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PrintFactory Better Printing, Better Profit


PrintFactory is workflow software for wide format printers. It comes with a set of tools that work much harder and smarter than the average, standard RIP shipped with wide format printers today.

PrintFactory is easier to use. It was made by printers, for printers. It’s more intelligent. It’s SaaS. And with our world-class color engine, PrintFactory guarantees better printing for your customers and bigger profits for you.

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  • Consistent Colour
  • Lower Ink Costs
  • Smarter Job Preparation
  • Less Wasted Media

We print colours, not numbers

Our customers love the fact that PrintFactory’s workflow software prints better, more vivid, stronger, and more accurate colour – consistently – on different substrates, in different conditions, miles and months apart.

Simply put, our device-link profiles send data about the colour source directly to your printers. With PrintFactory, the colour you want, is the colour you get. Here’s how:

DEVICE-LINK PROFILING

Unlike ICC profiles (which do calculations first in an intermediate colour space), we remove the room for error that creeps in due to extra maths, wear and tear, differences in substrates, ink, or any outside influences.

Device-link profiling preserves colour separation by doing direct CMYK-to-CMYK conversions, sending instructions directly to the colour space of the target output devices – your printers.

NO MORE MAKE-READIES

The trouble is, designers can only do so much. They’ve been creative with their use of colour, they know how to choose a profile. The job looks great on a screen and the job looks great on a proof … and then it all falls apart when it gets to the press.

Sure, you can run the jobs to see if they match the artwork. But that’s an expensive and time-consuming way to work. You’re wasting ink, media, and money every day. Heat, moisture, wear and tear, printer drift and ink and media variances will all have an impact on the finished results, too. However, with PrintFactory’s Editor tool and a calibrated monitor, what you see on screen is exactly what you’ll print on the press.

No more make-readies. Imagine that.

CLOSED LOOP CALIBRATION

With device-link profiles defining the settings for a first ‘golden state’, our software can benchmark successive outputs automatically – delivering iterative recalibration in almost real-time, reflecting and correcting instantly for changes caused by printing environments and media.

Put PrintFactory into action and your source colour values are faithfully and reliably reproduced within each printer’s unique gamut. Your customers will get better colour reproduction. Cleaner, more vivid colour. And you’ll be printing consistently cheaper colour too, without diluting saturation or dialling down your quality, because device-link profiles use a perfect visual match.

PERFECT PROFILES IN *MINUTES*

Our Calibrator turns the whole team into profile-ninjas. And our Editor will analyse the RGB and CMYK detail for you, to provide on-screen softproofs you can trust 100%.

PrintFactory’s Editor produces a soft proof that shows exactly what you’ll print, AND it gives you the option to make manual adjustments (if you really want to). You don’t need to waste ink, media, or money, getting it wrong. Just check you’re happy with what’s on screen and send it to the RIP. What you see on screen now, is what you’ll print – wherever your print devices may be.

Consistent colour is guaranteed. As are your savings, using up to 20% less ink.


 

It means lower ink costs, not lower standards

The real problem with colour, is that it’s more than the sum of its parts. And in the process of constantly chasing colour, there’s a chance you’ll always use more ink than you need to and still get imperfect results – unless your workflow software uses device-link profiles.
PrintFactory lets you create device-link profiles in just a few clicks. With them, you get more vivid colour – you use less ink in the process – and there’s absolutely no degradation in quality.

 

 

MORE CONTROL OVER THE K-CHANNEL

In contrast to ICC profiles, device-link profiles convert colour data directly from CMYK-to-CMYK. ICC profiles, on the other hand, move through another colour space first, which gives you less control over the K channel. As a result, other inks get laid down to compensate; outputs lose their neutral tones and can become ever-so-slightly pink, blue or green.

However, with device-link profiles, less ink gets laid down and there’s no risk of color contamination. Quite simply, you get the colour you want. Plus, our Calibrator turns the whole team into profile-ninjas – so you don’t need to worry about how you’ll make these device-link profiles. We’ve included a simple 3-click wizard that does it all for you.

BETTER QUALITY WITH VISUAL MATCHING

Device-link profiles don’t compress or expand a printer’s gamut the way the ICC profiles do. Instead, device-link technology translates a profile directly onto the printer’s gamut with a mix of colourimetric and perceptual rendering, which combine to be known as visual matching.

This ‘true rendition’ of colour means there’s not as much need for extra coloured ink. Consistent colour is guaranteed. As are your savings, using up to 20% less ink in the process – all of the time. What’s more, with Calibrator running, you can be matching the calibration on different printers in 10 to 20 mins: our Delta-e tolerances are proofing quality from the outset. This means you can load-balance with ease. You can do repeat jobs too – saving files as a template to use a few weeks or even months later – with 100% confidence in the colour.

Just think. Your print quality is the same, if not better. But how much extra profit-margin could you be making with PrintFactory?


 

Better printing, guaranteed

With PrintFactory’s Editor in place, your team will be working smarter not harder. Check, fix, and process more files in less time. It’s as easy as that.

PrintFactory’s in-app Editor gives you all the key editing features of premium design software (such as In-Design and Photoshop), and more. Fixing fonts, changing images, tweaking artwork and moving type around the page – sure, that’s easy. But it’s the cross-network connection to device-link profiling that will make a difference to your business.

 

 

GETTING RID OF BOTTLENECKS

If you have several printers, you’ve probably got ‘islands’ in your workflow. Printers, RIPs and computers not connected to each other.

Pre-press teams tend to work with the Adobe Suite and, quite rightly, prefer Macs to work on. But production tools are ‘bolted’ onto the RIP, which usually runs off MS Windows or Linux. What’s more, you’ll usually find pre-press in an office, but production gets done on the shop floor. So: you’ve got multiple licenses for editing software (which can only be used by one person at a time), and more room for error, re-submitting jobs. Plus, you’ve probably got RIP-operators editing too … instead of focusing on what they’re best at, which is maintaining your printers.

However, PrintFactory’s Editor works right across your network. It’s agnostic, it works with MacOS, MS Windows, and Linux. And you can have multiple installs in any location. This means job-prep can be done where you need it to be, your people are never tied to working on just one RIP, and you’re not creating bottlenecks with last-minute amends.

Using a centralized RIP moves the tools away from different stations and gives your team the freedom to work wherever they want to – on-site, or not. It also gives you unprecedented visibility of the entire workflow.

A PREMIUM-QUALITY EDITOR

Let’s not overlook the basic features we’ve included with the Editor. From font styles, to typographic errors, to kerning, to image sizes – and colours – PrintFactory’s Editor gives you all the versatility of a complete design package, inside the workflow software.

PrintFactory’s Editor uses the same PDF engine that’s driving the RIP. So the amends you see on screen are the amends you’ll print. Font; image; colour; scale; adjust; reformat – all done in-app. No studio time involved.

It works with most files formats, too: PDFs, PSDs, TIFFs, JPGs, EPS and AI. There’s no need to close one piece of software, open another, find and import the file, amend the typo, tweak the colors on the image, check, do a save-as, close the file, switch back, jam up the server … none of that.

In fact, our customers tell us they prefer PrintFactory’s Editor to any other design package. (Sorry, Adobe.)

UNLIMITED SCALING MEANS NO MORE MISTAKES

The trouble is, when you’re working on something like a floor graphic, wall-sized map or mural, building graphics or vehicle wraps …

… the limitations of design programmes do make life difficult. What’s more, a lot artwork won’t fit 1:1 on the canvas in Adobe’s Illustrator or InDesign software. That’s a recipe for disaster when the job gets into production.

But with PrintFactory, you don’t need to do any maths or make notes in a job bag. Our editor tool works the way a designer thinks. Unlimited brain power (we know some cool designers). If there’s a sizing field in our software, then you can type in the finished size of a job. Type in ‘ft’ – work in feet. Type in ‘m’ – work in metres. Or inches, or centimetres. It’s unlimited scaling with zero room for error, so your RIP-operators don’t need to work things out to scale. Easy.

BETTER QUALITY WITH VISUAL MATCHING

Device-link profiles don’t compress or expand a printer’s gamut the way the ICC profiles do. Instead, device-link technology translates a profile directly onto a printer’s gamut with a mix of colorimetric and perceptual rendering, which combine to be known as visual matching.

This ‘true rendition’ of color means there’s not as much need for extra colored ink. Consistent color is guaranteed. As are your savings, using up to 20% less ink in the process – all of the time. What’s more, with Calibrator running, you can be matching the calibration on different printers in 10 to 20 mins: our Delta-e tolerances are proofing quality from the outset. This means you can load-balance with ease. You can do repeat jobs too – saving files as a template to use a few weeks or even months later – with 100% confidence in the colour.

Just think. Your print quality is the same, if not better. But how much extra profit-margin could you be making with PrintFactory?


 

Save media – but save time, too. Lots of it.

Advanced nesting and ganging. Optimized tiling. True Shape nesting, mirror templates, cut-path editing,  – and all the bleed settings you could ever want or need. PrintFactory does it all, but we do it in a way that reduces your media wastage AND gives you more control over what you’re doing and the profits you’re making. How? PrintFactory doesn’t process PDFs. It creates XML instructions that do the job, instead.

The way our workflow software works will make you think. It’s not just what you can do with smart layouts, it’s how the software processes those jobs: saving time, reducing wasted media

 

XML INSTRUCTIONS

A RIP-connected tool that detects exterior cut contours is nothing new, nor are layout tools that handle optimised layouts. But did you know that mainstream RIPs create bleeds by copying and pasting blocks of color – or mirror copies of them – flush up against an original image’s boundaries? And did you know, every time a RIP adds more data to the file, the increase in that file’s size is slowing your production down … enough to make a difference to your profit margins?

Last-minute amends: New file. Version error: Another file. Imposing the images: Huge file. Even bigger PDFs, and so on and so on. By the time artwork gets to the RIP, every original 1MB file may now be 100MB or more. Especially if you’re adding a last minute job to a layout – the RIP has to start processing everything from scratch. Except, PrintFactory doesn’t work that way. PrintFactory’s workflow software takes a cutting edge approach to layouts – giving you faster production, less wasted media.

PrintFactory doesn’t move PDFs. Nor does it make them. Instead, our workflow software makes and reads XML instructions. In other words, with PrintFactory you’re printing faster – you don’t need to worry about the extra time you’d need to re-submit a job. Instead of creating a PDF, our Layout tool writes instructions to describe which file sits where, and the media in use, and what the individual profiles are.

The final RIP then reads those XML instructions, explaining where the source files are on the server; which layout to use; which printer to use; what the profiles are and what the media set-up should be – file by individual file. Mirror bleeds? Nanoseconds. Last-minute jobs? Add less than a couple of minutes to production. A day’s work set up for the wrong printer? Not on our watch. This is a real-time conversation, by workflow software that’s working smarter, not harder. No network lag. No media mistakes, no layout errors, and all-round faster production guaranteed.

TEMPLATES FOR SUCCESS

We have plenty of experience laying out jobs of our own. Doing the same thing, over and over again? That doesn’t seem very sensible.

Our Layout tool lets you store jobs as a template, which lets your team quickly create a ‘mirror image’ for two sides of a building or a vehicle. If you’re printing vehicle wraps, for example, then you need to print one complex image on lots of different substrates. You’re handling low-tack vinyl for metal and high-tack vinyl for plastic parts, like bumpers; plus one-way-vision materials for windows – it’s a complex job. PrintFactory’s Layout tool will take all of those substrates into account and deliver the best possible layout – but with total control, still in your teams’ hands.

MINIMUM WASTE, MAXIMUM MANUAL CONTROL

Like many other RIPs, PrintFactory’s nesting tool solves all of your basic layout problems. It’s hard to imagine a wide format printer who’s still laying out every job by hand – although there are many.

Our intelligent Layout tool it chooses the perfect layout to make the best use of media every time. But, unlike some other workflow software we could mention, PrintFactory’s Layout tool also lets you make changes to those layouts by hand. In theory, options like ‘conserve media’ or ‘group jobs’ are a good idea. But you might still want to move parts of a job around on a substrate so they’re easier to work with, or cut, or send on to another team. PrintFactory’s Layout tool lets you do all of that and more.

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