Chili Publisher update targets packaging

Chili Publish has updated its Chili Publisher software to v5.7, introducing a number of useful time saving features requested from users in the label and packaging markets.

Chili Publish 5.7 gains a number of new features for the label and packaging markets.

This includes support for GS1-compliant barcodes, which will allow pharmaceutical packaging designers to manipulate pharma code 1 bar Laetus codes and connecting them directly to their PIM system. This in turn will improve the track and traceability of pharmaceutical products from within the existing infrastructure. Chili has also included support for PDF417 barcodes, which will benefit those businesses operating in transport and logistics as well as government-connected organizations – not sure if this applies to the UK, where the government doesn’t seem to be connected to anything, apart from bad jokes about Brexit.

This update also includes mixed ink color swatches so that designers can mix multiple processing types into one colour to ensure correct separation, useful for managing the overprint and knockout of objects. This feature lets users combine one or multiple CMYK colours with a spot colour in one go, so that they can add effects such as white ink, varnish or bevel around coloured shapes or text.

In addition, the Step feature in the PDF generator now supports data-sources, so that every instance of a design can be uniquely variable on the final printing sheet. Users can draw information from VDP data sources to create large quantities of similar labels with all the variable changes they need, without requiring additional workflow or imposition steps.

Ward De Langhe, Chief Technology Officer at Chili Publish, says that the platform is shaped by the users, adding “Our people know what designers and prepress teams in packaging and labeling are struggling with, and it’s our job to help alleviate that stress by delivering enhancements that take away the cost and time-consuming need for manual intervention. Our community continues to drive us forward, and the latest update reflects that with our improved barcode integration, color registration support and ‘step’ labels.”

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