WORKFLOW SOFTWARE -- Betting on a System
ECRM's RIP v6.2 is billed as a complete RIP management system powered by the latest Harlequin Eclipse RIP technology. It supports a variety of file formats, including PostScript 3 and PDF—PDF 1.4, PDF/X-1a: 2001 and PDF/X-3: 2002. Options include TrapPro or TrapPro Lite in-RIP trapping, ColorPro color management and ProofReady output options for ink-jet proofers.
For greater functionality, the company's MAXWorkFlow Classic is a modular digital production management system that can be customized to meet production demands. It implements what ECRM calls "S.O.O.M." (send once, output many) capability and provides centralized control of production through use of a series of intelligent smart-scan folders in a semi or fully automated manner. The system accepts industry standard input file formats and offers options such as in-RIP trapping, PDF optimization and proofing tools.
Xitron Inc. has designed the new Xenith 4 PDF workflow for the two- and four-up market. It is an Adobe Extreme compliant workflow offering PDF creation, Certified PDF support, built-in preflight, in-RIP trapping and NORM proofing.
The company also announced a new Presstek Dimension Interface available with Xitron Navigator Harlequin RIPs, the Xenith Extreme workflow line and Raster Blaster. The interface supports Presstek Dimension and Dimension Excel CTP systems (two-, four- and eight-up), as well as many of the leading Presstek-enabled DI presses.
Also available is the XiFlow complete workflow solution, which is comprised of at least three elements: a Navigator or other Harlequin 6.0 RIP, XiFlow Server and XiFlow client software. The system supports up to three RIPs and 10 simultaneous client connections.
The ranks of workflow imports continues to grow, as well.
Polkadots Software, a Canadian company that specializes in database driven workflow automation based on Harlequin RIP technology, has signed xpedx as a national reseller of its PrePage-it workflow solution. The plug-and-play, ROOM solution includes a range of preflight, imposition, proofing and management functions. It processes files in a queue-based workflow and accepts a variety of data formats, including PDF (PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3), PostScript and TIFF. Rasterize-it, Polkadots' OEM version of the Harlequin RIP, is JDF enabled.