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Creo Launches New Workflow Solutions

Updates on Prinergy and Synapse UpFront, InSite, and Link

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Version 2.3 of Creo's Prinergy PDF workflow software hit the market during the recent Drupa show. It features support for Staccato Extended Color Screen Spotless printing for spot colors and a Creo PDF Preflight option for customizing preflight criteria, or using predefined profiles, for PDF/X-1a and PDF/X-3. Prinergy 2.3 also supports JDF, with ink-key presetting using the PrintLink software module, and accepts and auto-processes job tickets from Creo Preps imposition software.

Job status, material usage, and prepress activities are just some of the information that Prinergy 2.3 can share between management-information systems like Synapse Link and Synapse InSite 4.0. Prinergy can also integrate with the Spire color server and the Xerox FreeFlow Print Manager to accommodate digital printing.

Creo's Synapse UpFront 3.0 can help printers improve planning and efficiency. It allows JDF 1.1a data imported from management- information systems (MIS) to be exported back to MIS. The software imports JDF files from estimating systems, allowing planners or customers to plan jobs quickly, based on the original estimate. After completing the job-planning process, UpFront exports Preps templates and completed jobs with marks"?saving time and reducing costly imposition errors.

The Synapse InSite 4.0 Internet portal permits print buyers to submit jobs and collaborate online. It has the ability to host independent or collaborative viewing sessions in a form of soft proofing that now supports JDF.

Creo's Synapse Link 2.0 allows users to track production costs by collecting real-time accurate costing information, which is conveyed to a printing company's business systems to ensure accurate billing. Synapse Link enables production to be initiated automatically from business systems. As print jobs arrive and estimates are approved, the production process can begin automatically, resulting in time and labor savings. (Creo: www.creo.com)

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