ONYX Graphics Inc. has released ONYX PrepEdge Pro software Version 2.1 and ONYX PrepEdge software, a new entry-level job preparation tool designed specifically for wide-format printing.
"More than 70 percent of wide-format shops say prepress job preparation is their biggest workflow bottleneck," said Dean Derhak, director of product management, ONYX. "Shops have embraced ONYX PrepEdge Pro software because it addresses their main workflow bottlenecks and increases overall shop productivity. The prepress operators using the product gave us suggestions on how we could improve the toolset for this release."
ONYX PrepEdge software is a simpler, lower-cost version of the ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. It was developed specifically for shops without access?or with limited access?to a professional designer to prepare print jobs. This package offers a complete set of easy, wide format job preparation tools without the more complex design and PDF Editing capabilities. The new ONYX PrepEdge software can reduce labor costs in the prepress and production stages because it can be used by non-designer prepress operators. "The return-on-investment is very compelling for these shops because, with a small investment in ONYX PrepEdge software, they can prepare jobs more quickly while reducing production costs," said Derhak.
Based on prepress operator's requests, ONYX PrepEdge Pro software version 2.1 includes enhancements to the tiling and contour cutting tools to further reduce prepress operator time. Customers also suggested an improved look to the white ink tool to make each option visually intuitive. The result is a powerful tool that quickly lets prepress operators set up white ink jobs. The enhancements support the white ink workflows of Océ Arizona series UV curable flatbed printers and Roland VersaWorks RIP software.
"Hems and grommets are easy now with ONYX PrepEdge Pro software; we love how it handles all of our banner set-up. Plus we use it all the time to prep files and make cut paths. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software really takes care of our file preparation needs and saves us a lot of time," said Maureen Promboof, DigiGraphics, Warrenville, IL.
"We are so satisfied with ONYX PrepEdge Pro software that we use it all the time. Our team puts it to work on PDF files when we need to change orientation, add bleeds and marks or compensate for missing fonts. It helps our team get files ready to print quicker and tackles our general pre-flight tasks with ease," said Kelli Jarzombek of 1st Source Digital, Selma, TX.
"Our team is able to seamlessly utilize ONYX PrepEdge Pro software on our Macintosh systems and submit jobs to Caldera or ONYX software; this improves our workflow and allows us to complete tasks quicker," said Doug Seney of Light Visions Ltd., Winnipeg, MB, Canada
ONYX PrepEdge software works with all wide format software RIPs. It can run on Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, Windows XP or Windows Vista. ONYX PrepEdge software offers capabilities specific to the wide format printing workflow, works well with design applications, and goes beyond the PDF editing tools that are currently available.
ONYX PrepEdge software is now available in two versions: ONYX PrepEdge and ONYX PrepEdge Pro packages. Both packages include wide-format tools for sizing and cropping, tiling and tiling templates, printing job tickets, grommeting, contour cutting, color management, image place holding and white ink workflow. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software adds a full PostScript/PDF editor, vector image object editing tools, color correction tools, a color library matcher, spot color replacement and a text editor.
ONYX PrepEdge Pro Software Version 2.1 is available now from select ONYX Authorized Resellers and direct from the ONYX on-line store. The new ONYX PrepEdge software is $995 USD for a single license. New manufacturer's list prices have also been announced for ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. A single-license of ONYX PrepEdge Pro software is now $1495 USD. Multiple license packages are also available through ONYX Authorized Resellers.