Kodak launches of its KODAK PRINERGY Workflow Version 6, the next generation of the world’s industry-leading workflow software. Now released worldwide, PRINERGY Workflow 6 represents a completely new vision for prepress production. It brings a new level of automation, accuracy and efficiency to print creation, while reducing costs in the pre-planning print stage and expanding product integration across Kodak and third-party solutions.
PRINERGY Workflow is the leading solution for commercial, packaging and publication printers seeking to centralize–and automate–print production. “We visited hundreds of customers around the world to understand where their challenges are and what they want to do in the future,” said Jon Bracken, General Manager of KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions. “What came up time and time again from customers is how they need to drive greater cost out of their processes while enhancing quality and increasing revenue with new digital products.
“PRINERGY Workflow 6 focuses on integrating the production planning process and reducing the time spent by customer service representatives, production planners, and prepress operators preparing optimized production plans. The result is tighter quality control, fewer manual touchpoints and lower production costs for both digitally and conventionally printed jobs. PRINERGY 6 is the hub of an automated, integrated prepress workflow, which includes KODAK PREPS Imposition Software Version 7, KODAK COLORFLOW Color Software Version 2, and KODAK INSITE Prepress Portal Version 6.6. This next generation of solutions will continue to deliver efficiency improvements and cost reductions throughout the production cycle.
PRINERGY Workflow 6 introduces a new streamlined productivity-focused interface, called Workspace. With its at-a-glance overview of prepress production, and easy-to-learn Manage, Plan and Track modules, Workspace makes it simpler for a broader set of users to drive standard sheetwork jobs to press. Workspace can be accessed from any web browser and broadens the point of entry for users. Customers will have the freedom to use the new Workspace interface, which will be evolving and enhanced in coming versions, and can continue to rely on the existing Workshop interface for unrestricted access to devices, features, automation controls and reporting. The PRINERGY Workflow 6 Workspace Plan, Manage and Track modules help organize the myriad of information and tasks that PRINERGY Software offers.
It also includes new capabilities that take automation to the next level, extending automation upstream to the customer’s order and downstream to digital presses and computer to plate (CTP) devices. Scenario functionality allows printers to set up and save a chain of tasks associated with a certain printing press or set of production conditions, which can then be used to handle specific sets of production jobs by simply hitting a play button. In addition, intent-driven automation uses the basic description of the job–or its intent–to drive automated processing through every step of production. More than 45 PRINERGY Workflow customers are winners of the 2013 Print Excellence Awards hosted by Printing Industries Association, Inc.