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    Thinking of moving to a New Workflow and Need Input

    Thanks bbertolani, We do commercial, large format, digital, packaging & web2print. So a little bit of everything. So far, it looks like every system has 1 or 2 specialties and can be customized to handle other things. I would say most of our work is either Commercial or Wideformat so those...
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    Thinking of moving to a New Workflow and Need Input

    Thanks Akalaray. I'm mainly thinking in terms of some of the file setup requirements needed for wide format such as being able to break a single piece of art apart in order to print on several boards, or being able to add specialized marks for grommets or router cutting. We use a Agfa's...
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    Thinking of moving to a New Workflow and Need Input

    From what I can tell, Switch isn't a full workflow replacement but more of an addin for automation. Is that correct?
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    Thinking of moving to a New Workflow and Need Input

    Thanks for the suggestion Akalaray. Does the Heidelberg software have any solution for wide format? I don't see any mention of it from their website. We're trying to find something that can cover everything.
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    Softproofing Before OR After Ripping

    Thank you for this! I will take a look. The idea of the proof PDF being a raster PDF is interesting. I haven't heard of doing this before.... I interpret this to mean that everything in the document is rasterized. Or does it simply speak to the changes that happen to the file once its gone...
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    Softproofing Before OR After Ripping

    Exactly! My thoughts as well.
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    Softproofing Before OR After Ripping

    Right. We have a Versafire with its own rip as well as some Agfa machines with their own rips as well. I've been told that most rips can be configured to simply be a passthrough that gets the file to the machine. I'm hoping that I can set ours up this way at some point so that the only rip...
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    Softproofing Before OR After Ripping

    Someone I spoke with recently mentioned that they softproof files BEFORE they are Ripped. I've always heard that soft proofing should always be done AFTER Ripping in case the rip creates an issue with the file. What are your thoughts? What's your workflow for softproofing?
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    Thinking of moving to a New Workflow and Need Input

    We're running version 8.1. Prinergy is the only system I've ever used. I have some experience with Esko products via ArtiosCAD but not any of their prepress software. Apogee does provide some inciting file fixing capabilities as well as automation capabilities without having to purchase a...
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    Thinking of moving to a New Workflow and Need Input

    That's an interesting thought abc, thanks for the input. We are looking for something that is a total workflow replacement as opposed to just one piece of the puzzle. We're trying to find a solution that bridges our wide-format, with our digital & offset and brings them together into one system.
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    Thinking of moving to a New Workflow and Need Input

    Our Kodak Prinergy server is due for an upgrade but we've given it a pause to consider other workflows going forward. We're trying to find a good solution to handle the mix of equipment we have as well as be able to handle 2 locations that are a few miles apart. Currently we don't have both...
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    Esko or Kodak?

    So do you use Preps for your commercial work or the Esko alternative? How do you mean "super powerful"? What exactly does it do that you feel like it excels at over Prinergy & Pandora?
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    Esko or Kodak?

    How do you mean? I know from using ArtiosCAD that every little part of that program is sectioned off into paid licenses. Is that what you're referring to?
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    Esko or Kodak?

    Interesting. Does esko not have an imposition software that can handle book work? I can't find anything mentioned it on their website.
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    Esko or Kodak?

    Yeah that is what I'm figuring as well. But judging from Esko's website, they don't handle conventional offset work at all. I couldn't find anything about it. Looks like the closest they get is with digital pressses.
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    Esko or Kodak?

    Our bread and butter is book work ie. conventional offset stuff. But over the past few years our packaging business has grown quite a lot. We have purchased a couple of licenses of Pandora, Kodak's packaging layout application, and use our DXF/CF2 files from ArtiosCAD in Pandora to make our...
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    Esko or Kodak?

    The prepress department is happy with Kodak, but management is looking at "cheaper" alternatives. It may very well be that Esko has gained an edge on Kodak in recent years though I've never known anyone to run Esko and the only experience I have with Esko products is ArtiosCAD.
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    Esko or Kodak?

    Our company is currently using the Kodak workflow for all of our prepress work but they're exploring changing over to Esko. Can anyone offer any pros & cons for switching? We are heavy into conventional & packaging work. We also do some large format and flexo. We use Prinergy, Pandora, Preps...
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    Moving Fiery Servers from One Machine to Another

    Okay, so sounds like if we were staying with Konica machines there's a possibility they would work but not if we jump to another manufacturer. Was hoping it would be possible to save a good chuck of change. Thanks for your response.
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    Moving Fiery Servers from One Machine to Another

    My shop is looking into a new digital press. We're taking a look at pretty much all the options that fit our needs. The new machine will fill the role of our current Konica c7000. We have a Fiery Pro80 server hooked up to the Konica at the moment but we're hoping that we will be able to move...

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