Prepress for your signage workflow now! - Esko

Prepress for your signage workflow now!

April 11 2013

It’s time to find out how workflow improvements help your business to perform.
i-cut Suite tackles all bottlenecks in your workflow. From preflighting PDF files, preparing graphics, creating layouts, to printing, and finishing in perfect registration. i-cut Suite streamlines every step of the way.

Try i-cut Preflight and i-cut Layout for free!

What’s new in i-cut Preflight 12?

1. Trace cut path tool

It is now possible to create a cut path on images, based on their background color, by using the trace cut path tool. (You can now open images directly in i-cut Preflight. The supported file formats are PSD, PNG, JPEG and Tiff.)

2. Add bleed on images

You can add bleed now to bitmap images. Pixel data from within the cut path will be cloned.

3. PDF User units support

i-cut Layout now uses the PDF user units, which overcomes some the PDF dimension limitations. 

 

What’s new in i-cut Layout 12

1. Cut faster with cutting output optimizations

For guillotine type layouts, cutting times will be dramatically reduced when applying line sequencing.

Not only are double lines removed, the order of the cutting lines will also be adapted, which minimizes knife lifts and idle movements. This results in faster cutting.

 

2. Tiling improvements

Based on user feedback, a lot of changes were implemented in the tiling functionality. E.g. moving tile edges is now possible in an interactive way; selecting multiple tiles is possible by clicking and dragging over them; gaps can be inserted in different directions…

3. Tiling templates

If you’re working a lot on tiling jobs that require the exact same setup, you can now store them in Tiling Templates. Create the setup once (including overlaps/gaps and marks) and store it centrally as a template. Save hours by simply applying the correct template on any future job.

 

4. Tiling reports

The tiling module allows you to create assembly reports, A4 or US letter- sized. These reports contain a preview image of the total job with the tile edges, the assembly order and the total dimensions. Overlap areas will be highlighted when present.

 

5. Extended scaling options

Files can now be scaled by entering the final dimensions, even non-proportional, which is a frequent use case for banners.