WORKFLOW SOFTWARE -- Betting on a System
Kodak Polychrome Graphics' (KPG) primary workflow strategy is to team up with vendors of existing systems and add value to these products by incorporating its proprietary color management technology. Under an agreement with Screen (USA), it offers co-branded KPG/Screen thermal platesetters and associated workflow solutions to customers in the United States and Canada.
Trueflow PDF (Certified PDF, PDF/X1-a and PDF/X1-3) is the heart of Screen's Trueflownet. It is designed to drive both CTP production and digital presses in a JDF-based operating environment. Its functions include automated handling of preflight, overprint, auto-trapping, imposition and output in multiple formats.
Operators can employ two different automated workflow paths that use JDF technology. Hot folders can be used to create fully automated custom workflow, or the job container workflow can process PostScript and PDF data for independent pages as they arrive.
Trueflow's automated trapping function handles object trapping, overprinting, centerline luminosity and kickback. Its imposition function features a wide range of template editing tools, color control bars and register marks.
Screen has added a number of new modules in the Trueflownet product family. Riteonline is a Web browser-based print ordering system using JDF/JMF messaging. Riteportal allows content creators to prepare and deliver production-ready Certified PDF files. Ritetransfer enables customers to submit jobs using a customized and branded drag-and-drop application.
More recently, KPG's partnership with Artwork Systems Group NV has led to the release of a version of Artwork Systems Nexus V8 packaging workflow incorporating KPG color management tools and RealTimeProof online proofing technology. KPG says it will integrate this workflow into its CTP and proofing solutions, including Screen platesetters.
Artwork Systems also offers a workflow solution, called Odystar, aimed at the mid- to high-end commercial printing segment. It uses PDF 1.5 as a native data format and implements Enfocus Certified PDF technology. The latest upgrade is said to add true system scalability, multi-document support and use of JDF for communication of production data to MIS systems.