jobs.
Under recently signed agreements, Enovation Graphic Systems and Mitsubishi Imaging are now offering EFI OneFlow.
Heidelberg has divided its Prinect workflow portfolio into three solutions—Management, Production and Color Solutions.
In the prepress production sector, Prinect Printready System 2.0 provides process automation for offset and digital printing operations by preparing jobs for output through both Prinect MetaDimension 5.0 and NexStation 3.0. It implements the JDF 1.2 specification, with improved linking to MIS for bi-directional communication.
According to Heidelberg, the new Prinect Calibration and Profile (ICC) Toolboxes enable color to be accurately managed from original to press. Prinect Printready PDF Approval Mail and Remote Access provide the ability to integrate customers into the workflow.
Prinect Signa Station 1.0 is said to be a completely new software application that simplifies the planning, creation and management of print sheets. Features include JDF support, separation of folding and print sheets and virtual folding on the monitor.
Updates also have been released in the Prinect PDF Toolbox line. Prinect Trap Editor 4.0 (formerly Supertrap) features overprint settings and the ability to handle complex bitmaps separately. Prinect PDF Assistant 1.0 provides a range of ways to analyze and modify files.