Heidelberg’s (Booth 1214) new digital storefront, Web-to-Print Manager brings print production engines to the Web-to-print and storefront environment. The Web-to-print solution is a set of online tools designed to make it easy for a print provider to offer its customers a simple method of uploading new files, or manipulating existing files. Options include email campaign management, variable data support, document customization, and brand management via customizable e-commerce portals.
The Web-to-Print Manager is integrated with the Prinect production workflow. While preflighting is conventionally done mid-stream in the production workflow, Prinect Web-to-Print Manager takes advantage of Heidelberg’s Prinect Preflight preflight engine. As a result, print buyers immediately see that their file has achieved the print provider’s preflight criteria—ensuring that their file will flow through production smoothly.
PDF proofs are the industry standard, and now when a print buyer chooses a PDF proof he encounters another feature: The PDF proof generated is rendered by the Prinect Renderer—the same engine that will generate printing plates and hard proofs in production. This architecture assures that what the print buyer sees and approves is what will output to the pressroom.
Prinect Web-to-Print Manager offers a third industry first for Web-to-print for print shops that want to perform job “ganging” for production efficiencies. The embedded Prinect Gang Form Manager helps production operators group similar jobs logically (according to due date, stock, colors, etc,) for the best utilization of all production equipment. The result? Production efficiency that has an immediate impact on the printer’s overall profitability.
Heidelberg will offer the Prinect Web-to-Print Manager both as a license model and as a Software-as-a-Service, offering remote hosting options.