new workflow products
It’s not unusual for companies to chart their histories by appearances at major trade shows. For Belgium-based Artwork Systems it is the series of Drupa exhibitions held in Düsseldorf that does the trick. On the eve of the next one, it looks back to Drupa 95 when it introduced the Mac-based ArtPro labels and packaging software. (Now there are around 8,200 “seats” around the world.) Drupa 2000 saw the launch of the Nexus workflow system, while this year Artwork Systems says it will introduce its largest number of new products since it was formed in 1992.
The company’s progress in label and packaging prepress applications stems from a widespread adoption of digital workflow systems. Today’s open systems allow improved integration of the various design origination and production tools. This is typified by the rise of PDF 1.4 (Portable Document Format) as a native workflow alternative to PostScript 3. The device-independent data format gives higher levels of traceability and accountability of input and output devices throughout all stages of the workflow.
For example, Certified PDF 1.4 technology from Artwork’s Enfocus division provides ArtPro and Nexus users with a full edit and history trail on their PDF exchange, through to final plate output. Furthermore, the traceability of an incoming PDF file remains unbroken, even though the file may undergo serious editing. The company is introducing some new technology for trapping and RIPping PDF 1.4 files, with Macintosh OSX as the preferred operating system. Also new is Mnemo, which allow users to keep track of prepress production files and their contents using a MySQL based database.
* HP Indigo has chosen Artwork Systems’ Nexus workflow system as a front end for its digital ws4000 label printing presses color presses. This applies to all of HP’s worldwide digital printing centers, with Drupa marking the debut for this arrangement.