Workflow

STACCATO Screening

admin.insight : July 27, 2012 2:27 pm : Kodak, Kodak Workflow

Advanced screening technology for consistent, high-impact print

STACCATO Software is advanced, second-order FM screening technology. STACCATO Screening produces high-fidelity, continuous tone images that exhibit fine detail and an extended color gamut, creating a photographic experience free of visible printing artifacts, such as subject moiré and rosettes.

Combined with the precision of our unique thermal imaging technology, STACCATO screening delivers unrivaled consistency and quality in proofing and presswork. SQUARESPOT Imaging uses a laser beam to expose tiny spots to a printing plate, proofing material, or an emulsion on the press cylinder. What sets Kodak’s technology apart is not just the size of the spot but the accuracy of its edges and how consistently it is imaged on the target material. The edge of each spot—the transition from image to non-image area—measures only 1 µm, or about 1/50th of the width of a human hair. The edge of the spot itself can be placed on the target with accuracy of .01 µm, or about 1/1000th of the width of a human hair…at a rate of up to up to 100 million spots per second.

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PREPS Imposition Software

admin.insight : July 25, 2012 12:15 pm : Kodak, Kodak Workflow
 

Speed imposition time with automation

PREPS Imposition Software is the industry-leading solution for creating error-free impositions. It supports complex jobs for digital and conventional print with content elements and data coming from a variety of sources, including third-party solutions. As part of a KODAK Unified Workflow Solution, PREPS Software can deliver fully-automated impositioning within a zero-touch workflow.

  • Support consistent standards through flexible, easy-to-use templates
  • Reduce job costs and turnaround times through automation
  • Maximize press sheets, minimize waste
  • Build an efficient, comprehensive solution with full workflow integration

What’s new and improved in version 6?

  • Fold Pattern Catalogs: Plan and build impositions more efficiently and save custom fold patterns from templates
  • Assembly View: Drag and drop control over complex product assemblies with multiple parts and mixed binding styles
  • Enhanced Auto-Gang Functionality: Including a new job layout report, page rotation and other enhancements to increase efficiency
  • Advanced Run List View: A live PDF preview of each page with more information including folios, planned colors and notes
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PANDORA Software

admin.insight : July 25, 2012 11:54 am : Kodak, Kodak Workflow

 

Efficiently create print-ready packaging layouts

PANDORA Software is a powerful, open-industry standard solution designed to efficiently create print-ready packaging layouts, including complex layouts. PANDORA Software gives operators control over artwork layout information, such as sizing and positioning, from original file to final output, maintaining accuracy and reliability.

  • Dramatically reduce layout time and effort with automation and easy-to-use drag-and-drop functionality
  • Improve accuracy with intelligent marks that position and size themselves on a layout
  • Easily plan and prepare re-usable, automatable step-and-repeat templates and create CAD files from 1-up dies
  • Support offset, flexo and gravure printing requirements

Efficiently create print-ready packaging layouts

PANDORA Software is a powerful, open-industry standard solution designed to efficiently create print-ready packaging layouts, including complex layouts. PANDORA Software gives operators control over artwork layout information, such as sizing and positioning, from original file to final output, maintaining accuracy and reliability.

  • Dramatically reduce layout time and effort with automation and easy-to-use drag-and-drop functionality
  • Improve accuracy with intelligent marks that position and size themselves on a layout
  • Easily plan and prepare re-usable, automatable step-and-repeat templates and create CAD files from 1-up dies
  • Support offset, flexo and gravure printing requirements
Selected Highlights
Integrated workflow Work with PRINERGY and PRINERGY EVO Systems, as well as Agfa :ApogeeX and Rampage systems
File support Accept and preview CAD die file import of CFF2, DXFTM, DDES2; outputs PDF, JDF, PJTF, CIP3
Layout creation Snap artwork to selected die stations and automatically create bleed paths from CAD die files; PANDORA Software also provides quick and simple resolution of bleed overlaps
CAD file creation or modification Plan and prepare re-usable, automated step-and-repeat templates and create CAD files from 1-up dies; the utility can also be used to modify improperly prepared CAD files
SMARTMARKS Software Intelligently place mark groups with a single action
Color mapping Remap spot-to-spot color, spot-to-process color and vice versa, or change process color build values of spot colors
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PRINERGY Evo

admin.insight : July 25, 2012 11:25 am : Kodak, Kodak Workflow

Selected features and benefits

Flexible connectivity.
Output to offset and flexographic CTP devices, direct imaging offset presses, popular proofing devices, and digital presses.

Uncompromised quality.
Supports Kodak Screening Software including Kodak Staccato Screening, high-lpi AM, and Kodak Maxtone CX Screening with Kodak HyperFlex Resolution Enhancement Software.

Reliable high-speed processing.
Increases throughput with powerful, flexible, template-based workflow automation and proven Prinergy PDF technology.

Greater uptime.
Automatic error reporting, online troubleshooting and support are available to keep your prepress and pressroom running.

Open integration.
Software options allow you to import imposition information, specify digital print output, and export ink key pre-setting data via JDF.

Other Features:

  • NEW: IS screening
    A specialty screen for flexo and/or gravure output. IS screening (Irrational Tangent Screening) enables seamless, or continuous, imaging of sleeves and cylinders.
  • NEW: Normalizer 9
    The latest Adobe Normalizer 9 library—a component used in the refine process—for improved stability and consistency with Kodak Prinergy Connect Workflow Version 5.0.
  • Proven, native PDF processing
    Standard, reliable, smaller files, with easy previewing and easy editing with third-party tools.
  • Profile-based, automated preflight
    Checks and correct input files automatically; supports standard profiles and profile creation.
  • Screening
    AM screening, Staccato Screening, Maxtone CX Screening, and HyperFlex Resolution Enhancement Software.
  • Color management
    Converts RGB to CMYK and maps spot colors to process colors. Supports custom ICC profiles; Pantone® library included.
  • Trapping
    Automated PDF-to-PDF trapping.
  • Template-based automation
    Allows easy operation from the desktop to initiate processing and monitor progress, errors, and history.
  • Workflow template automation
    Define a sequence of processing steps to increase throughput with less manual effort.
  • Dynamic process templates
    Change process parameters on-the-fly.
  • Image replacement (OPI)
    Automated OPI—supports image replacement in both PostScript and PDF files.
  • Recombiner
    Enables quick and easy creation of composite files from pre-separated PDF and PostScript files. PDF Compare PDF Merge Acrobat plug-ins that allow prepress operators to compare two files, extract any revisions done and merge all of those elements into the revised production.
  • PDF PlateBuilder
    Acrobat plug-in for creating custom plates, including white, varnish, and bump plates.
  • DotShop Software
    Acrobat plug-in for setting/controlling screening in PDF files.
  • Harmony tonal calibration software
    Allows users to create and manage tonal calibration curves to compensate for dot gain.
  • Advanced copydot handling
    Optimize and reformat copydot data to accelerate rendering, change copydot resolution to match that of an output device, and apply tonal calibration to copydot files to eliminate moiré and image artifacts.
  • TIFF downloader
    Output third-party, bi-level TIFF files.
  • Spread splitting
    Automatically convert reader spreads into two separate PDF pages.
  • Flat rotation
    Small-angle rotation of the output image to overcome artifacts (ghosting) on press.
  • Raster scaling
    Compensate for physical distortions by scaling raster data during output.
  • Web-growth compensation
    Registration compensation for linear and non-linear web growth (paper stretch on web presses).
  • PrintLink Produces CIP3 and JDF-compliant files for automated ink-key setting on press.
  • File types
    • Input
      NEW: PDF 9 SupportIncludes PDF (1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5), PostScript files level 2 and 3, EPS, TIFF/IT-P1, 1-bit TIFF, DCS1, DCS2, CT/LW Vector formats: PDF (1.3), PDF/X-1a, PDF/X-3, EPS, DCS, PostScript files level 2 and 3
    • Output
      Raster formats: TIFF, CT/LW, TIFF/IT, RGB JPEG, EPS, DCS, VPS, and others for proofer connectivity
  • Flexible server configurations
    Performance or Premium server configurations available
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PRINERGY Connect

admin.insight : July 25, 2012 11:21 am : Kodak, Kodak Workflow
KODAK PRINERGY Connect Workflow solutions deliver outstanding performance for all sizes of commercial and publication printers and trade shops. Each workflow configuration offers automated processing, including preflight, color management, trapping, and imposition.
Prinergy Connect Workflow now offers Digital Press Management, a single centralized solution that allows you to drive digital jobs with the power, flexibility and control that has made the Prinergy Workflow the long-standing leader in traditional print workflow. Now one workflow can control input, processing and output for conventional and digital print, with power and automation for streamlined productivity in all job sizes and run lengths.

Selected features and benefits

Streamline Job Processing with Rules-Based Automation:
Rules-Based Automation is now even more powerful, with the ability to read JDF information in a job and use it to make intelligent decisions about how to process, impose and output files for automatic processing.

Accelerate Static and Variable Data Printing
Use one workflow system to control static and variable printing—PDF features now include support for Adobe Variable PDF files and the rich feature set of Adobe Acrobat 9 Software. Adobe’s PDF Print Engine v1.1 is incorporated, Kodak Prinergy Connect Workflow solutions deliver outstanding performance for all sizes of commercial and publication printers and trade shops. Each workflow configuration offers automated processing, including preflight, color management, trapping, and imposition.for transparent processing of native PDFs from the latest design and layout software. The Prinergy Connect Workflow is the system of choice for powerful file preflighting, color management, trapping, and imposition features—as well as advanced screening support, flexible device connectivity, database-driven production management. With the addition of Digital Print Integration, operators can control and route digital print tasks, and load balance jobs from delivery to press, with total visibility over the blended production environment, and optimized press utilization.

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