No matter what type of output device is ultimately used to produce a printed piece, prepress is the very foundation of digital printing. Without software to tell the press or the printer what to do, all our pages would remain blank. In GRAPH EXPO’s Prepress/Software/Workflow section, attendees will find an array of sophisticated digital imaging solutions at their fingertips.
From concept and design software to management information systems (MIS) and workflow solutions, you’ll find it here. Looking for the latest in design software? Visit Dalim (Booth 229), DOXXEE (Booth 767), Enfocus (Booth 555), EskoArtwork (Booth 435), LumaPix (Booth 349), Meadows Publishing Solutions (Booth 352), Pageflex (Booths 3861 and 5422), and Recosoft (Booth 359).
In the market for a platesetter or CtP system? Those in the Prepress/Software/Workflow section include ECRM (Booth 353), Glunz & Jensen (Booth 432), Mitsubishi Imaging (Booth 841), MKL Pre-Press Electronics (Booth 667), and Printware (Booth 337). On the larger show floor, look for prepress hardware from Agfa Graphics (Booth 1227), Eastman Kodak (Booth 2018), Fujifilm (Booth 627), Heidelberg (Booth 1200), Xanté (Booth 5033), and xpedx (Booth 3601).
Workflow has become one of the hottest topics around. It is well understood that the fewer times a job has to be touched, the more profitable it can be. That is the whole concept behind the move toward increasingly more automated workflows. And to be truly automated, that workflow must be managed by an all encompassing software solution. Whether you prefer a system that resides onsite, SaaS (software as a service), or a cloud-based option, GRAPH EXPO presents an opportunity to compare the products side by side.
Look for workflow offerings from these exhibitors: AFP Consortium (Booth 652), Crawford Technologies (Booth 258), Datatech SmartSoft (Booth 751), DOXEE (Booth 767), Enfocus (Booth 555), EskoArtwork (Booth 435), Genisys Consulting Group (Booth 867), GMG Americas (Booth 227), Keen Systems (Booth 1071), MKL Pre-Press Electronics (Booth 667), Printware and Xitron (Booth 337), Rochester Software Associates (Booth 646), and SoftSolutions (Booth 564). Farther afield, workflow solutions can also be found at the booths of companies such as EFI (Booth 2000), manroland (Booth 1236), and Presstek (Booth 3200).
Other solutions include VDP, Web-to-print, color management, color calibration, color proofing, color separation, imposition, job planning, Page Description Language (PDL), and preflighting. Also look for social media management tools and programs, QR code generators, and systems you can use to construct, deploy, and track multimedia marketing campaigns.
If you’re looking for something really different, be sure to visit PrintNow Technologies (Booth 124), which is launching a new 3D feature to its Web-to-print software.
This section may be the most interactive spot on the GRAPH EXPO show floor. Find what dazzles you!