by Greg Cholmondeley, Workflow Practice Director, Caslon & Company
Canon certainly doesn’t waste any time releasing improvements to their software! It seems like I just reviewed the new G7 color management capabilities in PRISMAsync and they already have a new major release. This one is called PRISMAsync Version 5 and it has a lot of feature enhancements for end users as well as some major changes under the hood.
Go ahead and view the three videos in my Canon PRISMAsync Version 5 Product Briefing to see it, but here are the key elements in a nutshell:
PRISMAsync used to have a bitmap workflow and now it has a full PDF workflow. So, what does that mean for anyone other than an engineer? A lot, it turns out. Remember that PRISMAsync is basically Canon’s digital front end for their production presses so RIPping files into bitmaps is a pretty important function. In earlier releases this happened as soon as files arrived which assured operators that they were ready to print but also limiting operators to basically moving jobs around queues and tweaking some job ticket parameters.
This is fine in a perfect world because you typically want your operators focused on keeping the presses running while your prepress departments and designers are responsible for tweaking the job. That’s all well and good unless you’re a shop where your operator IS your prepress department or if your operator discovers a problem with the job. With a bitmap workflow the only option in that case is to cancel the job and call the prepress department or designer and explain the problem.
With version 5 the files aren’t ripped until just before they are sent to the press. This means that operators have a chance to look at jobs, change impositions, do some color corrections, remove image artifacts, and so forth. Now, you can disable those features if you don’t want all your operators doing them but the capabilities are there if needed. This is something I think smaller shops and in-plants will love and might be just the thing to save the day when that one trouble job makes it through to the press.
It’s probably easier to see what version 5 does and how it works than to explain it. View the three videos in my product briefing to see how to:
- View and edit layout and job setups
- Preview PDFs down to individual pixels
- Edit CMYK curves
- Edit print quality settings
- Edit spot colors
- And even reduce Digital Moire
This is yet another step in the right direction of providing tools and flexibility to do what is needed to quickly get high quality work out the door.