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Express WorkFlow 3

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ComposeExpress WorkFlow 3 : Compose System, announced the release of Express WorkFlow 3 (EWF3), an exceptional solution for handling all pre-press operations for CtP and digital printing applications. The scaleable professional pre-press workflow system effortlessly optimizes and automates the production process for a PDF or pure PostScript workflow, ensuring complete data integrity. The latest release of Express WorkFlow offers enhanced Java-based job submission, job monitor and job tracking in one single application. Available for both Mac and PC clients, additional features include Rip updates, Job ticket and template creation, a dynamic job logging system together with a detailed history reporting facility.
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Express WorkFlow 3 offers significant advantages to pre-press departments who require a modular, reliable and productive solution. "By using an open system approach, Express Workflow 3 offers an efficient way to configure and automate a variety of prepress functions, from PDF creation, preflighting, trapping, proofing and imposition, through to plate imaging. Imaging devices can be added as needed resulting in a scalable and cost-effective solution," says Steve Donegan, European Sales & Marketing Manger at Compose. “Compose support over 200 output devices and individually designed drivers are available for most CTP, imagesetters, inkjet printers and colour laser printers."

Compose System - Express WorkFlow
EWF 3 is powered by the first and only Rip solution in the industry to receive JDF Certification by the CIP4 JDF development organization. Based on Harlequin ScriptWorks technology, the Compose Express Rip allows for fast, easy and flexible configuration of page set ups. The enhanced imposition modules PRI Station, PDF Imposition and Plate Controller all use Express WorkFlow 3”s client based job ticketing function to dynamically create individual flows for each job. Job tracking allows users to search for jobs by job name, user name, or time period and job information, job status, and history can be monitored from the desktop.

Express WorkFlow 3 pre-press workflow system
"The new release of Express WorkFlow offers features that further address our customers' requests for a powerful yet easy to use workflow solution. We have noted their feedback and acted upon it, providing enhancements to align Compose Imposition solutions with industry standard solutions. Another interesting and unique feature is the adoption of desktop widgets, making it even easier to configure and submit individual jobs from the desktop. For example, users can predefine Rip, Imposition and Proof settings for each specific job directly from the desktop without having to make changes on the workflow server." notes Donegan. Express WorkFlow 3 offers compact Widgets on the Mac or Windows desktop that offer a handy alternative to hot folders or print servers for job submission. A list of pre defined Rip settings, imposition schemes and hard/softproof options can be selected from the Java-based menu, enabling every job to be individually configured with just a few mouse clicks.

Pre-press workflow system Express WorkFlow 3
SPM Print Ltd is an established, award winning, print specialist based in London. The company has distinguished itself by offering a comprehensive range of in-house litho and digital print solutions to the corporate and retail sectors. SPM has been using Compose Express WorkFlow for over a year now and recently upgraded to the latest version. Dean Keable, Repro Manager at SPM comments: "The flat imposition is advanced and user friendly, particularly for when we have different size jobs up on the same plate - now it's very easy to snap them into position. Job tracking keeps things very neat and easy to follow, and with template creation we can instantly see how a previous job was done."

Express WorkFlow 3 - Java based
Java-based job submission has improved the streamlined efficiency at SPM. "It is a really fast way to drop jobs straight into the workflow, and if you are using the auto-imposition, you don't need to touch it until its time to pick up the plates," explains Keable. Express WorkFlow is already delivering a return on investment. "Until we began using Express WorkFlow, we never realized how tedious or time-consuming some of our processes used to be," concludes Dean Keable. "The real return on investment is the amount of time we save and the value added service we can deliver to our customers."

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The new client based Job submission facility allows users to define individual job settings without affecting the Workflow server . Each module in the flow has a drop down menu which allows Pre-flight, Imposition, Rip set-up’s and proof settings to be created for each individual job. These individual job settings can be set on-the-fly from each operators Mac or PC desktop ensuring maximum productivity. The Job submission function allows individual jobs to be configured with just a few mouse clicks on the operators Mac or PC.

Express WorkFlow 3 - JobTrack
JobTrack: The Job tracking function allow users to search for jobs by job name, user name, and time period. Job information, job status, and history can be monitored. - Customer comment: Dean Keable of SPM Print, London notes “Very useful for a repeat job that you cant quite remember which queue or settings you might have used last time. I didnt think I'd need it but it came in handy in the first week” Widgets: Reoccurring or regular job flows can be saved as templates. When a PDF or PS file is ready for submission, the operator simply drops the files over the corresponding widget based template and the files enter the defined workflow. Widget job submission is available for Mac or PC Clients and servers.

About Compose System
Founded in 1987, Compose System, a leading Harlequin OEM, is an established developer of prepress workflow and digital colour proofing solutions. Compose has offices in Hong Kong, China, North America and the United Kingdom. Its solutions are centered on the professional Express WorkFlow systems. Compose's comprehensive range of high performance and versatile products include NewsFlow, PDF-Imposition and Star Proof. These products are sold and supported through a strong network of dealers spanning over five continents.

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