WORKFLOW SOFTWARE -- Betting on a System
Dalim hasn't adopted the "workflow brand" marketing approach, but it does offer other components of a total solution. Printempo version 2.0 is a browser-based, JDF-enabled print production system that enables users to monitor the status of pages and trigger actions in production. Mistral provides a Web-based, common interface that printers and their clients can use for job submission and subsequent production management.
Esko-Graphics has said it will continue to pursue Scope's application in the commercial printing sector despite realigning its business to concentrate on packaging. The company now is only targeting smaller format (four-up or less) CTP systems to commercial printers, which raises a question about the need for the sophistication of Scope in that market segment.
BackStage is the foundation for Scope solutions targeted to packaging printers and converters, as well as commercial printers dealing with higher volume, more complex jobs. Version 2.0 is JDF-enabled and features an improved GUI.
FlowDrive has been the solution Esko-Graphics recommended for small- to medium-sized commercial print operations. Version 5.0 saw enhancements to in-RIP trapping, imposition and color management, with the 5.1 upgrade adding the ability to create profiles for any kind of output device—film or plate, Esko-Graphics or third-party.
Given that Esko-Graphics previously said no further version upgrades were planned for FlowDrive, some reconfiguring of Scope for the commercial print sector is expected.
Building Digital Workflows
Since it sells through OEMs and system integrators, Global Graphics has introduced "Cortex" as a development platform for building digital workflows. It is said to provide a core layer of workflow functions to which "best of breed" technology from Global Graphics and other suppliers can be added to build differentiated solutions. Standard tasks include preflight, imposition, trapping, color management, interpretation, screening, process management and more. The company also introduced a JDF Enabler module that enables use of the specification by the Harlequin RIP.