OneVision Software develops Automation Suite for publishers

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With 25 years of experience in prepress automation for printers and publishers, the German software manufacturer OneVision Software has developed an Automation Suite to meet the needs of book publishers. The software solution combines a workflow management system and a prepress package with special tools for book printing which automate the entire printing and production process for printers of books, photo books, manuals and technical documents.

Extremely flexible workflow management system as production backbone
An intelligently designed, fully automated workflow is the basis of the suite and can be easily connected to any type of third-party system such as shop-, MIS, or postpress systems. With an easy-to-use drag and drop editor, book printers can map their production processes digitally, define them flexibly, standardize them and, finally, run them automatically.

Print data optimization for smooth, error-free production
Initially, the prepress package checks incoming print files for errors, corrects and normalizes them, and generates ISO standard-compliant, error-free print files for a smooth printing process. ICC-based color management, reliable flattening of transparencies and the generation of barcodes are included.

Automated splitting and merging of content and cover pages
When multi- page documents are delivered, content pages can be automatically separated from cover pages. Documents delivered as individual pages, on the other hand, can be combined to multi-page documents. In both cases, the spine thickness can be calculated automatically, which is important for further production steps.

Maximum efficiency through automatic impositioning
Impositioning templates are automatically selected and adapted based on the page format of the PDF, including barcodes and text information. As a result, high processing speeds can be achieved even for very large volumes.

The Book Automation Suite automates time-consuming, manual work, especially in the area of book-on-demand printing. Optimum interaction between print data and high-speed presses helps in avoiding errors and reprints. Book printers use the Book Automation Suite to produce short runs with greater efficiency and the highest print quality.

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