User Manual

Release - 1.11.0 (Major Version)

Updated

Published: 15.11.2021

In this article you will learn about:

  • New features that are available
  • Improvements that have been added
  • Which bugs have been fixed in version 1.11.0 of the Workflow

This article can also be downloaded as a PDF version. The release notes for the previous versions can be downloaded from the archive.

1. Overview

 

With version 1.11.0, users can take advantage of several new features in the environment of the Impose Editor, Approval Reports and management of Print Data. Improvements have also been made in the areas of Editing and Outputting Print Data and translation updates. Since version 1.11.0 is a major release, after upgrading to version 1.11.0 you should also read the release notes for both intermediate versions 1.10.2 and 1.10.3 in order to familiarize yourself with new features and their respective functions.

An overview of all changes is outlined below, and a detailed description is included for specific areas such as Features, Improvements and Bug Fixes.

1.1. Adobe Illustrator Plug–In

The following features and improvements have been implemented in Plug–in version 1.11.0.3:

Plug–in version 1.11.0.3: If you are working with Workflow version 1.11.0, Plug–in version 1.11.0.3 must be installed to ensure consistent operation. No new features have been implemented in the Plug–In between Workflow version 1.10.3 and 1.11.0. Only the version number has been changed to match the Workflow version.

1.2. New Features in the Workflow

The following new features are available in version 1.11.0 of the Workflow:

Impose Editor: In version 1.11.0, major changes have been implemented in the Impose Editor, but also many new functions such as Plate Templates, Sheet Templates, as well as Print Item Templates have been added. New options for the Captions, Dielines, and the availability of Color Bars offer a diverse array of new functions in the Impose Editor.

  • Changes to the user interface – The addition of new functions, such as the creation and application of Plate and Sheet Templates, has resulted in a new reorganization of the user interface. The changes affect several areas of the Impose Editor. Find more information in this section.
  • Plate Templates – With version 1.11.0, the user can now save user defined layouts for printing plates as a template, which are required for conventional printing processes, in order to use this as a basis for an imposition and to transfer the entire imposition with the Plate configuration as a PDF to a platesetter.
  • Sheet Templates – Up until version 1.11.0,  a sheet could be configured, but once a configuration was set up, it could not be saved as a template. With version 1.11.0, the user can create any number of Sheet Configurations and save and reuse them as Sheet Templates.
  • Color Bars – From this version on, the Impose Editor provides the possibility to create or output Color Bars. Color Bars can be used, for example, to activate the nozzles which are not being actively used when printing. Read this section to learn how color bars can be created and used.
  • Print Item Templates – Starting from this version, Print Item Templates are also available for Print Items in a Production Job or in the imposition, which can be created, edited, saved and applied to all Print Items in the imposition. For example, the scaling factor or the addition of a white separation for the front as well as the back with any tone value can be applied to all Print Items simultaneously.
  • Dieline Offset – in the Impose Editor creating Dielines has been possible for quite a while for placed Print Items based on ImageBox and ImageBox + Bleed using a uniform Offset. As of this version, an Offset can be defined differently for both the width and the height.
  • Captions – After introducing the Save Ink Caption in version 1.10.3, users can access three additional Captions starting with version 1.11.0, which are particularly useful in the multi–page output environment.

Approval Reports: After implementing separate methods to create both Approval Reports and Ink Cost Reports with version 1.10.2, version 1.11.0 now includes a long–planned expansion and update to the range of functions for creating and managing Approval Reports, which included versioning.

New features in the »Send to Printer« dialog: In this version a new function called: Rotate every second page by 180°, has been implemented, which can be activated or deactivated as needed in the »Send to Printer« dialog. This option can be used, for example, when output a tiling so that every even or odd page is rotated by 180°. In addition, two additional features/ info has been added to the Send to Printer dialog.

Workflow Name: In order to better recognize from which Workflow a Production Job is rendered, it was necessary to add a function where the user could name the Workflow and this Workflow Name would be inserted in the job ticket for both the RHO and P5 series printers. This name can be defined in the Workflow system settings.

Settings: In this version, the »Impose« tab under Administration > Settings, has been restructured and extended due to the addition of new functions, and improves how templates are organized and managed.

Fixups: In the course of development, new Fixups were added and existing Fixups were extended in functionality and/or improved in terms of usability.

REST API: There are new features for the »Production Job Controller Api« and »Article Job Controller Api«. Some improvements and bug fixes have also been implemented.

1.3. Improvements

The following existing functions have been improved in version 1.11.0 of the Workflow:

New print configurations for TAU-RSC Series: Starting from this version, a new print configuration called HS, can be selected for TAU RSC Series Printers. Corresponding pre–calculations for ink are now calculated correctly for this resolution.

Print Simulation warnings in Output Templates: From this version on, a warning is displayed or shown if a print simulation in combination with the color space conversion »RGB to Substrate« has been selected.

Czech Translations: With version 1.11.0 a completely revised version of the Workflow is available in Czech.

Slovakian Translations: With version 1.11.0, a version of the Workflow in Slovakian is available for the first time.

Edge Reinforcement enhancements in the overview: The Edge Reinforcement area is now displayed in the Overall view. In Tile View, Edge Reinforcement was already displayed in the previous version.

Minor Improvements: Additional minor improvements have been implemented.

1.4. Fixed Bugs

Workflow: A list of fixed bugs and/or minor improvements in the main application.

Impose Editor: A list of fixed bugs and/or minor improvements in the Impose Editor.

2. Features

In this section, you will learn what's new in the Adobe Illustrator Plug–In, Impose Editor, and Workflow. In some cases, existing functions have been expanded.

2.1. Adobe Illustrator Plug–In

If you are working with version 1.11.0 of the Workflow, version 1.11.0.3 of the Plug–In must be installed to ensure consistent operation. If you are using an older version of the Plug–In, you will be notified when you log in to the Plug–In.

The following versions of Adobe Illustrator are supported:


Adobe Illustrator CC 2019
Version 23.1.1
Adobe Illustrator CC 2020
Version 24.2
Adobe Illustrator CC 2021
Version 25.4.1
MacOSX Mac OS Version 10.14 (Mojave),
Mac OS Version 10.13 (High Sierra),
Mac OS Version 10.12 (Sierra) or
Mac OS Version 10.11 (El Capitan)
Mac OS Version 10.15 (Catalina),
Mac OS Version 10.14 (Mojave),
Mac OS Version 10.13 (High Sierra)
Mac OS Version 11.2 (Big Sur),
Mac OS Version 10.15 (Catalina)
Mac OS Version 10.14 (Mojave),
Mac OS Version 10.13 (High Sierra)
Microsoft Windows MS Windows 7 with Service Pack 1,
MS Windows 8.1 or
MS Windows 10
MS Windows 7 with Service Pack 1,
MS Windows 10
MS Windows 7 with Service Pack 1,
MS Windows 10
Support Plug-In Version 1.8.1.0 and
Plug-In Version 1.11.0.3 (only Windows)
Plug-In Version 1.8.1.0 and Plug-In Version 1.11.0.3 (only Windows)
Plug-In Version 1.11.0.3 (Mac OS and Windows)

Support for older versions of Adobe Illustrator

Please note that the current Plug–In Version 1.11.0.3 can only be installed for Adobe Illustrator CC 2019, Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 and Adobe Illustrator CC 2021. If Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 or Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 is used with Mac OS for DW 1.10.0.0, the 1.8.1.0 Plug–in must be used. Plug–in 1.10.2.xx is compatible with Mac OS only when Adobe Illustrator CC 2021 is used.

Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 and Adobe Illustrator CC 2015.3 can still be used with the Plug–In Version 1.7.0.26 in conjunction with Durst Workflow 1.7.2. Using Plug–In Version 1.7.0.26 in conjunction with newer Workflow versions is at your own risk. Support cases or bugs for this constellation/configuration will not be followed up and/or fixed.

Adobe Illustrator 2018 can still be used with Plug–In version 1.7.6.36 in conjunction with Durst Workflow 1.7.6. The use of Plug–In version 1.7.6.36 in conjunction with newer Workflow versions is at your own risk. Support cases or errors for this constellation will not be followed up and corrected.

No new features were implemented, only language updates for Czech and Slovakian were added.

2.2. Impose Editor

In the Impose Editor a major update has been implemented, which includes many new functions such as: Plate Templates, Sheet Templates and Print Item Templates. We've also added new options for Captions and Dielines, and added a new feature which allows the user to add Color Bars.

Continue reading the following sections to find out more about these exciting new features in the Impose Editor.

2.2.1. Changes to the user interface

Because we've added a large list of new functions, such as the creation and application of Plate Templates and Sheet Templates, the user interface has also been updated and adapted as needed to accommodate these new features. The user interface has been affected in the following areas of the Impose Editor:

  • Footer – The footer has been eliminated so that scrolling down is no longer necessary to access vital information regarding the imposition. Information and functions that were previously available in the footer have been relocated elsewhere, including in the new action bar [1].
  • Header – Most of the functions that were previously available in the header have been moved to a separate tab which is now called »General« [3]. The remaining functions have been placed in the new action bar [1].
  • Artboard Settings [4] – The optimization function has been added to this tab, all functions that were previously available are still there.
  • Toolbar [2] – Only visual adaptions and a slightly wider enhancement have been added to the UI

Below you can read more detailed information concerning each specific area that has been updated.

Figure 1: The new user interface with the activated General tab.

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»General« tab

In the new General tab, basic settings for the imposition can be selected and configured. The following areas are included in the basic settings:

  • Plate Template – If a conventional printing plate with imprinted information has to be created, the first step in this tab is to select a Plate Template [5] or to create a new Plate Template [14].
  • Sheet Template – Each imposition is done on a Sheet. The Margins, Marks, Captions, Lines, Grommets and Color Bars contained in the sheet are determined by selecting a Sheet Template [6]. The size of the sheet is determined by entering a width [9] and height [10], as well as by selecting Trim to height [18] and Trim to width [17]. Note that the width and height are not included in the Sheet Template variables!
  • Impose Mode – Select the way in which the print items will be arranged on the sheet/Artboard by choosing an Impose Mode [7], i.e., Step & Repeat, Nesting, Tiling or Manual Mode.
  • Impose Template – Impose Templates define which spacing, bleed and ordering the selected print items should have and whether the imposition should be single–, double– or multi–page. Existing Impose Templates can be selected [8] and also saved or reset [16].
  • Artboards [11] – This describes the area on the sheet that is to be used for arranging the print items. By adding additional Artboards, a single sheet can be divided into several areas (Artboards), each of which can use different Impose Modes for example. Note that Artboards can be selected and configured [19] only when Nesting or Step & Repeat  mode is selected for the first Artboard.
  • Dimensions [12] – In this area the current dimensions of the Plate, Sheet and Imposition Area are displayed. The Imposition Area can differ from the size of the Sheet if additional information has been placed on the imposition sheet and as a result the available area of the imposition has been decreased. This information used to be partially displayed in the footer of the Impose Editor.
  • Impose Information [13] – Here you can see information regarding the Area, Printed Area, Placed Print Items and the degree of Utilization as well as the individual imposition in case of a multi–page Nesting. This information was previously visible in the footer.

Figure 2: The new General tab with the basic settings of an imposition.

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»Artboard Settings« tab

In the Artboard Settings tab [20], the Start Optimization [22] function has been added to the Nesting Options sub–panel [21]. This function was previously available in the header of the Impose Editor. All other functions are available as they were before.

Figure 3: The Nesting Options sub–panel of the Artboard Settings tab.

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New »Action bar« functions

Menu commands that were available in the action bar in previous versions have been merged in this version with additional functions that were previously located in the footer or header of the Impose Editor. The new action bar offers the following functions and menus:

  • Production Job Name [23] – Displays the name of the currently opened Production Job.
  • New [24] – Creates a new empty imposition. If another unsaved imposition was opened before, the user will be prompted to save the current imposition or discard the changes.
  • Open [25] – Opens an existing imposition from a Production job. If another unsaved imposition has been opened before, the user will be prompted to save the current imposition or discard the changes.
  • Save [26] – This saves the new imposition as a Production Job with the imposition or overwrites changes in the imposition for the selected Production Job.
  • Save as [27] – This allows the user to create a new Production Job from the currently opened imposition and save it with the imposition.
  • Close [28] – This closes the Impose Editor and returns to the previous view. If the current imposition has not been saved yet, the user will be prompted to save the current imposition or discard the current changes made.
  • Sheet Template [29] – Displays the currently selected Sheet Template. Clicking on the name opens the General tab.
  • Impose Mode [30] – Shows the currently selected Impose Mode. Clicking on the name opens the General tab.
  • Impose Template [31] – Displays the currently selected Impose Template. Clicking on the name opens the General tab.
  • Sheet Dimensions [32] – Displays the width and height currently used for the sheet. Clicking on the dimensions opens the General tab.
  • Display [33] – Here you can select display options. These options are described in more detail below.
  • Zoom [34] – The current zoom factor is displayed. By opening the drop–down menu, you can access predefined levels of magnification. Inputting a value for the zoom factor is currently not available.
  • Impose Warnings [35] – By clicking on the icon, the errors and warnings dialog is opened, where all errors and warnings for the current imposition are listed according to their severity.

Figure 4: The new action bar.

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Options available under »Display«

Clicking on Display [33] opens the display dialog where you can access various display options. The following functions are available:

  • Display Quality [36] – Switches between the normal display mode and a higher resolution version. Higher resolution preview images are used for display. Switching to the higher resolution display mode should be omitted for very large impositions, as this could cause the browser to allocate too much memory, potentially causing problems.
  • Tiling Collections [37] – Use this to open the Tiling overview with Separate Articles per Tile dialog, where you can access Tiling impositions that have been split into separate Articles.
  • Preview Mode [38] – This option is available only when in Tiling mode. It allows you to switch between Overall View or Tile View.
  • Help [39] – Displays the help page and available shortcuts in the Impose Editor.
  • Show/Hide [40] – If you see a colored tile behind the letter, then this option is activated and visible in the Impose Editor. The following toggles are available:
    • IB – Displays the ImageBox for single Print Items.
    • IB + B – Displays the ImageBox + Bleed for single Print Items.
    • M – Displays the Margin on the sheet in the form of a frame.
    • A – Displays the Artboard.
    • S – Shows the Substrate and the corresponding color that was mapped to the Substrate when it was created in the Workflow.
    • PD – Indicates the printing direction with two black arrows.
    • P – Toggles preview images. By deactivating preview images, the display performance will improve and can also prevent excessive memory usage, which may be helpful when creating very large impositions.

Figure 5: The Display dialog.

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2.2.2. Plate Templates

With version 1.11.0, the user now has the option to save a layout for traditional printing plates, (typically for offset). Plate Templates can now be configured and saved and then reused when creating output pdfs for a platesetter for example.

A printing plate is defined in the Workflow with the following components:

  • Size – The dimensions of the plate can be entered using a specific width and height. The printing plate is visually represented using a violet frame [41] and the Sheet is displayed using a white shape [42].
  • Sheet Start [44] – The sheet is positioned on the printing plate, using the bottom edge as a reference by entering a value in the Start of Sheet input. The sheet is centered horizontally on the plate. Changing the horizontal orientation of the sheet is currently not available.
  • Gripper Margin [43] – The Gripper Margin is displayed as a gray area on the sheet. The Gripper Margin is only displayed to help determine if there are any obvious errors when imposing print items. Gripper Margin dimensions have no effect on the algorithm when imposing print items. Possible issues with overlapping items will be displayed as a warning in the Errors and Warnings dialog in the future.

Figure 6: A printing plate layout in the Impose Editor.

 

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The printing plate can also include Marks and Captions if needed. This means that required static and dynamically generated information can be applied to the printing plate. For example, the following information can be included on the printing plate:

  • Register Marks [45] – By default, Register Marks use a color called All (register color), this mark can be printed on all plate separations. You can determine the Position, Size and Offset.
  • Barcode [46] – Adding a Barcode for example, allows the user to add the name of the Production Job and other necessary information. This information can be quickly read by a barcode reader. Please note that in this case, Barcodes should use the Spot Color All so that it is printed on all printing plates.
  • Color Control Marks [47] – Applying Color Control Marks (Codimag), helps to recognize any offset that may be occurring.
  • Plate Names [48] – by adding static content and using the respective separation color and name, an operator can see with a quick glance which plate is which.
  • Job Name [49] – through adding a Caption e.g. the Production Job's name can be applied dynamically.  Please note that in this case Captions must use the Spot Color All so that it is printed on all printing plates.

Figure 7: An example of a typical printing plate layout.

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Sheet Size

Please note that the width and height of the sheet must always be smaller than the size of the printing plate so that all areas of the printing plate remain visible and the required information can be mapped.

Setting up and saving a »Plate Template«

Normally, Plate Templates are set up specifically for each press. All settings regarding Size, Sheet Start, Gripper Margin, Marks and Captions must therefore be set up once and saved as a Plate Template.

Proceed as follows to create a new Plate Template:

  1. Open the Impose Editor via Automation > Impose Editor.
  2. Create a new imposition. It does not matter which Impose Mode you choose. Remember that the size of the sheet must be smaller than the Plate size.
  3. In the Impose Editor, select the General tab [50]. Make sure that the Width [51] and Height [52] of the sheet are smaller than the Plate dimensions.
  4. Click on the Edit Plate Template icon [53].

Figure 8: The General tab, showing the sheet dimensions.

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  1. By clicking the Edit Plate Template [53] the Plate Configuration options are displayed.
  2. Enter the size of the Plate by entering values for the Width [56] and the Height [62].
  3. Determine the position of the sheet from the bottom edge by entering a value in Start of Sheet input [57].
  4. Enter a value in the Gripper Margin [58] input as well.
  5. Add any required Marks [59] and configure them regarding the position, color, etc as needed.
  6. Add any required Captions [60] and configure them regarding the appearance, position, etc.

Figure 9: Plate Configuration parameters when creating a new Plate Template.

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  1. Once you have defined the Size, Marks, Captions, etc., for the Plate, you can save this configuration as a Plate Template. To do this, click on the Save Plate Template icon [61], which opens the Save Plate Template dialog.
  2. Enter a Name for the Plate Template, comment if necessary and click on Save to complete the process.
  3. To continue, switch back to the General tab [55] (Figure 8).

Figure 10: The Save Plate Template dialog.

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Availability of Plate Templates

Note that Plate Templates are only available for certain license types. Access to Plate Templates is available in Workflow Prepress and Workflow Corrugated licenses, as well as by purchasing the Multiline PDF Printer option. Plates can also be unlocked as a stand alone option.

Applying a Plate Template

If you have installed the corresponding license, you will find Plate Templates in various places in the Workflow. These places are briefly introduced with an accompanying figure to show their location.

Force Print – Click on the menu item Automation > Force Print, the drop–down Plate Template menu is available in the Impose area.

Figure 11: Users can access Plate Templates in the Force Print menu item.

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Hotfolder – Click on the menu item Automation > Hotfolder and selecting New in the action bar, a Plate Template can be selected under the Impose tab.

Figure 12: Plate Templates can be accessed under the Impose tab within the Hotfolder Setup dialog.

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Create Production Job – If you create a Production Job from either Articles or Print Items in an Order, the user can also access Plate Templates in the Create Production job dialog.

Figure 13: The Create Production Job dialog also offers access to the new Plate Template function.

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Impose Editor: New Imposition – If you create a new imposition in the Impose Editor, you can also access Plate Templates there.

Figure 14: The New Imposition dialog shows the new Plate Template drop–down.

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Impose Editor: General – Under the General tab, a Plate Template can be created, saved and also applied to an existing imposition. More detailed information is available in the »General« section.

Hide Plate Templates for Users

If you have the appropriate license to use Plate Templates, you can block the ability to select and create Plate Templates for individual users. To do this, create a User Role under Administration > Users and Roles and disable this option for the User under General > Impose Editor.

2.2.3. Sheet Templates

Up to version 1.11.0, an imposition sheet could be created, but once it was configured, it could not be saved as a template. With version 1.11.0, the user can create any number of Sheet Configurations and save them as Sheet Templates. We've also revised how Marks and Captions are positioned and added a new function for creating Color Bars, which are used to activate the nozzles when over printing.

Sheet versus Sheet Configuration

A Sheet is the surface to be printed. Sheets have a defined width and height, which is taken from an existing Substrate Definition. In the case of roll media, the Sheet is defined using a predefined width and a maximum height. The width is taken from an existing Substrate Definition, the maximum height is taken from the Printer settings.

A Sheet Configuration is not the size of the impose area but the sum of all elements to be used on the Sheet as well as margin settings. Sheet Configurations consists of the following parameters:

Margin [63] – By entering Margins, the area of the Sheet can be limited to the effective usable imposition area. Margins can be entered manually or calculated automatically. By activating the Auto Margin [64] option, the Margins are automatically calculated depending on the elements placed on the Sheet. The algorithm for calculating Automatic Margins ensures that no element on the sheet configuration extends into the imposition area.

Marks [65] – Marks on the sheet are generally needed to monitor the printing process and are also used for finishing (e.g.: cutting, creasing, etc.). The type of Mark that is used and in which size, color and position depends on the respective application, printer type and the machines used for finishing as well. All Marks are available. However, in this case the position of the Mark is specified from the edge of the sheet, which allows you to place desired Marks relative to the edge of the printed sheet.

Captions [66] – Captions displayed as text or as a Barcode/QR Code on the sheet can help users with post processing steps. This could include identifying printed sheets and applying appropriate steps and processing methods to those respective printed sheets.  All static and dynamically generated Captions, which are available for individual print items, are available for selection. However, in this case, Captions are positioned based from the Sheet edge, which allows you to place Captions relative to the edge of the printed sheet.

Color Bars [67] – Color Bars are a special feature for Sheet Configurations, as they can only be selected here. Color Bars can be used to print color strips for activating the nozzle activity per sheet/repeat. You can read more about this in the release notes under Color Bars.

Figure 15: The Sheet Configuration dialog in the Impose Editor.

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»Default« Impose Template

After installation, an Impose Template named Default is available, which is automatically applied when creating a new Imposition. The parameters of this template correspond to the default values that were applied in the previous Workflow versions. This ensures the same behavior within the Workflow prior to updating to version 1.11.0.

Future Sheet Configuration versions

In future versions of the Workflow, you will be able to add and save Color Bars, Spot Color patches, and static images.

Setting up and saving a »Sheet Template«

Sheet Templates are set up based on post processing steps that will applied as needed. All settings regarding Margins, Marks, Captions and Color Bars must therefore be set up once per post process and saved as a Sheet Template.

To create a Sheet Template, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the Impose Editor via Automation > Impose Editor.
  2. Create a new imposition. It does not matter which Impose Mode you choose. Note, however, that the Sheet size must be smaller than the Plate size.
  3. In the Impose Editor, select the General tab [50] (Figure 8). Confirm that the width [51] (Figure 8) and height [52] of the sheet are smaller than the Plate size.
  4. Click on the Edit Sheet Configuration icon [54] (Figure 8).
  5. The Sheet Configuration options are then displayed.
  6. In the Margin area [69], determine whether the Sheet Margin should be calculated automatically or defined manually. The Margins are calculated automatically by default.
  7. Add required Marks [70] and configure their appearance and position.
  8. Add required Captions [71] and configure the content, appearance and position.
  9. Add required Color Bars [72] and configure the type, appearance and position. You can read more about this topic in Section 2.2.4 Color Bars.

Figure 16: The Sheet Configuration parameters available in the Impose Editor.

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  1. Once you have chosen your settings for the Sheet Configuration, you can save this configuration as a Sheet Template. Click on Save Sheet Template [73], which opens the Save Sheet Template dialog.
  2. Enter a Name for the Sheet Template and complete the process by clicking on Save.
  3. To continue, switch back to the General tab [68].

Figure 17: The Save Sheet Template dialog.

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Applying the »Sheet Template«

Sheet Templates are available in the following areas:

Force Print – Navigate to Automation > Force Print, the Sheet Template selection menu is available in the Imposition area.

Figure 18: The Force Print menu item now offers the new Sheet Template function.

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Hotfolder – Navigate to the Automation > Hotfolder menu item and select New in the action bar, a Sheet Template can be selected under the Impose tab.

Figure 19: The Impose tab as seen in the Hotfolder Setup dialog.

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Create Production Job – If a Production Job is created from either Articles or Print Items, the user can also access Sheet Templates in the Create Production Job dialog.

Figure 20: The Create Production Job dialog, where Sheet Templates are now available.

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Impose Editor: New Imposition – If you create a new Imposition in the Impose Editor, you can also use Sheet Templates there.

Figure 21: The New Imposition dialog in the Impose Editor.

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Impose Editor: General – Under the General tab, a Sheet Template can be created, saved and also applied to an existing imposition. More detailed information is available in the »General« tab section.

2.2.4. Color Bars

As of this version, the option to create or output Color Bars is available in the Impose Editor. For example, Color Bars can be used to activate the nozzles in the overlay print. Color Bars are available in the Sheet Configuration and can also be saved in an Impose Template.

Adding and Editing Color Bars

Follow the steps below to create Color Bars in the Impose Editor:

  1. Open the Impose Editor and select your desired Impose Mode. It does not matter which Impose mode you select.
  2. Activate the General tab in the right panel.
  3. Click on the Edit Sheet Template icon [54] (Figure 8).
  4. Select a Color Bar [72] variant (Figure 16). The following variations are available:
    • All Colors [74] – All colors from the selected Color Policy are used by default in the Color Bar. These colors are output in the Production Job without being color managed. Process colors cannot be deactivated. If the Color Policy changes after the imposition is created, the Color Bars will also change.
    • Selected Colors [79] – All colors from the selected Color Policy are used for the Color Bars by default. These colors will be output without color management in the Production Job. Certain colors can be optionally disabled or enabled. Example: »Cyan, Magenta, Yellow« should always be used, and all other colors should be ignored, regardless of which Color Policy is used.
    • Ignored Colors [81] – All colors from the selected Color Policy are ignored by default for Color Bars. Selected colors will not be output. Certain colors can be ignored or used with this variant. Example: »White« should always be ignored – all other colors should be used, no matter which Color Policy is used.

Figure 22: All three variants available when creating Color Bars in the Impose Editor.

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  1. The following settings are available for Color Bars:
    • Position [75] – This option determines on which edge the Color Bar will be placed. Up to four color bars can be output on the respective edges of a sheet.
    • Indent [76] – The starting position of the Color Bar of left/right or top/bottom edges can be specified.
    • Offset [78] – The Offset specifies the distance of the Color Bar from the edge of the sheet. The larger the Offset, the further the Color Bars will be moved towards the center of the sheet.
    • Line Width [77] – Specifies the total width of the Color Bar. The width of the individual color strips in the Color Bar is automatically calculated depending on the selected line width in comparison to the number of selected colors.
    • Colors [80] – Activate/deactivate specific colors.

In the Edit selected Print Items dialog in the Impose Editor, individual or all Print Items on the front side, double–sided and also on the backside can be edited. Any values which affect all Print Items can be saved in a Print Item Template with version 1.11.0.

The following parameters are available when saving a Print Item Template, which affects the front side, and under advanced settings affects both front and backside:

  • Frontside – The parameters for the frontside can be used in connection with Manual mode, Step & Repeat and Nesting.
    • Scaling: Use this option to add scaling for both the height and the width.
    • Rotation: Uniform, non–uniform or from Nesting Options, defined under Artboard Settings > Nesting Options.
  • Front > Advanced – After activating the Advanced options, the following parameters are available in Manual mode, Step & Repeat and Nesting.
    • Spot Color: Select a Spot Color e.g: White, Varnish or Primer.
    • Tint Value: Define the tint value for the selected Spot Color. The input field is only available if a Spot Color has been selected.
    • Overprint: Select the overprint status for the selected Spot Color. The input field is only available if a Spot Color has been selected.
    • Position: Select either the ImageBox or ImageBox + Bleed as defined in the Print Item. The input field is only available if a Spot Color has been selected.
    • Offset: Specify the Offset based on the selected Position. Minus values decrease and plus values increase the area. The input field is only available if a Spot Color has been selected.
  • Backside – Parameters for the Backside can currently only be used in conjunction with Nesting mode, when Double–Sided Output is selected.
    • Mirror: Choose how the print item on the backside will be mirrored. Horizontal, Vertical or None are available.
    • Rotation: Choose how the print item on the backside will be rotated. Auto, 90°, 180° and 270° are available.
    • Opacity: Can be defined using a percentage value for the print item on the backside.
  • Backside > Advanced – Parameters for the Backside Advanced can currently only be used in conjunction with Nesting mode, when Double–Sided Output is selected.
    • Spot Color: Select a Spot Color e.g: White, Varnish or Primer which will be applied to the print item on the backside.
    • Tint Value: Define the tint value for the selected Spot Color. The input field is only available if a Spot Color has been selected.
    • Overprint: Select the overprint status for the selected Spot Color. The input field is only available if a Spot Color has been selected.
    • Position: Select either the ImageBox or ImageBox + Bleed as defined in the Print Item. The input field is only available if a Spot Color has been selected.
    • Offset: Specify the Offset based on the selected Position. Minus values decrease and plus values increase the area. The input field is only available if a Spot Color has been selected.

Creating a Print Item Template

After installing version 1.11.0, the Default or Default Double–Sided Output Print Item Template is available. While the first Print Item Template is selected by default for all Impose Modes, the second Print Item Template is only used by default when Double–Sided Output is selected. If you want to create additional Print Item Templates with modified parameters, proceed as follows. The following description creates a Print Item Template that can be used for the production of a lightbox, where the same Print Item should be printed on both the front– and backside with a corresponding opacity adjustment.

  1. Open the Impose Editor under Automation > Impose Editor.
  2. Select the desired Output Template and enter a width and height for the Substrate.
  3. Select Nesting mode with the desired Impose Template and confirm by pressing Create. It does not matter if you select a Plate Template or a Sheet Template.
  4. Select the Artboard Settings [82] tab and select the Settings [83] sub–panel. Select Double–Sided Output [84] in the Impose Output option.

Figure 23: The Settings sub–panel of the Artboard Settings tab.

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  1. Add Print Items using the File Manager to the current imposition and specify the number of copies that should be placed on the sheet.
  2. Switch to the Print Items tab [85] and click on Select All [86]. This will select all the Print Items in the list.

Figure 24: The Print Items tab with all Print Items selected.

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  1. Click on Edit selected Print Items [87], which opens a dialog with the same name.
  2. For the Frontside [88], no parameters need to be changed.

Figure 25: The Frontside tab of the Edit selected Print Items dialog.

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  1. Then select the Backside [90].
  2. In the Mirror column, select Horizontal [91] and enter the percentage value 75% [92] in the Opacity column.

Figure 26: The Backside tab of the Edit selected Print Items dialog.

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  1. Once you have set all the parameters correctly, you simply need to save the settings in a Print Item Template. To do this, click on the Save Print Item Template icon [89], which opens a dialog box with the same name.
  2. Enter an appropriate Name and click on Save. You have now saved the Print Item Template. It can now be selected and applied at various points in the Workflow.

Figure 27: The Save Print Item Template dialog.

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Applying »Print Item Templates«

Print Item Templates are available in the following areas:

Force Print – Navigate to the menu item Automation > Force Print, the selection menu Print Item Template is available in the Impose area.

Figure 28: The Force Print menu item with the »Default« Print Item Template selected.

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Hotfolder – Navigate to the menu item Automation > Hotfolder and select New in the action bar, a Print Item Template can be selected under the Impose tab.

Figure 29: The Impose tab located in the Hotfolder Setup dialog.

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Create Production Job – If a Production Job is created from either Articles or Print Items, the user can also access Print Item Templates in the Create Production Job dialog.

Figure 30: The Create Production Job dialog.

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Impose Editor: Edit Selected Print Items dialog – In the Edit Selected Print Items dialog, a Print Item Template can be created, saved and applied to an existing imposition.

2.2.6. Dieline Offset

Up until now, Dielines could be created with a general Offset based on the selected Position: ImageBox or ImageBox + Bleed. From version 1.11.0, Dielines can be defined with separate values for the X and Y Offset. For example, individual offsets can be added to compensate for slight distortions in the Substrate.

Figure 31: The Dielines setting area with the two new values for the X– and Y Offset.

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2.2.7. Captions

After the introduction of the Save Ink Caption with version 1.10.3, starting with version 1.11.0 users can access three additional Captions that can be applied especially in the environment of multi–page output. The following new Captions are available:

  • Sequential Numbering per Print Item [93] [95] – For example, the same Print Item is located several times on different sheets, this Caption can be used to number the Print Items consecutively across multiple sheets. Use this string in the Impose Editor: ${imposer.record_no_in_job}.
  • Number per Print Item [96] – Use this Caption to specify how many Print Items in total from this specific Print Item should be in the entire imposition. Use this string in the Impose Editor: ${imposer.records_in_job}.
  • Number of Print Items per Page [94] – Specify how many Print Items in total from this specific Print Item are on the current impose sheet. Use this string in the Impose Editor: ${imposer.records_per_page}.

Captions are applied as they always have been in the Impose Editor under the Marks tab.

Figure 32: The first page of a Double–sided output imposition, with the new Captions mentioned above.

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On the second page of the imposition, the Caption Number of Print Items per Page [97] is adjusted accordingly. By adding the previously available Captions Sheet/Repeat Number – Current [98], Sheet/Repeat Number – Total [99] and Production Job Name [100], it is also very easy to apply sheet numbering using Captions on the sheet.

Figure 33: The second page of a Double–sided Output with the corresponding Print Item numbering and sheet numbering.

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Captions can also be used for VDP Jobs

The Captions Sequential Numbering per Print Item and Number per Print Item as well as the sheet numbering can also be used for VDP print jobs. By using numbering per repeat, it can be quickly determined in the event of quality problems, the print from which repeat/sheet the job must be restarted.

2.3. Approval Reports

With version 1.10.2 we separated the creation of Ink Cost Reports and Approval Reports, version 1.11.0 now includes a long–planned expansion of the range of functions for creating and managing Approval Reports, which includes versioning. Before describing the new process for creating and approving Reports, you will first find out which new functions are offered when creating new Approval Reports.

2.3.1. Available options when creating Approval Reports

Once you have clicked on the Create Approval Report option, the user will see the new Generate Approval Report dialog, which has new features starting with version 1.11.0. The following options are available:

  • Select All/None [101] – Use this to determine whether an Approval Report should be created for all Print Items (the symbol contains a √) or for none (the symbol is empty). If one or more Print Items have been deselected, this is indicated by a dash displayed in the symbol.
  • Select / Deselect individual Print Items [102] – If you want to exclude individual Print Items, the option of deselecting individual Print Items is here.
  • Layout [103] – Select the type of layout that is used for the Approval Report. Find out more information about customizing Approval Reports in the article Customize Report Templates.
  • Customer, Contact Person and E-Mail [104] – All three fields can be optionally selected to personalize the Approval report. To do this, first select a Customer, which will automatically enter a Contact Person and their E-mail Address. However, you can overwrite both Contact Person and E–mail Address at any time, even if no Contact Person has been assigned to the Customer.
  • Print Item View [105] – Use these options to determine which separations will be included in the Approval Report on the first page. The following options are available:
    • Process Colors + Spot Colors: All visible Process and Spot Colors in the print item are included in the Report. Objects that are on hidden layers will not be displayed.
    • Technical Colors: All Technical Colors (Dielines as well as areas designated for e.g.: varnish–free zones, etc.) will also be included on the first page of the Approval Report.
    • Output as Separation: All color separations that are output separately, i.e., White, Varnish, Primer, etc.) will be included on the first page of the Approval Report.
  • Additional Pages [106] – Use these options to determine which objects should be included on an additional page in the Approval Report. The following options are available:
    • for Technical Colors: Technical Colors will be included in the Approval Report as additional page(s).
    • for White, Varnish and Primer: Color separations such as White, Varnish and/or Primer are included as additional page(s).
    • Attach Print File: The current pdf file is added to the Approval Report.
  • Share as [107] – The options in this area can be used to determine how the Approval Report(s) will be shared. The following options are available:
    • Multipage PDF: Individual Approval Reports are combined into a multipage PDF. The name of the report is: motifname–first–file [number–motifs] reports.pdf – Example: woman 2021–01 [4] reports.pdf
    • ZIP – PDF per Print Item: Individual Approval Reports are created, compressed into a ZIP file and downloaded.
      • The name of the zip file is: motif–name–first–file [number–of–motifs] reports.zip – Example: woman 2021–01 [4] reports.zip
      • The name of a single report is: motif–name report–version–number.pdf – example: woman 2021–01 report–v1.pdf
  • Comment [108] – Additional information can be entered here.

Figure 34: The Generate Approval Report dialog with new functions.

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2.3.2. New Approval Report options

Depending on the parameters selected under the Print Item Preview area and under the Additional Pages area, a higher resolution thumbnail image is now displayed in the Approval Report pdf, and individual separations are now displayed as layers that can be shown or hidden.

If you have selected the parameters in the Print Item Display area and the Additional Pages area as shown in Figure 34, depending on whether there are technical colors or a white or varnish channel in the print item, a report is generated in which only the print item thumbnail is located on the first page, and the technical color separation is located on the second page, and a white or varnish separation is located on the third and fourth pages respectively.

Figure 35: A multipage Approval Report.

Higher Resolution

Up until version 1.11.0, preview thumbnails had a maximum of 300 pixels on the long side. Starting with version 1.11.0, the resolution for the thumbnail image is created with 1000 pixels on the long side.

Setting a target resolution for thumbnail images in the Approval Report

This function will be added in a future version of the Workflow. This resolution can then also be used for mapping when creating Ink Cost Reports.

Hide/Show Separations

If the PDF is viewed in Adobe Reader or Acrobat Pro DC, the user can open the Layers panel [110] on the left side and toggle the separation visibility [109].

Figure 36: An Approval Report opened in Adobe Acrobat DC with the Layers panel open.

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Displaying Spot Colors on the correct page(s)

Although in our example the technical color »Die« and the additional colors »White« and »Varnish« are located on an additional page in the Approval Report, the Spot Color patches are still displayed on the first page. In future versions of the Workflow, this error should be fixed so that the correct Spot Color patches will be displayed on the correct page.

2.3.3. Create and Approve/Reject an Approval Report

The entire process for approving one or more print items takes place over several steps within the Workflow. One possible scenario is as described below.

  1. Applying corrections (fixups) to the print item as needed and then set the status to Ready for Print. Data preparation can also be completed without changing the print item status. An Approval Report can of course be created for Print Item/Articles even if the status is not ready for print.
  2. Select Print Item/Articles to be submitted for approval. Several options are available when selecting Print Items/Articles.
    • Article > Article – Select one or more Articles from the Article List. Multiple Approval Reports can be created this way.
    • Article > Detail view – When viewing an Article in detail view. When using this view, Approval Reports can only be created for this specific Article.
    • Order > Print Items – Select one or more Print Items from the Print Item list. This allows multiple Approval Reports to be created.
    • Order > Orders Item > Detail view – An Order displays the Print Items contained in an Order Item in the detail view. This allows Approval Reports to be created only from Print Items contained in that specific Order Item.
    • RestAPI – This can be used to create Approval Reports for Print Items using the Print Item (Motif) ID.
  3. Creating the Approval Report. To do this, select Action > Create Approval Report and select your desired options in the Generate Approval Report dialog. Available options  have already been described here Options when Creating Approval Reports. Up to and including version 1.11.0, Approval Reports can only be created as a PDF or as a ZIP file with individual Approval Reports in it. In future versions, Approval Reports will be available via an Approval portal.
  4. The Approval Report creation process starts when the Download button is clicked (see Figure 34).
  5. After the process is complete, the user will see the following message: »Report successfully generated«.

Figure 37: The Generate Approval Report dialog after the Report has been successfully generated.

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  1. Submit the created Report to the client. You can share the Approval Report(s) digitally via E–mail, FTP, Dropbox link, etc., and in future versions via the Approval Portal.
  2. The Report is then either Approved or Rejected with corresponding explanation from the client and the corresponding message is sent to the sender via E–mail, telephone or in the future via the Approval Portal.
  3. In the Workflow, the Approval or Rejection is to be carried out either manually by the account manager/user or, in future, automatically via the Approval Portal. To do this, go to the Approval tab of the respective Print Item. All Approval Report versions are listed in the Approval tab. Since only one Approval Report has been generated so far, there is only one entry here – version 1 [111] with the status Approval pending [112] along with the creation date. The status of the item is automatically set to Not Approved [113]. If a report has not been downloaded automatically, you can download the Approval Report again manually by clicking on the Download icon [114].
  4. To Approve or Reject an Approval Report, click on the Update Approval Report Status icon [115].

Figure 38: The Approval tab of an Article after creating an Approval Report.

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  1. In the Change Approval Report Status dialog, the user can decide whether to Approve or Reject the Approval Report. In case of rejection, an explanation for the rejection must be given in the Comment section. In case of Approve, a comment can also be entered here, but is not mandetory.
  2. Click on Save to change the Approval Report status.

Figure 39: The Change Approval Report Status dialog, where the Reject option has been selected.

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  1. After saving, the Status of the Approval Report is updated to Rejected [116], the Comment [117] is displayed below the Status, and the status of the Print Item/Article is reset to Data Check [118].

Figure 40: The Approval tab of an item after rejecting the Approval Report.

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  1. After the corresponding fixup has been applied by the prepress department and the Status has been set to Ready for Print again, a new Approval Report can be created by clicking on Action > Create Approval Report.
  2. This creates a second version of the Approval Report with the Status Approval pending [119] and the Status of the Article is again automatically set to Not approved [121]. The rejected Approval Report remains listed [120] and can be downloaded again at any time.

Figure 41: The Approval tab of an Article after creating a second version of the Approval Report.

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  1. The second version of the Approval Report is sent to the client again for approval.
  2. If the client approves, the status of the Approval Report must still be changed to Approved. To do this, click the Update Approval Report Status icon [122] again.
  3. In the Change Approval Report Status dialog, the option Approve must be selected, and a remark optionally entered. Complete the process by clicking on Save.

Figure 42: The Change Approval Report Status dialog.

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  1. You have now completed the approval process. The Status of the Approval Report has been set to Approved [123], the Status of the Article is also automatically set to Approved [124].

Figure 43: The Approval tab of an Article after being approved by the customer.

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Creating an Approval Report for an approved Approval Report

If, for whatever reason, an Approval Report has been created again for a Approval Report that has already been approved, the Status of the Approval Report is automatically changed from Approved to Approval pending, and the Status of the Print Item/Article is automatically changed to Not Approved.

2.4. New features in the »Send to Printer« dialog

In the Send to Printer dialog, as of version 1.11.0, we now display additional information and we've also added a new function, Rotate every second page by 180°.

2.4.1. Rotate Every Second Page by 180°

With the Rotate every second page by 180° function, also affectionately called flip–flop in the LFP environment, a tiling can be output from version 1.11.0 in such a way that even or odd pages are rotated by 180° and then rendered. This makes it possible to visually compensate for the fluctuations when applying ink, from left to right, and therefore reduces barely visible variations in the application of inks when the tiles are finally assembled.

To activate this option, proceed as follows:

  1. Create a Tiling in the Impose Editor.
  2. Save the Tiling without splitting the individual tiles as separate Articles.
  3. Select the Production Job that contains the Tiling (a multipage PDF has been created) and select Send to Printer in the action bar.
  4. In the Send to Printer dialog, select the Size tab.
  5. To rotate every second page by 180° activate the option of the same name [125].
  6. Then select either Even Pages or Odd Pages in Apply to [126].
  7. After clicking on Send to Printer [127], the corresponding pages of the multipage PDF will be rotated by 180° and then rendered.

Figure 44: The new Rotate every second page by 180° option is available under the Size tab in the Send to Printer dialog.

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2.4.2. Displaying the »Impose Mode« and »Impose Template« information

As of version 1.11.0, the Send to Printer dialog shows which Impose Mode and Impose Template was used to impose the Production Job. Take a look at the figures below to see where this new information is displayed.

For individual Production Jobs

If an imposed Production job is sent to the printer, information regarding the Impose Mode [128] and the Impose Template [129] is displayed directly below the preview thumbnail.

Figure 45: The Send to Printer dialog now displays information regarding which Impose Mode and Impose Template is used in the imposition.

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For multiple Production Jobs

If several Production Jobs that are imposed are sent to the printer, information regarding the Impose Mode [130] and the Impose Template [131] for the respective Production Job is displayed in the last line of the information block.

Figure 46: The Send to Printer dialog now displays information regarding both the Impose Mode and Impose Template used in an imposition.

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With 1.10.0 it was possible for the first time to view the most important information such as ImageBox and ImageBox + Bleed for the individual Print Items in the Send to Printer dialog. With version 1.11.0 the dialog was extended by adding the Effective Size of the Print Item as well. The Effective Size differs from the ImageBox if the Print Item was scaled in the imposition. Therefore, the Effective Size represents the actual size of the finished format used for the respective Print Item in the imposition.

Figure 47: The Print Item Information dialog with the addition of the new Effective Size value.

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2.5. Workflow Name

In order for Durst Analytics to be able to recognize from which Workflow the Production Job was rendered, it was necessary to offer the option of naming the Workflow a name and on the other hand to insert this name into the job ticket when using either a RHO or P5 series Printer.

In order to ensure that the name of the Workflow can be written into the RHO or P5 job ticket, you must first enter the name of the Workflow under Administration > Settings > General in the Workflow Name input field [132].

Figure 48: A new option to name the Workflow is available under the General tab in Administration > Settings.

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2.6. Settings

In the course of adding and implementing new Impose Templates, the Impose Editor section under the Administration > Settings menu item also had to be updated. The area was divided into three settings panels [133]:

  • Plate, Sheet and Print Item Templates
  • Impose Templates
  • Grid Templates

For the first two settings panels, additional tabs [134] are provided to make it easier for users to switch between the listed templates. In addition, users can also delete templates, and set them as the default template for that specific Impose Mode. These functions are located in the footer [135] of the respective settings panels. Note that certain functions cannot be applied in all panels!

Figure 49: The newly structured Impose Editor tab under the Administration > Settings menu item.

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2.7. Fixups

In the course of developing version 1.11.0, existing Fixups were extended in functionality and/or updated in terms of usability.

2.7.1. New functions for existing Fixups

In version 1.11.0, the range of functions has been expanded in subsequent Fixups.

Rotate and/or Mirror Page

Rotates all, even or odd pages, 90° clockwise, 90° counterclockwise and 180° and/or flips all, even or odd pages horizontally and vertically.

With version 1.11.0, this Fixup has been extended with the ability to rotate and flip all even and odd pages, due in part to the introduction of the Rotate Every Second Page 180° feature, which was added to the Send to Printer dialog.

Figure 50: The Rotate and/or Mirror Pages Fixup dialog with new options available under Apply to.

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Convert Page Content to an Image

Converts page content into a pixel image using the selected Color Space. Selected elements: text, Spot Colors or text and Spot Colors, can be excluded from the conversion when applying the Fixup. For example, to avoid unwanted color shifts when converting Spot Colors to pixel images. To convert a specific page, enter the desired page number (e.g.: 2). If you want to convert a specific page range, separate the numbers you enter with a hyphen (e.g.: 2–5).

With version 1.11.0 this Fixup now has a new option where you can convert the page content of all pages, or only for specific pages.

Figure 51: The Convert Page Content to an Image Fixup dialog with new options available under Apply to.

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2.7.2. New dialog for existing Fixups

In version 1.11.0, we've updated the UI for certain Fixups.

Convert to CMYK

Converts selected objects, except Spot Colors, to the selected working or output color space. Optionally, you can select whether Spot Colors should also be converted.

With version 1.11.0 this Fixup was updated to the new design.

Figure 52: The Convert to CMYK Fixup has been adapted to the new UI design.

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Add Colored Bleed

Creates a colored bleed to extend the existing background.

With version 1.11.0 this Fixup has been updated to the new UI design, as well as extended to create the bleed depending on the selected ImageBox as well as ImageBox + Bleed. Note that from now on, colored bleed will be created depending on which ImageBox has been selected.

Figure 53: The Create Colored Bleed Fixup adapted to the new UI design and with new selection options.

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2.8. RestAPI

In this version further areas of the RestAPI were updated and extended. All new features and changes are listed below.

Current version of the RestAPI Documentation

Updated documentation with examples of the Durst Workflow RestAPI is available at https://en.help.durstgroup.com/m/81642/c/305793.

2.8.1. Features

In version 1.11.0, new features have been implemented for the Production Job Controller and the Article Job Controller.

Production Job Controller Api

The imposition of a Production Job now also supports the newly introduced Impose Templates and Plate Templates. Two more parameters have been added to the impose request: referencedImposePlateTemplateApi and referencedImposeSheetTemplateApi.

POST productionJobs/{id}/impose

{ "referencedImposePlateTemplateApi": { "id": 3 }, "referencedImposeSheetTemplateApi": { "id": 1 }, "referencedImposeTemplateApi": { "id": 3 } }

Article Job Controller Api

A new POST request allows searching and filtering of existing Articles using certain criteria.

POST articles/list

{ "filterTerms": [ { "operator": "LIKE", "property": "name", "value": "Article" } ], "limit": 6000, "orderBy": [ { "orderType": "DESC", "property": "id" } ], "page": 0, "searchTerms": [ { "operator": "LIKE", "property": "name", "value": "Can" } ]

3. Improvements

The following improvements have been implemented in this version.

3.1. Workflow

Five additional improvements have been implemented in the Workflow.

3.1.1. New Print Configurations for Tau–RSC Series Printers

Starting with this version, a new Print Configuration called HS can be selected for TAU-RSC series Printers. Corresponding ink pre-calculations are also calculated correctly for this resolution now. Three Print Configurations are now available:

  • HD – with a resolution of 1200 x 1200
  • HD Opacity White – with a resolution of 1200 x 1200
  • HS – with a resolution of 1200 x 600

3.1.2. Apply an Output Configuration on multiple Production Jobs

In previous versions the user had to assign the Color Policy, Printer, Print Configuration, etc. separately to different Production Jobs. As of version 1.11.0, an Output Configuration can be applied by selecting a previously saved Output Configuration Template. It may be, for example that you only want to change the Save Ink Profile, this can be accomplished by clicking on Configure Template button [136].

Figure 53: The Edit Production Job dialog, as seen when multiple Production Jobs were selected first.

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3.1.3. Print Simulation warnings in Output Templates

With version 1.11.0, a warning in the Simulation settings area in the Output Configuration indicates that RGB to Substrate is selected in the Color Space Conversion option, since a print simulation requires that all RGB data must first be converted to a CMYK working color space.  

Figure 54: The Simulation settings area of an Output Template indicates to the user that only CMYK working spaces can be used when a Simulation is applied.

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3.1.4. Czech translations

With version 1.11.0 a revised and updated version of the Workflow in the Czech language is now available. All common dialogs in the Workflow, the Impose Editor and a large number of Fixups have been translated. The Workflow should be mostly complete in the coming versions of the Workflow.

3.1.5. Slovakian translations

Version 1.11.0 also offers a Slovakian version of the Workflow for the first time. All common dialogs in the Workflow, the Impose Editor and a large number of Fixups have been translated. The Workflow should be mostly complete in the coming versions of the Workflow.

Figure 55: The language menu in the action bar with the two additional languages.

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3.2. Impose Editor

In the Impose Editor, in addition some major changes in the user interface, additional helpful improvements have also been implemented.

3.2.1. Edge Reinforcement improvements in Overall View

The area representing Edge Reinforcement (green area in the Impose Editor) is now also displayed when Overall View is active. In Tile View, Edge Reinforcement was already displayed correctly in the previous version.

Figure 56: The Overall View displaying the added Edge Reinforcement when Tiling.

3.2.2. Minor Improvements

Additional minor improvements have bee implemented in version 1.11.0 of the Workflow, these are:

Object Creation Tools: After creating a new shape, the Tint value can be determined, this setting is available under the Color drill-down menu. This means for example, that users can now create overprinted white areas using any tint value.

Cancel New Imposition dialog: After opening the Impose Editor, the user is prompted to create a new Impose or open an existing Imposition from a Production Job. In this dialog, with version 1.11.0, Cancel is now available in addition to the create function, which in turn allows the user to return to the previous area.

Register XY Mark: This new Mark has been added in order to be able to check the horizontal as well as the vertical alignment of the printer heads more quickly.

System Status: Warnings for misconfigured Substrate Categories, Substrates and Substrate Definitions are now available in the respective language selected in the Workflow.

Figure 57: The System Status dialog with the category names correctly translated.

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4. Fixed Bugs

The following errors (bugs) have been fixed in this release.

4.1. Workflow

Spot Colors: If a Print Item contains a Spot Color whose name is equal to a process color such as Cyan, Orange, Red, etc., this Spot Color cannot be rendered or output correctly. Therefore, starting from this version, this constellation is checked during the check–in process. If it occurs, a preflight warning is issued and the Spot Color must be renamed using a Fixup.

Hotfolder: When deleting all items contained in a selected Hotfolder, the number of items in the Hotfolder was not displayed. This error has been fixed.

Cutting Data: If a Production Job name contains a »dot« and the imposition is a multipage imposition, the same cut file was generated for each page and sent to the cutter. This error has been fixed.

Color Policy Destination Directory: A bug from previous versions, where the default destination directory of the printer was used, has been fixed. When choosing a different Color Policy in a Production Job, the destination directory of the Color Policy or Profile is now used when sending to the printer.  

Overwriting Output Configurations: If several Production Jobs are sent to the printer simultaneously, the Output Configuration for all Production Jobs can be overwritten. When doing so, some settings such as DeviceN color correction, were ignored. This behavior has been corrected.

User–defined Substrate Definition: If a new user–defined Substrate Definition was created in Force Print, it was not displayed correctly in the Output Configuration afterwards. The error has been fixed.

Importing Printer Substrates: Sometimes Printer Substrates could be imported correctly. Some of them were not displayed. The error was fixed.

Force Print and Hotfolders: If a Production Job name contains a »dot«, the name was truncated when sending it to the printer. This error has been fixed.

Cutter Preview: After selecting a cutter in the Send to Printer dialog, the cutter preview was not automatically updated. This bug has been fixed.

Parallel rendering of separations for DCF jobs on TAU Printers: Jobs rendered in DCF format could no longer be processed in parallel (single separations). This major bug has been fixed, full RIP performance is available again for TAU printing systems as well as the VariJet 106.

4.2. Impose Editor

Tiling Impose Template: When the scaling factor was set in Tiling, it was not correctly saved in the Impose Template when a new Impose Template was created. This error has been fixed.

Create new Imposition: The default Save Ink was not selected in the Impose Editor when creating a new Imposition. This behavior has been corrected.

Uploading Fonts: An error occurred sometimes when uploading certain fonts. Improvements have been made to minimize the error.

Output Template: An Output Template created in Force Print could not be selected in the Impose Editor. This behavior has been corrected.

Add White: If a Spot Color »white« was added in the Impose Editor, then this color was ignored when sent to the printer if the Production Job itself did not contain »white«. This bug has been fixed.

Blank Captions: If a Production Job or imposition contains an empty Caption placeholder, the save process was aborted with an error. This error has been fixed.

Custom Tiling: When "dragging" a separator line in Tiling, new Tiles were sometimes created and cut incorrectly. This bug has been fixed.

Rotating Captions: When rotating Captions 180°, they were not centered if the Caption was aligned left or right. This behavior has been corrected.

5. Hotfixes

The name for the December 10, 2021 release was DW Build 1.11.0.(481). The following hotfixes were added in the listed subversions:

5.1. DW Version 1.11.0.(496)

»SD« Cutter: Register marks were not written into the cut file. This error has been corrected.

Summa SClass Cutter: Starting from this version, two cut files are sent to the device per Production Job.

Processing multiple Production Jobs: Impose Templates could no longer be applied to multiple Production Jobs.

5.2. DW Version 1.11.0.(500)

»ABG Digicon« Cutter: Only the SVG file was sent to the printer. The XML file was not generated or transferred.

Create Profiling Variants: No Profiling Variants could be generated in some cases.

5.3. DW Version 1.11.0.(513)

Tiling & Cutters: Cutter marks were placed incorrectly when a Printed Overlap was defined.

Tiling & Cutters: For some Print Items or impositions where cutting lines were close together, the cut files were created incorrectly.

SwissQPrint Nyala 2 via PrintFactory: White could no longer be rendered or printed.

5.4. DW Version 1.11.0.(538)

Ink Consumption: The cost per square metre was calculated incorrectly. This bug has been fixed.

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