Tilia Griffin Pro for intelligent imposition of wide-format print

Self-contained Switch imposition app from Tilia Labs


Tilia Labs, a leading developer of planning, imposition and automation software solutions for the graphic arts industries based in Ottawa Canada, is now offering the Tilia Griffin Pro application on the Enfocus Appstore as a fully self-contained Switch app. The new Tilia Griffin Pro app for Switch is available exclusively on the Enfocus Appstore for both Mac and PC and can be used as a free trial first before committing to a purchase.

The Enfocus Appstore was established to give users access to applications that were developed by the Switch user community around the world. In line with the company’s commitment to openness and collaboration with customers and partners, it has been continuously updated since its launch in 2016 to address new developments, knowledge and experience. For Tilia Labs, contributing to the Enfocus Appstore brings real benefits for print providers as well as the developer.

“Most print providers would benefit immensely from fast, intelligent imposition but they often don’t know the capabilities exist,” explains Sagen de Jonge, chief executive officer of Tilia Labs. “Many wide format printers, for example, are still relying on the proprietary software that came bundled with their machines. They want to find ways to produce faster and more efficient nesting, tiling and ganged jobs to maximize substrate usage, but don’t necessarily know where to start. Via the Enfocus Appstore, they can now get instant access to Tilia Griffin’s powerful automatic layout capabilities – and they can try it for free.”

Power, designed for simplicity

Tilia Labs presents Griffin as a powerful cross-platform, automatic layout solution for wide format printers, designed from the outset for simplicity. At its core is Tilia Labs’ flagship Phoenix nesting engine which provides the ability to search across millions of combinations in minutes to find the most cost-effective, tightly-nested layouts. Tilia Griffin is vendor neutral and is designed to provide the same efficiencies with virtually all printing machines and cutting tables.

To re-configure Griffin’s feature-rich content into the format of a fully self-contained Switch app, while also maintaining its hallmark simplicity, Tilia Labs has designed the app with a ‘Basic’ mode and an ‘Advanced’ mode. This approach provides users with a very easy and quick way to get started while offering the ability to scale up as more capabilities are required.

de Jonge adds, “Every feature in the app can be driven with variables and script expressions, making it highly dynamic and enabling users to handle a wide range of work with more simplified, adaptive Switch flows.”

Intelligent imposition

Enfocus Switch is used worldwide by thousands of professionals across the graphic arts industry. As Wim Fransen, managing director of Enfocus explains, the company is seeing an increase in demand from the large format print market and welcomes the opportunity to bring intelligent imposition solutions to this market, via the Enfocus Appstore, “We are very impressed with what the team at Tilia Labs has created and are extremely proud to be able to offer this unique app to large format print customers.”

The Enfocus Appstore has over 50 apps – 18 of which have been added in the last 12 months. “The apps featured on the Enfocus Appstore are thoroughly trialed and tested before launch. We want to ensure that each app provides a significant benefit and is a valuable addition to our customers’ workflows,” adds Fransen.

Applications featured in the Enfocus Appstore require no separate license activation and all payable apps can be tried for free first before committing to a purchase. The Switch Community comprises Switch specialists, including users, integrators, channel partners, App creators and solution partners, from around the globe. Over the years, The Switch User Community has grown, and their knowledge is now shared in various mediums, including the Enfocus Users’ Forum (https://forum.enfocus.com/) and the Official Switch User LinkedIn Group.

To see the wide range of apps available from the Enfocus Appstore, go to www.enfocus.com/en/appstore/overview or click here.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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