CSR Virtual offers Enterprise-Class Solution for Online Collaboration, Color and Digital Asset Management
Press release from the issuing company
SANTA CLARA, CA – September 9, 2005 – Responding to growing industry demand, S-Marc today unveiled CSR Virtual at the Print '05 Expo (McCormick Place, North Building, Level Three, Booth #8554). CSR Virtual is the industry's first integrated software suite unifying content owners (brand companies or publishers), content creators (ad agencies and/or designers) with content producers (prepress houses, printers and converters). With CSR Virtual, service representatives and customers can now collaborate on-line in real-time via a single, intuitive web interface to manage print jobs from conception to delivery and beyond.
CSR Virtual continuously monitors and tracks all changes in file content & color, approval status, usage and generates automatic notifications. This dramatically reduces cycle time, costs and the resources required to produce and deliver high quality print.
CSR Virtual creates new business opportunities for prepress, packaging and commercial print enterprises by controlling the content and tracking job history. Core to the suite is a secure repository where completed jobs are archived and text indexed allowing customers to search, view, transform & order elements for derivative use. Job history including edits, comments, annotations, color values, users, job time and more are permanently stored for detailed review, cost analysis & billing use.
S-Marc is a joint venture formed by Marcus Technology Inc. (a solution provider and developer for the publishing, prepress and printing industry), S-Net Inc. (a VAR of Kodak Graphics Communications Group) and Chuckwalla, Inc. (a leading provider of enterprise digital asset management technology) to improve the efficiencies of prepress operations benefiting both printers and their customers.
“CSR Virtual integrates the most powerful digital technology available in the graphics arts industry today, reducing cycle time, costs and the resources needed for the entire print ecosystem,” said Irwin Marcus, founder of Marcus Technology Inc. “In today's fast-paced, high-octane, ‘get this to me yesterday' world, CSR Virtual answers a very real need for vastly improving the process for preparing and delivering digital files for print.”
CSR Virtual is an integrated suite that leverages the following industry-leading technologies:
- KODAK REALTIMEPROOF Partner
- KODAK MATCHPRINT Virtual Proofing Solution
- S-Net B4 Remote Proofing & Approval Front-End
- Chuckwalla v5 Enterprise Digital Asset Management
- Microsoft .NET framework
These industry-proven enterprise-class components deliver high availability and scalability required for rigorous prepress operations. Built upon open standards, these components allow easy integration with complementary or legacy systems, providing the lowest total cost of ownership.
“CSR Virtual has fundamentally changed the way we do business,” said Jeff Reardon, VP of Sales & Marketing at Color by Pergament, a Manhattan-based prepress, digital printing and large format display company currently deploying Pergalink, a custom version of CSR Virtual. “The openness of CSR Virtual has allowed us to easily mold it for our unique workflows while seamlessly integrating other tools to meet specific customer needs,” said Reardon.
“Our Pergalink portal built on CSR Virtual provides a direct link between our production facility and our agency, retail and brand customers. This expedites decision-making regarding content and color and reduces the need for unnecessary design iterations. And since all finished jobs are easily accessible in a single production environment, we add value in new ways for our customers. The entire prepress process has truly been streamlined” Reardon added.
“We are pleased to see how our technologies, RealTimeProof Partner and Matchprint Virtual proofing are being leveraged as part of a larger solution,” said Yehuda Messinger – General Manager, Software & Color Solutions, Kodak Graphic Communications Group. “Color By Pergament's success illustrates the productivity gains and new business opportunities made possible by the use of CSR Virtual. Kodak looks forward to supporting our joint customers as CSR Virtual is rolled out to the graphic arts community,” concluded Messinger.
Pricing, availability and product demonstration
CSR Virtual is available immediately. Software licensing starts at $59,995. S-Marc will be conducting live demonstrations at the Print '05 Expo. For a product demo, visit the Chuckwalla booth (McCormick Place, North Building, Level Three, Booth #8554). For more information, visit www.csrvirtual.com
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