User Manual

Release – 1.13.1 (Minor Version)

Updated

Release date: 09/30/2022

In this article you will learn which

  • new features are available,
  • which improvements and
  • which bug fixes have been implemented in version 1.13.1 of the Workflow.

This article can also be downloaded as a PDF version. The release notes for the previously released versions can be downloaded from the Archive.

1. Overview

With Version 1.13.1, users can take advantage of several innovations in the environment of Variable Data, Print Statistics and correction of Print Data. In addition, improvements have been made in the area of Cutter Devices and Impositions, as well as further translations were carried out.

Please find an overview of all changes below. The detailed description follows in the sections New features, Improvements as well as Bug Fixes.

The following SDK versions are used in DW 1.13.1:

  • Callas Software pdfToolbox 13.1.587
  • Callas Software pdfChip 2.4.072
  • Color Logic CrossXColor 1.18.1-42166
  • Global Graphics HHR 13.2

1.1. Adobe Illustrator Plug-In

The following new features and improvements are available in plug-in version 1.13.1.xx:

Plug-In Version 1.13.1.2: If you are working with Workflow version 1.13.1, plug-in version 1.13.1.2 must be installed to ensure consistent operation. No new features have been implemented in the plug-in between Workflow version 1.13.0 and 1.13.1. Only the version number has been changed to match the Workflow version and translations have been adapted and added.

1.2. New features

The following new features are available in version 1.13.1 of the Workflow:

VDP Editor: Since version 1.12.0, a browser-based VDP Editor for creating and managing variable data is available in the Workflow. In version 1.13.1, further innovations and improvements have been implemented:

  • Layers in the VDP Editor – Starting from this version, three layers - "VDP on lowest layer", "VDP on highest layer" and "Print Item" - are available in the VDP Editor.  Generated VDP elements can be located on the layers "VDP on lowest layer" and "VDP on highest layer". Each VDP element is created on a sub-layer. All layers can be shown and hidden.
  • Transform –  As of version 1.13.1, created objects can be moved vertically and horizontally by holding down the SHIFT key, which you might already be acquainted with from various other editors.

Impose Editor: Further innovations have been implemented in the Impose Editor with version 1.13.1. In addition, existing functions have been extended and improved:

  • General – Unusable options, which were previously deactivated, will be completely hidden from this version on, in order to provide the user with only those functions that can be used in the context.
  • New Image Marks and further options – From this version on, image marks, which are availabled in the Impose Editor in Sheet Configuration, can be rotated by 0°, 90°, 180° and 270°. In addition, two new image markers have been added to represent the direction of the corrugation, rolling direction and weaving direction of the substrate.
  • Drawing Tools – By selecting a Drawing Tool, the control panel is expanded accordingly with the new functions from this version on.

Print Statistic: As of this version, statistics or information from Production Jobs can be sent to the Workflow via Durst Analytics. The transmitted information is displayed in the Workflow per Production Job.

  • Requirements – In order to display print statistics in the Workflow, some technical requirements, such as a Workflow-Analytics connection, must be met.
  • Tab "Print Statistics" – As of this version, Production Jobs which are sent to the printer and printed there can provide production data or production information back to the Workflow via Durst Analytics. This information is subsequently displayed per Production Job in the "Print Statistics" tab.

Hotfolder: In this version, further improvements or new features for Hotfolder have been implemented. Already existing functions were extended by the following functionalities:

Fotoba – XLA-170: The Fotoba XLA 170 series Cutter can be controlled with this version. The selection of the Cutter determines the default setting of marks. The setting of marks is user-definable and can be saved for further use.

Create PDF Cut Files in the Workflow: In the course of development of this version, another cutter - PDF Cutter - was integrated into the Workflow, which allows to create a PDF cut file. This PDF cut file can be used for various Cutter Devices which support PDF files. By selecting this Cutter, a PDF file is created with marks and barcodes which are already defined in a standard template. Which layers, colors and marks should be created in the PDF can be determined by mapping Spot Colors.

Cutter Device "OptiScout Prepare": In version 1.13.0, the integration of the OptiScout Prepare Cutter software was started. In order to be able to offer a complete integration of the Cutter software, the implementation from version 1.13.0 was complemented by a further option. From this version on, the cutting tools can be configured in an extended way and the materials can be imported from OptiScout Prepare into the Workflow. The materials can be used subsequently for Production Jobs. In future versions, this integration will be continued with regard to delivery of status messages as well as production data.

  • Define Pen Types – From this version on, Advanced Settings are available for OptiScout Prepare Pen Types. These advanced settings allow to define the layer names (LayerNames), tool names (ToolNames) and tool color (ToolColor) per tool. The information is ultimately used in the cut file.
  • Import and use Materials – Starting from this version, OptiScout Prepare materials can also be imported into the Workflow. As soon as the Cutter is used for a Production Job, the Cutter material can be selected. Subsequently this information is written into the cut file.

Data Preparation:  In the course of development, further Fixups were added or improved. In addition, existing Fixups have been extended in functionality or improved in terms of usability.

  • New Fixups – New Fixups have been developed that can be used for extended Data Preparation.
  • Improvements in existing Fixups – Data Preparation was especially adjusted for the function of using dynamic content. This was done through the possibility of using dynamic content for the input.

1.3. Improvements

Delete VDP Settings: In this version, an option to remove the current VDP settings of a Print Item has been created. This function resets all VDP options so that the respective Print Item is no longer marked as a VDP file.

Tiling: When saving a tiling, the user can choose between two options. On the one hand, the tiling is saved as a multi-page document on the Production Job, on the other hand, a separate Article can be created from each page of the Tiling. Starting from this version, a Data Preparation which removes overlapping elements or elements outside the MediaBox is applied for both scenarios. This mainly serves the correct generation of cut data for Tilings.

Scale factor in the Print Data tab: From this version on, the currently defined scale factor (user unit) is displayed for each Print Irem or Article in the Document Information settings area, so that the user can immediately see whether the document contains a scale factor.

"Impose" tab in the Production Job:  In the course of development, the "Impose" tab in the Production Job was finally revised resp. restructured.

Small Improvements: Further small improvements have been implemented

1.4. Fixed Bugs

Workflow: List of fixed bugs or minor improvements in the main application.

Impose Editor:  List of fixed bugs and minor improvements in the Impose Editor.

VDP Editor: List of fixed bugs and minor improvements in the VDP Editor.

2. New Features

In this section, you will learn which new features have been implemented in the Adobe Illustrator plug-in, Impose Editor, and Workflow. In some cases, already existing functions have been extended.

2.1. Adobe Illustrator Plug-In

If you are working with version 1.13.1 of the Workflow, version 1.13.1.2 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 logging on the plug-in.

The following versions of  Adobe Illustrator are supported:


Adobe Illustrator CC 2020
Version 24.2
Adobe Illustrator CC 2021
Version 25.4.8
Adobe Illustrator CC 2022
Version 26.5
macOS

macOS Version 10.15 (Catalina),
macOS Version 10.14 (Mojave),
macOS Version 10.13 (High Sierra)

macOS Version 12.5.1 (Monterey),
macOS Version 11.2 (Big Sur),
macOS Version 10.15 (Catalina),
macOS Version 10.14 (Mojave),
macOS Version 10.13 (High Sierra)
macOS Version 12.5.1 (Monterey),
macOS Version 11.2 (Big Sur),
macOS Version 10.15 (Catalina),
macOS Version 10.14 (Mojave),
macOS Version 10.13 (High Sierra)
Microsoft Windows

MS Windows 7 with Service Pack 1,
MS Windows 10

MS Windows 7 with Service Pack 1,
MS Windows 10
MS Windows 10
Windows 11
Support Plug-In Version 1.8.1.0,
Plug-In Version 1.13.1.2 (only WIN)
Plug-In Version 1.13.1.2 (macOS and WIN)
Plug-In Version 1.13.1.2 (macOS and WIN)

Support for older Illustrator versions

Note that the current plug-in version 1.13.1.2 can only be installed for  Adobe Illustrator CC 2020, Adobe Illustrator CC 2021 and Adobe Illustrator CC 2022. If Adobe Illustrator CC 2019 or Adobe Illustrator CC 2020 is used with macOS for Workflow 1.10.0, then plug-in 1.8.1.0 must be used. Plug-in 1.13.1.2 is only compatible with macOS when using Adobe Illustrator CC 2021 or Adobe Illustrator CC 2022.

Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 and Adobe Illustrator CC 2015.3 can still be used with plug-in version 1.7.0.26 in conjunction with Durst Workflow 1.7.2. Use of 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 will not be followed up nor fixed.

Adobe Illustrator CC 2018 can still be used with plug-in version 1.7.6.36 in conjunction with Durst Workflow 1.7.6. 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 nor fixed.

Adobe Illustrator CC 2021- / CC 2022- Support with Apple M1/M2 Chipset

The plug-in can only be called in Adobe Illustrator CC 2021 as well as 2022 if Adobe Illustrator was started in the Rosetta environment (emulation mode). The conversion of the plug-in to M1/M2 compatibility will take a little longer, as the necessary development environment has not yet been provided by Adobe.

Improvements in the environment of Variable Data

Note that as of version 1.12.0, new functions in the environment of variable data generation are only offered in the VDP Editor within the Workflow.

2.2. VDP Editor

Since version 1.12.0 of the Workflow, a browser-based VDP Editor for creating and outputting variable data has been available in the Workflow. In version 1.13.1, further new features and improvements have been implemented in this regard. Learn more in the following section.

2.2.1. Layers in the VDP Editor

Starting from this version, three layers - VDP on lowest layer, VDP on top layer and Print Item - are available in the VDP Editor.  VDP elements can only be created on the layers VDP on lowest layer, VDP on top layer and Print Item

  • Each VDP element is created on a sublevel [5].
  • The VDP element can be arranged as desired by simply moving the sublevels.
  • Sublayers can be hidden or shown by clicking on the arrow [7].
  • All layers can be shown [3] and hidden [4].
  • Main layers can be locked [1].
  • The display color for the layer can be defined by double-clicking on the color strip [6].
  • VDP elements can be moved from one layer to another at any time. It is displayed to the user where the VDP element is inserted.
  • VDP elements can also be deleted [2] from the layer.

Details can be found in the manual for Editors and Plug-ins in the "Layers" tab section of the VDP Editor.

Figure 1: VDP layers in the VDP Editor

2.2.2. Move Object

As of version 1.13.1, created objects can be moved vertically and horizontally by holding down the SHIFT key, as is also known from various editors. Proceed as follows:

  1. Open the VDP Editor.
  2. Create a VDP Element.
  3. Select the created element.
  4. Move the selected VDP element with the mouse while holding down the SHIFT key, which will move the element only in the vertical or horizontal axis.

2.2.3. VDP Bezier Curve Tool

The VDP Bezier Curve Tool has been revised and improved in this version. The following two points have been revised:

  • Closing open curves has been facilitated. As soon as the mouse pointer is near the starting point of the path, the position of the mouse pointer is magnetically set to the end point.
  • When closing an open path, the end point is connected to the start point and the curve curvature is automatically adjusted. In previous versions an additional curve was inserted, which did not meet any expectation.

2.3. Impose Editor

In the Impose Editor, further new features  and enhancements have been implemented with version 1.13.1. In addition, already existing functions have been improved or revised. Read this section to find out which areas are affected.

2.3.1. General

From this version on, unusable options, which were up to now deactivated, will be completely hidden. Thus to provide the user only with those functions that can be used in the corresponding context.

2.3.2. New image marks and further options

From this version on, image marks, which can be added in the Impose Editor in Sheet Configuration, can be rotated by 0°, 90°, 180° and 270°. In addition, two new image markers have been added to represent the corrugation, running and weaving direction of the substrate.

Rotation of image marks

To rotate image markers in an Impose configuration, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Impose Editor.
  2. Create any Imposition by selecting the desired Impose Mode.
  3. Activate the General tab.
  4. Activate the Edit Sheet Configuration button, which will open the Sheet Configuration area [8].
  5. Select an image mark in the Color Control Strips & Image Marks settings area [9].
  6. Select the desired rotation in the Rotate option [10].

Figure 2: The Sheet Configuration with openend settings area Color Control Strips & Image Marks

Image Marks for corrugation, running and weaving direction

In the course of development, two new image marks have been added to the Color Control Strip & Image Marks settings area to the Sheet Configuration. The following new image marks are available as of this release:

  • Across Substrate Direction - indicates on the Sheet that the alignment takes place against substrate direction.
  • In Substrate Direction - indicates on the Sheet that the alignment takes place in substrate direction.

Together with the previously mentioned Rotate option for image marks, any orientation can be marked for the substrate.

Figure 3: The settings area Color Control Strip & Image Marks of the Sheet Configuration with the two new image marks for substrate direction labeling

2.4. Print Staticstics

As of this version, production information from Production Jobs can be transferred to the Workflow via Durst Analytics. The transmitted information is displayed in the Workflow per Production Job.

2.4.1. Requirements

To send production-specific information from printed Production Jobs to the Workflow, a few requirements must be met.

  • Durst Analytics - Durst Analytics (version 2.8.0 or higher) must be installed and available.
  • Connection of Durst Analytics to Workflow - Durst Analytics must be connected to Workflow and accessible from Workflow. As of Workflow version 1.8.2, any Durst printer in the Workflow can be connected to Analytics. Refer to section 2.8.1. Establish a connection between Workflow and the Analytics Controller of release notes 1.8.2 to learn how to connect printers in the workflow to Analytics.

2.4.2. "Print Statistics" tab

The Print Statistics tab has been completely revised in this version due to the expansion of the range of functions. Before version 1.13.1, production information was only displayed for TAU printing systems, which were transferred via ZuniExtract. For LFP printing systems, there was no bidirectional communication channel until now - only the ink costs per Production Job were displayed after the Production Job was sent to the printer.

As of version 1.13.1, print information of Production Jobs for Durst printing systems with Analytics connection is displayed as soon as the jobs have been printed and the data has been transferred from Analytics.

 

Figure 4: Statistics for Production Jobs

The following areas are available in the Print Statistics tab from this version:

  • Filter and Search bar [11] - sort [17] resp. filter [15] the entries of the print runs and search for certain entries using the full text search [16]. In addition, use the Display Options [14] to determine which functions are displayed in the filter bar, which information is used for the search and which information is displayed in the list.
  • Aggregated information [12] - here totals across the respective print passes are displayed. The totals always refer to the filtered list entries of the print runs.
  • Print Runs [13] - each time a print job, which was sent to the printer, is printed at the printer, Durst Analytics transfers the information for this Print Run to the Workflow. Each Print Run is listed as a single list entry with the available information in the Print Runs section.
  • Detailed information on Print Run [18] - by pressing this button, further information on the Print Run and the actual ink consumption are displayed in a separate dialog.
Filter and Search bar

The new filter and search bar offers the following functions in the "Print Statistics" tab:

  • Set, Save and Delete filters [19] - As already known, lists can be filtered in the Workflow. New filters can be saved and managed for use with the respective browser.
  • Set Filter [21] - Display which filters are currently set. A black patch indicates that this criterion must be included in the list. A white patch indicates that this criterion is excluded.
  • Delete filter [22] - All set filters are deleted. Individual filter criteria can be removed by clicking on "X".
  • Update display [23] - The list of Print Runs can be updated.
  • Sorting [25] - the list display is sorted in ascending or descending order based on the selected criterion.
  • Full text search [26] - by entering text it is possible to browse the print list. The browseable fields can be defined in the display options.
  • Pagination [24] - pagination is used to scroll between pages, as in all other lists in the Workflow.

Figure 5: The filter and search bar in the Print Statistics tab

  • Display Options [20] - via the display options the appearance of the list can be configured by the user. There are three areas available in the display options:

Filter and Search options

In this area, options of the filter and search bar can be hidden or shown.

Figure 6: The Filter and Search Bar tab of the Display Options

Search options

In this area you can select which properties should be included in the full text search.

Figure 7: The Search Options tab of the Display Options dialog

Detail view

In this area select which properties of the Print Run should displayed in the list. The user can determine in which block [27] the information is located and by adding [28] properties determine which properties should be visible. If you want to reset to our recommendations, press the Reset to Default [29].

Figure 8: The Detail View tab of the Display Options dialog

Aggregated Information

The following information is displayed in the Totals area of the Print Statistics tab:

  • Substrate Cost - sum of the substrate costs of the already printed jobs (print job) of the Production Job. The sum is calculated from the printed area and the substrate costs, which must be defined in the Workflow beforehand in the Edit Substrate dialog.
  • Ink Costs - sum of ink costs of already printed jobs of the Production Job. The sum is calculated from the printed quantity and the ink costs, which must be entered in the Edit Ink Costs dialog in the Workflow.
  • Total Cost - sum of Substrate costs and Ink costs.
  • Ink Consumption - sum of the Ink quantity across all list entries.
  • Printed Area - Sum of the printed area across all list entries.
  • No. of Prints - Total number of copies printed across all list entries.
  • Duration - Total duration of prints across all list entries.

Figure 9: The Aggregated Information area in the Print Statistics tab

Values in the "Aggregated information" area

Note that the aggregated values always refer to the currently filtered list. This allows you to determine the costs which incurred per Production Job for prints that were not performed correctly. Furthermore, you can calculate the incurred effective costs for deliverable prints.

Detail information per Print Run

The following information can be displayed per list entry of a Print Run.

  • Name of the Print (Standard) – this name corresponds to the name displayed in the printer software. Note especially the additions which are separated by an underscore in the name (Figure 10):
    • Banner 3 Item – Name of the Production Job
    • 4455 – internal ID of the Production Job
    • 1 – Number of the Print Run. The Production Job was rendered for the first time and sent to the Printer. When a Production Job is rendered once more and sent to the Printer, the counter increases by "1" = 2
    • p1 – indicates the part of the Production Job. Typical representatives are e.g.:
      • p1, p2, p3 – Number of pages (page 1)
      • LILO – Lead In or Lead Out
  • Type of Print (Standard) – the type of printing in this case is always "Order", as it is a classic Print Run. For the future, it is possible that other types, such as "Test", "Profiling", "Proof", etc. will be made available.
  • Print Run ID (optional) – defines how often one and the same Print Job was started at the printer.
  • Print Operator (Standard) – this name indicates which user has printed the Print Run at the printer software. Note that currently not all printer software versions offer the possibility of logging in as operator.
  • Number of Prints (Standard) – indicates how often the job was printed at the printer.
  • Imprinted Format (Standard) – defines the size of the printed (rendered) area. Non-printed space in Impositions is not subtracted.
  • Imprinted Area (optional) – defines the dimension of the printed area.
  • Substrate (Standard) – indicates which Substrate has been selected for printing in the printer software.
  • Substrate Size (optional) – shows the dimensions of the Substrate stored in the printer software.
  • Substrate Area(optional) – defines the area of the Substrate - single sheet.
  • Substrate Costs (optional) – Sum of the Substrate costs of the Print Run. The sum is calculated from the printed area and the substrate costs, which must be defined beforehand in the Workflow in the Edit Substrate dialog.
  • Ink Consumption (optional) – Sum of the ink costs of the Print Run. The sum is calculated from the printed quantity and the ink costs, which must be entered in the Edit Ink Costs dialog in the Workflow.
  • Printer (Standard) – shows the Printer name that was stored in the Workflow for the printer. For clear assignment, clear designations should be made when setting up the printer.
  • Serial Number (Standard) – shows the printers serial number, which was stored in the Workflow.
  • Resolution (Standard) – indicates the resolution of the printed Print Run.
  • Status (Standard) – indicates the status of the Print Run. Successfully printed Print Runs are marked as "Completed".
  • Start Time (optional) – indicates the start time of the Print Run.
  • End Time (optional) – indicates the end time of the Print Run.
  • Duration (Standard) – indicates the duration needed for the Print Rune.

Figure 10: The informations resp. statistics of a print within the "Print Statistics" tab

Details

By pressing the button, details of the respective print runs are displayed. The following information is provided:

  • General information - some information, which is also displayed in the list view, is again listed in this dialog.
  • Color configuration - the colors used for this print are listed.
  • Ink - the amount of ink used per color channel is shown.
  • Ink costs - the ink costs are calculated by multiplying the quantity with the ink costs - stored in the workflow for the respective ink with the same order number.
  • Batch number - indicates the ink batch with which the print job was printed.
  • Order number - indicates the order number for the ink used for printing. The same ink must be stored at the printer in the workflow for the ink cost to match.
  • Expiration date - indicates the expiration date of the ink batch. This allows you to see if the print was created with an unexpired ink.

Figure 11: The Job Run Details dialog with information concerning the Print Run

Displaying production data for third-party printing systems

We are, of course, already working on making print information from third-party printers available via the printer drivers provided for this purpose. However, you will have to be patient for a little longer but in Q1 2023 this option will certainly be available.

2.5. Hotfolder

In this version, further improvements and new features have been implemented for Hotfolders. Already existing functions were extended by the following functionalities.

2.5.1. Shape Nesting for Hotfolders

For Hotfolders with Processing Mode ZIP, Auto Nesting, XML and Single Files and selected Impose mode Nesting, from this version Impose Templates for Shape Nesting, as well as the technical Spot Color to be used for Shape Nesting can be selected. Proceed as follows:

  1. Switch to the Automation > Hotfolder menu.
  2. Create a new hotfolder by opening the Hotfolder Setup dialog.
  3. In the Process Parameters tab within the Processing Mode dropdown, select ZIP, Auto Nesting, XML or Single Files.
  4. Switch to the Impose tab.
  5. In this tab, select the Impose Mode [30] Nesting and a Shape Nesting Impose Template in Impose Template [31].
  6. When a Shape Nesting Template has been selected, the Spot Color [32] option becomes active. Select the to be used Spot Color for the Shape Nesting.
  7. Save and start the Hotfolder after you have set all settings.

Figure 12: The Hotfolder Setup dialog with selected Shape Nesting Impose Template

Which Spot Color is used to prepare for Shape Nesting?

As soon as a Spot Color is selected in the "Impose" tab of the Hotfolder Setup dialog, it will be used to prepare the Shape Nesting. If no Spot Color is selected in the Hotfolder Setup dialog, the Spot Color that was selected system-wide for the Workflow in Administration > Settings > Impose Editor > Shape Nesting is used for preparation.

Rename Spot Colors during the Check-in

Use the option to automatically rename Spor Colors of the Print Item during check-in, so that print data with different names for Dielines are also automatically prepared for Shape Nesting.

2.5.2. Make Shape Nesting with technical color available in XML

For Hotfolders with processing method "XML", Shape Nesting is available directly via the XML control file for a Production Job. All you have to do is to specify the Spot Color Name [35] for Shape Nesting in the trueshapeSpotcolorName attribute and the corresponding Impose Template [34] in the internalName attribute of the ImposeTemplate node [33].

Figure 13: Specifying values for Shape Nesting in the XML file which is to be processed

2.6. Fotoba – XLA 170

With 1.13.1, the integration of the Fotoba Cutter XLA 170 series with the necessary configuration parameters has been implemented. Before the Fotoba XLA 170 can be used in the Workflow for Production Jobs, the Cutter must be created in the Workflow. To do this, complete the following four steps.

2.6.1. Step 1: Add the Cutter Device to the Workflow

  1. Change to the menu  Administration > Cutter Devices.
  2. Open the Add Cutter dialog by clicking + New.

Figure 14: The Add Cutter dialog with completed values for adding the Fotoba Cutter Device

  1. Select the following parameters in the opened dialog:
    • Device type – select Fotoba therein.
    • Name – enter a unique name for the cutting device in it. If there are two devices of the same type, create the device with different names in each case.
    • Serial Number – optionally enter the serial number of the device, which makes sense when two cutters of the same manufacturer are used.
  2. Finally create the Fotoba by clicking on Save.

2.6.2. Step 2: Checking the Fotoba configuration

After creating the Cutter Device, you will be provided with four default configurations - based on the commonly used Fotoba series. In the Configurations Settings area, select the configuration which is to be used by default and click the Set as Default button. As of this version, one more configuration is available:

  • XLA Series - this configuration can be used for Fotoba XLA- or XLE/XLD series . Double and single horizontal and vertical lines are created by default. In addition, there are additional vertical indicators and Fotoba-specific barcodes for the XLA series.

Further settings for the configurations can be made and saved in the Impose Editor. If necessary, custom configurations can also be created and used. For more on this topic, see the sections Using a Cutter in a Production Job and Cutter Device configuration settings and saving.

Figure 15: The setting areas of the Administration > Cutter Device menu item with a valid Fotoba XLA series configuration

2.6.3. Step 3: Use Fotoba XLA 170 for Production Jobs

Look up how to use Cutter Devices for Production Jobs in the Release Notes for 1.7.6.

2.6.4. Step 4: Check resp. configure available parameters

In case the settings of the standard configuration do not come up to your expectations, it is possible to create and save user-defined configurations in the Impose Editor. Concerning this matter read on in section Change and save configurations for Cutter Devices. Details can be found in this section.

Settings for Marks

Most of these settings are already used in the existing Fotoba configurations. These were described in the Release Notes 1.7.7. The following settings have been supplemented or added in this version:

  • Indicator Settings [36] - the indicators were previously only used for the XLA and XLE/XLD series. These indicators must be created either on the left, on the right or on both sides vertically.
  • Spacing to next mark [37] - this distance defines the distance between the indicator and the nearest horizontal Fotoba line mark.
  • Distance from line [40] - this distance defines the distance between the two indicators, when it is a double indicator (usually all indicators except the first and the last).
  • Width [38] - defines the width of the indicator. Decreasing the value increases the white area of the indicator and decreases the black area.
  • Indicator thickness [41] - determines the height or strength of the indicator. Increasing the value increases the white area of the indicator.
  • Line Settings [39] - starting from this version, all occurring line types can be formatted or edited separately. In this case, the Single lines (outside and around), the Single lines (intermediate), the Double lines (outside and around) and the Double lines (intermediate) can be defined separately. Furthermore, the sensor mark can be edited separately, if it is needed.

Figure 16: The settings area Fotoba in the Impose Editor for the Cutter Device Fotoba XLA

Settings for Barcodes

In addition to the typical Fotoba marks, the Fotoba Cutter XLA series uses two Fotoba-specific barcodes, which are enabled by default. The following settings can be made for these barcodes:

  • Active [42]– defines if the barcode should be generated resp. used. When the Barcode isn't needed this option can be deactivated
  • Width [43] and Height [46] – defines the Width and the Height of the respective barcode. The modification can be observed in live on the Artboard of the Impose Editor
  • X- [44] and Y-Offset [47] – defines the offset to the Artboard. By means of the input fields the barcodes can be moved to the correct position.
  • Rotate [45] – defines the rotation of the respective barcode. By default the barcode is rotated 180° on the lower side of the Imposition, whereas the barcode on the upper edge remains on 0°.

Figure 17: The Barcodes settings area in the Impose Editor for the Fotoba XLA Cutter Device

 

2.6.5. Restrictions

Since the Fotoba Cutter requires a regular grid to cut the job correctly, there are limitations in the Imposition. Conditions may occur that do not allow usage of the Fotoba Cutter. Read this section to find out what these limitations are.

2.7. Create PDF cut files in the Workflow

With 1.13.1 the possibility to create PDF cut files which can be used for various cutters was created. For this purpose, a separate PDF Cutter has been implemented in the Workflow. Before using this cutter in the Workflow for Production Jobs, the cutter must be created in the Workflow. To do this, complete the following four steps.

2.7.1. Step 1: Set up Shares for the PDF Cutter in the Workflow

The target directory of the Cutter Device must first be made available for the Workflow. To do this, the Host and Share must be created in the Administration > File Management menu. Details on this topic can be found in the article Set up and manage shares.

2.7.2. Step 2: Add Cutter Device to the Workflow

  1. Navigate to the menu Administration > Cutter Devices.
  2. Open the Add Cutter dialog by clicking on + New

Figure 18: The Add Cutter dialog with filled in values for adding the PDF Cutter

  1. Choose the following parameters in the opened dialog:
    • Device type [48] – choose the PDF Cutter.
    • Name [49] – enter a unique name for the Cutter Device. If there are two devices of the same type, create the device twice with different names to have unique names and target directories in the Workflow.
    • Serial Number – optionally enter the serial number of the device, which makes sense if two cutters from the same manufacturer are used.
    • Host [50] – select the Host defined in step 1.
    • Destinations [51] – select the destination directory which was defined in step 1.
  2. Finally create the PDF Cutter by clicking Save.

2.7.3. Step 3: Check Configurations

After creating the Cutter, the default PDF Cut-Output configuration is provided in the Configuration settings area. This configuration can be used by default.

For this configuration, the default settings for cutters or cutting data are available in the Parameters settings area.

Further settings for configurations can be determined and saved in the Impose Editor. If necessary, user-defined configurations can also be created and used. For more on this topic, go to Using a Cutter in a Production Job and Change and save configurations for Cutter Devices.

Figure 19: The menu point Administration > Devices with a valid configuration for PDF Cutter

2.7.4. Step 4: Assign Technical Colors to Cutter Devices

Before the PDF Cutter can be used for Production Jobs, the system-wide technical colors of the workflow must be assigned to the cutting tools. Proceed as follows:

  1. Select the previously newly created PDF Cutter in the list of the Devices settings area.
  2. In the Cutter settings area - located below the Devices, Configurations and Parameters settings areas - all the available Pen Types [52] of the cutter are listed.

Figure 20: The settings area Pen Types with possible Pen Types for the PDF Cutter

  1. Select the to be used Pen Type or the color of the Pen Type from the list.
  2. Then click on Edit [53] in the footer of the settings area, which opens the Edit Pen Types dialog.

Figure 21: The Map Spot Colors tab of the Edit Pen Types dialog, where system-wide technical colors can be bound to the selected Pen Type

  1. In the Map Spot Colors [54] tab, select the technical colors to be bound to the selected Pen Type from the Available Technical Colors [55] drop-down menu. If several technical colors are to be bound to a Pen Type, repeat the just performed step. Technical colors that have already been bound to a Pen Type are grayed out in the list. The tools that have already been bound are listed in the Mapped Colors [57] area.
  2. Then activate the Extended Tool Settings tab [56] to determine further PDF-specific settings for the selected Pen Type.

Figure 22: The Extended Tool Settings dialog for determination of the PDF cut file

7. Determine PDF specific settings per cutting tool in this tab. The following options are available:

  • Spot Color Name (PDF) [58] - define how the Spot Color must be named in the PDF cut file so that the appropriate tool is automatically selected in the Cutter Device software.
  • Spot Color values [59] - define the alternative CMYK color values of the Spot Color so that the appropriate tool is automatically selected in the Cutter Device software.
  • Move to Layer [60] - define whether the Spot Color should be created on its own layer.
  • Layer Name [61] - define the layer name to be used. The cutter software in many cases requires a special name for the layer.
  • Processing Step Group (ISO 19593-1) [62] - assign the appropriate group for the layer, based on the  ISO 19593-1 standard.
  • Processing Step Type (ISO 19593-1) [63] - assign the appropriate type for the layer, based on the  ISO 19593-1 standard.

2.7.5. Use PDF Cutter for Production Jobs

For more on using Cutters in Production Jobs, see the Release Notes for 1.7.6.

2.7.6. Available Parameters

In case the settings of the standard configuration don't come up to your expectations, you can create and save user-defined configurations in the Impose Editor. How to do this is described in the section Change and save configurations for Cutter Devices.

Figure 23: The settings area Registration Marks and Barcodes of the Impose Editor for the PDF-Cutter

2.8. "OptiScout Prepare" Cutter

In version 1.13.0, the integration of the  OptiScout Prepare cutter software was started. To offer complete integration of the cutter software, the implementation from version 1.13.0 was supplemented by a further step.

From this version on, the Pen Types can be configured in an extended way and the materials can be imported from OptiScout Prepare into the Workflow. The materials can be subsequently used for Production Jobs. In future versions, this integration will be continued with regard to delivery of status messages as well as production data.

2.8.1. Define Pen Type

From this version on, Extended Tool Settings [64] are available for OptiScout Prepare Pen Types. These extended settings allow to define layer names (LayerNames), Pen Type names (ToolNames) and Pen color (ToolColor) per tool. The information will eventually be used in the cut file. Proceed as follows when defining the extended settings.

  1. Switch to the Administration > Cutter Devices.
  2. Select the OptiScout Prepare Cutter Device from the list of Devices.
  3. Select the corresponding configuration in the Configurations settings area.
  4. In the Pen Types settings area - located below Devices, Configurations and Parameters - all the available Pen Types of the Cutter Device are listed.
  5. Select the to be used Pen Type or the color of the Pen Type in the list.
  6. Click on Edit in the footer of the Settings Panel, which will open the Edit Pen Type dialog.
  7. Activate the Extended Tool Settings tab to make additional OXF-specific settings.

Figure 24: The Extended Tool Settings for the selected Pen Type for the OptiScout Prepare Cutter

  1. The following properties can be defined with values in the Extended Tool Settings.
    • Layer Name [65] - define in this input field how the spot color in the OXF cutting file must be as Layer Name so that the appropriate tool is automatically selected in the cutting device software.
    • Tool Name [66] - define in this input field how the spot color in the OXF cutting file must be as Tool Name so that the appropriate tool is automatically selected in the cutting device software.
    • Tool Color [67] - define in these input fields the RGB color values for the tool so that the appropriate tool or the correct  Tool Color is automatically selected in the cutting device software.

2.8.2. Import and use materials of the Cutter

As of this version, the materials of the OptiScout Prepare Cutter can also be imported into the Workflow. As soon as the Cutter is used for a Production Job, also the material for the Cutter can be selected. The information is subsequently written into the cut file.

Materials for Cutter Devices

A material in OptiScout Prepare is basically a "cut recipe" for the selected material. Therein, among other things, it's possible to store in which order which Dieline is to be cut with which tool and after which step the material must be turned at the cutting table.

Import and manage materials from "OptiScout Prepare"

Before the materials of the OptiScout Prepare software can be used for Production Jobs, these materials must first be imported into the Workflow. For this purpose, the OptiScout Prepare Cutter must be created or already created in the Workflow. When the Cutter is created, a connection to the software of the Cutter is established via the Host. After that it is possible to import the materials. Proceed as follows:

  1. Switch to the Administration > Cutter Devices menu.
  2. Click + New in the Devices settings area.
  3. In the Add Cutter dialog, select OptiScout Prepare in the Device type option.
  4. Assign a unique Name.
  5. Select the Host on which the OptiScout Prepare software is installed.
  6. Select the desired target directory on which the cut data is to be copied from the Workflow.
  7. Continue with the configuration of your Cutter Device.

Check Host, start CutCenter

Only if the Host has been selected correctly the materials of the cutter can be subsequently imported into the Workflow. Therefore, make sure that the Host is the one where the OptiScout software is installed. The software must also be started in order to be able to query the materials.

Figure 25: The settings area for managing Cutter Device can be called via Administration > Cutter Devices

Import Materials

After the Cutter has been successfully created, the materials of the cutter software can be imported in the Workflow. Proceed as follows:

  1. Switch to the Administration < Cutter Devices.
  2. Select the OptiScout Prepare [68] Cutter Device.
  3. Navigate to the Materials settings area of the Cutter - this area is only available for certain cutters.
  4. In the footer of the settings area, press the Import materials button [69].

Figure 26: Import Materials of the OptiScout Prepare Software

  1. Confirm the dialog to start importing the materials.
  2. After the materials have been imported successfully, they can be used.

Problems importing materials from a Cutter?

If the import process does not work, this is indicated by an error message. In this case, please check the following points:

  • Was the correct Host, on which the Cutter software is located, selected for the cutter?
  • Has the Cutter software been started on the selected Host?
  • Check whether OptiScout Prepare uses port 52000 as OXF interface.

Updating the materials

The import can be repeated at any time if any materials were added in the Cutter software at a later time. There is no automatic notification that a new material has been created in OptiScout Prepare.

Please note that during a new import, only those materials are imported which were not yet present in the Workflow or which have already been deleted.

Manage materials

After the materials of the cutter have been imported successfully, they can be managed or used. The following functions and information are available after selecting a material:

  • Import materials [71] - Using this button, materials can be imported from the cutter software. When importing materials at a later time, only materials that have not yet been imported or have already been deleted will be imported again. If the connection to the cutter software cannot be established or it is not started, the process cannot be completed successfully.
  • Delete [72] - By pressing the button, a material selected in the list can be deleted in the workflow. After it is deleted, it can no longer be used (selected) in the workflow. When importing again, materials that have already been deleted will be imported again.
  • Hide [74] - Using this function, individual materials in this list can be hidden (made inactive). Hidden materials are moved to the end of the list and displayed dimmed. These materials cannot be used or selected in production, but will not be re-imported when they are imported again.
  • Show [73] - Materials that have already been hidden in this list can be shown again by pressing this button. This will cause these materials to be listed again in the correct order by default. Consequently, they can also be used again for production orders.
  • Material information [75] - By selecting a material [70] in the list, detailed information on the material is displayed in the Material information settings area. This information comes exclusively from the cutter software and can only be edited there. These properties serve purely as additional information.

Figure 27: The settings area Cutter Materials and Material Info for the Cutter OptiScout Prepare

Use Materials for the Output

After the materials of the Cutter have been imported successfully and the list has been revised, the materials which are still shown can be used for Production Jobs in connection with the OptiScout Cutter. Proceed as follows:

  1. Create a new Production Job or open an already existing Production Job.
  2. Select the desired  Output Configuration in the tab of the same name or select the Finishing tab in the Send to Printer dialog.
  3. In both places, the OptiScout Prepare Cutter [76] can be selected with the desired Parameter set [77].
  4. Optionally, you can select the desired Cutter Material [78] here.
  5. Save the Output Configuration and transfer the production job to the printer or Cutter.

When the Production Job is sent to the printer, the cut file is simultaneously - compatible with the selected Cutter - created . The information of the used material is written into this cut file. The cut file is also sent to the Cutter when it is sent to the printer. The Cutter software will read the information of the material and use it internally.

Figure 28: The Output Configuration with the selected OptiScout Prepare, respective Parameter as well as Cutter Material

Store materials of a Cutter in Output Configuration.

The material of the Cutter Device can be selected everywhere where the Cutter Device itself can be selected. It is best to create the material in the template of the Output Configuration in order to be able to access this configuration at a later time.

2.9. Data Preparation

With version 1.13.1, in terms of Fixups, work has been done specifically on the expansion of functions in terms of variable content, as well as making adjustments to some Fixups.

2.9.1. Conversion to "Variable Content"

The following Fixups are available as of this version with access to variable content.

Duplicate all Pages

Create a duplicate of each side of the Print Item on the following page. For the duplicate, you can determine whether it is to be rotated 0° or 180° or mirrored horizontally or vertically. Thus, a 4-page Print Item (1/2/3/4) becomes an 8-page Print Item with the page sequence 1/1/2/3/4/4.

The variables Rotate and Mirror can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 29: The Duplicate all Pages Fixup with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically passed content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the variable Rotate and Mirror. As of version 1.14.0, the values that the Fixup can process during execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

Rotate and/or Mirror Page

Use this Fixup to rotate pages 90° clockwise, 90° counterclockwise or 180° and/or flip the page horizontally or vertically.

The variables Rotate with Apply to and Mirror with Apply to can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 30: The Fixup Rotate and/or Mirror Page with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the variable Rotate with Apply to and Mirror with Apply to. As of version 1.14.0, the values the Fixup can process during its execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

Seiteninhalt auf einen bestimmten Prozentwert skalieren

Use this Fixup to scale the page content to a specific percentage value. The page ratio remains unchanged.

The variable Scale to can now be filled with a defined percentage value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 31: The Scale Page Content by Percent Fixup with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the Scale to variable. As of version 1.14.0, the values that the Fixup can process during execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

Scale Page Content Absolute

Use this Fixup to scale the page content to a specific size. The existing Bleed will be adjusted accordingly to the scaling.

The variables Scale Option, Long Edge as well as Short Edge can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 32: The Fixup Scale Page Content Absolute with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the variable Scale Option, Long Page as well as Short Page. As of version 1.14.0, the values the Fixup can process during execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

Set White Objects to Knockout

Set white objects to Knockout with this Fiup. White objects - CMYK 0/0/0 or RGB 155/255/255 - should normally be set to Knockout, otherwise they would disappear in the output.

The Apply to variable can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 33: The Fixup Set White Objects to Knockout with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the Apply to variable. As of version 1.14.0, the values the Fixup can process during execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

Flatten Transparency

With this Fixup, all transparent objects will be flattened. This also affects all affected objects based on the values made in the transparency flattening settings.

The variables Pixel/Vector balance, Lineart and Text Resolution as well as Gradient and Mesh Resolution can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item resp. from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 34: The Fixup Flatten Tansparencies with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the variables Pixel/Vector balance, Lineart and Text Resolution and Gradient and Mesh Resolution. As of version 1.14.0, the values that the Fixup can process during execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

Crop to Visible Area

Use this Fixup to crop all pages of the Print Item to the visible area. You can decide whether CropMarks should be taken into account and which Safety Margin(s) should be used.

The variable Safety Margin can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 34: The Fixup Crop to Visible Area with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the Safety Margin variable. Which values the Fixup can process during execution is shown to you as information for each Fixup separately in the dialog as of version 1.14.0.

Convert to Grayscale

Use this Fixup to convert all colors (including Spot Colors) of the selected object types to grayscale.

The Object Type variable can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 35: The Fixup Convert to Grayscale with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the Object Type variable. As of version 1.14.0, the values that the Fixup can process during execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

Add Background

Use this Fixup to add a white background for the selected page box. Attention: No White Spot Color will be created.

The variable Add white background to can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 36: The Fixup Add Background with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the variable Add white background to. Which values the Fixup can process during execution is shown to you as information for each Fixup separately in the dialog as of version 1.14.0.

Set Black Objects to Overprint

Use this Fixup to set the overprint status for selected black objects (text, vectors or both) to Overprint.

The Apply to variable can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 37: The Fixup Set Black Objects to Overprint with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the Apply to variable. As of version 1.14.0, the values that the Fixup can process during execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

Set Black Objects to Knockout

Use this Fixup to set the overprint status for selected black objects (text, vectors or both) to Knockout.

The Apply to variable can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 38: The Fixup Set Black Objects to Knockout with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the Apply to variable. As of version 1.14.0, the values that the Fixup can process during execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

Remove Printing Objects in Defined Area

Use this Fixup to remove printing objects for selected areas - e.g. for adhesive surfaces. The area is determined by the selection of a technical spot color.

From now on, the variable Offset can be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 39: The Fixup Remove Printing Objects in Defined Area with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the variable Offset. As of version 1.14.0, the values that the Fixup can process during execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

Set Scale Factor

With this Fixup, setting the page scaling factor e.g.: 1:10 (user unit entry) increases the effective size of the page by 10 times. The page scaling factor allows to define pages larger than 5.08 x 5.08 meters.

The Dealing with existing Scale Factor variable can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Article or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 40: The Fixup Set Scale Factor with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the variable Set Scale Factor. As of version 1.14.0, the values that the Fixup can process during execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

Add Edge Reinforcement

With this Fixup, the Print Item can be enlarged as desired by adding an additional unprinted area on each side. When adding areas it is always the ImageBox which is taken as starting point.

The variables Top, Bottom, Left and Right can now be filled with a defined value (Static Content) as well as via values from the Print Item or from a user-defined field (Variable Content).

Figure 41: The Fixup Add Edge Reinforcement with the possibility to switch between static and variable content

Expected values for dynamically delivered content

Note that not every value can be used as input for the variables Top, Bottom, Left and Right. As of version 1.14.0, the values that the Fixup can process during execution are displayed separately in the dialog as information for each Fixup.

2.9.2. Improvements in existing Fixups

In this version, a small improvement was made for one Fixup.

Remove Spot Colors

Use this Fixup to delete the selected Spot Colors of the Print Item with all the objects colored with them.

As a small improvement, the values used for conversion are displayed for the individual spot colors. The user is thus quickly informed whether the Spot Color is a definition that has been assigned to a substrate, a customer or specifically to the PDF.

Figure 42: The Fixup Remove Spot Colors with additional information concerning the source of the alternative values

2.10. Rest-API

With version 1.13.1, various optimizations have been made with regard to the Rest API. An error has also been corrected that led to a lack of memory in individual cases when checking in Print Items and Articles.

2.10.1. Out of Memory

In a few cases, checking in a file via http(s) sources resulted in a memory shortage. We have optimized the process so that this error should no longer occur.

2.10.2. Duplicate and configure Step & Repeat templates

By use of the Rest API it is now possible to duplicate existing Step & Repeat templates for the Impose Editor and overwrite base values. Thereby, it is possible to create different versions of a base template {id} via API.

POST api/v2/impose-template-step-and-repeat/{id}/copy

{id} corresponds with the to be duplicated base template

Request Body

{  "comment": "Comment",  "name": "New Name of Template",  "rules": {    "cols": 2,    "rotate": 90,    "rows": 4,    "spacingHorizontal": 5,    "spacingVertical": 5  } }

Folgende Werte können dabei berücksichtigt werden:

The following values can be taken into account:

  • name: Name of the new template
  • comment: Comment concerning the template
  • cols: Number of columns
  • rows: Number of rows
  • rotate: Rotation of Print Items (0, 90, 180, 270 Grad)
  • spacingHorizontal: Horizontal spacing of fields in mm
  • spacingVertical: Vertical spacing of fields in mm  

All other settings from the Impose Template are applied directly.

Note on API V2 Endpoint: The second version for the Rest API is still under development. This is constantly supplemented and extended by further functions. In individual cases, this can still lead to the new functions are revised.

3. Improvements

The following improvements have also been implemented in version 1.13.1.

3.1. Remove VDP Specification

In this version, an option has been created to delete the current VDP specification of a Print Item. This function resets all VDP options so that the respective Print Item is no longer considered "variable". Proceed as follows:

  1. Open a Print Item or Article with variable data.
  2. Activate the Variable Data tab.
  3. Click the Remove VDP Spec button, which opens a dialog asking you to confirm the procedure.
  4. Confirm the dialog.

Figure 43: The Variable Data tab of an Article with the possibility to remove all made settings for Variable Data

Remove Variable Data specification

By executing this function, all set VDP elements with the settings for the respective Print Item are deleted. This action cannot be undone.

3.2. Save a Tiling

In order to Save a Tiling, the user can choose between two options. On the one hand, the Tiling is saved as a multi-page document on the Production Job, and on the other hand, a separate Article can be created from each page of the tiling.

Starting from this version, a new or optimized Data Preparation is applied when generating these options. Thereby, overlapping elements or elements outside the MediaBox are removed. This mainly serves the correct generation of cut data for tiles.

Figure 44: The Save Options for Tiling dialog

Not all data can currently be processed correctly

The function used for trimming cut paths is based on a newly developed function in pdfToolbox. Corresponding tests have shown that in rare cases incorrect cut files may occur. Before printing we kindly request you to check the cut data in regard to correct processing. With version 1.14.0 the SDK (version 14) from callas software should be available, wherein all problem cases should be solved.

3.3. Show Scale Factor

The currently set Scale Factor [79] (user unit) is displayed from this version for each Print Item or Article in the Document Information and User-defined Fields settings area, so that the user can immediately identify whether the document contains a scale factor. This makes it possible to identify more quickly whether the existing scaling factor should be used to calculate the new size or whether the page scaling factor should be removed when applying the scaling factor again.

Figure 45: The Print Data tab of an Article with displayed Scale Factor in the Document Information and User-defined Fields setting area

3.4. Redesign in the "Impose" tab

In the course of development, the Impose tab in Production Job was finally revised and restructured. The tabs below the Impose preview were removed and instead additional areas - also in the form of tabs - were added next to the Impose preview.

Figure 46: The Impose tab in Production Job with its new design

Compare non-optimized and optimized values

When an optimization has been made for the Imposition and thus a better degree of substrate utilization has been achieved, the non-optimized value can be displayed by simply clicking on the gray area with the information on the Degree of Utilization or Total Area of the Production Job.

3.5. Small Improvements

Version 1.13.1 of the Workflow also offers other minor improvements - these are:

Variable Data – Information

In the Print Item or Article detail view, the Variable Data tab displays information on the CSV data that has already been created. Additionaly the day and the time at which the CSV file was added is shown there. As of this version, this date and this timestamp use the set format from the Workflow settings.

New symbols for "Overprint" and "Knockout"

As of this version, new icons are available which indicate per Spot Color whether it the color is set to Overprint or Knockout. These symbols are now used throughout the Workflow and Impose Editor.

Figure 47: The Spot Colors setting area with its new symbols for Overprint and Knockout

Definition of Ink Costs

In the Workflow settings - Administration > Settings > General - the Base Unit for Inks can be selected in the Display Options area. Starting from this version, the unit for inks is also changed when switching from liters to kilograms, so that the correct values can also be entered when defining ink prices.

Figure 48: The Edit Ink Cost dialog with the possibility to set the ink cost for the chosen Base Unit for Inks

Empty Trash

Starting from this version, the process to empty the Trash has been changed to an asynchronous process. This means that a separate process is started, which is also shown in the Workflow Activities display, so that every user can see that this process is currently running.

Figure 49: The Activities display with an own process for emptying the Trash

4. Fixed Bugs

The following bugs were fixed with this release.

4.1. Workflow

Data Preparation with dynamic content: Data Preparations are always applied internally with millimeters. For this reason, incorrect values were used when a custom field with inches as dynamic content was used. This error has been fixed.

Data Preparation – Add Grommets/Drillholes: When applying the Data Preparation with type "Grommets by distance" the entered distances were not used. Created were always 10 grommets per edge.

Data Preparation – Add Pole Pockets: If this Data Preparation was used in a Fixup Chain, then no Pole Pocket below 30mm could be generated.

Data Preparation – Scale Page Content: When opening the Data Prepartion, the dimensions of the document were not displayed.

VDP Editor – Text mit Drehung: Text which was rotated by 90° in the VDP editor (browser) could not be sent to the printer correctly. This bug has been fixed.

VDP Editor – Zufällige Seriennummer: Duplicate entries were generated. This error has been fixed.

VDP Editor – CSV Dateien mit Farbwerten: Color values from CSV files could not be used. The behavior has been corrected.

Ink Cost Report: In jobs with multiple Print Items, only the Ink Cost report of the first Print Item was downloaded. This bug has also been fixed.

List of Substrates: The list of Workflow substrates and printer substrates in the "Import Printer Materials" tab could no longer be filtered by custom filters.  

Multipage Documents with Cutter Devices: If a preview is to be generated for each cut file and several cut files have to be generated because the output document contains numerous pages, then already generated cut files were automatically deleted.

Lead In / Lead Out: The preview files for the Lead In and Lead Out were missing at the printer for LFP printing systems. The bug could be solved.

Print Item resp. Article preview: In some cases, a preview of a document could not be displayed when the Print Item or Article was opened.

Transmitted light measurment: When measuring linearization with transmitted light, the process was aborted due to an error. The bug has been fixed.

DCF format: When sending to the printer, sometimes too many "MasterPages" were created if the output format "DCF" was set.

Force Print: The name for the Production Job was not created correctly. This bug has been fixed.

Third-party printer – Vutek: Vertical black lines were output. This bug could be fixed.

Ink Cost calculation VariJET: As of this version, the correct formula is used to calculate ink costs.

Production Jobs for Print Charts: Up to now, the "Activate Color Management" option was enabled for these Production Jobs. As of this version, this option is deactivated.

Vanguard printing systems: In some cases, white or black stripes were partially rendered or printed. This bug has been fixed.

4.2. Impose Editor

Dynamic Sheet Size: In some cases, the sheet height for roll substrates was not extended or increased in Nestings when it was possible to place additional Print Items. The behavior was adjusted.

Distance for rotated Print Items: The defined spacing for rotated Print Items in Nesting was not applied. The bug has been fixed.

Shape Nesting with scaled Print Items: The Shape Nesting could not be created correctly when the Print Items were scaled in the Impose Editor.

Shape Nesting with Barcode Captions: Barcode captions outside of the Print Items were placed incorrectly when Shape Nesting was created.

Shape Nesting double-sided: In some cases, the back could not be imposed correctly. The behavior has been improved.

Barcode Captions in Nesting: Print Items were placed incorrectly when barcode labels were generated on the Artboard position.

Barcode Captions: An error occurred when all positioning options (top, right, bottom and left) were disabled.

5. Hot-Fixes

The name for the release of 07 October 2022 was "DW Build 1.13.1.(xxx)". The following hotfixes were fixed in the following subversions:

Next Article Release – 1.13.0 (Current Major Version)
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