Aproove, the secure online collaboration, soft proofing, and approval system for brand owners, agencies, and printers, has received the 2013 InterTech Technology Award from Printing Industries of America. The Award, given in recognition of innovative excellence in the graphic arts and related industries, will be presented on September 8, 2013, at PRINT 13 in Chicago.
Aproove does not depend on a proprietary content management or prepress production system, so it can easily be used by any corporate marketing department, agency, or printer—without either side having to compromise or learn additional skills. Multiple decision makers can use Aproove for complex print projects, greatly reducing design and production cycles, error rates, and delivery charges.
The system also boasts an attractive pricing model, including unlimited free guest accounts. Aproove is being widely used for content approvals as well as soft proofing, using color displays calibrated with systems like ORIS from CGS.
The Judges’ Take
“The judges were impressed with how easy Aproove’s solution for reviewing and approving proofs was to use,” said Dr. Mark Bohan, Printing Industries of America Vice President of Technology and Research. “They liked that it was non-proprietary, allowing it to be used with existing workflow solutions, and that it was scalable, supporting an unlimited number of users.”
Both brand owners and print service providers in the U.S. and Europe issued letters of support for Aproove’s application for the InterTech Award. In the U.S., these included retail service provider GFX International and full-service printing, mailing and fulfillment company TJ Metzgers.
The Aproove architecture is the result of 10 years of development, with optimized performance on Windows, Linux, and Mac environments, as well as client apps for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. Its unique architecture allows for extremely high page volumes (up to 6,000 pages per hour, processing on a stock Windows PC server) with no performance degradation in multi-client workflows.
Aproove’s unique “push” technology provides extreme ease of use. Even occasional users are taken directly to the exact location where their input or approval is required. No special knowledge of prepress production is required. The system is also highly secure, sending only streams, and not file downloads. The core asset never leaves the secure production facility; only a contract content view flows to the client, optimized for each user’s display, device, and bandwidth.
Aproove use has resulted in significant time savings—collapsing schedules from days to hours, depending on job complexity and number of team members. In addition to communication and team efficiency, Aproove can result in significantly fewer hard copy proofs (both content and contract color), as well as decreases in delivery charges.
Aproove certified dealer CGS will demonstrate the latest version of the system at PRINT 13, at their booth (2644) in Chicago’s McCormick Center, September 8-12, 2013.