Flawless automated plate layout

Input from any source, output to any device

With the Adobe® PostScript® and PDF libraries on board, Plato imports data coming from any design application and exports to any CtF, CtP or proofing system in your configuration. Layer support provides immediate feedback about diecuts, the trapping layers, SmartMarks, barcodes and inks and their properties.

Import structural designs

Flawless automated plate layout is ensured with Plato’s clever CAD import. Plato reads CFF, DDES, and ArtiosCAD file formats. All information is accepted, including step-and repeat parameters, sheet and board sizes and varnish areas.

Die-based masking for graphics

To define non-printing areas and to mask out unwanted areas of the graphic design, Plato’s automatic masking tools allow the user to exclude specific panels from a mask and to create a mask from a 1-up die outline.

Plate-based mask adjustment

SmartFlaps™ allow you to adjust overlapping graphic masks intelligently on the plate. It suggests the best masking, which the user can fine-tune. Once a decision is made, it is applied to all similar mask occurrences over the entire plate.

Back layout creation

A growing number of packages and labels are printed both outside and inside and only Plato SmartFlips creates the layout of the back, with precise back to front alignment.

Automatic creation of print production controls

SmartMarks automatically create print production controls such as color bars, sheet corner marks, and trim marks. SmartMarks continue to demonstrate their production value with added functionality, allowing TextMarks to use for example XMP data. They are dynamic and adapt automatically to changes in your job.

Varnish blanket creation

With Plato’s import tools for CAD files, the creation of Varnish Blanket separations becomes a highly automated task: no need to tediously redraw the varnish areas on the plate.

Station numbering

Plato inserts a placeholder for the Station Number – the position on the sheet. The placeholder specifies attributes such as position, font, size and the ink(s) in which the number is to be printed. Choose from 16 predefined numeral schemes, or interactively specify the order. Not only can each station be numbered, also the different pieces of board waste after diecutting can be uniquely identified to maximize efficiency of your post-print quality check. These placeholders can be defined in ArtioCAD as well, and imported in Plato.

Export to JDF

Support for JDF export out of Plato improves the connection of your plate-room operation to your business process, based on industry standard workflow automation concepts.

QuickStep compatibility

For QuickStep users, Plato 7 is an easy and logical next step in the upgrade path as it is fully compatible with GRQ files. The repetition formulae from QuickStep can be further edited with Plato’s Grid Based tools.

Use centralized color data in Plato

We already share files, fonts, images and production specifications. We also need to share the critical color information that goes along with the brands and packaging.

Use the same color information in ArtPro, PackEdge, Plato, but also in Adobe® Illustrator® and Adobe® Photoshop®. The goal is to create an environment of color predictability, allowing us to make the necessary color critical decisions anywhere in the supply chain. See also the Color Engine.

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