ImageSmart Software from Heidelberg Meeting Productivity Needs
Wednesday, April 24, 2002
NEW YORK-Digital print providers are saving significant time in their prepress operations, employing ImageSmart Document Mastering 2.0 software from Heidelberg. The software is a complete workflow package that makes the Digimaster 9110 Network Imaging System and the NexPress 2100 digital production color press more profitable for their customers. It offers several benefits, including saving time in setting up jobs and reducing waste from job set-up errors. ImageSmart software features the SmartBoard software plug-in, which enables a range of new functions, provides full support of job tickets, and enables users to easily change paper color or sizes within a document and specify finishing options. Print businesses are quickly reaping the benefits of the software and the plug-in, including Anthony J. Jannetti, Inc. of Pitman, New Jersey and Print On Demand, a quick-print business in Toronto. Jannetti is an association management, marketing, and publishing company serving the health-care industry and specialty nursing associations. Its business includes producing journals, manuals, textbooks and other publications, and it averages 600,000 impressions per month. According to Todd Lockhart, the company’s director of electronic publishing services, ImageSmart 2.0 software is helping Jannetti greatly reduce its digital prepress time. “With ImageSmart software, we have reduced our digital prepress time by about 50 percent per job,” he said. “Plus, we have the flexibility to re-purpose jobs the way we need to. That all files are PDF and can be re-purposed easily for the Web are tremendous workflow advantages for us.” Jannetti’s digital print production coordinator, Conni Bernosky, enjoys the software’s ability to manipulate jobs, scan files, remove footers, add page numbers, overlays - and the automatic conversion of TIFF files to PDF. “Production is a lot smoother with page features, and the software enables us to spend much less time on individual files,” she said. Print On Demand Fast turnaround is key to Print On Demand’s business of black-and-white printing, producing binders, collating and color copying. The shop, which was created in September 2001, has quickly come to rely on Heidelberg equipment, as it now employs two Digimaster 9110 print systems, the Heidelberg Inserter, a booklet maker and two ImageSmart Document Mastering workstations. Mary Gratos, a graphic designer at Print On Demand, has been using the software for a few months - mostly to produce large, three-ring binders with dozens of tabs. “ImageSmart software is straightforward, the interface looks nice and it is easy to use,” Gratos said. “One big advantage we’re seeing with ImageSmart and SmartBoard is that the settings are saved along with a document. This saves a huge amount of time on reprints - as much as half the time - because I can have a job ready to go, and our second shift can produce it exactly as we left it, without having to scramble to find the hard-copy job.” ImageSmart Document Mastering 2.0 is part of Heidelberg‘s ImageSmart Workflow Suite, a product portfolio built on a scalable, truly open architecture and designed to improve the digital printing workflow. ImageSmart software helps printers maximize their capabilities and provides powerful job submission and document mastering functions. ImageSmart Document Mastering 2.0 utilizes the industry-standard Adobe Acrobat 5.0 software.