Imposition Upgrade or New Imposition
My company is in the crossroads of upgrading the whole prepress department. We upgraded to RAMpage V12. We are also looking into upgrading my main workstation to the new 12-core Mac Pro. The only thing left to look into is upgrading my Imposition Software. Currently I am running Preps V4.2.3 on a separate G4 Mac running OS9. My questions is should I look into upgrading to the newest Preps (which is V6 I think) or should I look into a whole new imposition program. I am looking on running it on my computer and possibly my iMac also. Any Suggestions?
Preps V4.2.3 on a G4 Mac running OS9? Wow! I don't think that version had smart marks, which are like mana from heaven if you frequently make new templates.
I run Preps 5.3.3 on OSX 10.5.8 and love it. But with the current outlook for Kodak, Preps 6 may not be a good investment.
This is a good point with the current state of kodak. Is there a way to maybe find Preps V5 cheaper? Or would other programs are similar to preps or good to run?
Heidelberg Signa Station is my choice, I have worked with preps, although a long time ago. We have two Macs running Signa ver 10, It doesn't get any better.
One that you might consider is Dynastrip. It works well with Rampage and keeps the old metaphore found in earlier Preps you'd be use to.
Originally Posted by Lutzie32
Of course, there are other options from Ultimate, Quite software, and even a lower cost alternative from Dynagram (inpO2). It really depends on the type of work you do and what you're most comfortable with.
BTW... I did use to work for Dynagram, just so you know.
Preps 5.3.3 won't work with OSX 10.7
Only PPC, and no more Rosetta on new Macs
Preps 6 I personally hate it.
Not happy with Kodak upgrades lately.
But that is me
I have recently upgraded to Rampage V12 as well and i am using dynastrip for imposition. I dont hate it. I dont love it. It does what its supposed to and it was very easy to learn. It wasnt even my choice at the time as Fuji pretty much gave it to us when we bought Rampage new. Ive upgraded it along the way to version 6.5. it is pretty cheap. around $2k i think about $400 to upgrade from time to time. Version 7 is out but i havent upgraded yet as i dont really see anything in there that excites me. We use it on 2 stations and just past the dongle back and forth. to lazy to buy another licensee. Just curious why you would spend all that money on a 12 core mac pro? we have 4 imac 27 inchers with the i7's in them and i have never had an issue. They run great.
The company i work for Recently upgraded (5) stations to to Prinergy 5.2 with Preps 5.3.3 AND Preps 6 (you can run both) .. Still using 5.3. althought Preps 6 has alot to offer- especially if you print alot of book binding- but depending on what workflow you have I am almost certain you need to have a PDF workflow. (Not links and pages like older versions of Nexus)... the only reason we are not using Preps 6 is that all our eps marks have to be converted to pdf marks(preps 6 only uses smark marks) (no biggie- but we have over 300 custom marks with 5 presses-) and havnt sat down to do it. but i am looking forward to V6.. But MYSELF I dont feel to concerned about KODAKS prepress devision.. I know that the next version on Prinergy and Preps 7 are allready being tested by KODAK.. but alas we are consumers also...
Originally Posted by amybest222
Before you leave at the end of the day, or before you take a lunch break - setup a Distiller "watched folder" (also make sure Distiller is loaded with the correct settings). Copy your 300+ custom marks to the watched folder and walk away (always test batch operations with a small amount of files first). Or one could simply select all of the files and drag them onto the Distiller icon. If you can benefit from v6, then converting all these marks should not be a roadblock.
Upgrade or switch? A great question. We've seen a good many Rampage users move from Preps to Metrix over the last few years. In fact, about 40% of the Metrix user base is comprised of Rampage users, and 95% of all Metrix users were former Preps users. Give Rampage a call and ask how well Metrix works with their workflow.
Originally Posted by Lutzie32
Reading these forums it's hard to ignore the comments of people who've struggled to move to the Preps 6 platform - it's an entirely different application in so many ways, and very few are happy with it. In contrast, we've got a strong and rapidly growing user base (over 1100 seats), and we get constant feedback of how much further Metrix takes them.
Admittedly I'm coming from a very biased perspective (being the Metrix Project Manager), so I encourage you to read the stories of companies who've switched. Many of the stories on our website are from customers who were die-hard Preps users. I worked for many years at ScenicSoft, Creo and Kodak so I understand how strongly some people hold onto an aging but still useful tool. But I have to say, I think it's best days are behind it.
Metrix Customer Success
In case you find it interesting, a few months ago Jim McBride (lead engineer on Preps for the past 20 years) left Kodak and is now one of our primary engineers. The other day we were talking about his rich history with Preps and his future now with Metrix and he said 'history doesn't create a future'. Well put. We're excited watching his skill and enthusiasm accelerate the development of Metrix.
If I can answer any questions, or you'd like a demonstration of Metrix, please let me know.
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