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Axel Robert of Ubisoft on automating prepress

Published on August 16, 2012

Cary Sherburne again talks to Axel Robert, Prepress, Print Studio, and Graphic Chain Quality Manager at Ubisoft about how they've used Enfocus products to automate their prepress process.

Cary Sherburne: Hi, Cary Sherburne, Senior Editor at What They Think and I'm here with Axel Robert who is with Ubisoft in France and we're back to talk a little bit more about how he's been able to use some of the Enfocus products to automate his prepress process. You talked to me earlier a little bit about the metadata and how that works.

Axel Robert: Yeah. For us it's very obvious now to have a lot and more information about our customer and our external agencies too. So we decided to grow up, I started with just Full Switch, but I had no—I didn't need to keep some metadata, some important metadata and so we decided to switch from Full Switch with Power Switch and Power Switch is very, very powered to do this kind of job, especially because with Connect it offered the possibility to have a lot of information inside a PDF, plus XML and then we can do a lot of things with this PDF, especially with the Switch client and also to do certain transformations that depends on the PDF's what they go through, which flow off another flow.

Cary Sherburne: And so that took a lot of the human intervention out, so the files come in and they're automatically handled using Pit Stop Connect and Switch.

Axel Robert: Yeah. After having Pit Stop Connect we don't have any metadata, so it was very, very difficult to change something, to root something to send information. For example, if a PDF is not good because there is a wrong color space what can I do? So I had just the ability to send an email to the marketing team.

Cary Sherburne: Automatically.

Axel Robert: Automatically, but the marketing team doesn't know. They don't know what is this kind of problem. We needed to solve this kind of problem because we have no time to change, to fix and time is money. Postpone is unthinkable for us, so metadata is the only way to have the good information to do the good thing and to decide what we need to do with a problem or if it's not really a problem, if we agree with this kind of PDF.

Cary Sherburne: So and that has allowed you to continue to do more and more work with less people.

Axel Robert: Yes, that's why also why I decided to go to Power Switch too because as you say I'm the only one. I'm the only graphic reference. I'm the only quality manager for all the group all around the world. So I have not only this job to do because I prepare the color often for all our printers too. I have to check when we have a problem directly to the manufacturer of the printer too. So I don't have the time to fix all the problems we have with our PDFs.

Cary Sherburne: It's great to hear your story because as you may or may not know I've been following the progress of the Switch product family for quite a long time and it's great to hear somebody using it and getting all the advantages of it. So thank you very much.

Axel Robert: Okay, thank you.

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