Onyx Graphics - 2/19/2009
ONYX Graphics Launches ONYX PrepEdge Pro Software
ONYX Graphics, Inc. today announced the availability of ONYX® PrepEdgeTM Pro software, a professional
job preparation tool designed specifically for large format workflows. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software reduces
job preparation time and media waste, and increases throughput and productivity for large format print service
providers in the prepress stage of their printing workflow.
ONYX PrepEdge Pro software highlights:
- Eliminates the need for other job preparation applications; includes all production large format tools and a PDF
- Reduces job preparation time by up to 75 percent.
- Only large format job preparation tool that runs on Macintosh® and Windows® PC platforms.
- Works with all large format RIP (raster image processor) software
Job preparation is the main bottleneck in most large format print workflows. The problems can include customer
file issues; disparate settings from using multiple content creation applications such as Adobe® Illustrator®,
CorelDRAW® or QuarkXPress®; color matching issues; and lack of tools specific to large format printing.
These problems negatively affect productivity: printer operators waste time fixing or preparing jobs instead of
printing; ink and media are wasted due to multiple test print runs; and deadlines are missed because files are
not ready or will not print.
Range of professional tools designed specifically for large format workflow
ONYX PrepEdge Pro software addresses all job preparation issues prior to print processing. It is the only job
preparation software that includes features specific to large format job preparation such as one-click grommet
placement; size, crop and positioning tools; bleed and fold tools; complex tiling and template tools; fast contour
cut path generation; and a raster image to vector tool.
ONYX PrepEdge Pro software gives users the ability to view color-accurate, on-screen proofs, and quickly
check and fix file anomalies. The built-in color correction and management tools include controls to correct
hue, saturation, brightness, contrast and color balance. It includes a simple and accurate spot color matching
function with the ability to create and save spot color libraries in addition to the on-board PANTONE®, RAL,
HKS® and industry cutting vinyl color libraries.
With ONYX PrepEdge Pro software, prepress operators can quickly and easily edit any image, text or graphic
element of a PDF file. It is the only large format job preparation software that includes a full professional PDF
editor. Shapes, lines and gradients can be manipulated, and text or fonts can be changed. Users can import
files and save the output as a PDF. Job templates, including tiling and placeholder setups, can be saved.
Increases productivity and decreases media waste
Print shop owners and their production managers can rely on ONYX PrepEdge Pro software to optimize their
large format workflow, ultimately resulting in cost savings. Integrating ONYX PrepEdge Pro software into their
workflow addresses all preflight issues prior to production and eliminates the need for print operators to master
multiple creative content applications or other job preparation applications. Because the workflow is optimized
and issues that lead to multiple test print runs (and media waste) are eliminated, shops can also see a decrease
in media usage.
Users see immediate savings
"ONYX PrepEdge Pro software really saves us a lot of time in pre and post-production with banners," said
Chris Panza, Production Manager at Image Graphics 2000, Pompano Beach, Florida. "On one job of 50
banners, it cut our time in half and saved us over five hours."
"ONYX PrepEdge Pro software has been beautiful for setting up our banners and vehicle wraps," explains Scott
Manwaring, Manager of Digital Print Services, Rainbow Sign & Banner, St George, Utah. "We took on a lot of
banner and wrap jobs in the last couple of weeks and ONYX PrepEdge Pro software worked perfectly. I quickly
removed bleed lines the customers had added, along with some bad clipping masks. It's easily saved us eight
hours of time. Before using ONYX PrepEdge Pro software, we spent a lot of time on paneled jobs going back
and forth making small changes between Illustrator software and our RIPs. ONYX PrepEdge Pro software just
cuts out so many steps. Once a job is ready, we submit it once and we're done. With ONYX PrepEdge Pro
software in our workflow we can cut days of lead-time off of our biggest jobs."
"Nothing needs to be done through Illustrator software anymore," describes Richard Nuhn, Manager of NC
Pestill's Hamilton, Ontario, grand format production location. "On banners, we get unbelievable time savings
with ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. For example, we produced two 2-foot by 10-foot banners that took us 22
minutes to prepare using Illustrator software. With ONYX PrepEdge Pro software, we produced them both in
less than five minutes. Those job preparation savings add up. What used to be a weeks-worth of job prep time
using Illustrator software, we can now do in a day using ONYX PrepEdge Pro software. More importantly for us,
job preparation isn't a bottleneck so we can do today's work today."
RIP-independent and platform-friendly
ONYX PrepEdge Pro software works with all large format software RIPs. It is the only job preparation software
that can run on Mac OS® X 10.4 or higher, Windows XP or Windows Vista® platforms. It offers capabilities
specific to the large format printing workflow, which is a step beyond existing PDF editing tools that are currently