Automate PDF Preflight with Accura XML & PitStop Server

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Automated, intelligent PDF preflighting is a simple process with Accura and Enfocus PitStop Server!

Accura order PDF attachments and the corresponding XML job ticket are automatically routed to Enfocus PitStop Server. The PDF file is then processed using Enfocus Smart Preflight technology, using information from the Accura XML job ticket to automatically verify the contents PDF file.

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Accura XML Integration with Enfocus PitStop Server

Q: Can Accura help streamline or automate the PDF preflight process?
A: Yes! Accura’s Attachments/Orders directory can be set as an Input Folder for an Enfocus PitStop Server automated preflight & correction workflow …

When a local PDF file is attached to an order in Accura, it is automatically copied to the Accura server and prefixed with the job number. PitStop Server can monitor the Accura attachments folder and process the PDF files, generate reports and send email notifications.

Q: Can PDF preflighting be automated for orders submitted via the AccuraOnline e-commerce and web to print module?
A: Yes, the process is the same, whether the orders are initially raised offline directly in the MIS or online via the bi-directionally integrated MIS web to print portal.

Q: Isn’t there a “savvy” way to use the job ticket info from the Accura MIS with the PDF preflight process? What about XMP Metadata, JDF or XML?
A: Yes, automated, intelligent PDF preflighting is a simple process with Accura and Enfocus PitStop Server! …

Accura MIS Accura PDF Attachment Accura XML Job Ticket Integrator Utility for Accura MIS & Enfocus PitStop Server Enfocus PitStop Server Hot Folder Move XML Job TicketCopy & Rename PDF Attachment

Idealsolution configure a simple integration utility, automatically feeding the PDF artwork and corresponding XML job ticket from the Accura MIS to Enfocus PitStop Server. The PDF file is then automatically processed using Enfocus Smart Preflight technology …

Enfocus Smart Preflight technology provides a built-in method to link user selected variable data from a JDF/XML based job ticket to the PDF preflight profile. The Accura XML job ticket provides job specific information that is then verified against the supplied PDF file.

Common information from the Accura MIS that can be used for the Smart Preflight includes: Finished Trim Size, Number of Pages, Number of Colours on Face or Reverse

The Accura MIS can seamlessly pass PDF and XML data to Enfocus PitStop Server for hands free, automated preflighting and correction. Automated 24/7/365 preflight & correction;  spend more time on profitable, billable tasks; improved client satisfaction & reduced error

Contact Idealsolution for a demo of the Accura MIS and Enfocus PitStop Server!

Kodak Receives Two 2015 InterTech Awards

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Kodak has received two of the 10 overall 2015 InterTech™ Technology Awards for its KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses and newly-launched NX advantage for the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System . Since 1978, the Printing Industries of America (PIA) InterTech™ Technology Awards have honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries.

The KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses and NX advantage for the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System were selected by an independent panel of judges based on their innovation and likelihood of advancing the performance of the graphic communications industry. Kodak far exceeded the printing industry’s expectations, emerging from this year’s competition as the only company to take home more than one award – a true testament to the priority Kodak’s R&D teams place on developing the industry’s most innovative and sustainable printing technologies.

These two 2015 InterTech™ Technology Awards mark Kodak’s 39th and 40th overall InterTech™ Technology Awards to date, including the third overall for the FLEXCEL NX System in seven years – representing a remarkable achievement that emphasizes Kodak’s longstanding legacy of delivering breakthrough, game-changing printing technologies. Kodak had previously received InterTech™ accolades for technologies such as NEXPRESS Red Fluorescing Dry Inks , PROSPER S10 Imprinting System and DIGICAP NX Screening . Kodak’s focus on innovation and commitment to delivering world-class, sustainable printing technologies to its customers has enabled Kodak to continue to outperform and outpace the competition, solidifying its position as a leader in commercial and packaging printing.

Kodak will be presented with its two InterTech™ Stars before an audience of industry leaders during the 2015 Printing Industries of America Premier Print Awards Gala on September 13, 2015 in Chicago.

View the full press release here.

Another press release can be found here “Good Things Come in Threes – Discover Your NX Advantage”.

The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Advantage – Reimagined!

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The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System Advantage – Reimagined for Next-Level Branding!

The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System has gained an industry-leading reputation for driving consistency, simplicity and exceptional flexo print. Kodak is now introducing a brand new suite of features for the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System that helps flexo printers, especially those in flexible packaging, deliver even greater shelf impact to brand owners. Consumer product brands are in a constant competition for shelf impact, and when purchasing decisions are made in a split second, the print quality and color vibrancy of a packaged good can make a consumer choose one brand over its competitor. Flexo printers look to technological innovation to improve print quality while ridding their processes of waste, bottlenecks and inefficiencies so they can get products out the door for brand owners more quickly than their competitors.

What Kodak is offering as a solution to these industry pain points is what we’re calling the NX advantage – the intersection of technical advantage and business advantage that allows printers to effectively compete in this fast-paced environment, offering best-in-class flexo and a truly viable alternative to gravure printing. In developing the new features – the result of more than two years of R&D investment – we took a look at the complete process of printing on flexibles. We examined the printing of white ink, spot colors and high definition process graphics and developed a tool set designed to enhance the overall package. The result is a set of new imaging and screening features that leverage the unique capabilities of the FLEXCEL NX System to:

• Print white layers with fewer pinholes, greater opacity and lower ink volumes

• Increase the vibrancy and cleanliness of overprinted colours

• Achieve better spot colour printing with a smoother ink laydown and clean reverse text

• Achieve the smoothest transitions and fades to zero for subtle design features.

The enhancements to the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System have been expertly engineered and include: a carefully selected combination of advanced plate surface patterns for the award-winning KODAK DIGICAP NX Patterning application; a new generation of our patented ‘light valve’ imaging technology; and a brand new hybrid screening solution, KODAK MAXTONE SX Screening. All features rely on the unique, precise imaging delivered by KODAK SQUAREspot Imaging Technology, a core component of every KODAK FLEXCEL NX System.

The KODAK FLEXCEL NX System with these new enhancements has been in the hands of beta customers for several months now, many of whom have already transitioned the features to commercial production, with overwhelmingly positive feedback from the brands they serve. Each has cited how positive the switch has been in solving challenges that were previously unachievable with flexo and several have reported what can only be described as ‘jaw-dropping’ results!

Leveraging existing imaging hardware and plates, customers of the KODAK FLEXCEL NX System can offer brand owners a better product without adding complexity to their operation or spending a fortune in technological improvements. Trade shops and printers can trust they have the consistent color, proven simplicity and on-press efficiency they’ve come to expect of Kodak’s leading flexo system. Today, however, they can begin to widen the gap with their competition even further with print capabilities you’ll be hard-pressed to match without the NX advantage.

Contact Idealsolution about unlocking your own NX advantage today!