Carlsbad, California - Tucanna Software & Development, industry innovator and developer of the RapidCheck, PrintControl and tFlow products for print production automation and quality control is proud to announce the extension of the tFlow product line with an online job-submission and collaboration system, tFlow Approval.
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Together with the former tFlow product, now tFlow Production, Tucanna offers a full production automation and online collaboration suite that brings together customer service representatives, clients, creative professional, design agencies, brand owners, and printers closer than ever before. True to form, with tFlow Approval, Tucanna has created a collaboration platform for submitting, annotating, preflighting, and tracking jobs and files, notable for its simplicity and ease of use.
tFlow Approval can be installed in the local network or in the Cloud, and is accessible via a standard web browser, greatly enhancing the job-submission workflow and customer approval process by replacing countless emails, low-res PDFs, and images which would have required being sent back and forth to all members of the project. In tFlow Approval, all files, comments, annotations, versions and job histories are stored in one place, eliminating the confusion that multiple files and conversation threads stored across many users’ computers entails.
Automation is the key to success, and tFlow Approval includes many tools to ensure a seamless and simplified workflow. Adobe CS connectors provide creatives with direct access to the system from within native applications, permitting them to define routing and parameterization via XMP data embedded in file slug lines. Automatic email notifications inform users of new files, status changes, revision requests and uploads, as well as project approvals, and a dynamic status bar informs the logged in user of any changes in the system. Connectivity to other important elements such as Web2Print and MIS systems are also contemplated via hot folders and XML processing.
Users of tFlow Production can leverage the full scalability of the tFlow workflow by connecting their in-house tFlow Production system to tFlow Approval. tFlow Production Turbines may publish their queues to tFlow Approval, and once a job has been approved, it will be downloaded automatically for final processing (preflighting, repurposing, color management) and sent off to print, making it a truly distributed, automated, world-wide workflow.
"With the release of tFlow Approval we are now able to offer customers a complete production and collaboration solution", comments Darrian Young, Managing Director at Tucanna. "With our tag line "Software for Humans" in mind the tFlow product line tries to take the complexity out of the production workflow. Based on the exciting feedback we have gotten so far, I believe we have succeeded.