Articles written by Andrea Mahoney for Graphic Arts Magazine and the Enfocus Blog

Connect ALL is a Sales Tool!

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Using Enfocus Connect ALL as a Sales Tool This is a follow up to a previous article http://graphicartsmag.com/articles/2013/09/the-app-you-must-see/   Enfocus Connect ALL is a tool for Printers to connect customers directly to a print production workflow. This tool creates Mac and Windows applications specific to workflow or customer. Before you say: They won’t download it, [...]

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Smart Preflight and HP SmartStream in Smart Automation

Each step in a workflow is performed over and over again, every day. There are subtle changes that alter its direction but for the most part the work gets done. Workflows like these can be fully automated using your existing responses to those subtle changes that define the paths of your workflow. With the addition [...]

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Its Not Just for Prepress – Existing Software Can Do More

Just because a software package is marketed towards prepress doesn’t mean that it stops there. There are many software programs in every prepress department that can be used for other things. It is not that complicated to automate processes in the office, sales department, shipping department or elsewhere in your shop. Below is a list [...]

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Chili Publisher

Chili Publisher 3.0 – The Hottest Online Document Editor Chili Publisher has evolved since it’s release 2 years ago. The most important feature is its ability to integrate into your existing website. You decide how you want to offer the hottest online document editor to your end-users. You can integrate the editor in a matter [...]

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Everyone Needs a Little XML

What if every file that entered your business had an automatic xml job ticket created that would follow job files, reside with the job and be backed up with the job? What if this xml job ticket could talk to your Prinergy system, photo copiers, shipping system, accounting system, website, presses, and be used to [...]

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Command Line Automation

I was looking over a technician’s shoulder as commands were typed into a terminal window. I recognized these commands and was amazed that our equipment today could be controlled by one line of text. After a little research I discovered that this command used by the technicians, the “LPR” command line, has the power to [...]

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5 Switch Automation Tips

Sometimes projects come to a point where it seems the task is impossible. You have all the hardware and software but there is still that one project you have that needs something extra. Don’t worry if the plugins you are looking for in Switch aren’t available for every task. There are always ways to get [...]

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Automate Large Job Files Easily with Switch and XML

Everything is getting bigger and better. Unzipping and processing a single 9GB job in a prepress department is not unusual. To search out a solution to improve this task a trip to a trade show or enrolment in a webinar has you viewing a demonstration of flows automating job files by connecting folder to folder [...]

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Do-it-yourself Barcode Automation

All types of barcodes can be used in automating print manufacturing. QR codes, 2D barcodes or inventory style linear barcodes can be used to control production, information flow and machines. Here are the basics to automating your existing workflow and equipment: Step 1 Print a barcode on something Start by downloading a barcode font. You [...]

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Add File Info to your Images using Photoshop and Switch

There are many techniques you can use to update the File Info of your images in Photoshop. Automating this requires some help from Switch and a little javascript. Whether you already have a system collecting data or you are manually entering the data there is a flow that can be set up to suit your [...]

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