09 Apr 2020

ONYX Graphics Announces New ONYX PrepEdge Job Preparation Software

Onyx PrepEdge

ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced the release of ONYX® PrepEdgeTM Pro software Version 2.1 and ONYX PrepEdge software, a new entry-level job preparation tool designed specifically for wide format printing.

"More than 70% of wide format shops say prepress job preparation is their biggest workflow bottleneck," explains Dean Derhak, ONYX Director of Product Management." Shops have embraced ONYX PrepEdge Pro software because it addresses their main workflow bottlenecks and increases overall shop productivity. The prepress operators using the product gave us suggestions on how we could improve the toolset for this release."

New Entry-Level Version

ONYX PrepEdge software is a simpler, lower-cost version of the ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. It was developed specifically for shops without access – or with limited access – to a professional designer to prepare print jobs. This package offers a complete set of easy, wide format job preparation tools without the more complex design and PDF Editing capabilities. The new ONYX PrepEdge software can reduce labor costs in the prepress and production stages because it can be used by non-designer prepress operators." The return-on-investment is very compelling for these shops because, with a small investment in ONYX PrepEdge software, they can prepare jobs more quickly while reducing production costs," said Dean Derhak.

Enhancements to ONYX PrepEdge Pro Software

Based on prepress operator’s requests, ONYX PrepEdge Pro software version 2.1 includes enhancements to the tiling and contour cutting tools to further reduce prepress operator time. Customers also suggested an improved look to the white ink tool to make each option visually intuitive. The result is a powerful tool that quickly lets prepress operators set up white ink jobs. The enhancements support the white ink workflows of Océ Arizona® series UV curable flatbed printers and Roland® VersaWorks® RIP software.

What People Are Saying

"Hems and grommets are easy now with ONYX PrepEdge Pro software; we love how it handles all of our banner set-up. Plus we use it all the time to prep files and make cut paths. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software really takes care of our file preparation needs and saves us a lot of time!" said Maureen Promboof, DigiGraphics, Warrenville, IL.

"We are so satisfied with ONYX PrepEdge Pro software that we use it all the time. Our team puts it to work on PDF files when we need to change orientation, add bleeds and marks or compensate for missing fonts. It helps our team get files ready to print quicker and tackles our general pre-flight tasks with ease," said Kelli Jarzombek of 1st Source Digital, Selma, TX.

"Our team is able to seamlessly utilize ONYX PrepEdge Pro software on our Macintosh® systems and submit jobs to Caldera or ONYX software; this improves our workflow and allows us to complete tasks quicker," commented Doug Seney of Light Visions Ltd., Winnipeg, MB.

RIP-independent and platform-friendly

ONYX PrepEdge software works with all wide format software RIPs. It is the only job preparation software that can run on Mac® OS® X 10.4 or higher, Windows® XP or Windows Vista®. ONYX PrepEdge software offers capabilities specific to the wide format printing workflow, works well with design applications, and goes beyond the PDF editing tools that are currently available.

Availability & Pricing

ONYX PrepEdge software is now available in two versions: ONYX PrepEdge and ONYX PrepEdge Pro packages. Both packages include wide format tools for sizing and cropping, tiling and tiling templates, printing job tickets, grommeting, contour cutting, color management, image place holding and white ink workflow. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software adds a full PostScript®/PDF editor, vector image object editing tools, color correction tools, a color library matcher, spot color replacement and a text editor. To view an online demonstration of ONYX PrepEdge Pro software, visit www.onyxprepedge.com.

Enfocus PitStop Pro 09 & PitStop Server 09 - available now

Enfocus Pitstop Pro 09

Enfocus releases PitStop Pro 09 and PitStop Server 09. As off September 16, 2009, the fully functional new versions of Enfocus’ industry-leading and indispensable tools for editing, checking and fixing PDF files are available for users.

PitStop Pro 09 and PitStop Server 09 include significant enhancements that streamline desktop and server-based processing of PDF files in fast-paced printing and publishing environments.

Enfocus PitStop Pro 09 is the essential Adobe Acrobat plug-in to check and fix PDF files in professional publishing environments. An extensive array of editing tools makes it easy to do last-minute corrections, both for individual objects and globally throughout the complete PDF document. The tools in PitStop Pro are completely production oriented and allow users to tackle those problems they actually experience in their workflows. The industry-standard preflight engine in PitStop Pro checks all aspects of their PDF files and pinpoints exactly where the problems are. Embedded Certified PDF technology digitally signs PDF files to ensure their quality.

PitStop Pro 09 is available as off September 16, 2009 in English (other languages will be available in October). Fully functional (time-limited) trial versions of PitStop Pro can be downloaded from the Enfocus website (www.enfocus.com). PitStop Pro is sold through an extensive distribution network and directly from the Enfocus website. To find a preferred reseller, go to the “Buy” section on the website.

Enfocus PitStop Pro 09 - Main New Features

Even more efficiency
Less and less time is available to check and fix incoming PDF files. PitStop Pro 09 is faster than ever before and has a user interface optimized to help you be as efficient as possible. Toolbars, menu items and panels have been streamlined and work together more smoothly as before. They can be hidden from view completely if you are working with other Adobe Acrobat functionality and re-appear in your completely customized workspace at the click of a button.

Apply document-wide changes in seconds
With PitStop Pro 09, making document-wide changes is easier and faster than ever before. The redesigned, enhanced global change engine offers many additional benefits: effortlessly save different versions of global changes with predefined settings and keep shortcuts to your favorite global changes at the top of the global change panel. Additionally: a configured global change can be run in one simple click!

The range of global changes that can be implemented throughout the document has also been dramatically extended. Even more changes are possible: tasks such as applying stamps, inserting cover pages, renumbering pages, converting all colors, fixing office generated PDF files… all done in just seconds.

Quickly and efficiently check and correct design layouts
Receiving PDF documents with incorrect page sizes, without proper trim and bleed settings or with text set in safety margins is a frequent problem. PitStop Pro 09 includes powerful design layout tools that can quickly visualize existing page boxes and safety zones. Design layouts including proper page boxes and printer marks can instantly be applied as well.

Customized workspace
PitStop Pro has grown into a powerful application with many tools, menu items, settings and panels. PitStop Pro consolidates some of these tools to focus more on how you use them in your daily work, and additionally it offers support for workspaces. Each workspace lets you configure exactly those tools and panels you want to see. Hide all PitStop user interfaces? Automatically open documents neatly aligned next to the preflight or global change panel? All these customizations are possible with the new workspaces feature.

Manage settings more consistently
PitStop Pro 09 includes a brand new preset manager that manages all presets (preflight profiles, Action Lists, global changes, workspaces, design layouts…) in the same manner. Default settings, your local presets and company wide settings on a server can now all be easily and efficiently managed. Additionally, use favorites to link to frequently used presets and quickly filter the list using a search field.

Certified PDF 2 compatibility
PitStop Pro 09 is fully compatible with the Certified PDF 2 technology that allows checking a document and embedding the preflight results in the XMP metadata for the actual file. Standard and secure digital signatures are used to enable tracking of who checked and who edited the document.

Certified PDF 2 is an Enfocus maintained, public standard that is compatible with the Ghent PDF Workgroup’s Proof of Preflight specification.

UK Printers' input requested for revision of ISO 12647

CWES ISO 12647

The most important international standard for the printing industry is to be revised and UK printers are being asked to contribute ideas and requirements. ISO 12647 specifies the parameters for printing conditions for various printing methods including sheet fed offset and digital proofing. Initially published in 1995, ISO 12647 covers all forms of conventional printing and is being updated to reflect the digital reality of modern print.

As part of this revision, the UK representatives of TC130, the ISO technical committee tasked with reviewing the standard, are inviting printers to contribute to this work. A meeting is taking place at the London College of Communications on the 28th October, 2009 from 10 o'clock. A limited number of places is available for printers interested in sharing views and ideas about how ISO 12647 can be improved to better meet their needs and the needs of their customers.

For more information:
Phil Green, London College of Communication: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Creation of Individual Colour Profiles And Printer Calibrations with GMG Smartprofiler

GMG Logo

GMG, supplier of high-end color management and proofing solutions, is presenting GMG SmartProfiler, a user-friendly solution for the creation of ColorServer profiles, at Print 09 in Chicago from September 11-16.
GMG SmartProfiler is a wizard which allows customers to calibrate and profile different output devices, such as digital presses or large format systems, easily and without profound knowledge of color management. The software is aimed at users who want to create their own profiles and/or calibrate output devices, or who work according to in-house standards, including flexo and packaging print houses who often face these challenges. All the necessary functions are available in GMG SmartProfiler, which will be available as an additional option in combination with GMG ColorServer 4.6 within the next 60 days.

Users, especially in the digital and large-format printing sectors, increasingly expect high color accuracy, repeatability and colors that match those of print media produced by classic printing processes, such as offset or gravure printing. Many digital printing and large format systems operate in hybrid environments, e.g. with digital and offset presses. There is a clear demand that the end product must look identical in all printing processes. Needless to say, the same also applies to companies where several output devices of an identical or similar type are installed.

With centrally controlled color management, companies can greatly increase productivity, production reliability and in particular the color quality of their products. Due to the identical quality of the printed output, flexibility in hybrid production environments is enhanced, because the output system to be used for printing can be selected at the last minute.

The creation of individual profiles and printer calibrations is now extensively assisted by a wizard. The software offers predefined settings for a wide variety of applications. Sources of error are minimized, since the user is guided step-by-step through the core applications of GMG SmartProfiler:

- Profile creation,
- Calibration,
- Creation of new calibrations and linearizations.

The high degree of automation in GMG's color management will help to cut costs, while increasing productivity and achieving consistent colors.

"In recent years, GMG has earned itself a first-class reputation with its trendsetting color management solutions for the graphic arts industry, especially for the traditional proofing business." says Paul Willems, CEO of GMG GmbH & Co. KG. "However, digital and large format printing, as well as flexo and packaging, are growing market segments which will benefit extremely from GMG's outstanding color management expertise. The potential uses for GMG SmartProfiler together with GMG ColorServer 4.6 are as manifold as are digital and large format printing applications, for example. Therefore, there is no doubt that our new solution will set important quality standards in these environments."

HumanEyes Brings Lenticular Capability to EFI Rastek


HumanEyes and EFI today announce their collaboration to provide customers with new and unique lenticular 3D printing capabilities using HumanEyes’s latest Producer3D technology. With the implementation of HumanEyes Producer3D software, the EFI Rastek T660™ now produces resolution enhancements that translate into superior quality lenticular.
The combined offering is being featured at PRINT 09 in EFI exhibit #2500.

“HumanEyes’s Producer3D technology gives EFI customers more flexibility and versatility to create unique package prototyping/short-run packaging, ad specialty items, display and exhibition graphics and indoor and outdoor signage,” says Darrell Etter, Director of Product Marketing at EFI.

“EFI and HumanEyes both strive to offer customers cutting edge technology at an affordable price point,” says Duby Hodd, CEO, HumanEyes Technologies. “Our latest HumanEyes Producer3D product allows EFI Rastek sites to offer their clients an expanded portfolio of options” .

HumanEyes Producer3D and EFI Rastek T660 Yield Powerful Results
With HumanEyes Producer3D it is now easy to create and print easily amazing lenticular printed projects with special effects: 3D, Flip, Zoom and Motion.

HumanEyes Producer3D maximizes printers’ productivity with an impressive array of new lenticular tools and industry first pre-press features that simplify the lenticular pre-print process, greatly improve productivity and provide superior print quality.

The EFI Rastek T660 is an economical and high-quality UV flatbed printer that provides production and print environments customer satisfaction and profitability through quick service, high image quality and a smaller footprint.

The EFI Rastek T660 generates photographic image quality with four- or four-color plus white, up to 1200 x 900 dpi and up to 300 ft²/hour (27.87 m²/hour). The Rastek T660 by EFI produces exceptional image quality, saturated colors and smooth gradations with gray scale print heads that utilize eight size drops ranging from six Pico-liter drops for fine detail to 42 Pico-liter drops.

Océ Customers Report Success Using HumanEyes for Lenticular Work


Océ Arizona® Series UV flatbed printer customers continue to expand their repertoire of print offerings to include Lenticular and 3D special effects with HumanEyes Producer3D, the complete, end-to-end lenticular workflow solution. The Océ Arizona 250 GT and Océ Arizona 350 XT printers have been certified for use with HumanEyes lenticular technology. Demonstrations of the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer for producing lenticular applications can be seen at PRINT 09 at the Océ booth 1863.

According to Dante DiPasquale, Senior Director Business Development for Océ Display Graphics Systems, “The Océ Arizona 250 GT and Océ Arizona 350 XT printers offer extremely high print quality and the ability to print on a range of rigid materials. When combined with HumanEyes Producer3D, print shops can promote lenticular printing as a point of differentiation. We are very pleased to be demonstrating the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer’s capability to produce lenticular images at PRINT 09.”

HumanEyes Producer3D
HumanEyes Producer3D is an end-to-end solution that covers the entire workflow of lenticular image production, from lenticular content creation to interlace and pre-press. With HumanEyes Producer3D, it is now easy to create and print amazing lenticular printed projects with special effects: 3D, Flip, Zoom and Motion.

It maximizes printers’ productivity and changes the face of lenticular printing with an impressive array of lenticular tools and industry-first prepress features that simplify the lenticular preprint process, greatly improve productivity and provide superior print quality.

Océ customers worldwide have installed HumanEyes Producer3D to run on Océ Arizona flatbed printers, finding the solutions to offer natural and strong synergy.

The combined solutions expand printers’ portfolios with wide-format signage, POP applications, environmental design and more.

Océ Customers Speak:
Chris Clews, Managing Director of DE Group in New Zealand says, “Lenticular printing has been on our roadmap for several years and we purchased an Océ Arizona flatbed printer knowing that it was one of the leading options for creating large format Lenticular printing direct to lenticular lenses. The fact that we can also print HumanEyes Lens FreeTM and do short runs on to low cost Litho lenticular is all an added bonus. The sales team are already getting some amazing enquiries from both existing, and new customers.”

HumanEyes LensFree is an additional module within the HumanEyes Producer3D solution that allows users to create stunning backlit applications – totally lens free.

DE GROUP recently collaborated on a project commissioned by DDB on behalf of McDonald’s Australia for a stand-out advertising solution for bus shelters in order to promote its new ‘’McDonald’s 24 hour store’’ concept. The project imagined by DDB featured a flip effect based on 2 images: passers-by could see a young man yawning and then eating a hamburger.

Seven backlit billboards - 1,88*1,10 m - were produced on an Océ Arizona printer using 15 LPI lenses (particularly suitable for a flip effect) and were placed in main centers throughout NZ for about two months.

Victor Kalmakoff of United Graphics Inc. Canada says that HumanEyes Software came highly recommended by Océ. After testing and comparing to another solution, United Graphics selected HumanEyes software because it proved to work well with the Océ Arizona printer and was very user friendly. Today Kalmakoff is actively presenting United Graphics’ lenticular capabilities, saying, “We think lenticular will eventually take-off; particularly for direct mail and point-of-purchase applications. We’ve presented to a number of potential customers who are interested in incorporating 3D and motion printed pieces as part of their marketing campaigns. The combination of the Océ Arizona printer and HumanEyes software makes an ideal solution for producing smaller lenticular pieces in shorter-runs as well as eye-catching POP display applications.”

“Over the years we’ve had many customer requests for lenticular. As a result of HumanEyes Producer3D, we are pleased to now be able to offer these capabilities to our customers; becoming the first lenticular printer in Switzerland.” says Reynald Krähenbühl, SWISS GRAFIK SA. “I also recommend the two-day training supplied by HumanEyes, which was very comprehensive with follow-up that is truly noteworthy.’’

Krähenbüh explains that he purchased his Océ Arizona printer at DRUPA where he also discovered HumanEyes. Within two weeks, he acquired HumanEyes Producer3D software. At the beginning, the intention was to use the solutions to produce lenticular faces for watches. However,, ultimately he decided to specialize in producing lenticular postcards and interior decorations for offices and trade show booths. To date, SWISS GRAFIK’s most popular lenticular projects have featured flip designs.

Océ Arizona Series UV Flatbed Printers Offer Unique Benefits for Lenticular Printing
When the Océ Arizona Series printer’s unique technology is harnessed for lenticular printing, the result is superb print quality, crisp and accurate lenticular effects, and smooth printing.

The system also allows for the use of relatively thin stock, which costs significantly less than thicker lenses traditionally used for lenticular.

The new Océ Arizona 350 XT printer boasts an extremely large flatbed table that can produce prints up to 2.5 by 3.05 m (98.4” x 120”). The extra width allows the system to be used in a continuous imaging mode for rigid materials up to 4’ x 8’ in size.

Lastly, the Océ Arizona 350 XT printer expands lenticular productivity through its new white ink option, which enables under-printing for non-white media or objects, over-printing for backlit applications on transparent media, and/or printing white as a spot color. This eliminates the need to laminate the lens.