Jetrix KX printer range gains productivity benefits from new software upgrade

Written by Colin Gillman on Friday, 25 November 2016.

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InkTec Europe has released a new, feature-packed software interface for its Jetrix KX printer range that adds significant productivity benefits. 

The company says the new features include the ability to set the lamp power on a scale of 1 to 9, which means the printer delivers much more precision in terms of adaptability to suit the media type. The higher scale is better suited to robust firm media, whereas the lower scale enables a substrate traditionally impacted by high temperatures to be successfully printed on. There is also a new flood tool which enables the user to print a flood white or black layer without the need to create a separate layer within the artwork file.

Encouraging the most effective media use and therefore directly delivering cost savings, the system also facilitates the ability to easily map and move images around.  The result: efficient use of the printing space, with the very minimum amount of media used for the job.

Finally, a critical element in any print production job is time. Which is where this latest GUI delivers a practical application which nests images enabling duplication without the need for massive rip files every time. This decrease in rip time means less time spent in pre- production.

“The research and development team in our headquarters are constantly looking at ways to evolve and improve the GUI software of the JETRIX printers,” says Joey Kim, managing director, InkTec Europe. “The specific requirements for this latest version centres on delivering the ultimate, user friendly experience while specifically focusing on areas which will deliver a direct, positive impact for the printer.”


Roland set to supply its VersaWorks Dual RIP with even more of it printers

Written by Colin Gillman on Wednesday, 02 November 2016.

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Roland DG has announced that its recently introduced Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP and print management software has been expanded to support several additional Roland DG inkjet printers and printer/cutters.

Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP is currently bundled with the latest generation TrueVIS VG Series and SG Series of printer/cutters, the SOLJET EJ-640 high-production eco-solvent printer and the VersaUV LEF-300 UV-LED inkjet printer. And now, as of November 2016, the following additional models will include the latest Roland VersaWorks Dual when they are shipped:

Roland VersaWorks Dual will eventually be made available to existing users (who already own one of the devices listed above). An easy-to-use online download process will be put in place and Roland DG will be in touch with those customers to confirm when this free-of-charge software upgrade is available.

According to Yuko Maeda, division president of Roland DG business development unit, Roland VersaWorks Dual enables users to work not only with PostScript files, but also allows for native processing of PDF files, which have become popular in commercial printing. This ensures transparency effects are processed accurately and saves time by avoiding the need for additional editing processes such as flattening. 

“Roland DG understands the important role that software plays in printing,” says Maeda. “We have been developing RIP and print management software for many years. A major benefit for Roland customers is that our software is tailored exclusively for Roland DG printers and printer/cutters, and thus optimised to maximise their performance and ease of use. Our proprietary colour management tools and other functions have become important factors in the popularity of Roland products worldwide.”

“Now that Roland VersaWorks Dual supports native PDF processing,” Maeda continued, “we believe our printers provide an even greater level of value for not only the printing of signs and graphics, but for decorating a wide range of original goods and for prototyping applications such as package printing and press proofs. We are committed to developing powerful, world-class RIP software that makes customers’ work even easier, while expanding their potential.”


Roland DG Academy to offer Adobe Illustrator modular courses

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 06 September 2016.

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Roland DG UK has announced that the Roland DG Academy is to offer Adobe Illustrator modular courses, giving users the chance to utilise their Roland DG technology even more effectively within their businesses. 

Targeted at those who want to expand their graphic knowledge in Illustrator, and integrate the software into their print workflow, or just expand their knowledge of this popular design software, the course consists of two flexible modules spread across two full day sessions. 

The first module offered consists of a full overview for basic or novice users, allowing them to utilise the software to its full potential, which will help develop more efficient design processes. Attendees will be taught about basic shape editing, creating cutlines, and how to make use of the many tools Illustrator offers print businesses to make their job easier and more efficient.

For those interested in learning more about Illustrator, but already have an understanding of the basics, an intermediate/advanced module is also available at an additional cost, allowing attendees to develop a deeper understanding of the many tools and workflows possible, including elements such as clipping masks, compound paths, transparencies, advanced layering, exporting and many other useful insights.

For maximum training flexibility, it is possible to attend both courses consecutively for those that want a more intensive training programme, to attend just one of the 2 days to meet the needs of the individual or business, or to split attendance over time to allow for personal development in between sessions.

Joe Wigzell, Academy and Creative Centre manager at Roland DG UK, says: “We’re pleased to have another chance to offer our end users our expert knowledge, and allow their businesses to improve as a result. As a company we know just how valuable graphic design is to the workflow of print production, and with the introduction of our Illustrator course we can give our customers that advantage.”

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Markzware releases a free Mac utility - ID Util – via the Mac App Store

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 12 May 2016.

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ID Util allows users to preview InDesign, InCopy and IDML files, without needing to open the Adobe InDesign application. Users who have InDesign CS5 through InDesign CC 2015 can create high resolution previews for all pages in the InDesign file.

With high image resolution, even text is readable in the preview. ID Util will also show the version in which an InDesign (INDD) file was created, along with its page size.

In addition, ID Util will export InDesign previews as JPEG, PNG or PDF. Users can check image previews of files, before printing or sharing. ID Util users can eliminate less efficient processes, such as making and sharing PDF files, or using Bridge to view small previews.

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Dawn of a new era for PDF rendering

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 22 March 2016.

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Online workflow software publishing developer CHILI publish has launched what it calls “today’s best PDF viewing and approval inspection experience” following collaboration with Enfocus. The firm has integrated its new CHILI rendro technology for viewing PDFs on the web with Enfocus’ PDF quality control and workflow expertise to create an add-on module for Enfocus Switch called Switch PDF Review Module.

CHILI rendro is the latest technical innovation from CHILI publish. The company says it is the only rendering solution able to provide true, accurate renderings of PDFs on an HTML canvas. This fundamentally changes the way PDFs are managed because regardless of who is looking at the PDF – and whatever device they are using – the PDF can be viewed the way it was intended, both graphically and contextually.

The JavaScript SDK (Software Development Kit) format of CHILI rendro allows for tailored, scalable integration and platform independent collaboration that requires little configuration. These features make the solution fully adaptable to any work environment.

Kevin Goeminne, CHILI publish CEO, says: “CHILI rendro solves a key challenge for users – enabling them to better manage PDFs on the devices where they work. Having Enfocus as our first OEM partner is a perfect fit for this technology. Combining CHILI rendro with Enfocus’ excellent PDF quality and workflow solutions provides users with a powerful resource that saves time and ensures accuracy in any operation that relies on PDFs. We are pleased to be working with Enfocus, and proud of the way our technologies improve operations for our users.”

Enfocus has integrated CHILI rendro into its technology to create the Switch PDF Review Module. This Add-on Module for Enfocus Switch gives users an HTML5 Browser based PDF review tool. This new module combines the flexibility of the browser with the powerful “PDF Inspect” features of the Switch solution.

Bjorn Willems, director of Product Management at Enfocus, says: “We can give our users the control they want in the PDF review process from any desktop or tablet touchscreen. With the user in charge, the PDF review process is fundamentally changed, making it a faster and more effective than has been previously possible. When it comes to reviewing PDFs, the Switch PDF Review Module changes everything.”

The use of the PDF Review Module in Switch streamlines the inspection process. Once a PDF has been created, an email is sent to the reviewer with a link to the PDF. The reviewer clicks the link and the PDF is opened in the browser. The person reviewing the PDF is presented with a fully configurable user interface, depending on their role and skill level. It could range from a very basic PDF preview with an Approve/Reject button on the bottom to an expert view that includes tools such as Eyedropper, Separation view and Wireframe. The expert view also allows the user to analyse individual objects within the PDF file, similar to the Inspector module of Switch.

In both views, overprint is always honoured and the users can customise these views with the customer’s logos and other brand identity. From there, the approver can choose to approve the file or not. If changes are required, the approver marks up corrections using a Sticky Note tool. The user then clicks on an “Approve/Reject” button that can be created based on the routing options from the configurator in Switch. This, says CHILI, provides additional workflow flexibility for the user.

Willems continues: “The Switch PDF Review Module represents what is possible when you bring together the best technical solutions. And it’s just the beginning. The solution provides a platform for many other use cases, including online editing. This platform, combined with the innovation and collaboration expertise of Enfocus ensures we can meet the evolving demands of our users.”


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