Solimar updates Rubika

Solimar has announced the latest version 4.5 of its Rubika software, which is used for re-engineering documents and forms part of Solimar’s Chemistry platform.

Chemistry is essentially a suite of tools that can automatically re-compose documents so that they can be moved between the print and post-print hardware and related software solutions from a wide range of different manufacturers, whose kit might not otherwise fit together into a coherent workflow. As such it’s a good option for anyone that is trying to integrate new equipment into an existing set-up while avoiding the cost of a bespoke integration.

Within this, Rubika can be used to alter the layout and structure of documents to maximize postal discounts, add barcodes for insertion control, modify finishing, automate device load balancing, and enable white paper workflows. It works with a wide range of document types, including AFPDS, IPDS, PCL, PostScript and VIPP and more. It’s made up of a number of modules, which can licensed individually as needed, or with several grouped together as a bundle to fit with a customer’s requirements.

For Rubika 4.5 Solimar has added a De-Imposition Module that converts already imposed PDFs into one-up PDFs. Pre-imposed documents such as offset books, catalogs, labels, ID cards and postcards can now be printed on cut-sheet devices or published online or in archive systems. The PDFs can also be re-imposed with Rubika’s Imposition Module to set up jobs for printing on digital inkjet presses and even parsed into smaller booklets with added personalization.

Mary Ann Rowan, Chief Experience Officer, says that it supports variable content, adding: “The De-Imposition module converts N-up pages to 1-up pages within a single PDF and structures output to reuse existing XObject content when reasonable to do so. It is compatible with current versions of PDF and there is no size of file limit.”

Solimar has also updated a number of the existing modules. The Scale and Shift Module has gained new features to enable users to keep or adjust the aspect ratio when scaling the page content and to control whether page content is centered in the output.

In addition, Solimar has redesigned the user interface for the Separator Sheets and Commingling Module, updating the way that  the separator sheets – or banner and trailer pages –  are configured. Thus the separator sheet is now shown in the PDF viewing area, where users can visually change the location and content of the text that is added to the sheet.

In addition, the Commingling Module has been streamlined to make the step easier to configure with a consolidated central interface instead of multiple dialog boxes. Also, the user interface has been simplified so that fewer clicks are needed while more advanced options are tucked out of the way until needed. The idea is that these updates should make the software more intuitive to use so that there’s less time needed for staff training as well as improving the overall user satisfaction.

Rowan concludes: “Rubika’s popularity is largely driven by the substantial revenue opportunities and operational cost savings it brings our customers. Our client testimonials speak to the value of its capabilities. The features in version 4.5 demonstrate our commitment to expanding the ways that Rubika underpins the successes of our clients.”

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Image above shows: Mary Ann Rowan, Chief Experience Officer, with Jamie Walsh, Solimar’s EMEA sales manager, at Hunkeler Innovation Days 2023



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