Cooperation on R&D expected to boost prepress tools
Artwork Systems Group plans to integrate its Enfocus Software subsidiary even further within the group. The respective R&D departments will work together on future prepress workflow developments in the same building at Artwork’s headquarters in Ghent, Belgium, from around the end of 2005. California based Enfocus will retain its status as an independent business unit within Artwork Systems, but the parent will absorb administrative services including human resources, IT and finance.
As a result of the integration, David van Driessche, current CEO of Enfocus Software, has decided to step down. Patrick Van Dam becomes executive VP worldwide sales and marketing and will head the Enfocus business unit. He will report to Chairman Guido Van der Schueren.
Since acquiring Enfocus in 2000, Artwork Systems has worked to exploit the technical capabilities of Enfocus Certified PDF (portable document format) technology in its product line. Certified PDF offers an internet facility for designers and printers to exchange and work with the same specified PDF files to guide the entire creation and preflight processes. A grouping and sorting function ensures that even with multiple specifications for different production processes, customers can still find the necessary specification. The latest version 8.0 of ArtPro and the Nexus workflow system includes a PDF 1.4/1.5 RIP, full support for Certified PDF facilities and a module to trap PDF 1.4 objects. Job Description Format (JDF) technology is included for imposition and step and repeats, allowing ArtPro operators to generate JDF files and rip them for plate or film output within the Nexus workflow.
• Artwork Systems Group posted bullish results for fiscal year 2004. Consolidated revenues reached €47.14 million ($63.33 million), but a much weaker US dollar is