Esko has announced an update of the Esko 18.1 software platform that it says will bring new functionality to customers.

The changes affect the label, packaging and wide format sectors. These include:

• ArtPro+ – updated with a patented new trapping concept, expanded support for Action Lists and brand new Dynamic Marks

• ArtiosCAD 18.1 – enhanced canvas layout, manufacturing tools, latest DWG and Spatial libraries, and new functionality in the innovative ArtiosCAD Preflight module now including automatic fixing

• Automation Engine – new ‘Optimize File’ task to simplify user experience, new tasks exploiting the processing steps in native PDF

• Device Manager in Automation Engine – new optimized merging algorithm to reduce flexo platemaking waste

• Cape Pack – new online Truck Analysis giving greater functionality and savings potential

• Share & Approve – new customized emails, forward approval function and reporting on approval KPIs

Jan de Roeck, director of marketing, industry relations and strategy at Esko, says, “We are delighted to be making these updates available all at once, underlining our commitment to a fully integrated ecosystem of solutions and a commitment to our users, ensuring they enjoy continued support, benefits and updates when using Esko software.

“For example, our next generation native PDF editor for packaging prepress, ArtPro+, now incorporates an innovative, object-based trapping feature which addresses one of the most time-consuming elements of packaging and label prepress work. This patent-pending concept pushes the ‘right first time’ ratio to 70 per cent and enables individual changes and enhancements to be made in a sustainable way.

“Once you’re on board with an Esko workflow, you will enjoy continued support along the ride, each update bringing significant benefits. Those using several tools in an integrated workflow should expect to be stunned by the massive combined improvements to their workflow.

“So far in packaging there has not been a single solution that can automate and accurately trap a packaging or label job due to the requirements of different printing processes, substrates and the use of spot inks and embellishments. But this new patented concept as part of ArtPro+ now tags upfront how a file should be trapped, making this a real breakthrough in artwork and design.”

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