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Océ PRISMA Prepress Tools Expand Capabilities for Graphic Arts Market

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September 10, 2007 - CHICAGO - Océ, a global leader in digital document management and delivery, announces numerous productivity enhancements for Océ PRISMA software modules, resulting in more effective Graphic Arts workflow. Users improve their ability to manage, convert, and direct digital print workflow, and as a result, they achieve greater productivity and cost savings.
Document Designer Advanced Increases Usability
Océ Document Designer Advanced software supports high-powered variable data printing for personalization, transpromo and other customized applications, with modules for data processing, design and broad output support. The latest enhancements improve designer productivity in variable data applications. The designer can now see values of variables actually calculated during runtime. This process can be run at either the design station or at production, giving both designer and production manager the chance to test the job without running it through production.
Other enhancements support greater usability and faster application development. The graphical user interface has been updated with new icons and colors to create a more usable design environment. The new Multiple Properties Change modifies multiple objects simultaneously, saving time and increasing accuracy. Enhanced "find and replace" lets users replace text with text or a variable, useful for replacing placeholders in imported document flows like Microsoft Word or Quark applications. In the past, designers had to look for each keyword and then insert a variable. A new Language Flows option simplifies creation of multi-language documents by making the language selectable by one data variable. Other new features in Document Designer Advanced include a DirectType plug-in, sheet multiplexer, PDF / variable passwords and PDF / digital signature support.
PRISMAweb Software Improves Online Service
As more businesses move to online service environments, Océ PRISMAweb eases the transition and provides long-term productivity and usability. As part of a single platform solution, Océ PRISMAweb software is tightly integrated with other PRISMA workflow components for process and output management, print management and manifesting. New PRISMAweb improvements simplify work for the print buyer through streamlined workflow and greater operational efficiency. Graphic Arts and other businesses benefit from improved print purchase approval processes. A tax calculator for regional regulations simplifies the print buying experience. Shipping Method Groups show only applicable shipping options, reducing mistakes and layers of interaction.
Limited approval groups can be established to control document content access and modification. This gains importance as Graphic Arts operations take on more applications using variable customer data output. In addition, it simplifies streamlines ordering and approval, which contributes to better profit margins.
The new stock library reduces set up time for new accounts, which in turn ramps up revenue streams more quickly. It also simplifies maintenance of large stock libraries at customer sites. The tabular GUI makes it easier to see, search and sort all information at one glance. Improved asset management with a single Visual Information (VI) database for multiple templates simplifies deployment and automatically synchronizes source database and templates. This reduces work and improves data accuracy.
DPconvert for Seamless DigiPath Conversion
Océ DPconvert software transforms DigiPath RDO files without altering the original job ticket information, so Graphic Arts operations can confidently transition existing RDO volume to Océ workflow and printers. The newest version supports newer Digipath v4.0 and FreeFlow Makeready v3.0 versions and enables conversion and connection to the Océ PRISMAproduction server for output management, direct impositioning schemes, enhanced PDF conversion and compatibility with all resources referenced by RDO documents. Enhanced color support now extends to full color and HSV color definitions to better prepare Graphic Arts operations for the growing interest in color applications.
DocSetter Software Facilitates Workflow Productivity
Océ DocSetter software provides a highly competitive solution to Digipath and FreeFlow Makeready software. With the latest version, Océ DocSetter users gain interoperability capabilities for seamless workflow conversions. RDO import improvements include faster reading of TDF or TIFF files for greater productivity in mixed environments. Enhanced support for color applications assigns Océ CustomTone custom colors, transparent overprinting, new color mode settings for Océ PRISMAproduction workflow, color separation using PostScript  and PDF imports, and import of full color PostScript and PDF files. For more efficient scanning, Océ DocSetter Version 3 allows document separation without barcodes or separation sheets, reducing consumables costs and the need to program barcodes.