SAi has introduced Flexi 19, the latest version of its signmaking software, which now gains a 64-bit RIP engine promising a 30 percent increase in speed.
Flexi is a comprehensive solution that includes design capabilities for large format printing, as well as workflow and output to a wide range of printers and print and cut machines. There’s also a version that supports cutting plotters to create vinyl lettering.
There are a number of new features, including Find My Font, which helps users automatically find the best match for fonts in photo files including Bitmaps.
Flexi 19 also gains a Pantone Fine-Tune Spot Color Matching Tool, which allows users to measure charts and make manual adjustments to achieve precise colour matching from ICC profiles.
SAi has improved the Spot Color Mapping that lets users map spot/corporate colours in the design file to exact output values. Using Custom Spot Color Mapping lets large format print providers build their own custom library of spot colours so that such colours can be replicated every time.
Naturally Flexi 19 includes a profile wizard, which is fairly standard for this kind of software, but SAi says this has been enhanced to make it easier when setting ink limits and alleviating the complicated process of splitting ink. The automated Profile Wizard lets users obtain such information from measuring charts, taking away the manual guess work required when creating profiles visually.
There’s a new Cut by Layers or Colors tool that helps users cut intricate designs based on the layer using colours to distinguish between the different vinyls to be cut. Better still, customers that work with other software programs will be able to take the job into Flexi to make use of this feature. In addition, there’s a printed Ruler that can be placed along artwork to let operators know where they left off.
On the workflow front, Flexi 19 has picked up a new Pulse dashboard that lets users track production and media usage of projects in progress via graphs and pie charts. There’s a new Sidekick tool that lets users create quotes, manage customer accounts, and implement a CRM workflow so that jobs can be quickly exported into the invoicing process.
Gudrun Bonte, vice president of Product Management for SAi, commented: “As the largest ever upg rade to our all-in-one signmaking solution, Flexi 19 packs an extremely hard punch in catering for the varied and sometimes intricate requirements of those operating at the coal face of today’s sign and display industry.”
Flexi 19 has been shown off at this week’s ISA show in the US, and will be shown again at Fespa in Germany next month. It’s available in several flavours, with different levels of functionality. As well as the perpetual license, it’s also sold on a subscription basis, and some of these new features will be available free-of-charge to those customers. You can find more details at www.thinksai.com.