May 13, 2004, Chicago -- Oce, a global leader in digital document management and delivery solutions, has introduced its newest version of Océ Repro Desk Server. The new Océ Repro Desk Server 1.6 provides enhanced benefits to AutoCAD users and reprographic firms designed to save time, improve print quality and make print jobs easier to exchange between remote locations. For the first time, a single-server platform supports the entire Océ TDS range of large format multifunction print systems plus the Océ 9800 series and Océ 9400 series large format printers. Other major advancements include Microsoft Windows XP operating system compatibility and free client software, including the new Océ Client Tools job submission software.
Océ Client Tools is one of the first products to effectively enable clients to batch-process native DWG files directly within AutoCAD 2004 and AutoCAD 2005 without first converting them to print-ready plot (PLT) files.
“We’ve included more features to provide time savings, streamline communications and automate previously cumbersome drawing and printing processes with the new Océ Repro Desk Server 1.6 and Océ Client Tools,” said Joyce Virnich, Vice President of Marketing for the Wide Format Printing Systems division of Océ North America. “Bottom line: we want our customers to experience seamless desktop-to-print room integration with none of the time, effort and waste associated with traditional job submission techniques.”
Common Platform Now Supports Océ Printer Range and Windows XP
Océ Repro Desk Server 1.6 is a single server application that provides a common platform across virtually the entire range of Océ printers including the Océ 9400, Océ 9400-II, Océ 9700 and Océ 9800. Previously, Océ Repro Desk Server supported the Océ TDS series and Océ Repro Desk supported the Océ 9800 series and Océ 9400 series. Since many reprographers maintain both types of printers, Océ Repro Desk Server 1.6 helps eliminate confusion, simplify operations and decrease the training and support required of an IT staff. In addition, Océ Repro Desk Server 1.6 supports the Microsoft Windows XP operating platform while providing continued support for Windows 2000. This allows customers to run Océ Repro Desk Server on the most recent and secure technology from Microsoft by upgrading older servers that were previously running on Windows NT.
Free Océ Client Tools Software Makes Job Submissions Simple
All client software applications associated with Océ Repro Desk Server 1.6 are now free. Prior to the addition of Océ Client Tools 1.6.1, the previous remote client software product (Océ Repro Desk Remote) was sold separately and required an Authorization Code to install and activate. Now, because Océ Client Tools is complimentary, it can be installed on an unlimited number of users’ desktops. This makes it easy for more reprographic customers such as AEC firms to digitally connect to any printer on their network, promoting a more efficient workflow process. Jobs can be submitted more quickly with higher print accuracy. For existing clients, Océ Repro Desk Server 1.6 still accepts jobs from Océ Repro Desk Remote.
Océ Client Tools 1.6.1 also provides powerful utilities to help designers meet their deadlines in a variety of ways. New features include:
- Native AutoCAD DWG interpretation and high fidelity printing: Océ Repro Desk Server 1.6 is one of the first products on the market to effectively batch-process native DWG files. Océ Client Tools seamlessly integrate with AutoCAD 2004, 2005 and DWF file formats, which were not supported by this software in the past. Previously, AutoCAD users such as AEC firms had to convert their DWG files to PLT files one at a time. Now, users can batch prepare their DWG files without having to create single plot files. Eliminating the DWG-to-PLT conversion step saves tremendous amounts of time and, since the conversion of each DWG file is done directly within AutoCAD instead of a single interpolator, there are no interpolation errors. Quality and fidelity of the print output is also greatly improved.
- Batch processing of multiple file varieties: Océ Client Tools 1.6.1 now enables users to add multiple file types (including native DWG, DWF, TIFF, PLT, VIC, etc.) to a batch, convert them to plot ready format and digitally submit them to a variety of print destinations – all without ever leaving AutoCAD.
- More print destination options: Océ Client Tools 1.6.1 can easily create batch print jobs for submission to a variety of destinations such as local Océ Repro Desk Servers, 8 ½” x 11” and 11” x 17” Windows printers, Océ Plan Center digital online plan rooms, and file archives. Jobs submitted to an Océ Repro Desk Server can be printed on the Océ TDS or Océ 9800 series printers, inkjet printers, raster printers or narrow format PostScript printers.
- Simple check plots and WYSIWYP functionality: Océ Client Tools 1.6.1 allows users to submit check plots to any Windows printer and print up to 11” x 17” prints, all from the convenience of their desktops. This feature helps AEC customers to easily create the check plots required to monitor a project’s progress. Design clients also benefit from WYSIWYP (What You See Is What You Print) functionality so they can preview exactly what will be printed and make necessary drawing changes. Both features save time and help avoid costly mistakes downstream.
Océ Repro Desk Server 6.1.1 began shipping in February and is available through Océ direct sales and Océ authorized resellers. A free, fully functional version of Océ Client Tools is available for download from the following URL: www.oceusa.com/reprodesk.
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