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Panpa Bulletin : May 2006
May 2006 PaNPa bULLETIN | 43 PRODUCTION Creating a unified work- flow from prepress, through plate and film production to printing is an important aspect of develop- ing performance, productiv- ity and profitability. Kodak has announced a range of develop- ments for the new Kodak Prin- ergy 3.1 workflow systems. The Prinergy 3.1 system extends integration, collaboration and automation capabilities with business, digital print and por- tal workflow solutions, as well as enhancements for PDF and colour workflows. Prinergy software, a third generation PDF workflow for controlling prepress, plate and film production, is the founda- tion of Kodak's unified workflow solution. The Prinergy system family features configurations for commercial printers, pack- aging printers and converters, publishers and ad agencies. A Kodak Unified Workflow so- lution represents a complete electronic infrastructure for conventional and digital print- ing that integrates business, production and colour work- flows, using innovative soft- ware tools, open standards and intelligent automation. "By creating a workflow infrastructure across a print provider's entire operation, Kodak's unified workflow helps to gain efficiencies, expand revenues and increase profits," said Stan Coleman, General Manager, Unified Workflow, Kodak. "These enhancements to the Prinergy workflow sys- tem strengthen the benefits that customers receive from a Kodak Unified Workflow solu- tion." Enhanced Digital Print Integration New Prinergy system fea- tures include a digital print so- lution for Kodak Nexpress digi- tal presses. Featuring powerful new JDF integration with the Nexpress JDF workflow plan- ner, the Prinergy system digital print option unifies and auto- mates offset and digital print workflows. The JDF workflow planner gives the Prinergy workflow system full access to the JDF capabilities of the Kodak Nex- station digital front end for output on Nexpress presses. Operators launch the JDF workflow planner from within Prinergy Workshop to create JDF templates with access to all Nexpress system print set- tings, from media selection to control over the Nexpress fifth imaging unit to gloss, coat or achieve a richer colour gamut. Operators define, initiate and automate digital print jobs from the offset workflow, al- lowing jobs to be redirected on the fly and ensuring optimal press utilization. New PDF workfow developments PDF PlateBuilder software, a recently released Kodak plug- in for Adobe Acrobat software, simplifies and automates cus- tom plate creation. The new option adds to the suite of easy-to-learn and easy-to-use PDF productivity tools de- signed for use with Prinergy workflow systems. PDF Plate- Builder is used in packaging and commercial print produc- tion workflows to significantly reduce the time and cost asso- ciated with manually creating custom plates such as white, varnish and bump plates. Kodak's other Acrobat plug- ins for Prinergy systems include the Advanced Trap Editor, Dot- Shop, PDF Compare and PDF Merge software. The award winning PDF Compare and PDF Merge software, which au- tomates PDF correction cycles, has also been enhanced to en- able the comparing of files with different geometry. Revolutionary Prinergy Lay- ered PDF Versioning software takes advantage of Adobe PDF 1.5 layering technology to streamline the proofing, ap- proval, plating and manage- ment of increasingly complex versions of print jobs. It com- bines input file formats into 'versioned pages' that can be assigned to page positions, proofed, and plated. File nam- ing conventions can automate versioning processes, help- ing to simplify decision mak- ing and eliminate costly er- rors associated with versioned jobs. Prinergy 3.1 Layered PDF Versioning software now al- lows users to output multiple versions on a single surface. Kodak plans to introduce ad- ditional PDF workflow en- hancements later this year. For example, a pending update to Prinergy 3.1 software will allow for Preflight workflow system compliance with the Ghent PDF Workgroup Specifications 2004. Enhanced Web Portal integration Prepress workflow systems that integrate web-based por- tal products are an impor- tant component of a Kodak Unified Workflow solution. Prinergy 3.1 rules-based au- tomation now supports Ko- dak InSite software process- es. Rules-based automation function is a third generation of automation that enables prepress workflow solutions to react intelligently to ac- tions or events in production when certain conditions oc- cur. Supporting InSite events such as sending e-mail notifi- cations or pre-rendering pag- es or thumbnails when a page is successfully refined greatly enhances the value of end-to- end automation. The Prinergy 3.1 system also includes enhanced support of Kodak EyeMedia digital asset management software. Colour Workflow Enhancement Prinergy workflow systems provide the proven, open in- frastructure that supports many Kodak colour technolo- gies within a Kodak Unified Workflow solution. Prinergy 3.1 workflow systems extend the flexibility of this infra- structure by introducing the ability to colour match files on final output to plate or film. This gives print provid- ers a range of new options to realize greater efficiency, co- lour consistency and cost sav- ings in production. "The Prinergy 3.1 system builds on the flexibility and usability of Prinergy technol- ogy to deliver greater levels of effectiveness and quality at every step in the workflow," said Larry McIntyre, Priner- gy Product Manager, Kodak. "We're excited to show cus- tomers how they can maxi- mise business opportunities with a Kodak Unified Work- flow solution." Kodak improves workfow systems. the essentials > Kodak’s new Prinergy system will better improve workplace fow > Prinergy will enhance digital printing integration > PDf PlateBuilder software allows automatic creation of plates from PDfs > Prinergy allows prepress workfow solutions to react intelligently to changes > Prinergy gives new options for colour management