New software Generation 18.2 from OneVision

Defying cost pressure with prepress workflow automation

Structured workflow through phases.

The cost pressure on print service providers is increasing. Prices for paper and raw materials continue to rise, while end customers do not accept higher prices. To achieve a sustainable profitability, it all comes down to only one single measure: increase the degree of automation throughout print production – from prepress and print data preparation to printing and finishing.

Significant support is being provided by OneVision’s 18.2 generation of automation software solutions for prepress. By using innovative features, print service providers can simplify increasingly complex prepress workflows, design them flexibly, automate them, and thus increase profitability per print job.

Workspace – Simplify workflows with ‘job phases’, increase dynamics with XPath support
Workflows are becoming more and more complex as a result of a wide variety of customer requirements. In order to maintain a clear overview of the workflow, assembly lines can now be structured with the help of phases. The display of the assembly lines is significantly simplified. Manual ‘clearance work’ is prevented by the automatic removal of exported files. All ‘Workspace Pro’ customers can look forward to XPath support. Users can now dynamically overwrite the settings of each module based on attributes at runtime and thus design their workflow flexibly according to the individual requirements.

Asura – Speed up the RIP process through conversion of complex pages, automatic tiling
Complex pages include large amounts of graphics or images and can therefore only be processed very slowly, which again slows down the RIP process. With the new feature ‘Convert complex pages into images,’ the prepress software Asura now converts these pages into an image and thus speeds up further processing steps significantly.

Further developments have also been made in the areas of nesting, tiling and paneling and in the barcode module: Labels cut with a conventional cutting machine can now be nested. With the ‘Tile pages’ module, page formats larger than the maximum print format can be automatically divided into printable individual pages. Barcodes can now be placed more flexibly using extended options.

Amendo – Preconfigured best practice workflows for an automatic image workflow
The image optimization software Amendo now offers preconfigured best practice workflows for an automatic image workflow. Major magazine publishers with diverse titles such as Fashion, Food, Magazine, Real Life, Technology and Yellow Press can optimize their images according to defined color worlds. These have already been successfully tested with leading magazine publishers. Amendo processes images in the assembly lines, applying the optimization steps necessary to achieve optimal effects for each magazine style (e.g. authentic, colorful, high-quality, brilliant, etc.). For those who only want to process images without optimizing them, Amendo Processor comes in handy. It processes all files that do not require any optimization directly, accelerating the entire workflow.

These further software improvements are integrated to the Automation Suites for wide format, book and label printing.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital 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.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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