ArtPro+ features: tools to enhance your prepress workflow in print production - Esko


The next generation prepress editor continues to evolve


ArtPro+ reduces unintentional errors when editing

  • ArtPro+ has 200 rules to automatically check and identify potential errors & specifications violations
  • Thanks to its unique navigation concept, ArtPro+ provides direct access to the right transparency and object level without taking apart the PDF
  • The PDF Action Lists allow for instant automation of repetitive tasks reducing 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
  • Efficiently change color – without searching for and selecting objects!
Native PDF editing in ArtPro+
ArtPro+: Prepress quality control tools

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quality control

Check files against Enfocus PitStop preflight profiles with smart view modes to alert the prepress professional to potential issues before making plates, cylinders or digital print.

ArtPro+ is the world’s first application supporting ISO-19593, making preflighting more accurate 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 and share them with packaging stakeholders with no conversion! Users can process jobs 40% faster.

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Upgrading to a native PDF workflow made easy

GMG OpenColor Connector

Switch to a non-destructive color conversion process with the combined technology of Esko PDF editing and GMG OpenColor.

  • Save up to 60 minutes per job with automatic reseparation of multi-color image and vector data – removing the need for manual color matching.
  • Gain flexibility to optimize for various print requirements with selection-based conversion
  • Easily assess color deviations on screen
  • Continue editing your file even after color conversion

Next generation Color Preflight

With next generation Color Preflight, you can.

  • Avoid the production of unsellable materials due to color defect
  • Eliminate manual color matching and speed up your entire workflow
  • Check not only solid colors, but the individual design itself

Digital Print Simulation 

Avoid the production of unsellable materials due to color defect. You’ll speed up your entire workflow by eliminating manual color matching and check not only solid colors, but the individual design itself.

Seamless repeat

Say goodbye to time-consuming trial and error… Create seamless layouts automatically, with the click of a button. You can make design amends easily, too, without worrying about spoiling your seamless layout. Choose your preferred layout from several instantly generated seamless arrangements.

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+ 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 into meaningful textboxes. 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
Integration with Extensis Universal Type Server

Font Activation

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.

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+, shared amongst team members 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 intensive and slow. The configurable dimensioning tool helps draw dimension lines to any selected object quickly. With the Dimension Lines Mark, you can fully automate the process of adding this information.

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

Compensate for distortions during the packaging production process, by easily warping graphics with ArtPro+. Any ArtPro classic or PackEdge classic grid file (.grd, .grid) can be used to warp graphics in a native PDF file.
With the new non-destructive warping feature, your files stay fully editable – so you can change the design at any moment.

Create grids for conical labels and cups in seconds or convert complex die shapes for in-mold labels into high quality grids with one click.

When receiving warped artwork, ArtPro+ allows you to unwarp to return to a design template version

Web and Sheet Layout

Quickly create step and repeat workflows for labels, flexibles, and folding cartons with ArtPro+ Layout and Advanced.

Upgrade graphical objects to a ‘Dynamic Mark’, with smart coloring and positioning parameters to make printing sheets with printer marks 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, now takes minutes!

What’s more, ArtPro+ users also get Studio’s superb 3D visualization capability, 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. The Equinox tool in ArtPro+ allows you to color-match with one click, without restricting the control to optimize for various print requirements. Equinox computed reseparation recipes can be altered for individual applications.

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, costing you valuable time.

But with Plate Cut in ArtPro+, the creation of cutting paths is just a one-click operation - saving up to 30 mins preparation per layout!

  Digital Layout Essentials Advanced
Native PDF editing V V V V
Preflight Powered by Enfocus V V V V
White underprint V V V V
Automated font activation V V V V
Dynamic Marks V V V V
Conical Warp V V V V
VDP Templating V V V V
Report Templating V V V V
Simulate Digital Print V V V V
Seamless Repetition Feature V X X V
Rich Black V X V V
Interactive Trapping X X V V
Text Recognition V X V V
PDF Action Lists X X V V
Tabular Step & Repeat X V X V
CAD–based Sheet Layout X V X V
Automatic Trapping X X X V
Seamless repeat V X X V

Which edition is needed to run optional modules?

Plate Cut V V V V
VDP Expansion V V V V
GMG OpenColor connector V V V V
Equinox V V V V
Visualize packaging in 3D V V V V
Pre-distortion for shrink sleeves V V V V
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