User Manual

Release - 1.11.2 (Minor Version)

Updated

Release Date: 01/31/2022

In this article you will learn about:

  • New features that are available
  • Improvements that have been added
  • Which bugs have been fixed in version 1.11.2 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 1.11.2, users can take advantage of several new features in the environment of Approval Reports and management of Print Data. Improvements have also been made in the areas of Editing and Outputting Print Data and translation updates.

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

Important Installation Information

Workflow version 1.11.1 and 1.11.2 and all future versions can only be installed if Workflow version 1.11.0 has been previously installed. Update from earlier versions e.g.: 1.7.x, 1.8.x, 1.9.x as well as 1.10.x will not work! The reason for this is internal improvements for the migration logic, which was introduced in version 1.11.0.

Attention: Before updating to 1.11.2, please make sure that version 1.11.0 is already installed.

1.1. Adobe Illustrator Plug–In

The following new features or improvements are available in Plug–in version 1.11.2.0:

Plug-in version 1.11.2.0: If you are working with Workflow version 1.11.2, Plug–in version 1.11.2.0 must be installed to ensure consistent operation. No new features have been implemented in the Plug–in between Workflow version 1.11.1 and 1.11.2. Only the version number has been changed to match the Workflow version and some translations have been adapted and/or added.

1.2. New Features

The following new features are available in version 1.11.2 of the Workflow:

Impose Editor: In version 1.11.2, additional improvements and enhancements have been made to the Impose Editor. In addition, existing functions have been improved or revised.

  • Color Control Strips and Image Marks – As of this version, the Impose Editor provides the option to select and apply color control strips and/or image marks. Some color control strips can be used to verify specific printing standards. Image marks, such as logos, can also be used in impositions. Read this section to learn how color control strips and/or image marks can be added to the imposition.
  • Tiling with additional »uniform tile size« options: To create uniformly sized tiles, as of this version you can choose between »Variable Overlap« (current implementation) or »Fixed Overlap«. The previous mode called »One Size Fits All« has been removed from the Mode selection menu in this version. The Uniform Tiles option is located under the Mode drop–down menu now.
  • Stop Edge Starting Point and Direction – The settings for the stop edge, the starting point and the alignment of the imposition on the print sheet have been moved to the Sheet Configuration settings. Certain functions were also extended in this section.
  • Captions – The dialog for adding Captions to an imposition has been revised in this version.

PDF Editor (Lightbox) for Print Data – In version 1.11.2 a new separation preview, currently called Lightbox and in the future called PDF Editor, with new features has been implemented. With the PDF Editor, the print data can currently only be analyzed by selecting specific tools. In future versions, the PDF editor will be extended with more functions such as »Edit page boxes« or »Analyze and replace barcodes«.

Ink Cost Calculations: Some new features and enhancements have been implemented in relation to ink cost calculation in the Workflow. These are:

  • Calculation for multiple Print Items – Ink cost calculations and ink cost reports can now be calculated and created for multiple print items or Articles. This function is available under Articles > Articles, Orders > Print Items and within an Order by selecting multiple print items.
  • Manual calculation – Improvements have also been made to the manual ink cost calculation in the »Statistics« tab of a print item or Article.
  • Automatic calculation – At various points in the Workflow, an additional option has been implemented that allows ink cost calculations to be performed automatically.

Approvals Dashboard: As of version 1.11.2, a dashboard for all created Approval Reports is available in the Workflow. This view lists all Approval Reports that have been downloaded locally or sent to the Release Portal. The status and other information concerning individual Approval Reports is displayed to make it easier to monitor them.

Orders: Further improvements and enhancements have also been made for Orders in this version. Orders can now be marked as deleted and permanently removed from the Workflow and Order Items have been extended as well.

  • Delete Orders in the trash – Orders can be marked as deleted from version 1.11.2 onward, as was previously available for »Production Jobs« and »Articles«. Deleted Orders are moved to the »recycling bin«. The »recycling bin« can then be emptied, permanently deleting all Orders.
  • Enhancements for Order Items – Order Items have been enhanced with the option to define a Color Policy. All print items contained in the Order Item will then use the defined Color Policy. The Color Policy can still be changed for each print item.

Routines: In this version, two additional routines have been implemented in the Workflow. One routine automatically deletes all items marked as deleted based on the routine settings. The other routine automatically deletes all orders marked as deleted based on the routine settings.

»Techkon« Measuring Device: In the course of the developing this version, the Techkon measuring device is now supported in the Workflow. This measurement device can be used for Spot Color measurement as well as for re–profiling or verification of color standards.

»Zünd« Cutting Device: New Zünd Cutting Device configurations contain two new parameters or options, which can be configured. The option »Create Cut Thumbnail« determines if a preview of the cutting file should be sent to the cutter. The option »Just Technical Colors in Cut–Thumbnail« determines whether the preview should only contain technical colors or the complete print image.

Fixups: In the course of development, new Fixups have been added and existing Fixups have been extended in functionality or improved regarding usability.

Calibration Charts: In the course of development, additional calibration charts for re–profiling and G7 profiling in CMYK were added.

SDK Versions: Updates from various OEM partners, among others, provide further new features and improvements. Version 1.11.2 includes the Callas Software pdfToolBox SDK version 13.0.578.0 and the Color Logic CrossXColor SDK version 1.18.1–42166.

1.3. Improvements

The following improvements to existing features have been introduced in version 1.11.2 of the Workflow:

Approval Reports: During the development of version 1.11.2, additional enhancements have been made for Approval Reports in the Workflow. These are:

  • Create Approval Reports – When creating Approval Reports and Ink Cost Reports, all set fields are pre–filled when reopening the dialog. The last settings entered by the user are saved and reused the next time the dialog is opened.
  • List View – The Approval Reports list view under the »Statistics« tab has been extended with additional information and functions. A preview image and additional information is displayed, we've also improved handling for the user.
  • Approval Portal – In this version, additional minor improvements have also been made to the Release Portal to ensure consistent operation and stability.

RHO Job Ticket: Starting with this version, an additional field, DPT ORD  is written into the RHO Job Ticket, which can be used in external applications such as Analytics to assign information to a Production Job.

Minor Improvements: Additional minor improvements have been implemented.

1.4. Bug Fixes

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'll 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 1.11.2 of the Workflow, version 1.11.2.xx 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 1.11.2.xx (only Windows)
Plug-In Version 1.8.1.0 and Plug-In Version 1.11.2.xx (only Windows)
Plug-In Version 1.11.2.xx (Mac OS and Windows)

Support for older versions of Adobe Illustrator

Please note that the current Plug–in Version 1.11.2.xx 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 1.11.2.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.

Support for Adobe Illustrator CC 2022

A Plug–in version for Adobe Illustrator 2022 is not available yet. A new version of the installer for CC 2022 will be delivered in the coming months.

No new features were implemented, various language translations were adapted and extended.

2.2. Impose Editor

In version 1.11.2, additional enhancements and features have been added to the Impose Editor. Previously existing functions have also been improved and revised. Read the following sections for more detailed information.

2.2.1. Color Control Strips and Image Marks

From this version on, the Impose Editor provides the possibility to add Color Control Strips as well as Image Marks to the imposition or to output them with the imposition. Color Control Strips can be used, among other things, to verify certain printing standards, and Image Marks, i.e., logos or special symbols used for final production, can be placed on the imposition sheet. Color Control Strips as well as Image Marks are available for selection in the Sheet Configuration and can thus be saved in a Sheet Configuration Template. Read in this section how Color Control Strips as well as Image Marks can be added to an imposition as well as output with the imposition.

Color Control Strips

With version 1.11.2, the Color Control Strips, measuring strips with color patches defining known standards in the printing industry for verifying color reproduction, are available in the Sheet Configuration. The following Color Control Strips are available for selection:

FOGRA

  • Media_Wedge_V30_LFP
  • Media_Wedge_V30
  • Media_Wedge_V30a
  • Media_Wedge_V30b

IDEAlliance

  • IDEAlliance ISO 12647–7 Control Wedge 2013 (i1)
  • IDEAlliance ISO 12647–7 Control Wedge 2013 (iSis)
  • GRACoL7_press_bar_005

Barbieri

  • Barbieri DOC Control Strip CMYK v1_1a_vector

If you want to use one of the aforementioned Color Control Strips in the imposition, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the Impose Editor and select a desired Impose Mode. It does not matter which one you select.
  2. Activate the General tab [1] in the right panel.
  3. Press the Edit Sheet Configuration button [2].

Figure 1: The General tab of the Impose Editor.

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  1. Open the Color Control Strips & Image Marks [3] settings area.
  2. Select the desired Color Control Strip in the selection menu. The Media_Wedge_V30a [4] Color Control Strip is used in most cases to check the printout, regarding Fogra certification for PSOCoated v3.

Figure 2: The Impose Editor with the Sheet Configuration setting area activated and the Color Control Strips & Image Marks drop–down expanded with a Color Control Strip selected.

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  1. Enter the desired settings for the Color Control Strip in the settings area. The following options are available:
  • Reference Point [5] – Use the Reference Point to define on which edge the Color Control Strip is placed. Up to four Color Control Strips can be output on the respective edges of the imposition sheet.
  • Alignment [6] – Use the Alignment to define whether the Color Control Strip should be aligned to the left, center or right, on the respective edge of the impose sheet. When aligning, please note that the Color Control Strips will be rotated according to the selected Reference Point selected. This means that the Fogra media wedge shown in the illustration is upside down on the lower edge, so the alignment must be left–justified if the media wedge is to be printed on the right side.
  • Width and Height [7] – Optionally change the Width and Height of the Color Control Strip. Note that this may compromise the automatic readability of the media wedge, as scaling can cause the separator lines (white or black lines) between the individual color patches to become too small or too large.
  • Indent [8] – Define the start position of the Color Control Strip from the left/right or top/bottom edge.
  • Offset [9] – Define the distance of the Color Control Strip from the edge of the impose sheet. The larger the Offset, the further the Color Control Strips will be moved towards the center of the impose sheet.
  • Rotate [10] – Rotate Color Control Strips optionally by 0° or 180° to place the media wedge, which by default is at the bottom edge at the head, on the footer again.

Image Marks

An Image Mark is an image that is to be placed on an imposition. Image Marks can be:

  • Logos – Company logos for test prints
  • Symbols – Special graphics needed for finishing to control cutting equipment
  • Photos/Illustrations – Illustrations or photos for imposition sheets

To use an Image Mark in the imposition, proceed in the same way as described above for Color Control Strips. The only difference is, the origin can be selected.  

Figure 3: The Impose Editor with the Sheet Configuration settings area activated and the Color Control Strip & Image Marks setting area expanded with an Image Mark selected.

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The following settings are available for Image Marks:

  • Origin [11] – Define the position where Image Marks should be placed. While Color Control Strips are aligned on an edge, the Image Mark can be positioned on one of nine available positions.
  • Width and Height [12] – Optionally change the size of the Image Mark.
  • X and Y Offset [13] – Used to determine the Offset for the Image Mark from the selected position on the impose sheet.

Uploading custom Color Control Strips and Image Marks

In future versions, it will be possible to upload user–defined Color Control Strips or Image Marks in the Workflow, so that these can then also be placed, used and output in the imposition. JPEG, PNG, PDF and TIFF file formats will be supported.

Manually adding Color Control Strips and Image Marks is currently only possible for system administrators via the masterdata in the Workflow. We do not recommend adding these unless it is absolutely necessary.

2.2.2. Tiling with additional »uniform tile size« options

In Workflow version 1.7.7, the »One Size Fits All« mode was added to »Tiling« Mode. In this release, this mode has been removed from the Mode drop–down menu and moved elsewhere in the user interface, with the addition of another option. As of version 1.11.2, in Tiling mode, when By Number Mode is selected, three options can now be selected in the Uniform Tiles selection menu. These are:

Uniform Tiles - »None«

If you create a Tiling and select By Number mode and the None option in the Uniform Tiles drop–down menu, the tiling is created as usual.

  • The view format of the tiles has the same size for all tiles.
  • The production format of the tiles can be different from tile to tile, depending on the selected size of the Overlap.
  • The defined Overlap, including the Printed Overlap, is applied to the Tiles according to the selected impose direction.

Figure 4: The Tiling Options settings area with the None option selected in the Uniform Tiles option.

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The result of these settings are as shown and described below. The visible area of all tiles is 333.33 mm. With an Overlap of 50 mm and a Printed Overlap of 25 mm, the width of the production format of the individual tiles is different:

Tile 1: 383.5 mm

Tile 2: 416.7 mm

Tile 3: 400,2 mm

Figure 5: The result of a tiling with the By Number Mode selected and the None option selected in the Uniform Tiles option.

Uniform Tiles - »Fixed Overlap«
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If you create a Tiling and select By Number Mode and the Fixed Overlap option in the Uniform Tiles drop–down menu, the new option introduced in version 1.11.2 is applied.

  • The overlap area is always printed in its entirety.
  • The overlap area is added using a fixed width exclusively on the edge provided for this purpose according to the selected impose direction.
  • The visible format of the Tiles can be of different sizes.
  • The production format of the Tiles is the same for all Tiles, which means that printouts can be cut very quickly with an X/Y cutter when finishing.

Figure 6: The Tiling Options panel with the Fixed Overlap option selected in the Uniform Tiles option.

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The results of these settings are as shown and described below. The production format of all Tiles with an Overlap of 50 mm (dimmed area) is uniformly 366.67 mm in width. However, the visible area of each Tile is different:

  • Tile 1: 316.67 mm (visible) + overlap of 50 mm on the right edge.
  • Tile 2: 316.67 mm (visible) + overlap of 50 mm on the right edge
  • Tile 3: 366,67 mm (visible) + without overlap

Figure 7: The result of a Tiling with By Number Mode selected and the Fixed Overlap option selected in the Uniform Tiles option.

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Uniform Tiles - »Variable Overlap«

If you create a Tiling and select By Number Mode and the Variable Overlap option in the Uniform Tiles selection menu, the One Size Fits All Mode from previous versions is created.

  • The overlap area is always printed in its entirety.
  • The overlap area is added using variable widths to both edges according to the selected impose direction.
  • The visible format of the Tiles can be of different sizes.
  • The production format of the tiles is the same for all tiles, which means that printouts can be cut very quickly with an X/Y cutter when finishing.

Figure 8: The Tiling Options settings area with the Variable Overlap option selected in the Uniform Tiles option.

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The results of these settings are shown and described below. The production format of all Tiles with an Overlap of 50 mm is a uniform 400 mm in width. The overlap (dimmed area) can also be produced on both sides, as can be seen here on the 2nd part. The visible area of the individual Tiles is also uniform in this version:

  • Parts 1: 333.33 mm
  • Parts 2: 333,33 mm
  • Parts 3: 333.33 mm

Figure 9: The result of a Tiling with By Number Mode selected and the Variable Overlap option selected in the Uniform Tiles option.

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»Uniform Tiles« in combination with Edge Reinforcement.

Starting from this version on, the defined Edge Reinforcement is also taken into account when generating Tiles of uniform size. Thus, tiles with Edge Reinforcement should now also be created in the same size.

2.2.3. Stop Edge, Starting Point and Direction

In Workflow version 1.9.1, the function for determining the Stop Edge, the Starting Point and the Direction of the imposition was implemented. You can read details about this in the release notes version 1.9.1. These functions have not been fundamentally changed in this version, but rather moved to the Sheet Configuration settings.

Starting from this version, all three parameters can be defined in the Sheet Configuration settings and also saved in a Sheet Template. Proceed as follows:

  1. Open the Impose Editor in the desired mode
  2. Activate the General tab in the right panel.
  3. Select the Edit Sheet Configuration icon, which opens the Sheet Configuration settings.
  4. Open the General settings area [14]. You can select all three settings as separate options now:
  • Stop Edge [15] – Determines the placement order of the print items on the vertical axis. You can choose between Bottom and Top in the drop–down menu. Top is selected by default in the Default Impose Template when Nesting Mode is selected.
  • Starting Point – Determines on which edge the first print item will be placed. You can choose between Left and Right in the drop–down menu. Left is selected by default in the Default Impose Template when Nesting Mode is selected.
  • Alignment – Determines the alignment of the entire imposition on the impose sheet. You can choose from nine points. The top center position is selected by default in the Default Impose Template when Nesting Mode is selected.

Figure 10: The new General area of the Sheet Configuration settings.

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Stop Edge in connection with Plate Templates

As soon as a Plate Template is selected or used in the Impose Editor, the Stop Edge is automatically set to »Bottom«. Consequently, only the Starting Point and the Alignment can be defined.

2.2.4. Captions

In this version, the dialog for adding Captions to an imposition has been revised. The dialog has been enlarged so that all the information can be adequately displayed and the Caption placeholders for user–defined fields have been separated from the standard Caption placeholders using a dividing line to keep the list clear and concise.

Figure 11: The Caption Placeholder Select dialog.

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2.3. PDF–Editor (Browser)

In version 1.11.2 a new separation preview with new functions and tools has been implemented, where the print item can currently only be analyzed. Since more analysis and also editing functions will be available in future versions, we will call this editor the PDF Editor from version 1.11.2 onwards. Read in this section which functions have been implemented in the PDF Editor.

2.3.1. Opening the PDF–Editor

To open the PDF Editor, proceed as follows:

  1. Open an Article or a print item contained in an Order or Production Job.
  2. Open the PDF Editor by double–clicking on the print item preview or by clicking on one of the color separations of the print item or Article.
  3. The PDF Editor will then open, which may take some time for larger images, as all the required resources have to be loaded first.

Figure 12: The standard view of the PDF Editor in the browser.

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The PDF Editor user interface consists of the following elements:

  • Toolbar [19] – Provides the tools that are needed to analyze the print item.
  • Rulers [21] – Vertical and horizontal rulers in the unit of measurement defined in the system settings.
  • Drawing area [22] – Work area for placing objects or displaying the print item.
  • Control Panels [23] – Provides functions and displays information.

2.3.2. Toolbar

As with any editor, available tools are displayed in this area.

Figure 13: The default toolbar view of the PDF Editor in the browser.

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The following tools are available when analyzing a print item:

  • Pipette Tool [24] – Selecting the Pipette Tool (P) turns the mouse pointer into an eyedropper. By positioning the pipette on the print item, two types of information are displayed:
    • The current position display using the selected unit of measurement.
    • The percentage values of the color with regard to process colors, spot colors and technical colors.

By clicking on a position on the print item, the collected information is displayed in an overlay [20] (see Figure 12). The information on the current position and the color values are displayed.

  • Measurement Tool [25] – By selecting the Measurement Tool (M), you can click on the print item to set the starting point of the measurement. By moving the mouse pointer, the current measurement distance as well as the measurement angle will be displayed. A second click sets the end point of the measurement. Observe the following points when using the measurement tool:
    • Pressing the SHIFT key snaps the measurement to a horizontal or vertical position.
    • Several measurements can be performed in succession. All measurement results are displayed on the print item.
    • When changing the tool, the current measurements are removed automatically.
  • Hand Tool [26] – By selecting the Hand Tool (G), the print item can be moved in the working area by clicking and dragging the mouse. This is needed particularly in connection with the Zoom Tool.
  • Zoom Tool [27] – By selecting the Zoom Tool (Z), mouse pointer becomes a magnifying glass, with a »+« in the magnifying glass. Operation of the tool can be described as follows:
    • A mouse click zooms in.
    • By clicking and dragging, a rectangle can be drawn, which defines the area that should be enlarged.
    • By pressing the ALT key, the zoom tool changes into the Zoom Out tool, which is symbolized by the »–« in the magnifying glass. Clicking again zooms the view out.
  • Fit to Width [28] – Selecting the Fit to Width tool (W) automatically zooms to the width of the subject. Note that clicking on this tool automatically zooms to the width.
  • Fit to Height [29] – Selecting the Fit to Height tool (H) will automatically zoom to the height of the subject. Note that clicking on this tool automatically zooms to the height.

Table 1: Shortcuts

macOS Windows Description
(P)
(P)
Selects the Pipette tool
(M)
(M)
Selects the Measure Tool
(G)
(G)
Selects the Hand Tool
(Z)
(Z)
Selects the Zoom Tool
(W)
(W)
Fit to Width
(H)
(H)
Fit to Height
(cmd)+(+)
(Control)+(+)
1,7 Zoom Factor (zooms in)
(cmd)+(-)
(Control)+(-)
1,7 Zoom Factor (zooms out)
(cmd)+(0)
(Control)+(0)
Fit to Screen

2.3.3. Zoom Options

The zoom level currently displayed in the upper right corner of the control panel. The PDF Editor offers various options for zooming in and out. The following zoom options are available:

  • Zoom Tool – Zoom out or in using predefined steps. The zoom levels use a 1.7x multiplication.
  • Mouse scroll wheel – No matter which tool is currently selected, you can zoom in or out by a factor of 1.15 using the mouse scroll wheel.
  • Touchpad – With the common drag and zoom functions of the touchpad you can also zoom in or out.
  • Zoom selection menu – By manually selecting a zoom level in the drop–down selection menu in the control panel. Zoom levels between 10% to 3200% can be selected.

2.3.4. Control Panel Options

The control panel for analyzing the subject is displayed with different numbers of subareas, depending on the selected print item. The following sub–areas are available:

Figure 14: The PDF Editor control panel for analyzing the print item in the browser.

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Zoom

Displays the current zoom level [30] using a percentage, with the possibility to select additional zoom levels.

Position

In the Position [31] section, the current X and Y position of the mouse pointer, regardless of which tool is selected, is specified using the system–wide defined unit of length. The origin of the coordinates is in the upper left corner of the print item.

Process Colors

In the Process Colors [32] section, all process colors contained in the print item are listed. Note that if a process color is not in use, it will not be displayed in the list. The following functions are available in this section:

  • Hide or show all Process Colors – To do this, uncheck the checkbox in front of the term Process Colors. If there is a »√« in the circle, all process colors are currently shown. If there is a »–« in the circle, only certain process colors are currently displayed. If, on the other hand, the circle is empty, then no process colors are currently displayed.
  • Hide or show individual Process Colors – To do this, deactivate the checkbox in front of the process color concerned. It is also sufficient to click on the name of the process color to show or hide this separation.
  • Show Color Values – With the eyedropper tool selected, the respective percentage values for the individual process colors are displayed on the right panel.

Spot Colors

If there are Spot Colors in the print item, the Spot Colors [33] subarea is displayed and all Spot Colors contained in the print item are listed. The following functions are available in this area:

  • Number of Spot Colors – The number in the right margin next to the subarea title indicates how many Spot Colors are in the print item.
  • Hide or show Spot Colors: All/individual Spot Colors can be shown or hidden in the same way as process colors.
  • Show color values – With the eyedropper tool selected, the respective percentage values for the individual Spot Colors are displayed in the right panel.

Technical Colors

If there are Spot Colors in the print item that have been marked as technical in the Workflow, the Technical Color [34] subarea is also displayed and all the Technical Colors contained in the print item are listed. The following functions are available in this area:

  • Number of Technical Colors – The number in the right panel next to the subarea title indicates how many Technical Colors are in the print item.
  • Hide or show Technical Colors: All/individual Technical Colors can be hidden or shown in the same way, as well as for process colors.
  • Show color values – With the eyedropper tool selected, the respective percentage values for individual Technical Colors are displayed in the right panel.

Production Frame

In the Production Frame [35] area, the dimensions of the current ImageBox showing both width and height as well as the Expected Bleed for Top, Bottom, Left and Right are displayed. The following functions are available in this area:

  • Show and hide the »ImageBox« – By activating or deactivating the checkbox in front of the term ImageBox, the ImageBox will be displayed/hidden in the preview. The ImageBox is displayed in the form of a yellow dashed rectangle [36].
  • Show and hide the »Expected Bleed« – By activating or deactivating the checkbox in front of the term Expected Bleed, the Expected Bleed can be displayed/hidden in the preview. The Expected Bleed is displayed in the form of a light blue dashed transparent frame [39]. The transparency allows the user to see whether there is enough printed content in the bleed.
  • Display of the »Width« and »Height« for the »ImageBox« and for the entire »Production Format« – Next to the respective Width and Height [38] of the ImageBox, the Width and Height [37] of the production format are also displayed in round brackets.

Production Format or Page Boxes

Depending on the user's preference, either Production Format or Page Boxes can be displayed or hidden individually or all together.

Figure 15: The lower part of the PDF Editor control panel for analyzing the print item in the browser.

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Page Boxes

The Page Boxes [40] area lists the Page Boxes contained in the print item. The following functions are available in this area:

  • Show and hide all »Page Boxes« – By activating or deactivating the checkbox in front of the term Page Boxes, these are shown or hidden in the preview.
  • Show and hide individual »Page Boxes« – By activating or deactivating the checkbox in front of the respective Page Boxes, it will be shown or hidden in the preview. Page Boxes are displayed as a dashed line, matching the color of the checkbox on the print item.

2.4. Calculating Ink Consumption

In this version, some new features as well as improvements regarding the ink cost calculation in the Workflow have been implemented. Read the following sections for more detailed information.

2.4.1. Calculating Ink Consumption for multiple Print Items

Ink cost calculations and ink cost reports can now be performed and generated for multiple print items or Articles at once. This function is available under the menu item Articles > Articles, Orders > Print items and in the detail view of Orders which contain multiple print items.

To create Ink Consumption Reports for multiple print items, proceed as follows:

  1. Open the menu item Articles > Articles, Orders > Print Items or an Order which contains multiple print items.
  2. Select the desired Articles or print items.
  3. Select the command Action > Create Ink Usage Report. This opens the Create Ink Consumption Report dialog, which contains four steps, which need to be completed before reports can be created.
  4. In the General Settings tab, you have the option to deselect previously selected designs if needed.
  5. Click Next or 2 Calculation for to navigate to the next step.

Figure 16: The General Settings tab of the Create Ink Consumption Report dialog.

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  1. In the Calculation for tab, you must select a Color Policy and Color Channel Configuration. You can also select whether you want to perform the calculation with or without a Save Ink Profile and whether you want to limit the calculation to one Substrate.
  2. Click Next or 3 Report Parameter to navigate to the next step.

Figure 17: The Calculation for tab of the Create Ink Consumption Report dialog.

 

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  1. In the Report Parameter tab, you can choose the following settings:
    • Layout – Select which layout template you want to base the Ink Consumption Report on. Note that you can create as many layout templates as you want in order to personalize the report as needed. A layout must be selected.
    • Output as – Select whether a Multipage PDF, i.e. a PDF file with one page per Ink Consumption Report, or as a ZIP file with individual PDF files per Ink Consumption Report should be created.
    • Customer, Contact Person and E–mail – By optionally filling in these fields, the Ink Consumption Report can be personalized. All three elements can be inserted and used as variables in a report.
    • Length Unit, Area Unit and Currency – Use these options to determine which unit of length and unit of area will be used when calculating. Selecting a currency is only cosmetic, since any monetary values are not converted by the Workflow.
    • Comment – Add a text as needed.
  2. Click Next or 4 Summary to navigate to the next step.

Figure 18: The Report Parameter tab of the Create Ink Consumption Report dialog.

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  1. In the Summary tab, an overview of the information contained in the Ink Consumption Report is displayed.
  2. Click Generate Report to start creating the reports.

2.4.2. Calculating Manually

Improvements have also been made to the manual Ink Consumption Calculation in the Statistics tab of a print item or Article. The following improvements were implemented:

  • Calculation options in general – Settings made for calculation options are no longer reset after an Ink Consumption calculation has been performed. Therefore, several calculations for example, using different Save Ink Profiles can be calculated one after the other without having to select the calculation options again.

Figure 19: The Statistics tab of an Article after performing a calculation.

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  • Calculation options in a Production Job – The function described above also applies to Ink Consumption calculations for print items in Production Jobs. An additional setting which is specific to Production Jobs is the function Use Output Configuration. By activating this button, the settings from the Output Configuration from the Production Job are used for the calculation. This removes the need to fill out the various settings when calculating.

Figure 20: The Statistics tab of a Production Job with the new function Use Output Configuration.

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2.4.3. Automatically Calculating

At various points in the Workflow, an additional option has been implemented that allows Ink Consumption calculations to be performed automatically. For this purpose, a new option has been added in the system settings of the Workflow to determine whether these Ink Consumption calculations should be performed automatically. Follow these steps to change the system settings:

  1. Navigate to Administration > Settings.
  2. Click on the Color Management tab.
  3. In the General Settings panel, select one of two options under the Ink Consumption Calculation drop-down.
    • No automatic calculation – No automatic Ink Consumption calculation is performed while uploading a new file to the Workflow.
    • Calculate Automatically during Check–in – When uploading a new file into the Workflow, one or more Ink Consumption calculation(s) will be performed automatically.

Figure 21: The General Settings panel under Administration > Settings > Color Management.

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Read below where this setting is used/applied and where other options have been created so that multiple Ink Consumption calculations are calculated.

Force Print

When creating a Production Job using the Automation > Force Print menu item, an automatic Ink Consumption calculation is performed if the Calculate Automatically during Check–in option is enabled system–wide. The following calculations are performed:

  • Without Save Ink – If no default Save Ink Profile has been defined system–wide and also no Save Ink Profile has been selected in the Force Print Output Template, then only Ink Consumption calculation without ink savings will be performed.
  • With/without Save Ink – If a default Save Ink Profile was defined system–wide and no Save Ink was selected in the Force Print Output Template, then two Ink Consumption calculations: once without and once with Save Ink, will be performed. However, if a default Save Ink Profile has been defined system–wide and a Save Ink Profile has also been selected in the Output Template in Force Print, then two Ink Consumption calculations: once without Save Ink and once with Save Ink are also performed, whereby the selection of the Save Ink Profile in the Output Template overwrites that of the Save Ink selected and set system–wide.

Creating Articles, Orders and Production Jobs

When creating an Article, an Order or a Production Job via the respective menus, an Ink Consumption calculation is performed automatically if the option Calculate Automatically during Check–in has been activated system–wide. The following calculations are performed:

  • Without Save Ink – If no default Save Ink Profile has been defined system–wide and also no Save Ink Profile has been selected when uploading the print file, then only Ink Consumption calculation without Save Ink will be performed.
  • With/without Save Ink – if a default Save Ink Profile has been defined system–wide or a Save Ink Profile has been selected when uploading a print file, then both Ink Consumption calculations will be performed. It is important to know that the Save Ink Profile selected when uploading the print file overrides the one from the system settings.

Selecting a Preferred Color Policy

A different Color Policy can be set for Articles and for print items in Orders. Starting from this version on, the option Calculate Ink Consumption can also be selected. Furthermore, an Save Ink Profile can also be selected for the Ink Consumption calculation. Proceed as follows:

  1. Open an Article or a Print Item from an Order.
  2. Click on the Print Data tab in detail view.
  3. Select the Set Color Policy button in the footer of the Production Information panel.
  4. In the Select Color Policy dialog, select the necessary settings:
    • Color Policy – Select the preferred Color Policy for the selected Print Item.
    • Calculate Ink Consumption – Activate this option if an Ink Consumption calculation should be performed immediately for the preferred Color Policy. Optionally, you can then also select a Save Ink Profile and the Sampling Method that will be used when calculating.

Figure 22: The Select Color Policy dialog with additional options for a Save Ink Profile.

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2.5. Approval Dashboard

As of version 1.11.2, a Dashboard for all created Approval Reports is available in the Workflow. This view lists all Approval Reports that have been downloaded locally or sent to the Release Portal via an email link. For easier tracking concerning the current status of the Approval Reports, the dashboard displays the current status and additional information for the individual Approval Report as well as for the entire Project and the sum of all Approval Reports.

2.5.1. Approval and Project Dashboard

We describe in more detail how to access the Dashboard and which information is available below.

  1. Switch to Dashboard > Dashboard.
  2. A list of all Projects are displayed. The following information is displayed for each project:
    • Number and status of Approval Reports [43] – An overview of the number of Approved, Pending and Approval Pending is displayed here.
      • Yellow – Indicates the number of Approval Pending Approval Reports
      • Red – Indicates the number of Declined Approval Reports
      • Green – Indicates the number of Approved Approval Reports
    • Project Name [42] – This project name can be entered by the user when creating an Approval Reports. The respective Approval Reports will be saved using the Project Name.
    • Link to Approval Portal [41] – If the report has been transferred to the Approval Portal, clicking on this icon will take you directly to the corresponding Project in the Approval Portal.
  3. E–mail Information [48] – This column lists E–mail information: sender, e–mail template and recipient.
  4. Creation Date and Creator [49] – Indicates the creator and meta information about the Approval Report.
  5. Upload [51] and E-mail Status [50] – Shows the status of the upload as well as notification process for the Approval Project. Different statuses can be displayed for the upload and notification processes. An overview of all possible statuses can be found here 2.5.2 Status Overview.

Figure 23: The Approval Dashboard for Project Approval.

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  1. To access individual Approval Reports contained in a Project Approval, you must click on an entry in the list.
  2. The following information is available for each Approval Report contained in a Project:
    • Preview [45] – Displays a thumbnail preview for the Approval Report.
    • Status [46] – Displays the current status of the Approval Report. The status can be:
      • Approval Pending – The Approval Report has not been viewed yet, and is neither Declined nor Approved.
      • Declined – The Approval Report has been Declined by the customer. In this case, the reason for the rejection must be given by entering a comment in the input field.
      • Approved – The Approval Report has been Approved. A comment can be optionally entered when finalizing the approval.
    • Information [44] – This column displays the Name of the Approval Report, as well as the Version and the Approval Report Template used. In addition, information is provided whether the Approval report was downloaded locally or sent to the Approval Portal via an e-mail link, including the current status.
    • Customer Information [47] – In this column, customer information such as: company name, contact person and their e–mail address, which was selected when creating the Approval Report, is displayed.
  3. The following functions are also available for each Approval Report contained in a Project:
    • Change Approval Report Status [53] – By clicking on this icon the Change Approval Report Status dialog will open, where you can choose either to Approve or Reject the Approval Report, if the Approval is still pending.
    • Download report [53] – Clicking on the Download Report icon immediately downloads a copy of the Approval Report as a PDF file. The name of the release report is the same as the name in the list.

2.5.2. Status Overview

Depending on whether the Approval Report was created locally or made available via the Approval Portal, different statuses may be encountered for the respective process – creation and notification.

Table 2: Overview of possible statuses for the upload and notification process.

Status Upload Process Notification Process
LOCAL This status is only used for Approval locations that have been created and downloaded locally.
QUEUED The Approval Project with the Approval Reports will be transferred to the Approval Portal shortly.
A notification concerning the availability of a Approval Project is created in the form of an e-mail as soon as the entire Approval Project has been transferred to the Approval Portal.
UPSYNC The Approval Project with the Approval Reports are transfering to the Approval Portal.
The e-mail notification is sent as soon as the Approval Project with the Approval Reports has been successfully transferred to the Approval Portal.
FAILED The Approval Reports could not be completely transferred to the Approval Portal. Check the Approval Portal interface in the Workflow or contact customer service.
The notification via e-mail could not be sent. Check your e-mail settings or contact customer service.
UPLOADED The Approval Project with the Approval Reports were successfully sent to the Approval Portal.
The e-mail notification has been created and sent to the recipients.
ABORTED Some Approval Reports or information could not be sent to the Approval Portal. Contact customer service.
The e-mail could not be sent. Check your e-mail settings or contact customer service.
EXPIRED This status is set 72 hours after successfully sending Approvals to the Portal. The Approval Project with the Approval Reports can no longer be accessed after this time period is expired. The data has been deleted from the Approval Portal.
This status is set 72 hours after successfully transmitting the e-mail notification.
FINISHED Each Approval Report of a Approval Project was either Approved or Declined. The Approval Reports were successfully transferred to the Approval Portal together with all information.
The content of the e-mail,i.e., the Approval Project, has been fully processed.

Enhancements to the Dashboard concerning Approvals

In future versions, the Dashboard view will be extended with an overview of the workload and corresponding functions for filtering and sorting the list will also be offered.

2.6. Orders

Improvements and enhancements have also been implemented for Orders in this version. Orders can now be marked for deletion and deleted permanently, and an additional option has been added to the Order Item tab when creating a new Order.

2.6.1. Deleting Orders

Until version 1.11.2, Orders could only be marked as deleted, but the actual deletion process was never executed. As of version 1.11.2, Orders can now be marked for deletion (moved to the trash) and then permanently deleted from the system by emptying the trash. Orders that have been moved to the trash can now be restored using the usual global method in the Workflow.

Delete an Order

To delete Orders (the selected Order is moved to the trash) proceed as follows.

  1. Select the Orders > Orders menu.
  2. In the Order list view, select Order(s) to be deleted.
  3. Click on the Delete function in the action bar.
  4. Click on OK to confirm that the Order and the items contained in the Order should be moved to the trash.
    After the process is completed, Orders are moved to the trash. These Orders are no longer displayed in the Order list view. However, they are still in the trash in the system.

Figure 24: The Delete Order dialog.

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Restore an Order

To restore an Order from the trash, proceed as follows:

  1. Select Orders > Orders.
  2. In the filter bar of the Order list view, activate the Show Trash option.
  3. In the Order list view, select the Orders to be restored.
  4. Select Process > Restore in the action bar.
  5. The Restore dialog will open and click on OK to confirm the process. After the process is completed, the Order(s) appear(s) again in the Order list view in the Workflow.

Figure 25: The Restore dialog for Orders that are in the trash.

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Permanently delete Orders

To permanently delete Orders from the Workflow, proceed as follows:

  1. Select the Orders > Orders.
  2. In the filter bar of the Order list view, activate the option Show Trash.
  3. Select Process > Empty Trash in the action bar.
  4. The Empty Trash dialog will open and click on OK to permanently delete Orders from the system. Please keep in mind that this process cannot be undone, and will irreversibly delete items from the system including all Print Items contained in the Order.

Figure 26: The Empty Trash dialog.

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What happens to referenced Print Items in Production Jobs?

When deleting Orders, all associated Order Items and Print Items are deleted. If Print Items from Orders are already referenced in a Production Job for example, then the reference is deleted and the Print Items contained in the Production Job are not influenced.

Automatically emptying the Trash for Orders

The manual step of automatically deleting Orders in the Trash after a certain time can be automated using the Empty Trash for Orders Routine which was added in version 1.11.2. Learn more about this here 2.7.2 Empty Trash for Orders.

Extension of Order Item functions

The Order Item option has been extended with a new option to define a Color Policy. All Print Items in the Order Item therefore initially use the Color Policy defined for the Order Item. However, the Color Policy can still be changed per Print Item if necessary.

To define a Color Policy for the Order Item, proceed as follows:

  1. Select Orders > Orders.
  2. Create a new Order by clicking on +New in the action bar.
  3. Activate the Order Item tab.
  4. Enter the Order Item Name and select a Substrate Category and a Substrate.
  5. Based on the Substrate selected, the default Color Policy of the Substrate is preselected by default.
  6. Optionally, select a preferred Color Policy and continue with the process of creating the Order.

When the Order is created, the selected Color Policy is assigned to each Print Item in this Order Item. If additional Print Items are subsequently added to the Order Item, the Color Policy selected for the Order Item is automatically assigned to them as well.

The option of using an individual Color Policy that differs from the Order Item for each Print Item is still available. To do this, you must select the Print Item in the Order Item and click on Edit > Edit Print Item in the action bar and select a different Color Policy in the Edit Print Item dialog. However, only the Color Policies of the selected Substrate of the Order Item will be available.

Figure 27: The Create Order dialog with the Order Item tab selected.

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2.7. Routines

With version 1.11.2, two additional routines: Empty Trash for Articles and Empty Trash for Orders, are available in the Workflow. Both routines automate the task of deleting Articles or Orders that are in the trash based on selected parameters.

2.7.1. Empty Trash for Articles

This routine automates the task of deleting Articles marked as deleted in the system depending on their age and the maximum amount defined in the routine itself.

To activate the new routine, proceed as follows:

  1. Select Administration > Routines.
  2. Select the Empty trash for Articles routine from the list.
  3. Click on Edit in the action bar.
  4. In the Edit Routine dialog, activate the routine by clicking on the Activated checkbox.
  5. Define a time that the routine should be executed. You can set this in the Cron expression.
  6. Determine which Articles marked as deleted should be removed from the system by entering the value in the Older than days and Limit. The values Older than days 30 d and Limit 20 d will remove 20 items marked as deleted, which have been in the Trash for more than 30 days.
  7. Save your configuration by clicking on Save and start the routine in the Routine list, the status field is turquoise and the pause button is displayed.

Figure 28: The Edit Routine dialog for the new routine Empty Trash for Articles.

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2.7.2. Empty Trash for Orders

This routine automates the task of deleting Orders marked as deleted from the system depending on their age.

To activate this new system routine, proceed as follows:

  1. Select Administration > Routines.
  2. Select the Empty Trash for Orders routine from the list.
  3. Click on Edit in the action bar.
  4. In the Edit Routine dialog, activate the routine by clicking on the Activated checkbox.
  5. Define the time for which the routine should be executed. You can set this in the Cron expression.
  6. Determine which Orders that have been marked as deleted should be removed from the system by entering a value in the Older than field. The value Older than 30 d removes all Orders marked as deleted that have been in the trash for longer than 30 days.
  7. Click on Save to finalize the configuration and start the routine in the list of routines, the status field is turquoise and the pause button is displayed.

Figure 29: The Edit Routine dialog for the new routine Empty Trash for Orders.

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2.8. »Techkon« Measurement Device

In the course of version 1.11.2, support for another SpectroDens measurement device from the manufacturer »Techkon« was added in the Workflow. This measurement device is mainly used for Spot Color measurements as well as the verification of measuring control strips in the printing industry. The measurement device can be connected to the Workflow via USB and WIFI connection.

Details about this measurement device can be read in this article.

2.9. »Zünd« Cutter Devices

For the Zünd Cutter Device, two new parameters: Create Cut-Thumbnail and Creates a thumbnail only for Technical Colors, are offered from this version on.

  • Create Cut-thumbnail – If this option is activated (set to true), a preview of the cutting job is written to the cutting file. Consequently, in the Zünd CutCenter software this preview will be displayed for the cutting job. If the option is deactivated (false), no preview will be created for the cutting data.
  • Creates a thumbnail only for Technical Colors – This function allows the definition of preview content for the cutting data. If the option is enabled (set to true), the preview for the cutting data will contain only technical colors. If the option is disabled (false), the image of the Production job (imposition with technical colors) will be used for the cutting data preview.

Figure 30: The two options for defining the cutting preview for Zünd CutCenter.

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2.10. Fixups

In the course of developing version 1.11.2, existing Fixups were improved in terms of usability and functionality. Many Fixups were also updated to the new UI design.

2.10.1. New Fixups

With version 1.11.2, two new Fixups: Duplicate all Pages and Add Caption, have been added to the Workflow. With these two Fixups, the foundation has been laid for future developments in the environment of handling multi–page documents as well as dynamic parameterization of Fixups.

Duplicate all Pages

Creates a duplicate of each page contained in a print file on the following page. For the duplicate it can be determined whether it should be rotated 0° or 180° as well as mirrored horizontally or vertically. Thus, a 4–page design (1/2/3/4) becomes an 8–page design with the page sequence 1/1/2/3/4/4.

Use this Fixup, for example, to prepare a single-sided design for use with hemstitching in order to create a double-sided design that is rotated/unrotated and/or mirrored/unmirrored.

Figure 31: The Duplicate all Pages Fixup.

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Add Caption

Adds a Caption, using the input text, to the selected margins using the specified position, font, size, and color.

Use this Fixup to add a caption to a print item which is already in the prepress stage and not already in an imposition. Even if currently only a static text is entered, in future versions you will be able to use any variable from the metadata for this purpose.

Figure 32: The Basic Settings and Advanced tabs of the Add Caption Fixup.

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2.10.2. Improvements to existing Fixups

The following Fixups have been improved in version 1.11.2, which also includes adaptations to the new UI.

Move Spot Color Objects to the foreground

Moves objects using the selected Spot Color to the foreground. The objects of the first Spot Color are on the top layer, Spot Colors named below are arranged hierarchically.

In the new version of this Fixup, it is now possible to choose individually for each Spot Color whether they should be overprinted or set to Knockout. In previous versions, the overprint status could only be set uniformly for all Spot Colors.

Figure 33: The Move Spot Color Objects to the foreground Fixup.

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Upscale Image Resolution

The resolution for color, grayscale, or black–and–white images is upsampled to the specified target resolution. Use this to reduce the sawtooth effect on the sharp edges of individual objects.

Because a new version of pdfToolbox 13 is available with version 1.11.2, this Fixup has been significantly upgraded by providing the Lanczos and BlackmanSinc algorithms. Upsampling of images based on the new algorithms perform significantly better in terms of result quality.

Figure 34: The Upscale Image Resolution Fixup.

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Add White Outline for Colored Areas

Creates a white outline for selected color areas to reduce color bleeding. A deliberate amount of »flash« is inserted with this Fixup.

With version 1.11.2, only the dialog has been modified to more clearly define how this Fixup functions. It should now be clear that in the Apply to area, the object type as well as the fill color of the searched object can be selected and in the Outline Attributes area the parameters for the line can be determined.

Figure 35: The Add White Outline for Colored Areas Fixup.

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Create Dieline Fixup Group

For several Fixups, where a Dieline is created, the possibility to create an additional Dieline has been moved to the Advanced tab to reduce the complexity of the basic dialog. The following Fixups are affected:

  • Add a Dieline to the ImageBox
  • Add a Dieline from the Center
  • Add a Dieline for Irregular Shapes

Figure 36: The Basic Settings and Advanced tabs of the Add a Dieline to the ImageBox Fixup as an example of how the ability to create an additional Dieline has been moved to the Advanced tab.

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Remove Layers and crop to the visible area

Removes the selected layers including all objects on them and crops all pages to the visible area. You can also decide whether to include crop marks and which safety margin to keep.

In version 1.11.2 only the position of the »+« symbol has been changed here. The symbol for adding another layer is now always behind the last entry in the list.

Figure 37: The Remove Layers and crop to the visible area Fixup.

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Add Pole Pockets

Adds a hemstitch to the selected edge of the front design. The image of the reverse side is mirrored to the image of the front side. You can define which area of the back should overlap on the front using the maximum size of the hemstitch.

With version 1.11.2, a new option called Additional Empty Welding Space has been added, whereby overlapping areas on the corners are created as unprinted areas.

Figure 38: The Add Pole Pockets Fixup, showing the new option Additional empty Welding Space.

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2.11. Calibration Charts

In this release, more calibration charts have been added to the Workflow. The following new profiling charts have been added:

  • REPROF–Chart_CMYK_160_LFP_L_12mm – Reprofiling chart for CMYK with 209 color patches in total.
  • REPROF–Chart_CMYK_160_LFP_XL_12mm – Reprofiling chart for CMYK with a total of 418 color patches
  • LIN–Chart_CMYK_210_LFP_12mm_G7_L – Linearization chart for CMYK G7 and/or SCTV (L*) with 38 additional color patches for each process color (CMYK)

2.12. SDK Version

With version 1.11.2 two new SDK versions are available, in which some improvements and bugs have been fixed by the manufacturer. The following SDK versions are used in this release:

  • Callas Software pdfToolBox SDK version 13.0.578.0
  • Color Logic CrossXColor SDK version 1.18.1–42166

3. Improvements

The following improvements have been implemented in version 1.11.2.

3.1. Approval and Ink Consumption Reports

In the course of the development of version 1.11.2, further improvements for the display and creation of Approval Reports in the Workflow were implemented.

3.1.1. Creation of Approval Reports

When creating an Approval or Ink Consumption Report, all previously selected input fields are filled with the previously selected values when the dialog is opened again. The last settings entered are now saved and used initially.

The input of the arbitrary term Project Name [54] (see Figure 39), which is used for the creation of Approval Reports since version 1.11.1, is available in this version in the General Settings tab of the Create Approval Report dialog. The Project Name can be used to combine a collection of Approval Reports into a logical unit.

3.1.2. List View

The list view of previously created Approval Reports has been extended by adding additional information and/or functions. The following improvements have been implemented:

  • Preview [55] – A preview thumbnail of the Approval Report is displayed per Report as of this version.
  • Modified Date [56] – For each Approval Report, the Modification date is displayed in the Approval Report list. This makes it possible to read out when the Approval Report was Approved or Declined.
  • User [57] – For each Approval Report, the user who last modified the report is displayed in the list. This makes it possible to determine by whom the report was Approved or Declined.

Figure 39: The Approvals tab of an Article with the new list view for Approval Reports.

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3.1.3. Approval Portal

Additional minor enhancements have also been made to the online Approval Portal to ensure operational consistency. These include:

  • Improved display for mobile devices by dividing the layout into a grid.
  • Option to choose the language, the default language is taken from the browser settings.
  • User Interface optimization in terms of icons, layout and app settings.

Figure 40: The Approval Portal view.

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3.2. RHO Job–Ticket

As of this version, another field of the Workflow is written to the RHO job ticket, which can be reused in external applications, e.g.: Analytics:

  • ID of the Production Job DPT ORD = <ProductionJobID>

3.3. Minor Improvements

Version 1.11.2 of the Workflow offers additional minor improvements:

Impose Templates

Locked Impose Templates: Plate, Sheet, Print Item, Step & Repeat, Nesting and Tiling templates, can no longer be edited from this version. This feature has been removed because the information is predefined by the system and should not be changed.

Force Print for multipage documents

If a multipage document is uploaded in a Production Job using Automation > Force Print with the Split multipage files into individual Print Items option enabled, then the document name will be used as the Production Job name starting with this release.

Hotfolder Information

Hotfolder information in the Workflow has been extended in this version by three additional pieces of information: Plate Template, Print Item Template and Sheet Template. This information is displayed when hovering over the info icon in the Hotfolder detail view.

Figure 41: Additional parameter information is now included in the Hotfolder detail view.

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Comments for Output Templates

When creating a new Output Template, a comment can be entered. This comment is then displayed in the output Template selection menu below the respective Output Template name. The comment is also displayed under Administration > Settings > Output Template and can be edited there.

Gamut Viewer

The sliders for the Opacity and Y-Axis Scale have a new design from this version on. This means that from now on, when moving the slider, the value is displayed as a percentage

Currently, this display is only used in the Gamut Viewer.

Figure 42: The new slider showing a percentage value indication in the Gamut Viewer.

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4. Bug Fixes

The following errors (bugs) could be fixed with this release.

4.1. Workflow

Reprofiling: The profile calculation template for reprofiling contained two settings that were not saved correctly. The two settings have been removed or corrected.

Create Profiling Variants: When creating profiling variants, not all linked substrates and target directories were adopted. This error has been corrected. In addition, the names of the automatically generated new color policies are no longer changed.

Profiling: If there were many many Color Setups in the Workflow, the display list sometimes took several seconds to load. The list view is now updated in a few seconds.

Ink Saving: If a Save Ink Profile was defined as default in Administration > Settings of the Workflow, then e.g. in Force Print this Save Ink Profile was always applied, although it was not selected in the output configuration. This error has been fixed.

Print Simulation: The same print simulation could not be selected again in the Production Job. This error has been fixed.

E-mail Template: When duplicating a locked e-mail template, when it was duplicated, it was locked as well. In addition, it was no longer possible to delete e–mail templates that had already been used. Both problems have been fixed.

Ink Consumption Calculation: The cost per square meter was always »0« when a very small document was used. Furthermore, the color »White« and »White Over« were displayed incorrectly (without color) in the ink consumption calculation. Both problems have been fixed and is now displaying the correct values.

Modifying Cutters: When changing or removing cutters in the Send to Printer dialog or Output Configuration, sometimes complete mounts were deleted or incorrectly modified.

MacOS and file names containing the characters »/« or »:«:Files containing characters such as "/" or ":" could not be loaded into the Workflow under macOS. This error has been fixed.

4.2. Impose Editor

Plate Templates: It was no longer possible to reset an unsaved Plate configuration to the saved version. This bug has been fixed. Furthermore, the plate template is automatically reset if all values in it are set to »0«.

Print Item Templates: If a Production Job was created from an Article and a Print Item Template with Spot Color White was applied when creating the Production Job, the Spot Color separation White was not created correctly. This error has been fixed.

Edit selected Print Items: The percentage sign for opacity was missing. This character is visible again.

Fotoba Cutter: The automatic distances at the four edges of the impose surface were calculated incorrectly. In addition, the sensor mark was also positioned incorrectly. Both errors have been fixed.

Display Options: The »Artboard A« label is not hidden when the »A« display option was disabled. Showing/Hiding the Artboard is possible again for single–sided Nesting and Step & Repeat.

Automatic Margins: Captions that were added to the inside led to incorrect calculation of the Margins. Furthermore, incorrect margins were created when the bleed was increased in combination with cutters.

Cut Lines: The entered X and Y offset was not rotated or adjusted when the print item was automatically rotated using Nesting. This bug has been fixed.

5. Hotfixes

The name for the release of 31 January 2022 was »DW Build 1.11.2.(543)«. The following hotfixes were fixed in the following subversions:

DW Version 1.11.2.(549)

Cutter Device: Cutfile was generated wrong (Zünd Cut Offset) when a Dieline was created in Impose Editor with an X- & Y-Offset.

Delta SPC with RamDisk: PrintCharts were not be able to be rendered to the printer when the printer uses a RamDisk.

Units for Fixups: In some cases, the set units from SystemSettings were not be used in Fixups Dialogs.

DW Version 1.11.2.(559)

Approval Reports: It was not possible anymore to download Approval Reports locally, when the permission to use the Approval Server was not included in the license. This bug has been fixed.

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