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.

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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