Prinergy 5: New Features and Stuff

by admin on November 12, 2008

So I could have played with the new features of Prinergy 5.0 all day but being the sys admin, I had some stuff thrown on my plate. Like the email passwords for everybody expired yesterday  so the first part of my morning was spent trying to remember how to log on to the remote exchange server and reset passwords (hint: passwords for Microsoft Exchange are stored in active directory, not the Exchange snap-in console). Hey you forget this stuff. And a good part of the afternoon was part tweaking the layouts in the rebuilt print controller for the Epson. I burned about 7 feet of media trying to get the layout to rotate properly so it didn't clip. I swear, configuring for inkjet proofers can drive you crazy.

Anyhow, enough of that, here's an overview of what we picked up on the first day of training. Four people from the development team were nice enough to come down and see how we were doing and show some of the features. Here is a list, in no particular type of order, of what we plan to play with in version 5 and maybe integrate into our daily workflow:

1. Prinergy Dashboard: Yeah it was in version 4 but we could never get it working due to account log-on weirdness. But it's working now and we'll see if front-office operations finds it useful. More on this feature later.

2. Prinergy PDF File Editor: This will be a big one for us. Now Prinergy allows you to convert the PDFs to native Illustrator files so you can open them up and fix stupid design mistakes to create added value for your customers. Lots more on this one later.

3. Virtual Proofing System (VPS) is now integrated with Prinergy. This will make a lot of old-time Prinergy operators really happy, especially the book printers.

4. Disk clean-up tool. Sorta of a nice sysadmin tool that gets rid of orphan files.

5. Preps 5.3.2 has auto-ganging. We'll probably use this one in the shop to replace our somewhat complicated way of combining different jobs on one imposition.

6. Digital Print. At present, we will have little use for this feature as we are an offset shop 100%. But it will be interesting to see how long we stay with just one offset press that looks to be fully booked until 2009.

That's about it for now. More posts later, with screen-shots, if I ever get time to play more with the system.


Len November 13, 2008 at 12:42 pm

Do you need the fonts loaded to properly open and work on a converted PDF in Illustrator? Is the type outlined? Is there an outline option?


dj November 14, 2008 at 8:36 am

No, you don’t need to load fonts, as elements in the file are protected from the Illustrator by means of some secret sauce. If I get some time today, I’ll try to post some screensnaps that show this.
cheers, DJ

Allan Larson November 14, 2008 at 9:48 am

Each element gets a Kodak Protected Artwork layer in the Illustrator file. When you want to say, edit a line of text, you go under Filter, Convert to Native. That’s the only time you need that exact font loaded, not all the whole page. If you don’t have the font, it substitutes another basic one. When you are done playing with that layer, you go and run a Submit to Prinergy script under Edit, and it magically reassambles the file back to the job context within Prinergy. During that time, there’s a pencil icon beside the page icon which prevents anyone else from messing with it. Also, within the Control folder, a new folder gets made with the AI file, and all the iimages are PSD links and the other placed files are PDF files for you to edit directly.
It gets a lot of great feedback from people that wanted to edit using an Adobe set of tools on an Adobe PDF.

Len November 14, 2008 at 1:01 pm

Very cool stuff. Good riddance for Pitstop.

Thanks for the info.

Loren Haase November 18, 2008 at 10:39 am

What about ColorFlow? Very neat addition to Prinergy 5 which will replace the need to use Kodak Mio, Harmony and more.

admin November 20, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Yah, Color Flow is supposed to be cool but right now it’s running as a separate beta from Prinergy 5.0. Right now it’s scheduled to be integrated into Prinergy 5.1

sean July 22, 2009 at 10:15 am

The PDF Edit tool for Illustrator is not a new feature, its a friggin OPTION!!! what a load of crap. Anything to make you buy more licenses, thanks again Kodak! For Nothing…. what a nifty addition to your ultra crappy trap editor tool…. a gush – gush – gush

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