EFI has shown off the latest version of its Fiery ProServer for wide format printers, together with a new Fiery XF wide format RIP and a new version of the Fiery Command Workstation 6.2, also for use with wide format printers.
The Fiery Command WorkStation can be used as a centralised point to run different printers and now gains a new client and job management interface to handle wide format and superwide format printers alongside other production printers. It provides dedicated modules such as the visual Fiery Job Editor, enabling users to more easily focus on specific tasks such as tiling, step and repeat, or colour edits, and it offers a larger screen area for job previews and settings. It’s possible to search through jobs, and to save those job searches and to automate repetitive actions to reduce errors. Other features include Archive Manager, which can store jobs on a network location so they can be easily found.
There’s also better integration between Fiery Impose and Duplo finishers to automate offline finishing for custom layouts, while Fiery JobMaster now includes image editing features to touch up scanned pages.
The new Fiery XF 7 digital front end for wide and superwide format printers enables production speeds up to five times faster than earlier versions. It contains a Job Editor for wide and superwide jobs and improved tiling. It can generate barcodes for Esko i-Cut and for Zund G3 and S3 cutting tables.
The latest ProServer also includes PitStop preflighting and advanced scripting for use with third party applications.
The new Fiery XF7 and Command WorkStation have been beta tested at various sites including Medienhaven based in Bremen, Germany. Managing Director Peer Rüdiger estimates that the company has saved around 10 percent in downtime with the new system, adding: “It’s great to have the same user interface available at different workstations to drive both our cut-sheet and wide-format printers.”
John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing at EFI, commented: “Now Fiery Driven print environments that include wide-format printers will experience a new level of efficiency, convenience, and productivity – which facilities need and deserve in today’s fast-paced production environment.”