CREO is now shipping a significant upgrade for Prinergy, the innovative and flexible prepress workflow management solution that leverages the power of PDF and JDF (Job Definition Format).
Version 3.0 features major developments in automation that bring great value to commercial printers.
The Prinergy 3.0 workflow management system also features a faster, more flexible digital print integration that allows the same print job to be produced by either or both offset or digital printing.
An intuitive new user interface enhances ease-of-use and integrates automatic imposition with Preps software. Many other features contribute to the output quality and process control of this powerful release.
The Prinergy 3.0 workflow management system introduces the concept of 'intelligent automation', allowing printers to extend the scope and power of process automation within their workflow by applying advanced logic to automate tasks based on predefined workflow conditions.
With new Prinergy Rules-Based Automation, printers can link tasks together that match their workflow to their business rules and best practices.
They can systematically eliminate manual steps in the print process, such as archiving and output processing, to eliminate waste, and reduce costs associated with downtime and manual errors. It also improves print predictability and communication in prepress.
Rules are created using a simple icon-based user interface. Mercury Print Productions of Rochester, NY used Rules-Based Automation to automate archiving.
"The rule we created checks to see if a job has been archived; if so, it purges the job folder from the server," said Joan Taylor, prepress manager at Mercury Print Productions.
"We've also set up a rule that triggers based on timeline. If a job has been on the server for a certain number of days, it's automatically archived and then purged. It has let us reassign the person who used to fulfill that function manually."
Automation reduces errors, improves turnaround time, and saves customers money. The Rules-Based Automation workflow will allow Mercury Print Productions to minimise how often they touch customers' job files, from the beginning of the prepress workflow right through to platemaking.
When a customer submits a print-ready PDF job file through the Synapse InSite Internet portal, Rules-Based Automation triggers the processing of the file into prepress. When the files are approved by the customer, a combination of Rules-Based Automation and APA are used to assign pages into impositions, based on a library of master templates.
"This empowers the customer to not only be a part of the process, but to realise the advantage of the Creo automation to control the turnaround time of their job and thus reduce their costs," said Ms. Taylor. "This allows Mercury Print Productions to pass the value back to the customer."
The Prinergy 3.0 workflow features an enhanced user interface with optimised screen layouts, drag and drop, and contextual menus. The new UI requires no retraining and quickly improves operator efficiency, freeing time for higher-value tasks.
"It's like a comfortable car," explained Ms. Taylor. "It's very user-friendly, the interface is seamless, and the tools are intuitive and familiar."
Integrated automated Preps imposition
The Prinergy 3.0 workflow features a new level of integration with Preps, providing users with new options for greater automation and flexibility in how they implement and interact with Preps.
Users can now fully automate the imposition process, eliminating manual intervention. It allows automated job and imposition creation in Prinergy, initiated from Management Information Systems (MIS) and JDF-compatible planning systems via JDF, or from Synapse UpFront via job files.
Enhanced unified workflow
The Digital Print Interface of the Prinergy 3.0 workflow features enhanced integration for digital printing. Prinergy 3.0 users can define and send parameters for digital print settings using JDF to automate job submission for digital print-production. Any JDF-capable digital front end (DFE) for a digital press, for example Creo Spire, can thus receive and automatically print a Prinergy file according to predefined digital print output specifications - even if it was prepared for offset printing.