One of the new components in v.6.0 is an enhanced :Apogee Digital Print Link that allows users to drive and control digital presses, including the 70-ppm Canon imagePRESS digital color family.
Two years ago, Canon (Booth 2612) began collaborating with Heidelberg (Booth 1200) to create a seamless, hybrid offset/digital workflow that links its imagePRESS C7000VP to Prinect Digital Print Manager, a part of Heidelberg’s Prinect workflow management system. Prinect allows for the integration of print systems—whether offset or digital presses—into a unified workflow, optimizing printing processes and systems capabilities. Based on open industry standards using JDF and PDF, the connectivity allows production data to flow between the imagePRESS and Prinect system, giving users the ability to view and better control jobs, manage production costs and optimize system usage.
Fujifilm (Booth 6919) will highlight a new approach to integrated print production. Its Workflow XMF solution can bring a higher level of control to complex print operations producing work for multiple output devices. The end-to-end JDF workflow, which became commercially available this past May, features increased integration capabilities.
“Today, it’s quite common for companies to have a variety of presses, both offset and digital, with widely varying capabilities that require them to utilize a variety of imposition schemes and, in many cases, multiple workflow solutions,” noted Bryan Hughes, Fujifilm product manager for workflow products. Workflow XMF “is capable of providing a single point of production that can easily produce jobs for both offset and digital, or a combination of both, within the same job,” he said, and “… has the added ability to automate many of the processes and will save valuable time and enable printers to meet increasingly tight deadlines.”
Utilizing the latest advancements to create an open and scalable workflow, XMF is a complete JDF engine that incorporates the most recent Adobe PDF Print Engine technology and is capable of achieving huge increases in RIP speed and output performance. Its “pure PDF” technology means that original PDF content is preserved throughout the workflow, with instructions for processes such as imposition stored as JDF data in an associated job bag. This clean implementation requires no internal conversions or file flattening to carry out job processing.
Workflow XMF also incorporates a fully integrated, unlimited-user Fujifilm imposition engine, allowing users to avoid the bottleneck imposed by solutions that rely on external applications. With XMF, users can create and edit impositions live from within the workflow with dynamic templates, easily changing parameters as required. There are fewer templates to manage, saving time and reducing the chance of error. It’s also capable of importing JDF templates from popular imposition and planning applications, such as Metrix, for direct use.
Fuji says its workflow solution is suitable for printers with minimal press equipment as well as for larger printers requiring additional RIPs and processing speed.
A Decade of Prinergy
Kodak (Booth 6907) will highlight its Unified Workflow, including digital-offset tools touting the benefits of a single, cohesive solution that integrates the many aspects of business and production, color and data. The firm also will show updates to its popular Prinergy digital workflow software that unifies digital and conventional printing.
Boasting new features, the Prinergy Workflow System marks its 10th anniversary serving the commercial print market. A fully integrated, digital, highly automated unified workflow management solution, it features modular, scaleable configurations and options that best match customer business needs and growth objectives.
The new Prinergy Digital Workflow helps print service providers drive automation throughout digital workflows with universal digital press connectivity, intelligent job management and scheduling tools—increasing efficiency and supporting their transformation to marketing service providers.