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.

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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