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ONYX Graphics Launches ONYX PrepEdge Pro Software

Offline Scott Posted 03-02-2009 - 02:46 AM
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ONYX Graphics Launches ONYX PrepEdge Pro Software for Professional Large Format Job Preparation

Complete file preparation tool addresses prepress bottlenecks, saving shops time and money

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 19, 2009 – ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced the availability of ONYX PrepEdgeTM Pro software, a professional job preparation tool designed specifically for large format workflows. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software reduces job preparation time and media waste, and increases throughput and productivity for large format print service providers in the prepress stage of their printing workflow.


ONYX PrepEdge Pro software highlights

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[*]Eliminates the need for other job preparation applications; includes all production large format tools and a PDF editor.[/*]
[*]Reduces job preparation time by up to 75 percent.[/*]
[*]Only large format job preparation tool that runs on Macintosh and Windows PC platforms.[/*]
[*]Works with all large format RIP (raster image processor) software[/*]
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Job preparation is the main bottleneck in most large format print workflows. The problems can include customer file issues; disparate settings from using multiple content creation applications such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW or QuarkXPress; color matching issues; and lack of tools specific to large format printing. These problems negatively affect productivity: printer operators waste time fixing or preparing jobs instead of printing; ink and media are wasted due to multiple test print runs; and deadlines are missed because files are not ready or will not print.

Range of professional tools designed specifically for large format workflow

ONYX PrepEdge Pro software addresses all job preparation issues prior to print processing. It is the only job preparation software that includes features specific to large format job preparation such as one-click grommet placement; size, crop and positioning tools; bleed and fold tools; complex tiling and template tools; fast contour cut path generation; and a raster image to vector tool.


ONYX PrepEdge Pro software gives users the ability to view color-accurate, on-screen proofs, and quickly check and fix file anomalies. The built-in color correction and management tools include controls to correct hue, saturation, brightness, contrast and color balance. It includes a simple and accurate spot color matching function with the ability to create and save spot color libraries in addition to the on-board PANTONE, RAL, HKS and industry cutting vinyl color libraries.


With ONYX PrepEdge Pro software, prepress operators can quickly and easily edit any image, text or graphic element of a PDF file. It is the only large format job preparation software that includes a full professional PDF editor. Shapes, lines and gradients can be manipulated, and text or fonts can be changed. Users can import files and save the output as a PDF. Job templates, including tiling and placeholder setups, can be saved.


Increases productivity and decreases media waste

Print shop owners and their production managers can rely on ONYX PrepEdge Pro software to optimize their large format workflow, ultimately resulting in cost savings. Integrating ONYX PrepEdge Pro software into their workflow addresses all preflight issues prior to production and eliminates the need for print operators to master multiple creative content applications or other job preparation applications. Because the workflow is optimized and issues that lead to multiple test print runs (and media waste) are eliminated, shops can also see a decrease in media usage.


Users see immediate savings
“ONYX PrepEdge Pro software really saves us a lot of time in pre and post-production with banners,” said Chris Panza, Production Manager at Image Graphics 2000, Pompano Beach, Florida. “On one job of 50 banners, it cut our time in half and saved us over five hours.”


“ONYX PrepEdge Pro software has been beautiful for setting up our banners and vehicle wraps,” explains Scott Manwaring, Manager of Digital Print Services, Rainbow Sign & Banner, St George, Utah. “We took on a lot of banner and wrap jobs in the last couple of weeks and ONYX PrepEdge Pro software worked perfectly. I quickly removed bleed lines the customers had added, along with some bad clipping masks. It’s easily saved us eight hours of time. Before using ONYX PrepEdge Pro software, we spent a lot of time on paneled jobs going back and forth making small changes between Illustrator software and our RIPs. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software just cuts out so many steps. Once a job is ready, we submit it once and we’re done. With ONYX PrepEdge Pro software in our workflow we can cut days of lead-time off of our biggest jobs.”


“Nothing needs to be done through Illustrator software anymore,” describes Richard Nuhn, Manager of NC Pestill’s Hamilton, Ontario, grand format production location. “On banners, we get unbelievable time savings with ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. For example, we produced two 2-foot by 10-foot banners that took us 22 minutes to prepare using Illustrator software. With ONYX PrepEdge Pro software, we produced them both in less than five minutes. Those job preparation savings add up. What used to be a weeks-worth of job prep time using Illustrator software, we can now do in a day using ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. More importantly for us, job preparation isn’t a bottleneck so we can do today’s work today.”


RIP-independent and platform-friendly
ONYX PrepEdge Pro software works with all large format software RIPs. It is the only job preparation software that can run on Mac OS X 10.4 or higher, Windows XP or Windows Vista platforms. It offers capabilities specific to the large format printing workflow, which is a step beyond existing PDF editing tools that are currently available.


Availability
ONYX PrepEdge Pro software is available now in the U.S. and Canada from select ONYX Authorized Resellers. It is expected to be available in Asia beginning in March 2009, and in Europe and the Middle East beginning in April 2009. For availability in other territories, please contact ONYX Graphics. To view an online demonstration of ONYX PrepEdge Pro, visit www.onyxgfx.com. For more information or to locate an authorized ONYX Authorized Reseller, visit www.onyxgfx.com or call 800-828-0723 (international +1-801-984-5380).


About ONYX Graphics
ONYX Graphics, Inc. helps companies improve their bottom line results by reducing printing costs and increasing productivity. ONYX Graphics develops and markets commercial printing software and solutions for the digital color printing marketplace. By combining color science, image processing and print production knowledge, ONYX Graphics delivers powerful, reliable printing workflow solutions. The ONYX software suite serves a broad range of digital production devices with high quality output. Its universal RIPs, including ONYX ProductionHouseTM, ONYX PosterShop, ONYX RIPCenterTM, and the ONYX GamaPrint™ Series, provide unequalled printer support to popular printer models from small to large, from grand format inkjets to flatbed printers. For more information, visit www.onyxgfx.com.

“ONYX,” the ONYX logo and “ONYX PosterShop” are registered trademarks, and “ONYX PrepEdge,” “ONYX GamaPrint”, “ONYX ProductionHouse” and “ONYX RIPCenter” are trademarks of ONYX Graphics, Inc. All product and company names are trademarks or registered trademarks and are the property of their owners and are respectfully acknowledged.

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Offline jonkovach Posted 05-13-2009 - 05:50 AM
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Does anyone use this? How is it working out? The most problems I have deal with transparencies - would this be a big help to me?
I'd also like to invest in a PDF editor. Mostly for making text changes, resizing PDF documents, and adding bleed where needed. Would this be the software to invest in, or does something like Pitstop offer me better functionality?

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Offline Scott Posted 05-13-2009 - 02:26 PM
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I have been using PrepEdge since beta and it's actually been working out nicely. I've had to adjust my shops workflow a little because we don't have a very clear prepress stage (though we need it), which is what this is geared towards.

I haven't used PitStop personally, but from what I am familiar with I would say that it is probably a much more powerful editor than PrepEdge. That doesn't mean that PrepEdge wouldn't be a good solution for you. Enfocus makes products for one area, so they've really got it down in my opinion and PrepEdge is really geared towards the large format arena rather than the entire print world as a whole. With that in mind, the amount of features and capabilities will be much less than a product like PitStop.

The nicest thing however is the integration with the RIP. It's really nice having it pull my printer & media information so I can choose which one I need. Then I'm able to make the changes, like add a bleed, and then just submit it directly to Rip-Queue.

So I guess that's kind of a tough question as it depends on your needs/wants. PitStop, though I would love to have a copy, is way overkill for my shop's needs it would seem, and PrepEdge is a really nice fit.

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