Release date: 03/31/2022
In this article you will learn which
- new features are available,
- improvements for users have been implemented and which
- bugs have been fixed in version 1.12.0 of the workflow.
This article may also be downloaded as a PDF version. The release notes for the previously released versions may be downloaded from the Archive.
With version 1.12.0, users can take advantage of several new features in the environment of Variable Data, Impose and Fixup application of print data. In addition, improvements have been made in the area of print data Administration and Output Configuration as well as translations. Since version 1.12.0 is a major release, we encourage you to read the release notes for the interim versions 1.11.1 and 1.11.2 after upgrading to version 1.12.0. Thus, to become familiar with the entire range of functions of new features for the major release.
Installing an update for version greater than 1.11.x
Workflow version 1.11.1, 1.11.2 and 1.12.0 and all future versions can only be installed if workflow version 1.11.0 has been installed before. Thus, an update from an earlier version e.g.: 1.7.x, 1.8.x, 1.9.x as well as 1.10.x cannot be performed! The reason were internal improvements in the migration logic, which were introduced in version 1.11.0.
Attention: Before updating to 1.12.0, make sure that version 1.11.0 has already been installed.
Following SDK-Versions are included in DW 1.12.0:
- Callas Software pdfToolBox 13.0.578.0
- Callas Software pdfChip 2.4.072
- Color Logic CrossXColor 1.18.1-42166
- Global Graphics HHR 13.1
The following new features and improvements are available in plug-in version 1.12.0.xx:
Plug-in Version 1.12.0.xx: when you are working with workflow version 1.12.0, version 188.8.131.52 of the plug-in must be installed to ensure consistent operation. No new features have been implemented in the plug-in between workflow version 1.11.2 and 1.12.0. Only the version number has been changed to match the workflow version and translations have been adapted and added.
The following new features are available in version 1.12.0 of the workflow:
VDP-Editor (Browser): In version 1.12.0, the possibility of mapping a VDP job in the workflow was implemented by providing the VDP Editor in the browser. Thereby, variable data resp. elements can be placed directly via the VDP Editor in the browser. Furthermore, the data is enriched with data from a CSV file without having to open the Print Item in Adobe Illustrator beforehand. The VDP Editor will replace the existing implementation and will be further expanded in the future.
Impose Editor: In version 1.12.0, further new features and extensions have been implemented in the Impose Editor. In addition, already existing functions have been improved or revised.
- Adaption of UI – In the course of the development of this version, the hidden tabs of plate and sheet configuration, drawing tools and the grid tool were rebuilt and restructured. Only the user guidance was improved and/or adapted.
- Shape Nesting (Beta) – In this version, an additional option for imposing resp. nesting of Print Items with irregular shapes has been implemented in the "Nesting" imposition mode. The new Shape Nesting option makes it possible to generate an optimized variant of nesting by nesting irregular shapes inside each other. For the Imposition of Print Items or Articles with this function, specific preparation must take place.
- Plate Configuration – With version 1.11.0 the possibility to save certain layouts for printing plates with plate templates was implemented. These plates are needed for conventional printing processes and can now be saved as templates and thereby used as basis for an imposition. Furthermore, it is possible to transfer the entire imposition with the plate configuration as PDF to a platesetter. In this version an additional option has been implemented, which allows to align the sheet on the plate left, centered or right.
- Height of the Imposition with roll substrate – The default behavior for the Imposition height in conjunction with a roll media has been changed for the imposition mode "Nesting". Previously, the maximum height of the imposition was derived from the preferred height in the printer configuration, so placing a larger design meant that it could not be used for nesting without changing the default size. With version 1.12.0, larger print items are now imposed anyway and accordingly the Imposition height is automatically adjusted. The preferred height from the printer configuration is still used for all print items that are smaller.
PDF- Editor (Browser): In the PDF-Editor (browser) new features were implemented with version 1.12.0 and already existing functions were improved or revised.
- General – In version 1.11.2 a revised separation preview with new functions and tools was implemented, with which the Print Item was only analyzed. In version 1.12.0 further analysis and also editing functions were made available, which is why this editor is listed as PDF-Editor in the workflow from version 1.12.0.
- »Analysis« tab – From this version on, the dimensions and overprinting status display as well as the number of paths for spot colors and technical colors are displayed.
- »Page Geometry Box« tab – From version 1.12.0 a new »Page Geometry« tab is available in the PDF-Editor. This tab provides the function to edit or modify any page geometry boxes in the document. When the changes are saved, a fixup is applied. This creates a new version of the document and adjusts the page geometry boxes based on the settings.
Send multipage documents to the printer: So far multipage documents were only sent to the printer when the documents were not split into single pages beforehand. From this version, which and how many pages are ultimately to be sent to the printer can be defined in the Send to Printer dialog.
Data Preparation: In the course of development already existing fixups were extended in functionality resp. in regard to usability.
Print Charts: In the course of development additional Print Charts were added for the CMYK Reprofile with the i1Pro3-measurement device.
TAU job-ticket extension: The job ticket for TAU printing systems was extended by an additional entry which can be used for downstream systems such as Analytics. The new entry in the job-ticket reflects the selected Ink Saving.
The following improvements have been made in version 1.12.0 of the workflow:
Dashboard: In this version, the Dashboard menu has been further revised. Among the new features and improvements in this version are adapted translations, new arrangements in the menu, new icons and an additional function to open Print Items directly in the Approval Dashboard.
Ink Consumption Report: As of version 1.12.0, it is possible to calculate and generate several Ink Consumption Reports in succession with different configurations and without having to close or to open the dialog again.
XML-Hotfolder: As of this version, files that are not located directly on the workflow workstation can also be processed using the XML hotfolder. For this purpose, server paths to the documents that are to be processed must be defined in the XML hotfolder.
DXF-cut files: DXF cut files do not have a unit by definition. From this version on, it is possible to define in which unit the DXF cutting file should be created. This can be defined in the cutter configuration for DXF.
Small Improvements: Other small improvements have been implemented.
In this section, you will learn which new features were developed in the Adobe Illustrator Plug-In, Impose Editor and Workflow. In some cases, existing functions have been expanded.
When you are working with version 1.12.0 of the workflow, version 184.108.40.206 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
Adobe Illustrator CC 2020
Adobe Illustrator CC 2021
masOS Version 10.14 (Mojave),
|macOS Version 10.15 (Catalina),
macOS Version 10.14 (Mojave),
macOS Version 10.13 (High Sierra)
|macOS Version 12.3 (Monterey),
macOS Version 11.2 (Big Sur),
macOS Version 10.15 (Catalina),
macOS Version 10.14 (Mojave),
macOS Version 10.13 (High Sierra)
MS Windows 7 with Service Pack 1,
|MS Windows 7 with Service Pack 1,
MS Windows 10
|MS Windows 7 with Service Pack 1,
MS Windows 10
|Support||Plug-In Version 220.127.116.11,
Plug-In Version 1.12.0.xx (nur WIN)
|Plug-In Version 18.104.22.168,
Plug-In Version 1.12.0.xx (nur WIN)
|Plug-In Version 22.214.171.124 (Mac OS und WIN)|
Support of older Illustrator versions
Note that the current plug-in version 126.96.36.199 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 macOS for Workflow 1.10.0, then plug-in 188.8.131.52 must be used. Plug-in 184.108.40.206 is compatible with macOS only when Adobe Illustrator CC 2021 is used.
Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 and Adobe Illustrator CC 2015.3 can still be used with plug-in version 220.127.116.11 in conjunction with Durst Workflow 1.7.2. Use of plug-in version 18.104.22.168 in conjunction with newer workflow versions is at your own risk. Support cases or bugs for this constellation won't be followed up nor fixed.
Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 can still be used with plug-in version 22.214.171.124 in conjunction with Durst Workflow 1.7.6. Use of plug-in version 126.96.36.199 in conjunction with newer workflow versions is at your own risk. Support cases or bugs for this constellation won't be followed up nor fixed.
Adobe Illustrator CC 2022-Support
A version for Adobe Illustrator 2022 is not yet available. The corresponding adaptation of the installer for version CC 2022 will be delivered in the next weeks.
Adobe Illustrator CC 2021-Support with Apple M1 Chipset
The plug-in can only be accessed in Adobe Illustrator CC 2021 if Adobe Illustrator has been started in the Rosetta environment (emulation mode). The conversion of the plug-in to M1 compatibility will take a little longer, as the necessary development environment for this has not yet been provided by Adobe.
No new features were implemented beyond that, only some translations in different languages were adapted and extended.
With version 1.12.0, licensees of the VDP module now have the option of processing a VDP job directly in the browser. With the VDP Editor, variable data or elements can be placed directly in the browser and enriched with data from a CSV file without having to open the design in Adobe Illustrator beforehand. The VDP Editor will replace the existing implementation in Adobe Illustrator and will be further expanded in the future.
To open the VDP-Editor proceed as follows:
1. Open the desired Article or Print Item of an Order resp. Production Job.
2. Activate the Variable Data tab. In case the tab isn't activated two reasons apply:
- the corresponding licence to create variable data is not available - contact the sales departement.
- the Article resp. the Print Item hasn't been marked as containing variable data yet. Mark the Print Item for the application in the VDP-Editor by choosing an Article resp. Print Item and selecting the command Edit > Edit Article resp. Edit > Edit Print Item in the action bar. Furthermore, activate the option include Variable Data . Additionally add the checkbox Use CSV  in case the variable data has to draw on a control file containing variable description resp. links to images as well as color codes.
Figure 1: The File Properties tab of the Edit Article-dialog with marked checkboxes for the usage of an Article in a VDP-Order
3. Open the VDP Editor by clicking on the VDP Editor Browser button. Optionally, you can upload the desired CSV-file beforehand by moving to the dropzone upload CSV-file.
4. After that, the VDP Editor opens, which may take some time for somewhat larger images, since all required resources have to be loaded first.
Figure 2: The standard view of the VDP-Editors in the browser
The user interface of the VDP-Editors consists of the following elements:
- Menu bar  – information and functions for saving resp. closing the editor are depicted here. Furthermore, the bar contains a function to dim the static part of a VDP job.
- Rulers  – vertical and horizontal ruler in the previously set measuring unit of the system.
- Toolbar  – provides tools required to create or edit variable elements.
- Artboard  – Workspace for placing objects or for displaying the Print Item including the ImageBox  - final view format - as well as the bleed , in which no variable elements should be located.
- Control panels  – provides functions and display information, divided into three tabs .
Figure 3: The menu bar of the VDP-Editors
The menu bar of the VDP-Editor contains the following information resp. functions from left to right:
- Print Item- resp. Article name – this may differ from the actual file name.
- Save – Function to save the description of variable defined elements.
- Close – Function to close the VDP-Editor without saving.
- Warning Triangle – display of warnings that occur in the environment of the VDP Editor. Warnings are used to validate VDP jobs so that the user is informed early on where problems occur and which issues can lead to errors in the output.
- Dim static content – by pressing this button all static elements will be dimmed so that variable elements will be highlighted.
The VDP-Editor possesses some tools which can be used for the creation of variable elements. Some tools might already seem familiar from the Impose Editor and the PDF-Editor. Special tools for creating variable elements are additionally at disposal in the toolbar of the VDP-Editor.
Figure 4: The Tool Bar of the VDP-Editor in the Browser with openend sub-tools
The following tools are at disposal from this version on:
Selection Tool  – therewith objects can be selected by clicking on an object. The keyboard shortcut for the selection tool is
Direct Selection Tool  – therewith segments of an object or a path can be selected in order to subsequently modify them. Choose the element which needs to be modified with the Selection Tool
(V)and edit it using the Direct Selection Tool.
VDP Text Tool  – therewith the length of a text field is determined by click and drag on a Print Item and a placeholder - with the standard text »Sample Content« - for a VDP text element is created. The position, the content and the appearance can be subsequently determined in the therefore provided control fields. By pressing the
Shiftkey the line will be created horizontally, vertically or in 45° steps. When holding down the
alt- (Windows) key resp. the
option(macOS) key the line will be centered starting from the click point.
VDP Text Path Tool  – therewith the starting point of the path is determined by clicking on the Print Item. Each further click creates a path point and a placeholder with the standard text »Sample Content« and a VDP text element consisting of corner points. Close the drawing process either by clicking on the starting point - the path will be closed - or by pressing the
esc-button - an open path is created. The position, the content and the appearance can be subsequently determined in the therefore provided control fields. When holding down the
Shiftkey the line will be created horizontally, vertically or in 45° steps. The path points can then be edited with the Direct Selection Tool, converting them into one curve point, among other things. By pressing the
alt- (Windows) key resp. the
option(macOS) key additional path points can be added. When clicking on a path point
Rthe path point is deleted.
VDP Image Tool  – - therewith you are enabled by clicking and dragging to draw a rectangle which serves as a placeholder for the variable image element. By pressing the
Shiftkey while dragging, the placeholder is dragged proportionally. The position, the content and also the formatting can be subsequently determined in the control fields provided for this purpose.
VDP Barcode Tool  – therewith you are enabled by clicking and dragging to draw the placeholder for a barcode or QR code. The position, the content and also the barcode settings or formatting can be determined in the control fields provided. By pressing the
Shiftkey while dragging, the placeholder for the barcode or QR code is created proportionally. By pressing the
option(macOS) key while dragging, the placeholder is created centered, starting from the click point.
VDP Object creation Tools  – therewith additional graphical objects - no variable elements - can be created
VDP Rectangle Tool – therewith the user is enabled to draw a rectangle by clicking and dragging . By pressing the
Shiftkey the rectangle can be drawn proportionally. By pressing the
alt- (Windows) key resp. the
optionkey (macOS) the rectangle can be created from the center. The position and the formatting is determined in the provided control fields.
VDP Ellipse Tool – therewith the user is enabled to draw an ellipse by clicking and dragging. By pressing the
Shiftkey the ellipse is drawn proportionally. By pressing the
alt- (Windows) key resp. the
optionkey (macOS) the ellipse is created from the center. The position and the formatting is determined in the provided control fields. .
VDP Path Tool – therewith the user is enabled to determine the starting point of the path by clicking on the Print Item. By each further click an additional path point is created. The drawing process is either closed by clicking on the starting point or an open path is created by pressing the
esc-button. The position, the content and the appearance are determined in the provided control fields.
- VDP Rectangle Tool – therewith the user is enabled to draw a rectangle by clicking and dragging . By pressing the
Measure Tool  – therewith the starting point of the measurement can be set by clicking on the Print Item and by another click set to the end point. When moving the mouse pointer, the current measurement distance and the measurement angle are displayed. The keyboard shortcut for the measuring tool is
(M). Observe the following notes when using the measuring tool:
- By pressing the
Shiftkey the measurement is reduced to a horizontal vertical measurement.
- More measurements can be conducted in succession. All measurement outcomes are shown on the Print Item.
- When changing the tool the currently effected measurement is removed.
- By pressing the
Hand Tool  – therewith the Print Item is moved by clicking and moving the mouse in the working window. This is especially needed in connection with zooming. The keyboard shortcut for the Hand Tool is
Zoom Tool  – by selection of the Tool
(Z)the mouse pointer becomes a magnifier icon with a »+« in the magnifier. The keyboard shortcut for the Zoom Tool is
(Z). The operating principle of the tool can be described as follows:
- Zoom-in by clicking
- By clicking and dragging a rectangle - zoom area - can be drawn which should be depicted enlarged.
- By pressing the
alt(Windows) key resp. the
option(macOS) key the Zoom Tool transforms in a zoom out tool which is symbolized as »–« in the magnifier. Clicking again zooms out the view.
Fit to Width  - therewith the width of the subject is automatically zoomed. Note that selecting the tool automatically zooms to the width. The keyboard shortcut for Fit to Page Width is
Fit to Height  – therewith an automatical zoom to the height of the Print Item takes place. Note that selecting the tool automatically zooms to the height. The keyboard shortcut for Fit to Page Height is
The Transform & General Settings tab is displayed with slightly different options depending on the selected object. The tab is divided into two sub-areas - Transform and General Settings.
Figure 5: The Transform & General Settings tab after selecting a VDP text path element.
In the Transform area, the position and the shape for the selected object are defined. The settings differ depending on the selected tool.
Figure 6: Left: Setting options in Transform with selected VDP Text Path Tool. Right: Setting options in Transform with selected VDP Image Tool, VDP Barcode Tool and Object creation Tools
The following settings are available for selected objects:
- Anchor point and X or Y  - with the help of the anchor point the starting point of the transformation resp. the point from where the transformation takes place is selected. The X and Y coordinates indicate the position of the selected starting point.
- Width and Height  - the width and height of the object can only be edited when the VDP Image Tool, the VDP Barcode tool or the Object creating Tools are selected.
- Rotate  - the rotation of an object can be performed as needed. The Rotate function can only be applied when the VDP Image Tool, VDP Barcode Tool or Object creating Tools are selected.
- Mirror  - the mirroring of an object can be done horizontally or vertically. Mirroring can only be applied when the VDP Image Tool, the VDP Barcode Tool or the Object creating Tools are selected.
- Anchor Point Type  - using the Direct Selection Tool, an anchor point of a path can be selected and converted to "Curve" or "Vertex" by clicking on the respective icon.
- Smoothing Type  - by selecting a smoothing type, the shape of a curve can be changed. Five different options are available - None, Asymmetric, Catmull-rom, Continuous and Geometric.
In the Global Settings area global settings for the variable data are defined. The made settings can be used for all tools or objects.
Figure 7: The setting options in the Global Settings area
The following setting options are available:
- File Name  - here the file name of the current uploaded control file is displayed
- Upload resp. change CSV file  – by clicking the button a CSV file can be uploaded resp. exchanged.
- Download CSV file  – using this button CSV files that have already been uploaded can be downloaded and edited if necessary.
- Show CSV file  – by clicking the button the CSV file is displayed in a list, thus is available for review.
- Datasets per Print Item  – this input field defines how many datasets resp. lines of the CSV file are used on a Print Item per page.
- Image Directory  – If variable images are to be placed, the directory to the images must be specified or selected here. Make sure that the server or path to the images has already been created in the workflow under Administration > File Management.
The »content« tab is used to determine which content is to be used for the variable element. The tab is only accessible if a variable element was created with one of the available tools and the created element is selected.
However, the structure of the tab always follows the same logic. The following three areas are available.
1. Data Source  - Select from which source or based on which rule the content should be generated. The following data sources are available:
- Character String - The content can be defined as needed in the text field. Placeholders - entries of a CSV file, serial number or a date - can be used.
- Date – The content is defined by a date. Further setting options allow to define variable dates or different date formats consequently.
- Serial number – The content of the variable element is defined with the help of a serial number. The serial number can be configured freely.
- Column index – The content originates from the CSV control file. The column index defines which values from which column are used. Furthermore, which row to start with or whether content must be selected or limited can be defined.
- Column title – The content comes from the CSV control file. The column title defines which values from which column are used. Furthermore, it can be defined whether content must be selected or limited at the beginning or at the end.
- String – The content can be defined by a text field as needed. Additional placeholders - entries of a CSV file, serial numbers or date - can be added and combined.
2. Definition area  - Depending on the selected data source, options are offered in this area, with which the user can compile or select the content.
3. Preview  - By choosing options in the definition area the content changes. In this area a preview of the content that the user would generate by the selected options is shown. This applies to the current record or the next records .
Figure 8: The three areas of the contents tab with the selected data source string
When a string was selected as the data source, any text can be entered in the definition area . The text can as well be created with dynamically generated content based on placeholders  .
When a string has been defined, the user still has to press Update  to display the final string on the design.
Figure 9: The content tab with selected data source string
You can enter any text in the input field. To enrich the text with a placeholder, two ways can be applied:
- Insert placeholder - clicking the button opens the Select placeholder dialog.
- @ - inserting the @ sign opens the Select Placeholder dialog.
Then select the placeholder you want to use in the Select Placeholder dialog. Saving the dialog will insert the corresponding code for the placeholder in the text field  of the definition area. To parameterize the placeholder, you can either change the values in the code directly or place the cursor in the sub-variable in the text and enter the corresponding values in the parameterization area .
Figure 10: The Choose Placeholder dialog
When serial number was selected as data source, it's possible to influence the serial number sequence as well as the width of the serial number.
Figure 11: The content tab with selected data source serial number
The following options are available for defining a serial number sequence:
- Start  – Specify with which number the numbering should start.
- Increment  – Specify which value the next number should get. The increment will be applied to all subsequent numbers.
- Width  – Specify the minimum number of digits the serial number should have. A serial number, if smaller than the number of the defined width, is thus equipped with leading zeros.
- Randomly distributed  – Specify whether the serial number should be in ascending or descending order or randomly distributed. In any case, a serial number is used only once.
- Repeat after  – Specify after how many records the serial number should again start from the beginning. Example: Value = 5 leads to the following result: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 1, 2, 3, ...
- Repetitions  – Specify how often a record should be repeated. Example: Value = 3 leads to the following result: 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 3, 3, ...
If Date is selected as the data source, you can create a fixed date or a date based on the system date plus an offset, and you can also specify the format in which the date is to be created.
Figure 12: The content tab with selected Date data source
The following options are available for defining a date:
- Date  – Select whether to create a static date or a date dependent on the system time.
- Increment  – Select the offset to be added to the system time. This option is available only if system date + offset is selected.
- Format  – Select in which format - 10.04.2022 , 10.04.22, 10 April 2022, So. 10 April 2022 ... - the date should be generated.
- Language  – Select in which language weekdays or month names - June 12, 2022, Sun June 12, 2022 | June 12, 2022, Sun June 12, 2022 ... - should be generated.
If Column index was selected as data source, you can select the desired column from the CSV file on the one hand and crop the content of the text on the other. If several data records of a CSV file have to be placed on one Print Item, the corresponding offset within the defined area can be specified.
Note that column index can only be selected if a CSV file was previously uploaded in the Transform & General Settings tab.
Figure 13: The Content tab with selected data source Column index
After selecting a column index, the following options are available:
- Column Index  – Select the desired column from the CSV file. Only as many numbers are available in the selection as columns were found in the underlying CSV file.
- At Beginning  – Specify how many places of the content should be hidden at the beginning.
- At End  – Specify how many places of the content should be hidden at the end.
- Relative Line Index  – select which offset is to be used for the variable element of the selected number of data sets for the Print Item. This option is only relevant when you have selected a value greater than 1 in the option Data sets per Print Item in the Transform & General Settings tab. For example, if 3 records per Print Item were selected, you must enter the value 0 for the first variable element, the value 1 for the second variable element, and the value 2 for the third variable element in Relative Line Index.
When column titles have been selected as the data source, you can select the desired column from the CSV file on the one hand and crop the content of the text on the other. If several data records of a CSV file have to be placed on one Print Item, the corresponding offset within the defined area can be specified.
Note that column title can only be selected if a CSV file was previously uploaded in the Transform & General Settings tab.
Figure 14: the content tab with selected Column Title data source
The available options are the same as for the selected data source Column index. For more information, see the description in Figure 13.
The »Formatting« tab determines the appearance of the static and variable elements. The tab is only accessible when a variable element was created with one of the available tools and the created element is also selected.
Figure 15: The available control panels for text, barcode, image and object formatting
Depending on which object was selected different options for formatting the object are available in fold-out control panels. The following formatting options for barcodes resp. QR-codes are available:
- Blend Mode  – The blend mode defines how the content of an object interacts with the content of the background resp. foreground. For example the blend mode »normal« causes that the background is set to knockout. The blend mode »multiply« causes that the object is set to overprint. Other available options include Negative Multiply, Interlace, Darken, Lighten, Difference, Exclude, Hue, Saturation, Luminance, Dodge Color, Color Re-Expose, Hard Light, and Soft Light.
- Text Settings  - Specify the alignment of the text on the path. Left-aligned, centered, and right-aligned are available.
- Font Settings  – Define the font family, the font style, the font size, the horizontal and vertical scaling and the letter spacing. When you want to add an outline to the text, you have the options of the line width and the possibility to create a dashed line by entering the length of the stroke and the gap.
- Color Settings  – therein, on the one hand, the color of the barcode or Q-code can be statically based on CMYK values or spot colors can be selected. On the other hand, entries from the data source (CSV file) can also be consulted and used.
- Stroke Color Settings  - therein, on the one hand, static color values for contours based on CMYK values or spot colors can be selected, on the other hand also entries from the data source (CSV file) can be used to generate the colors
- Barcode Settings  – The barcode settings offer the already familiar settings which can be defined for barcodes resp. QR-codes. Depending on the barcode type different settings can be defined.
- Background – The background color of the barcodes or Q-codes can be statically based on CMYK values or spot colors. Otherwise, also entries from the data source (CSV file) can be consulted and used here.
- Image Settings  - On the one hand, you can select the alignment - left, center or right - of the image in the placeholder frame, as well as the image fit - Distort, Fit Horizontally or Fit Vertically.
- Rectangle Settings  - the line thickness, the corner radius and the input of the length of stroke and gap for the definition of a dashed line can be made. For the ellipse and path settings, the values for the corresponding subset of functions can be used.
Further innovations and enhancements have been implemented in the Impose Editor with version 1.12.0. In addition, already existing functions have been improved or revised. Read this section to find out which areas are affected.
In the course of development of this version, the hidden tabs of the Plate -, Sheet configuration, Object creation Tools and the Grid Tool were rebuilt and restructured. Only the user guidance was improved or adapted. The following areas have been adapted:
- Sheet Template - Open the Impose Editor in the desired mode and activate the Edit Sheet Configuration button in the »General« tab.
- Plate Template - Open the Impose Editor in Nesting, Step & Repeat or Manual mode and activate the Edit Plate Template button in the »General« tab.
- Object creation Tools - Open the Impose Editor in the desired mode and activate an Object creation Tool in the toolbar
- Grid Tool - Open the Impose Editor in Manual mode and activate the Grid Tool in the toolbar
Up to version 1.12.0 a hidden tab was displayed when performing the above described steps. Therewith the settings were determined. From version 1.12.0 on, the tabs are completely hidden and a separate control panel is displayed in which the settings can be defined. These control panels can be subsequently closed or saved as a new template. When closing the control panel, the current settings are taken over, but not saved in an own or selected template.
Figure 16: The control panel for configuring the sheet template in "Nesting" mode
In this version, another option has been implemented in the "Nesting" imposition mode for imposing or nesting Print Items with irregular shapes. The new Shape Nesting option makes it possible to generate an optimized variant of nesting by nesting irregular shapes inside each other.
To perform a Shape Nesting in version 1.12.0, the following steps must be completed:
1. Prepare the Print Item for Shape Nesting.
- Print Items that are to be imposed with Shape Nesting must have a dieline.
- Print Items that are to be imposed with Shape Nesting must be masked to eliminate print content of the Print Item that is outside the dieline.
- Print Items that are to be imposed with Shape Nesting must have a Shape Nesting path on which the nesting takes place.
2. Select Shape Nesting in the Nesting imposition mode.
3. The degree of utilization can be significantly improved by optimizing the imposition.
Notes on the current implementation
Since Shape Nesting is a completely newly developed function, we would like to point out that there are still some functions that need to be developed and made available for improved manageability. In version 1.13.0 we will provide a performant version with consistent functioning.
However, if the existing implementation is already sufficient, you can of course already use it. If the functionality is not yet sufficient for your needs, we have to put you off until version 1.13.0.
Try beta version for Shape Nesting?
This new feature is available in a beta version. All customers who want to test Shape Nesting will have access to the feature. To do so, write a ticket in the Service Portal - we will add the beta feature to your license.
Before the Shape Nesting can be created the Print Items are corrected and checked to meet certain specifications. Then the Shape nesting can be created. Follow the steps to learn how to impose the prepared Print Items in Nesting Mode with the Shape:
Step 1: Upload, check and apply Fixups to the production format
- Upload the desired Print Items to the Workflow.
- Open the Print Item resp. Article detail view.
- Check in the Print data tab whether a technical color - dieline - is already included. Whether the dieline consists of many partial paths or of one path is irrelevant for Shape Nesting.
- If necessary, create a suitable dieline using the Create Dieline for Irregular Shape fixup
- Check if the boxes for production are correctly defined
- ImageBox is in most cases on the TrimBox. If this is not the case, you have to correct by applying the Set TrimBox to the Dieline Fixup.
- ImageBox + Bleed is mostly located on the TrimBox + Bleed (BleedBox).
- A Bleed is already created in the document and the Bleed in the document coincides with Expected Bleed. If the second and third points are not given, you can recreate the situation by applying the Fixups Create Bleed by Mirroring as well as by Resize TrimBox and set Bleed.
Figure 17: Before/after view of a document with correct page geometry boxes resp. production boxes
Step 2: Mask the irregular shape
By definition, a PDF document has rectangular page geometry boxes. Thus, Print Items with irregular shapes can contain colored as well as white - non-printing - elements outside the irregular shape. The Print Item must be transparent outside the irregular shape in order not to created overlapping areas in the the Nesting.
Whether or not the Print Item has transparent areas outside the irregular shape can be checked in Adobe Acrobat Reader as well as Pro by activating the transparency grid. This function will also be available in future version of the Workflow
Figure 18: Differences between irregular shapes with and without white - non printing - areas
In order to mask the Print Item along the Dieline proceed as follows:
- Open the Print Item or Article detail view in the workflow
- Open the Fixup »Clip Print Item with Additional Bleed« and select:
- Clip at – Select »Dieline (solid/dashed/dotted)« if the Dieline consists of a contour. Select »Page Content or solid Dieline« if the cutting line consists of an area.
- Outside only – check this option if you want the document to be masked only outside the DieLine.
- Spot Color – Select the spot color of the DieLine in this drop-down menu.
- Bleed – Define the to be used Bleed here. Ideally, this should reflect the Bleed of the document.
3. Apply the Fixup
Figure 19: The Clip Print Item with Additional Bleed Fixup
Step 3: Prepare for Shape Nesting
Once the above steps have been carried out and checked, the Print Items can be ultimately prepared or finalized for Shape nesting. Proceed as follows:
- Open the respective Print Item or Article detail views
- Navigate to the Technical Colors area
- Select the Spot Color of the Dieline that is to be used as the basis for the shape nesting. This option allows the user to impose even Print Items with different names for dielines in a shape nesting.
- Activate the function to prepare for Shape nesting
- Check the successful processing in the workflow activity display - the started process must pass without errors
Figure 20: Prepare Print Item for Shape Nesting
Flagging of Print Items
If a Print Item has already been prepared for Shape nesting, this Print Item or Article is specifically tagged. The tagging is displayed in the File Manager of the Impose Editor (see Figure 14). Thereby, it can be recognized which Print Items can already be used for Shape nesting.
After the Print Items have been prepared, the shape nesting can be created. Proceed as follows to create a Shape Nesting:
- Select the desired prepared Print Items or Articles,
- Create a Production Job with the desired Print Items and select a suiting output configuration.
- Open the Impose Editor with the Nesting imposition mode.
- Define the desired number of copies per Print Item.
- Activate the Artboard Settings tab .
- Select Shape + Bleed - in the Settings panel under Imposition based on .
- Wait until the calculation for the Shape Nesting has been calculated - this can sometimes take several seconds.
Figure 21: The Nesting Impose Mode with selection Shape + Bleed option
High quantity - quantity of different Print Items
With high quantity (>50) or with many different Print Items (>10), Shape nesting can lead to performance problems. Please note that the calculation of the Imposition may take longer than expected. If the calculation times out after 4 minutes (indicated by an error message), either the quantity or the number of the to-be-placed Print Items should be reduced until the Imposition can be created correctly.
After the Shape + Bleed option is selected under Imposition Based On, some setting options in the user interface are disabled and also added. The following additional option is provided:
- Distance Shape - since there is no horizontal vertical distance in Shape nesting, these input fields are replaced by a new input field - Distance Shape. This distance defines the distance around the Shape - between the Bleed and the Bleed.
The following options are currently disabled or not supported:
- Bleed - since with Shape + Bleed the Print Items are placed bleed next to Bleed and each Print Item can contain different Bleeds, the Bleed for the Print Items in the Imposition cannot be changed. The distances can only be defined via "Spacing Shape".
- Origin > Per Print Item - Markers, labels, lines, and grommets cannot be placed on the Origin Per Print Item in Shape Nesting Mode because they require a rectangular Print Item to allow proper placement. However, if marks are placed on the Origin Per Print Item, they will not be drawn - a warning stating that this origin is not available will be displayed for the respective elements.
- Edit Print Items - Currently the options in the Edit Print Item dialog of the Impose Editor are not supported for Shape nesting. This includes the scale and rotate function but also the advanced options to create a spot color for the Print Item.
With version 1.11.0 the possibility was implemented to use plate templates in certain layouts for printing plates, which are required for conventional printing processes. Thus, to save these plates as a template and to use them as basis for an Imposition. Thereby, the entire Imposition with the Plate Configuration is transfered as a PDF to a platesetter. In this version an additional option has been implemented which allows to align the Impose Sheet on the plate left, centered or right. Follow the steps below in order to conduct and to save this:
- Open the Impose Editor in Impose mode Manual, Step & Repeat or Nesting
- Create an Imposition at your discretion
- Switch to the »General« tab
- Activate the Edit Plate Template button
- Select an already created plate template or configure a new plate template
- Open the Settings area
- Define the alignment of the Impose Sheet on the configured plate
Figure 22: The three alignments of the Impose Sheet on the Plate
The default behavior for the Imposition height in conjunction with roll media has been changed for the Nesting Impose mode. Previously, the maximum Impose height was derived from the preferred height in the printer configuration, so placing a larger Print Item meant that it could not be used for nesting without changing the default size.
With version 1.12.0, larger Print Items are now imposed anyway and the Impose height is automatically adjusted accordingly. The preferred height from the printer configuration is still used for all Print Items that are smaller. This extension of the Impose height is only activated when:
- roll material is used
- initially the preferred height of the printer is used
- the Impose height is trimmed to the imposed height
- the document larger than the printer's preferred height is placed
In this case, the maximum and final Impose height is at the maximum roll length which stored in the material definition.
Not yet available for Shape Nesting
Note that this feature has not yet been implemented for Shape nesting and the old behavior is applied.
In version 1.11.2 a new separation preview with new functions and tools was implemented, wherein, up to now, the Print Item could only be analyzed. In version 1.12.0 more possibilities were implemented. Existing functions were extended and new functions were added. Read in this section which functions in the PDF-Editor have been implemented in this version.
As of this version, the PDF-Editor can be opened in 3 different ways:
- Double click on the preview of the Print Item or Article in the detail view.
- Click on one of the separations in the Article or Print Item detail view
- Activating the Open PDF-Editor button  above the Print Item or Article preview
Figure 23: Opening the PDF-Editor via the Open PDF-Editor button
Two small functions have been added to the »Analysis« tab in this version. When there are Spot Colors and/or Technical Colors in the Print Item, the two sub-areas are displayed and all Spot Colors and Technical Colors contained in the Print Item are listed therein.
As of version 1.12.0, the respective dimension of each Spot Color and Technical Color is displayed as well as the overprint status.
Figure 24: Dimension display and overprint state of Spot Colors and Technical Colors
The following tools are at disposal from this version:
As of version 1.12.0, a new »Page Geometry« tab is available in the PDF-Editor. This tab provides the function to edit or modify any page geometry boxes in the document. When saving the changes, a fixup is applied which creates a new version of the document and adjusts the page geometry boxes based on the settings.
- Open the desired Print Item in the detail view.
- Open the PDF-Editor.
- Switch to the »Page Geometry« tab
- The Article or Print Item will open with new setting options:
Artboard  - The current Print Item or Article will be displayed on the Artboard. Therein, all page geometry boxes contained in the document are depicted in different colors.
- TrimBox = green
- BleedBox = blue
- ArtBox = red
- CropBox = black
- MediaBox = violet
- Control panels - First, all the available page geometry boxes in the document are listed with their current dimensions . For each page geometry box there are setting areas available  to exactly modify the page geometry boxes.
- Artboard  - The current Print Item or Article will be displayed on the Artboard. Therein, all page geometry boxes contained in the document are depicted in different colors.
Figure 25: The standard view of the PDF-Editor in the Page Geometry tab
Separate editing is possible for all page geometry boxes contained in the document. For this purpose, respectively separate settings areas are available. How to edit the boxes is explained in the following steps:
The size and position of a page geometry frame can be changed either by manually moving and resizing with the selection tool or by entering the absolute positioning for X, Y, and width and height in the settings areas of the respective page geometry frame. To enter the dimensions in the setting areas, proceed as follows.
- Open the control panels of the respective page geometry box.
- Choose Positioning Absolute  .
- Select the desired Starting Point . The starting point specifies from which point the width and height of the box are to be drawn. By changing the starting point, the X and Y coordinates are also adjusted accordingly.
- Enter the desired X and Y coordinates, which will determine the position of the box based on the selected starting point. The box can be moved by changing the coordinates on the artboard.
- After that, enter the desired width and height for the page geometry box.
If you want to reset the page geometry box to the initial value again, press Reset 
Figure 26: The setting options for absolute positioning of the page geometry box
In some cases, side geometry boxes must be set at a certain distance to another side geometry box. A typical example is the BleedBox, which, depending on the substrate and the cutter, should be set at a defined distance of e.g.: 3 mm.
To set the BleedBox 3 mm from the TrimBox, proceed as follows.
- Select the Settings area of the BleedBox and open the area.
- Therein under Positioning select Relative .
- In the Relative to  option, select the side geometry box that should be the reference box. Note that only page geometry boxes currently present in the PDF file can be selected.
- Then enter the distances  for each page edge for top, bottom, left and right.
You can see whether a box is set relative either because of the lock symbol  in the respective color of the page geometry frame or by the concatenation symbol  in the title bar of the settings area.
Figure 27: The setting options for relative Positioning of the Page Geometry
After all page geometry boxes have been edited and the desired result has been achieved, the configuration can be saved. By activating the Save button, a Fixup with the entered values is executed in the background. A new version of the Print Item resp. Article is created and exchanged. During this process, the preflight is performed again. Thereby, under certain circumstances, invalid entries - e.g. when the MediaBox is smaller than the CropBox - are automatically corrected.
Until now, multi-page documents could only be sent to the printer in their entirety when the documents had not been divided into individual pages beforehand. From this version on, it is possible to define in the Send to Printer dialog which and how many pages of a multi-page document should ultimately be sent to the printer. Proceed as follows:
- Open a Production Job which contains either a multi-page document or a multi-page imposition
- Open the Send to Printer dialog
- Navigate »General« tab
- Determine how your multi-page Production Job should be sent to the printer
- Preview  – The preview of the Production Job shows that the document or imposition has multiple pages. In addition, the number of pages is displayed next to it.
- Copies – The number of copies can be defined independently of this setting and thus affects either All pages or the From/To pages.
- All  – Selecting this option will send all pages to the printer based on the number of copies.
- From / To  – Selecting this option allows you to define the pages to be sent. Thereby, also individual pages may be defined by giving both entry fields the same value.
Figure 28: The Send to Printer dialog with the possibility to send multi-page documents to the printer
In the course of development of version 1.12.0, existing Fixups were improved in terms of usability and functionality.
In Versions 1.12.0 improvements as well as some rebuilding was done for the following Fixups.
Creates a Spot Colors white separation for all objects selected in Apply to. This removes any other image content (except Technical Colors), leaving only the white areas as printable areas.
For this Fixup, in version 1.12.0, the possibility was created not only to generate a white separation but also to maintain additional Spot Colors with the white separation. This is useful when an existing Dieline or additional primer separation should be maintained in the Print Item.
Figure 29: The »Create White Only Separation« Fixup with the new possibility to maintain Spot Colors
In this version of the workflow another Print Chart was added for Reprofiling with the X-Rite i1Pro3Plus. The following Print Charts were added:
- REPROF-Chart_CMYK_160_i1Pro3Plus_16mm – Reprofiling-Chart for CMYK with a length of 520mm
The Job Ticket for TAU printing systems was extended by another entry which can be used for downstream systems like Analytics. The new entry in the Job Ticket mirrors the chosen Save Ink.
Until now the used Save Ink were depicted in the TAU Job Ticket as follows
ppd:ColorStrategyUsed="Best match [TAU] [CMYKOVG] (8)_CMYKOVG, Extreme"
From version 1.12.0 the Save Ink will be mentioned separately:
ppd:ColorStrategyUsed="Best match [TAU] [CMYKOVG] (8)_CMYKOVG" ppd:SaveInkUsed="Extreme"
On top of that the following improvements have been implemented in version 1.12.0.
In this version, the Dashboard menu has been further revised. The new features and improvements in this version include adjusted translations, new arrangement in the menu bar of the workflow and an additional feature to open Print Items directly from the share dashboard.
- Menu bar  - the position of the menu item Dashboards was moved to the first position
- Open Print Item View  - by clicking on the link symbol the Article resp. the Print Item is opened in detail view
Figure 30: The menu item Dashboard for the Approval Reports area
From version 1.12.0, several Ink Consumption Reports can be calculated and generated successionally. Thus, the reports are created with different configurations without having to close or open the dialog again.
During the generation of the Ink Consumption Report the Create Report button is disabled. As soon as the creation has been completed successfully, the button is enabled again and may be used. Thus, it is possible to generate and download multiple Ink Consumption Reports with different calculation options successionally.
Figure 31: Create Ink Consumption Reports successionally
Figure 32: Editing the interface between Workflow and Approval Portal
As of this version, files that are not located directly on the workflow workstation can also be processed using the XML hotfolder. For this purpose, server paths to the documents that are to be processed must be defined in the XML hotfolder.
Up to now, only documents that were located directly on the workflow workstation could be processed. In the XML these files were referenced:
<PrintItem name="SomeSampleName" comment="This is the first Item" width="350.0" height="2020.0" unit="mm" pages="1" numberOfCopies="13" url="file:/path/to/pdf/sample_file1.pdf" windingType="OUTSIDE" orientation="TOP">
From this version, the documents can also be located on other servers. You only need to specify the correct IP address of the computer:
<PrintItem name="SomeSampleName" comment="This is the first Item" width="350.0" height="2020.0" unit="mm" pages="1" numberOfCopies="13" url="//192.168.74.11/c/temp/purple_rocket.pdf" windingType="OUTSIDE" orientation="TOP">
DXF CutFiles do not have a unit by definition. From this version it is possible to define in which unit the DXF CutFile should be created. This can be defined in the cutter configuration for DXF. Follow the steps to define the unit in DXF:
- Switch to the Administration > Cutter Devices
- Select a Cutter that processes DXF files
- Add a new Parameter Set for the Cutter
- Select this Parameter Set
- Select the option Unit in DXF CutFile in the Parameters list
- Press the Edit button
- Choose between millimeters, centimeters, inches, points or pica
- Save your settings and use this parameter set for Production Jobs
Figure 33: The setting area Parameters in the menu item Administration > Cutter Devices with selected Unit in DFX-Cutfile option
Unit for the DXF cutting file is not offered
Note that existing configurations in Administration > Cutting Units are not migrated for using this option. To be able to pass the unit of measurement in a DXF file, a new configuration must be created as described in the instructions before.
Version 1.12.0 of the workflow also offers other minor improvements - these are:
In the user interface long labels resp. names are displayed incompletely or cut off due to UI components that are too narrow. For this reason, an additional function has been implemented for some areas, which allows these names to be displayed in their entirety. To conduct this functionality, simply place the mouse pointer over the truncated name - shortly afterwards an info box appears that displays the name in its entirety.
Figure 34: Display of labels in ToolTips using the example of Color Control Strips & Image Marks
When an article was uploaded to the workflow, a Production Job was created thereout and the Production Job was subsequently moved to the trash, then the article could be deleted without warning. From this version on, the user is informed that the Article is still used in a particular Production Job when trying to delete.
Figure 35: Deleting an Article which is used in a Production Job located in the trash (warning)
The following bugs were fixed with this release.
PrintFactory preview images: In some cases stripes were visible in the preview images for PrintFactory. This was due to rounding errors, which have been fixed.
PrintFactory Preferred Heigh: While defining the preferred height of a printer which is controlled via PrintFactory, the preferred height was not saved correctly.
Change Cutter Devices: When changing or removing an already imposed Production Job the impose was adjusted incorrectly in some cases. This bug has been fixed.
Gamut display: The 3D display of spheres was scaled by 200% by default. This bug has been fixed.
Ink Costs in the Production Job: The »Use from Production Job« function ignored the set Save Ink profile when auto-filling the ink cost calculation options.
Lead In & Lead Out Configuration: In some cases, it was no longer possible to save configurations for the Lead In and Lead Out in the workflow settings.
Fixup Chains: In some cases the descriptions of individual Fixups in Fixup Chains were displayed in a language differing to the one defined.
CMYKcmyk Print Chart: No Print Chart could be transferred to the printer if Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Light Yellow and Light Black were used.
Approval Dashboard: It was sometimes necessary to refresh the page several times to display changes up to date. This behavior has been revised.
Edit Orders: In some cases, editing Orders resulted in a stacktrace error. This bug has been fixed.
Filter the list of Production Jobs: The »Exclude« status was not saved correctly for some filters.
Rendering Intent Translations: The translations for the Rendering Intents have been revised because they were adapted correctly.
Create Article: When a Fixup Chain was selected via the New button while creating a new Article, it could no longer be removed.
Approval Portal interface: The filter options for the list have been removed, as this list is not filterable and therefore no filters are necessary.
Tiling with Edge Reinforcement and Cutter: The edge reinforcement was not taken into account by the cutter. Thus the cutter marks & barcodes were partially placed outside the impose sheet.
Placeholder for Captions: When a blank space was entered in the Add Placeholder dialog in the full text search, then an error was returned.
Mark offset after rotation: When marks were defined at the Print Item and the marks were rotated with the Print Item, the offset of the marks was not adjusted correctly. This error has been fixed for all marks.
Artboard Marks: When the Marks of the Artboard are deactivated or hidden, then from now on the designation of the Artboard area "Artboard A" will also be hidden.
Marks for Cutter Devices: In some cases, markers for cutters were not placed accurately enough in the Impose Editor. This caused that the automatic margins were calculated incorrectly in the editor.
Doublesided Nesting: The printed area was displayed as "0" for a double-sided nesting. This error has been fixed.
Grid Tool: In some cases, grid templates could not be saved in the Manual Impose Mode. This problem has also been fixed.