PDF-native prepress editing


ArtPro+ reduces unintentional errors when editing

  • ArtPro+ has 200 rules to automatically check and identify potential errors & specifications violations
  • Without taking apart the PDF, ArtPro+ provides direct access to the right transparency and object level (thanks to a unique navigation concept)
  • The new PDF Action Lists allow for instant automation of repetitive task which reduces human intervention

Simple PDF editing

  • ArtPro+ combines smart selection tools, breadcrumbs (graphical control elements) and a set of simple icons to provide easy viewing and access to graphical objects and their properties
  • Easy setting and changing of clippings, masks, transparency and blend modes
  • Effectively analyze and edit fills and strokes with straightforward color and gradient inspectors
  • The interactive gradient tool changes the position of color stops to rebuild gradients easily
  • Interactive and numeric tools make transformation of objects easy
Native PDF editing in ArtPro+
ArtPro+: Prepress quality control tools

Touch of a button
quality control

Check files against Enfocus PitStop preflight profiles with smart view modes to alert the prepress professional to mistakes before making plates.

ArtPro+ is the world’s first application supporting ISO-19593. Accurate preflighting helps to avoid expensive rejects.

Native PDF workflow
in ArtPro+

ArtPro+ opens any classic ArtPro file or normalized PDF file and turns it into native PDF. You can now process PDF files natively, share it with packaging stake holders with no conversion! Users can process jobs 40% faster.

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Screening made easy

The screening quality tool enables operators to view, control and apply screening on separate parts of the artwork. Different colors project different screening applications without the need to rip the job.


Manually trapping packaging artwork can take hours and requires highly skilled professionals.

The new trapper in ArtPro+ 20 handles highly complex packaging designs. ArtPro+ can trap files fully automatically. Exceptions can be saved and will be used after a change is made to the file, so there’s no need to retrap the whole file.

ArtPro+ features a new automatic trapping mode for reverse trapping. This makes creating bi-directional gaps for dry offset very easy!

Text recognition

ArtPro+ recognizes text objects in a PDF and combines them in to meaningful textboxes. New character and font recognition functionality also turn outlined fonts into editable text for easy amends. Text changes in outlined text can now be performed as efficiently as live text.

ArtPro+ text recognition

Font Activation

Integration with Extensis Universal Type Server significantly reduces time spent on copy changes and amends. The necessary fonts are activated automatically, and text changes can be completed with total confidence.

Extensis Universal Type Server

PDF Action Lists

PDF Action Lists automate prepress tasks without special programming or scripting skills. In ArtPro+, simply drag actions into a list. These can be used directly in ArtPro+ or run fully automated in an Esko Automation Engine workflow. It’s the perfect way to get rid of repetitive tasks that take time but must be performed manually time and again.

ArtPro+: Dimension Lines

Dimension Lines

Adding measurement information to packaging artwork is labor intense and slow. The new configurable dimensioning tool helps draw dimension lines to any selected object.

Barcode Recognition

In ArtPro+, barcodes that were supplied with the artwork (but might not be verified) can safely be converted into reliable Esko barcodes. A compare feature highlights any deviation to make sure that customizations are captured. Doing it with ArtPro+ you can work faster and eliminate the chance of making mistakes while creating a new barcode.

ArtPro+: Barcode Recognition
ArtPro+: Non-destructive warping

Non-destructive warping

ArtPro+ can warp graphics to compensate for distortions during the packaging production process. Any graphic in a native PDF files can be warped using ArtPro or PackEdge grid files (.grd, .grid).

With the new non-destructive warping feature, files stay fully editable allowing the design to be changed at any moment.

Web- and Sheet Layout

With ArtPro+ Advanced, step and repeat layouts for labels, flexibles and folding carton workflows can be created. Graphic objects can be upgraded to a ‘Dynamic Mark’ with smart coloring and positioning parameters so printing sheets with printer marks is a one-click operation.

Interactively pre-distort graphics for shrink sleeves

Creating warp grids for non-symmetrical shapes is an iterative process that requires skilled professionals and can take hours or days to finalize.

Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves is now available in ArtPro+. Users can now interactively pre-distort graphics for shrink sleeves production. What took hours, takes now minutes!

What’s more, ArtPro+ users also get Studio’s superb 3D visualization which makes sharing mockups with print buyers even more powerful.

Build reports for Automation Engine

Build powerful reports for Automation Engine in ArtPro+ without scripting

  • Test the reports in ArtPro+
  • No programming skills necessary
Build reports
Equinox tool

Equinox tool

Conventionally color matching images and artwork to the final printing profile is very time consuming. What’s more, it requires a highly skilled operator.

Available solutions on the market are not optimized for editing artwork that has been converted from spot colors MCPP.

The new Equinox tool in ArtPro+ gives the user the ability to color-match with one click without restricting the control to optimize for various print requirements.

Plate cut

The optimal shape to cut a flexo plate is largely defined by the graphic content of each separation. Each job needs to be addressed individually.

In ArtPro+ 20, the creation of cutting paths is a one-click operation saving up to 30 mins preparation per layout!

The ArtPro+ June release contains a public prerelease of this module. Staggered Cut users can try for free. The November release will include the full version. If you're interested in testing this great new feature, please contact us.

  Essentials Advanced
Native PDF editing V V
Preflight Powered by Enfocus V V
White Underprint, Rich Black V V
Interactive Trapping V V
Text Recognition V V
Automated font activation powered by Extensis V V
Dynamic Marks V V
PDF Action Lists V V
Non-destructive Warp with ArtPro and PackEdge grids V V
Automatic Trapping X V
Tabular Step And Repeat X V
CAD – based sheet layout X V
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