Hybrid develops PDF RoundTrip for packaging

Hybrid Software has developed a new optional module called RoundTrip for its Packz native PDF editing software, which can work with PDFs from any application including Illustrator.

Guido Van der Schueren, chairman of Hybrid Software, says that it’s easier to turn a design into a print ready package with tools like Packz, but adds: “However, what has long been problematic for the trade shops servicing the packaging industry is that many brand owners and their designers require production artwork to be returned to them in Adobe Illustrator format so that it can be readily modified for package revisions in the future.”

Packz RoundTrip gets around this by creating a two-way link between native Adobe Illustrator files and the Packz files. This new program will even allow Illustrator files that have not been saved with PDF compatibility to be opened and edited in Packz, then returned to the brand owner as a native Illustrator file containing all of the additional production features from Packz such as trapping, extended gamut colour mapping, step & repeat and barcodes as well as live and vectorized text.

Better still, the resulting file retains the key features of Illustrator, including layers, groups and styles, for easy archiving and reworking of package revisions. It works with any version of Illustrator and can output files in the latest Illustrator CC format with no need for any Illustrator plug-ins.

The RoundTrip module is compatible with hybrid’s license server so that a single RoundTrip license can be shared amongst multiple Packz users.





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