Efi launches upgrade to its PrintSmith Vision MIS software

Comes with integrated shipping feature

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Efi launches upgrade to its PrintSmith Vision MIS software

The new version 5 release of Efi PrintSmith Vision MIS software – part of the Efi Quick Print Suite of business and production management tools – delivers optimized performance and enhanced flexibility for small commercial and quick print businesses. Developed by Electronics For Imaging, this is the first 100% HTML version of PrintSmith Vision, replacing legacy systems based on Adobe Flash technology.

The new MIS offering can run as an Efi cloud-managed solution to provide business owners with peace of mind and complete confidence knowing that business-critical customer information is secure, with maximum uptime and availability.

We are excited about the upgrade to PrintSmith Vision 5.0,” said PrintSmith Vision user Michael Price, director of IT Systems Operations for AlphaGraphics “The benefits of a single user interface on HTML are huge. I have been using the new feature set and have been impressed with the Efi development team’s response to requests and suggestions. We are looking forward to the upgrade and are ready for the changes and feature enhancements.”

Optimized performance and anywhere access

PrintSmith Vision 5 has been designed and configured to provide users with premium performance. It is optimized for remote management and operation, and users can benefit from a faster screen response. New bulk management tools in the software further ensure users’ ability to get more work done in less time.

New FastTrack HTML5 modules in the software give managers and operators the flexibility to manage key tasks on the go without the need for complex cross-training. PrintSmith Vision 5 also enables end-to-end job tracking and automatic notifications to reduce or eliminate the need to spend time finding job statuses and answering customer inquiries.

As part of the end-to-end, integrated Efi Quick Print Suite, PrintSmith Vision 5 features premium connectivity to Efi MarketDirect StoreFront software, giving users the productivity advantage of automated processing for web-to-print orders. Print shops can further reduce touchpoints in managing incoming work, significantly reducing the potential for errors.

Integrated one-click shipping with ShipExpress

A new module for PrintSmith Vision and the Quick Print Suite, PrintSmith Vision ShipExpress, streamlines shipping and makes shipping and delivery more cost-effective. ShipExpress’s multi-carrier support capabilities give users the ability to quickly and easily find the best rates for parcel handling, with the ability to consolidate production of packing slips and labels in one simple step.

One Efi customer using PrintSmith Vision with ShipExpress, Randy Blum, receiving and mailing manager for Omaha, Nebraska-based Regal Printing Company, has achieved cost savings thanks to the software’s ability to consolidate most of the company’s shipping tasks into a single solution.

In the past, we subscribed to several different services for shipping and mailing,” said Blum, “each with its own monthly costs and software interface. Being able to do everything from a single interface not only simplified operations, but it also saved us about $2,000 per year in those monthly fees and supplies.”

Efi is a global technology company based in Silicon Valley and is managing the worldwide transformation from analog to digital imaging. It develops breakthrough technologies for the manufacturing of signage with the help of the software from https://www.picomes.com/, packaging, textiles, ceramic tiles, building materials, and personalized documents, with a wide range of printers, inks, digital front ends, and a comprehensive business and production workflow suite that transforms and streamlines the entire production process.

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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.

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