WORKFLOW SOFTWARE -- Betting on a System
The two companies may extend their product integration in the future, but for now KPG offers the DirectWorks Suite to drive its DirectSet entry-level CTP solution, DirectPress digital press line and Canon CLC printers, as well as the Matchprint ProofPro printer. This system incorporates KPG color management into a workflow that streamlines operations such as preflight, trapping, imposition, approval and RIPing.
Rampage Systems has been previewing Rampage JVX, an automated prepress workflow supporting the JDF standard, which it expected to begin shipping in fourth quarter of this year. Key features of the upgrade include automatic imposition using templates in JDF format from third-party applications and integration with MIS packages via JMF. Among the other enhancements are remote job submission via FTP hot folders, an Adobe Distiller plug-in for cleaning incoming PDF files and automatic document versioning.
Rampage JVX reportedly brings forward all of the features included in older versions of the workflow, including automatic trapping, built-in picture replacement (OPI), a client-server architecture and proofing from Rampage Digital Masters (RDMs).
In the United States, Rampage products are sold through Enovation Graphic Systems and other regional dealers.
Enovation also offers the Fujifilm Celebrant Suite, a modular workflow incorporating the company's color management technology. It features semi and fully automatic imposition in conjunction with desktop imposition applications and provides a document versioning option.
Celebrant can drive a wide range of Fujifilm or third-party CTP devices, and supports PPF-based ink-key setting. The system also can directly drive a range of Fujifilm, Epson and other ink-jet proofers, either with rasterized or screen proofed files.
Dalim Software has introduced version 5.0 of Twist and Swing, its now JDF-enabled, automated workflow solutions available on Mac OSX or Red Hat Linux operating systems. Twist v5 is said to be a "ground-up rebuild" of the system, which is based on modular tools that can be configured into a wide variety of automatic processing paths. The upgrade adds built-in system failover, advanced load balancing capability, a new GUI and native PDF 1.4 and PDF 1.5 file support. New tools provide preflight viewing, RIP control and color separation mapping. Supported file output "standards" include PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3 and Pass4Press(v4).