EFI outlines new Productivity Suite

EFI has used its annual Connect users conference to preview its upcoming Productivity Suite. This expands on EFI’s existing offerings by moving the workflow emphasis away from individual EFI software packages and modules to a complete offering that uses best-of-suite, end-to-end workflows, certified integrations and synchronised development. It should be available later this quarter.

EFI also demonstrated unified workflow management capabilities for combined offset and digital production operations using new a Heidelberg Prinect/ EFI Fiery digital front end integration. Press operators can work with a familiar Prinect interface to route work to either offset or Fiery-driven digital presses, complete with integrated links to EFI’s web-to-print and MIS products.

Other solutions included a module featuring EFI’s DirectSmile technology to enable automated, template-based and data-driven variable image and document rendering within EFI’s Digital StoreFront web-to-print and eCommerce interface.

EFI also showed an automated workflow, powered by AccuZIP, that uses Digital StoreFront’s web-to-print capabilities and its new variable-data printing module to automate direct mail production tasks from order entry through to mail processing and check out.

As well as the software, EFI also showed off some of its wide format printers.

The Connect event is popular with EFI’s customers, with some 1500 turning up. EFI uses the event to outline the roadmaps for its products and to run technical seminars. This year’s event included keynote presentations from the likes of Thomas Quinlan, CEO of RR Donnelley & Sons.



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