Esko announces ArtPro+ packaging editor

Esko has updated its ArtPro prepress packaging editing software with a new version, ArtPro+, which Esko estimates to be up to 40 percent faster to use.

Esko’s ArtPro+ gains PDF Action Lists to automate repetitive tasks.

Esko says that its tightened up the way that users interact with the program so that it requires less clicks to complete tasks. It’s also said to open and save native PDF files faster and to have faster trapping.

There are a number of new features, including the ability to build PDF Action Lists by automating repetitive tasks without needing any special know-how or IT skills. There’s a new font management connector to integrate with Extensis Universal Type Server, meaning that users can find fonts easily, handy for fixing last minute text changes.

Also, ArtPro+ can handle different tasks, such as proof, reporting, production and finishing from the same file, which is used for the final output and without needing multiple versions of the file.

ArtPro+ is designed to work in conjunction with Esko’s Automation Engine, to automate many tasks without any need for scripting. This both increases speed and reduces the risk of human error.

Esko is increasingly trying to integrate its various software packages together to create a unified offering, the Esko Software Platform 2018, covering everything from prepress through to supply chain collaboration. This includes ArtPro+, which will be available this month when the full Software Platform is released. Those customers using ArtPro and PackEdge under maintenance contracts will be eligible for a free upgrade. You can find more details at

ArtPro+ is already being used by French label converter Stratus Packaging, which is one of the largest European companies with 290 employees and a turnover of € 46.5 million. CEO Isidore Leiser says that the majority of the artwork the company receives is processed through ArtPro+, noting: “It works just great to run our prepress production: we measured an increase in productivity and improved our service and customer satisfaction. The very fast Trapping tool, Preflight and Action Lists are just a few of the unique features we use a lot. And what’s more, it is very simple to use.”

He added: “Last but not least, ArtPro+ is seamlessly integrated with the Esko packaging management platform WebCenter, where our customers can connect, review and approve the artwork, significantly improving delivery time.”

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