Esko updates workflow software across the board

Esko has grouped its various software programs together under a single brand as Esko Software Platform, which covers everything from design and prepress through to workflow and colour management, across several disciplines from wide format to labels and packaging. Esko has also pledged better hardware integration with its workflow tools through a new Device Manager module.

This will see a much greater use of Software as a Service with more modules being offered on a subscription basis. This includes a new web-based approval tool in WebCenter called Esko Share and Approve Service. Another option, Cape Pack 16, moves palletization services to a SaaS model, complete with customizable reports with interactive 3D views of logistics solutions. Esko also offers its WebCenter, MediaBeacon, ArtiosCAD Enterprise and Online Editing with Chili Publish options on an SaaS basis.

Elsewhere, Esko has made a number of improvements to several of its applications. Thus there’s better 3D support, especially when viewing objects in WebCenter and on mobile devices. Esko has also developed a new Content Management module for WebCenter that makes it easier to update existing artwork and to create multiple variants for a single product. It works off a common content database automatically pulling text statements and other regulatory content into the artwork to ensure compliance. Esko claims that it will help automate artwork creation, reducing time, cost and the risk of inaccurate content.

Esko will also integrate its MediaBeacon DAM system with WebCenter to make it easier to share digital assets across a packaging workflow.

Esko has also developed a new native PDF prepress editor, ArtPro+. It has a unique user interface with a software tool selector wheel that lets users choose the right tools in the design, without cluttering up the screen. Zwaenepoel explains: “Information is displayed where you need it, when you need it.” ArtPro+ is available to Esko’s installed base as an upgrade under maintenance contract for ArtPro and PackEdge and can be integrated into Automation Engine 16.

Esko has updated all of its software with broad performance enhancements. There are new tools and libraries for multi-part POP design in ArtiosCAD 16 and a new set of automated quality assurance tools in Automation Engine.


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