With the release of WebCenter 12, Esko responds to two distinct print and consumer trends. The first one is the proliferation of print variations driven by mass-customization and personalization. The second trend is the increased pressure on regulatory compliance, the need to accurately incorporate the required regulatory information on packaging and related materials.
WebCenter helps printers to address four challenges directly originating from these market trends:
1. Keep every stakeholder informed: extending its capability to iPhones, and built-in integration with Automation Engine and ArtiosCAD
2. Manage long approval cycles: enhanced compare capabilities, highlighting alterations by blinking or displaying the intensity of variation for easier detection and review. In addition, the Viewer allows real time collaboration on multiple pages.
3. Manage the overall packaging process from design to shelf: Cascading fields offer smart filtering and auto filling, rich text fields to provide long briefs and pictorial labels that explain concepts visually. WebCenter 12 standardizes the overall project request, prevents errors and lost data and minimizes human intervention.
4. Handle versioning: extended with user friendly and very powerful asset classification and search capabilities with a fully customizable graphical asset browser based on document metadata and custom attributes.
i-cut Suite, InterTech™ Technology Award recipient, highlights focus on wide format
Many print companies have successfully diversified to wide format. i-cut Suite lets companies that drive narrow or large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems streamline their workflows. A 2012 InterTech™ Technology Award recipient, i-cut Suite has seen rapid popularity.
i-cut Suite components include:
i-cut Preflight handles efficient preflighting and editing of incoming PDF files, ensuring that jobs will RIP and print correctly. It also lets users make any corrections working within the PDF file.
i-cut Layout is a module to interactively build and edit sheet layouts, ensuring that jobs make the optimum use of the substrate through intelligent true shape nesting and tiling.
i-cut Vision Pro makes sure that die-less cutting contours match printed images perfectly. Often, slight distortions between printed graphics and contour cuts may cause unacceptable results. i-cut Vision Pro registers the actual dimensions and positions on the printed result.
With i-cut Automate, all of these functions are automated in a single workflow, with less operator intervention and fewer potential manual errors.
“We look forward to showing print providers at Print World how they can produce work more efficiently, while finding new, profitable services to offer,” concludes Raad. “Our customer base is growing because we offer a wide range of ways to help redefine and grow their businesses.”