Xerox FreeFlow Suite of Workflow Software Extends Automation across Simple and Complex Prepress Printing Processes



    TORONTO, Oct. 15 /CNW/ - Performing prepress production functions - from
simple tasks such as inserting tabs into a print job to complex colour
matching - can cause bottlenecks that dramatically reduce productivity.
    Xerox Canada today announced several additions to its industry-leading
FreeFlow(R) suite of workflow software and hardware that take steps out of the
current prepress process, allowing print providers to move more jobs through
their shops with minimal operator involvement, saving time and money. The new
offerings are:

    
    -   FreeFlow Print Server version 7: the company's most powerful print
        server, delivers enhanced colour matching, an intuitive interface for
        simple job submission and customizable security features.
    -   FreeFlow Output Manager version 7 software: integrated with Xerox
        office printers, allows users to scan hard copy documents and route
        them from a remote multifunction printer (MFP) to the appropriate
        production device when larger quantities or special finishing options
        are required.
    -   FreeFlow Express to Print software: shown for the first time as a
        technology demonstration at drupa in May 2008, is now available for
        purchase. Affordably priced and tailored for entry-level digital
        print operations, Express to Print increases productivity by
        automating frequently repeated jobs and routine job preparation tasks
        for more efficient job management.
    

    "Workflow is the backbone of any printing operation," said Quincy Allen,
president, Xerox Production Systems Group. "Workflow automation helps our
customers connect to their clients, reduce costs and enable greater
productivity. Xerox delivers more integrated tools to drive that automation
than anyone in the industry."

    FreeFlow Print Server version 7

    Offering expanded colour management capabilities, FreeFlow Print Server
version 7 uses a new visual spot colour editing tool that makes the
traditionally difficult task of matching colour easier. The visual spot colour
editor shows variations in colour at different increments and enables
customers to print what is on the screen and precisely match it to the colour
they want. This feature provides faster colour matching and accurate spot
colour output for brand identity, graphic elements and text.
    Xerox's powerful new print server also expands compliance with PDF/X
formats - an industry standard for exchanging PDF data - which allows
documents to pass through prepress with fewer errors. Expanded workflow
capabilities and an enhanced user interface make it easy to submit and handle
jobs with minimal training. New security features and support for IPv6, the
Internet infrastructure government standard, are also included in FreeFlow
Print Server version 7.

    FreeFlow Output Manager version 7

    FreeFlow Output Manager now offers a "Send to Production" solution that
integrates with Xerox multifunction printers through Xerox's Extensible
Interface Platform(TM) (EIP) technology built into many of the company's
multifunction devices. Send to Production allows users to scan hardcopy jobs
and specify job ticketing options directly from the MFP and send to a
centralized print center. The end user immediately receives a confirmation
page, printed at the MFP, with thumbnails of the job.
    The user-friendly interface and integration between Output Manager and
the MFP helps bridge Xerox office devices with a production print shop
environment. Organizations such as schools, universities, financial and
healthcare institutions now can scan hardcopy forms, records and reports and
automatically send them to a centralized print shop to take advantage of more
sophisticated job specifications and finishing options. FreeFlow Output
Manager examines print job attributes including colour, page volume and
finishing requirements and routes each job to the appropriate production
printer automatically to maximize efficiency within the print shop without
manual intervention.

    FreeFlow Express to Print Now Available

    FreeFlow Express to Print automates common prepress functions and reduces
steps required to program print jobs such as business cards, brochures,
postcards, books and manuals, opening new revenue opportunities by enabling
more applications to be printed. The software is an ideal solution for smaller
print shops or those just getting started in digital printing.
    Featuring more than 50 templates, Express to Print's automation takes the
guess work and manual labor out of job preparation by automating frequently
repeated and time-consuming setups such as imposition and finishing with a
simple click, drag and drop method. Tabs, covers, chapter starts and
watermarks are also easily added by clicking and dragging to the desired
location within a document. The screen will immediately show a graphic
representation of each page within the job ensuring it is submitted and
printed exactly as desired.
    FreeFlow Express to Print is available for the Xerox 4112(TM)/4127(TM)
Copier/Printer, Xerox 4112/4127 Enterprise Printing Systems and DocuColor(R)
242/252/260.

    Pricing and availability

    FreeFlow Output Manager version 7 and FreeFlow Print Server version 7 are
available worldwide on November 1; order taking on FreeFlow Print Server is
available on select production printers. Express to Print is also available
worldwide on November 1 for a Canadian list price of $5,000. Xerox is offering
a 30-day free trial of FreeFlow Express to Print, downloadable from
www.xerox.com.

    
    Note: See the full range of Xerox digital production technology and
    services in booth No. 1219, Oct. 26-29, at Graph Expo 2008, McCormick
    Place South, Chicago. For more information about Xerox and the show visit
    http://www.xerox.com/news or http://www.xerox.com/graphexpo2008. For open
    commentary and industry perspectives visit http://www.xerox.com/blogs or
    http://www.xerox.com/podcasts.

    Xerox(R), FreeFlow(R), 4112(TM), 4127(TM), the Xerox wordmark and the
    spherical connection symbol are trademarks of Xerox Corporation in the
    United States and/or other countries. DocuColour(R) is used under
    license.
    





For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Laura Mergelas, Xerox Canada,
(416) 733-6216, laura.mergelas@xerox.com; Tina Quelch, Calador Communications,
(416) 925-6034, tina@calador.ca

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