Release Notes - What's New?

Details on Product Releases and bug fixes for the Durst Workflow.




Release Notes 1.7.5

Important new Features:

The following New Features are available with version 1.7.5 of the Workflow:

  • Impose Editor: In Release 1.7.5, the complete Impose Editor has been revised and extended once again. In addition to numerous new functions in file handling and imposing, a stand-alone Impose Editor is also available with this version, which allows new and existing Production Jobs to be created or edited directly in the Impose Editor. The user can now add new files to Production Jobs using the Imposer.
  • Impose Mode – Tiling: A new Tiling Impose Mode has been implemented with this version. This includes three different Tiling Modes as well as other specific functions such as the placement of folding lines to the Tiling.
  • Manual Impose Mode: In addition to numerous minor improvements in the background of Manual Impose Mode, the scaling function has also been revised so that Print Items can be enlarged or reduced by entering values or by a percentage factor.
  • Impose Editor performance improvements: Various performance improvements have also been made in the Impose Editor. From the new ruler tool to optimizing zoom levels, CTRL-Z (undo) options and other bug fixes. Furthermore, the Print Item preview mode is automatically switched to a »preview disabled« view if more than 100 Print Items are used simultaneously on a Sheet.
  • Fixup Favorites: This new feature allows the user to define favorites for Fixups. These favorite Fixups are then available in the Article or Print Item detail view under the Print Data tab in a separate favorites menu, this eliminates the need switch between tabs to apply the most frequently used Fixups.
  • Apply Fixups to multiple Articles: Starting with version 1.7.5, it is possible to apply Fixups to multiple selected Articles. You can select any number of Articles in the Article list or a Collection and then select and apply the desired Fixup in a new menu.
  • New Fixups: In this version two new Fixups: Banner with Grommets as well as Add Grommets have been implemented especially for the large format industry. The Fixup Banner with Grommets offers various options where you can: scale the Print Item to the final output size, add Grommets, add a Dieline and/or a folding line. Other new Fixups include: Extract Colors from DeviceN and Synchronize selected Page Geometry Boxes.
    • Custom Currencies: In the course of this release, selecting your desired currency was adapted to the system settings. Now it is possible to define your own currency. Simply enter the desired currency type (€, $,...) in the text field.

Extract Spot Colors from DeviceN: This function can be used to resolve DeviceN constructs during initial check-in.New features for »Settings«: Under the Administration menu item. Two improvements have been made:

New Cutter Devices added: under Administration > Cutter Devices, there are two new Cutter Devices available, these are:

  • Aristo Cutter: As of Release 1.7.5, the Aristo cutter or the corresponding Aristo Cutter Control Panel software can be controlled. The selection of the cutting device determines the setting of Marks and the corresponding HPG cutting file, which is transferred to the Aristo software.
  • SD-AugustaF150R Cutter: Starting with version 1.7.5, the cutting device »SD - Augusta F150R Cutter« can be controlled. The selection of the cutting device determines the setting of Marks and the corresponding DXF cutting file, which is transferred to the SD software.
  • Editing Adobe Photoshop and TIFF files: As of this release, Adobe Photoshop (PSD) and TIFF files can be correctly uploaded and processed in the Workflow. The alpha channels are also recognized correctly and created as Spot Colors accordingly.
  • New Profile calculation Templates for LFP and Proofing: So far, the Workflow provides five Profile Templates by default: Best MatchStandardEconomyStandard (substrate)Reprofile. In this version the Profile Templates: Best MatchStandardEconomy have been renamed with a [TAU] extension. In addition, new Profile Templates for use in the Large Format industry called Best match [LFP]Standard [LFP] and Sublimation (substrate) have been added.


Release Notes 1.7.4

Important new Features:

The following New Features are available with version 1.7.4 of the Workflow:

  • Color Setup: In the course of this release improvements have been implemented regarding Color Setups (Profiling). Features that were released with version 1.7.3 have been partially extended and further refined. Because of the way these new Color Setup features have been implemented some elements of the imported Color Setup has been slightly altered.
    • ∆E values are now taken into consideration when analyzing measurement data.
    • New Calibration Charts for CMYK-OVG, ~160mm
    • Unique names for Color Setups & Profile Templates
    • Unique abbreviations for Color Setups
  • Exporting a Color Setup: With the release of 1.7.4, we've developed the ability to export and import Color Setups. We've specifically designed the export function to fully support subsequent imports of Color Setups. In addition to the Color Setup, you can export Profile TemplatesColor Policies (including ICC Profiles), Print ChartsSubstrates and/or Measuring Devices. An additional helpful feature is the ability to export multiple Color Setups at the same time. Below we outline in greater detail the two main features:
    • Additional options for exporting Color Setups
    • Exporting multiple Color Setups
  • Importing a Color Setup: version 1.7.4 provides the possibility to import Color Setups via the user interface. Previously, Color Setups could only be imported via the Master Data for test purposes. Importing Color Setups using the Master Data proved more problematic than helpful in the end. The new import function uses a 3-step process, which first analyzes the data to be imported and compares it with existing data in the system. As an additional step, data can be manipulated or edited and finally imported into the target system. Two main options are available when importing a Color Setup, lets take a closer look:
    • Import measurement data including Color Policies and ICC Profiles
    • Import measurement data including Profile Templates
  • Embedded Rendering Intents: In the course of this release further functions regarding Rendering Intents have been implemented. The following options are available:
    • Removing embedded Rendering Intents when checking-in a Print Item.
    • Honoring embedded Rendering Intents.
    • How embedded Rendering Intents are displayed and handled within the user interface.

These options can be saved system-wide and can be applied or overwritten separately for each Production Job.

  • Embedded Source Profiles: The release of 1.7.4 also addresses how Source Profiles are handled when imported. The following options are available:
    • Removing embedded Source Profiles when checking-in a Print Item.
    • Honoring embedded Source Profiles.

These options can be saved system-wide and can be applied or overwritten separately for each Production Job.

  • Send to Printer (Color Management Enabled): An additional option has been added to the Send to Printer dialog. By selecting this option, the Production Job is rendered to the printer unprofiled - i.e. only the following parts of the Color Policy are applied:
    • Ink Limit Profile
    • Linearization Profile
    • Transition Profile (if Light Inks are used)
    • Pre-Linearization Profile (if available)
  • Integration of the MCT Cutter with Tiger Vision software: We have also added a new Cutter to the Workflow. The MCT Cutter is available when used with TigerVision Software (Version 1.2.35) from version 1.7.4 upwards.
  • Print Flat: Print Flat is a new technology from Global Graphics that removes banding in the printout using compensation curves and an updated dither algorithm. This can now be used in the Workflow. This function can be purchased as an add-on module.


Release Notes 1.7.3

Important new Features:

The following new features are available in version 1.7.3 of the Workflow:

  • User-defined Fields: As of version 1.7.3, User-defined Fields are available in the Workflow. In addition to the fields previously available in the Workflow, fully customizable, User-defined Fields are now available for ArticlesOrders and Production Jobs. Further details pertaining to the creation, display, editing and applying these fields in Reports can be found in the following areas:
    • Creating User-defined Fields
    • Viewing User-defined Fields
    • Editing User-defined Fields
    • Adding User-defined Fields to Reports
  • DXF-Export for Esko Kongsberg Cutters: For Esko Kongsberg Cutter devices, a DXF-Export was implemented in addition to the existing HPGL-Export, to optimise exporting these files.
  • Rest API: The functionality of the Rest-API has been extended to implement User-defined Fields as well as Article Collections. Currently, the following activities can be mapped to the Rest API:
    • Create new Customers with Contact Persons and Addresses
    • Create Articles with available metadata
    • Create a Collection (New)
    • Create Orders with an unlimited number of Order Items and several Print Items per Order Item plus all metadata for the Order
    • Create Production Jobs plus all metadata for the Production Job
    • Transferring Data to existing User-defined Fields (New)
    • We've also improved the Login process (New)
  • Manual Impose Mode: New and existing functions in Manual Mode have been implemented and/or improved:
    • Defining Margins (New)
    • Cropping Print Items with Bleed (New)
    • Rotating multiple Print Items (New)
    • Placing Print Items (improved)
    • Handling Bleed in various Impose Modes (improved)
  • Nesting Mode: Nesting with Print Items of different dimensions
    • Adding vertical and horizontal spacing is now possible


Release Notes 1.7.2

Important new Features:

The following new features are available in version 1.7.2 of the Workflow:

Ink configuration redesign

The way in which Inks are configured and applied has been redesigned in this version of the Workflow. Commonly used Inks are now automatically created in the Workflow.

Color Setup improvements

The following new functions have been added and/or improved when Profiling:

  • Manual Positioning has been implemented for Barbieri measurement devices
  • Real-time preview of the measurement process
  • Delete Color Policies/Profiles
  • Add White to the background/foreground when printing Profile Charts

Cutters

Further functions have been added to improve Cutter performance and functions:

  • Barcodes can now display text
  • A Cutter and it's respective Marks can be applied without creating an Imposition


Release Notes 1.7.1

Important new Features:

The following new features are available in version 1.7.1 of the Workflow:

New Features:

  • Plug-In Uninstaller
    Instructions for uninstalling the AI Plug-In on Windows and on Mac OSX.

Major Improvements:

  • Impose Editor
    Reworked Nesting and Step & Repeat Modes, new options: Preview and Column Repeating and new possibilities when using Nesting with Print Items of the same or different size.

General Improvements:

  • Zünd Cutter & Bullmer Cutter
    New Preferences to control the generation of Barcodes and Marks and to control the distance between Marks.
  • Color Setup & Output Configuration
    new filtering behavior and new Print Charts with bigger patches

Fixed Bugs and Minor Details:

  • Workflow
    list of fixed bugs in the main-application
  • Impose Editor
    list of fixed bugs in the Impose Editor
  • Plug-In for Adobe Illustrator
    list of fixed bugs in the Illustrator Plug-In


Release Notes 1.7.0

Important new Features:

The following new features are available in version 1.7.0 of the Workflow:

New Features:

  • Adobe Illustrator Plug-in:
    • Articles: We have implemented Articles in the Workflow with release 1.7 as well as implementing the ability to Check-in & Check-out Articles through the Adobe Illustrator Plugin. The Check-In/Out process will be familiar for most users of the previous version of the Workflow. The only difference for now is, we cannot create Articles from the Plugin. Articles have to be created in the Workflow first, then they can be checked out to the Plugin. All other functions are the same.
    • Font Improvement: Due to a Customer feature request, we have implemented the possibility to use different fonts for a single text node in Illustrator. After checking in the document again to the Workflow, we will render the file to the printer as it was created in the Plugin.

Major Improvements:

  • System Wide Features (Settings)
    • In this release, we have added some general features which allows more flexibility and faster, more efficient working progress. Let's take a look at the new Settings of the Durst Workflow under (Administration > Settings).
  • Impose Editor
    • The next major feature in our new release is the redesigned Impose Editor (see also 2.3 Impose Editor). Due to the implementation of the Impose Editor, we decided to implement the selection of certain Default Settings for the Impose Editor. Here in the Impose Editor Tab, we offer some new possibilities, which can be set by default. All other new features and further details pertaining to the Impose Editor can be seen under section 2.3 Impose Editor.
  • Article Workflow
    • In addition to the previously implemented Order-Based-Workflow, where we create Production Jobs out of Orders, we've implemented an Article-Based-Workflow
  • User Interface of Articles and Collections
    • By implementing Articles in the Workflow we have expanded the main menu bar. Before release 1.7, the first menu point was the Order. With release 1.7 the menu starts with Articles. The menu itself is split into two separate lists – the Article List and the Collection List. Both lists can be edited and organized separately in the Workflow. The list behavior is similar to existing menus in the Workflow. Articles can also be Filtered in the same way as the other Lists in the Workflow. One of the main differences that the user will notice is that we now have an alternative upload function, which allows an operator to only display their Articles and current uploads.
  • Create Articles & Collections
    • We have implemented two main ways to create or upload Articles to the Workflow. Both ways can easily be used by the operators. One method for creating Articles is the manual way and Collections but there is a faster way to upload Articles and create Collections as well which we will cover in the sections below.
  • Lock Articles
    • The user may, for various reasons need to lock an Article. When an Article is locked, changes to the Print Data can no longer be made. For example, the Prepress department prepares an Article which has been approved and is ready to print. This Article will also be offered in a Web2Print Portal from the Company. The Article is completed and ready for Production, therefore the Article should be produced the same way each and every time. Once an Article is locked, the Print data can no longer be edited, we offer the following ways to change the Lock state of Articles.
  • Set Articles as unavailable
    • Another option for the user is the ability to set the article as unavailable, this option shows all users/operators that the Article is no longer available. If an Article is set to unavailable, the Article will no longer be displayed in the regular Article List and naturally changes to the Print Data can no longer be made. For example, an Article was offered in a Web2Print Portal at one point and it has been decided that it won't be produced anymore.
  • Duplicate Articles
    • We have implemented the duplicate Article function, in order to avoid the process of uploading the same Article multiple times. If an Article is duplicated by a user, the Print Item including additional metadata will be duplicated as a standalone Article. For example an operator creates a Production Job out of an Article to create 1000 copies, the existing Print Item contained in the Article and the Print Item in the Production Job are exactly the same item. After a while the same Article should be copied again 800 times. Creating a Production Job again from the same Article, entering 800 in Number of Copies will also change the Number of Copies from the Job before from 1000 to 800, because it is exactly the same Print Item. The correct procedure would be to duplicate an Article and create one Production Job per Article. In future releases we want to offer the ability to create more than one Production Job from one Article in addition to being able to change specific properties in the Production Job without loosing the 1:1 reference to the Print Item of the Article. Also locked Articles can be duplicated anytime to avoid editing a locked Article.
  • Print Statistics
    • Especially for Customers, who are working with the Basic License LFP/CPD we have implemented a new feature to calculate the Ink Consumption for each Production Job. If an operator will render a Production Job to the Printer, the Ink Usage will be automatically calculated for the Production Job. These results will be displayed under the Print Statistics Tab in a Production Job. Ink Consumption calculation is based on the rendered Print Item. If the Production Job is imposed, the Imposition will be the basis for the Ink Consumption calculation. If some properties will be changed in the Production Job (i.e., Color Policy,…) or the PDF file is or has been changed in any way (Data Preparation,…) the Ink Consumption in the Print Statistics tab will be deprecated or incorrect. When the render process is started again, Ink Consumption will be calculated and displayed again.
  • Cutter
    • Previously we had four different Cutter Types named Sei Labelmaster, Spartanics Lasercutter, Esko Kongsberg (hpgl) and Zünd CutCenter. In this release we have implemented an additional Cutter. The Bullmer Cutter is now supported. Before a cutter can be used, the cutter has to be added to the Workflow. After that, the cutter definition can be selected in a Production Job, then the Job will be rendered to the printer and to the cutter itself.


Release Notes 1.6.0

Important new Features:

The following new features are available in version 1.6.0 of the Workflow:

New Features:

  • Printer Types
    • We have changed the behaviour of our internal Printer Types. Before Release 1.6, if a new installation was done on the customers side, we had to manually create a printer type in the Master Data to add a new printer to the Durst Workflow. In Release 1.6 we've created beforehand all printer types, which are currently supported at the moment. These printer types are stored in the Master Data after the installation is compete. If Updating an existing system, which already includes printer(s) in the Workflow, the right printer type must be mapped to the existing printer.
  • Windows Defender Exclusions
    • In order to prevent possible errors when using Hotfolders, the user should define Exclusions for Windows Defender.
  • Adobe Illustrator Plug-in
    • We have implemented many new Customer feature requests in this version. Let's take a look at these new features.
  • Impose Editor
    • In this Release we have redesigned the Impose Editor. Before Release 1.6 we had the possibility to open the Impose editor without choosing an Impose Mode. In the editor we had two options: Auto Mode and Manual Mode. The Auto Mode was basically Step & Repeat Mode. By implementing a third Impose Mode we had to clean up the Impose section completely. When the operator selects the Impose tab, the user is immediately presented with three options now in release 1.6. We offer Manual, Step & Repeat and Nesting Mode
  • Color Setup Improvments
    • In Release 1.6 we added an additional step called Pre-Linearization which is optional. This step can be activated when creating a new Color Setup. If the option is checked, Pre-Linearization will be the first step of the Color Setup. If the option isn't checked, the Color Setup will have the identical steps as before without Pre-Linearization. By checking the 'Create Pre-Linearization Curves' option the operator can create a Color Setup with more accuracy and enables the user to swiftly reach the desired Color Profile.
  • Cutter
    • Before Release 1.6 we had two different Cutter Types named Sei Labelmaster and Spartanics Lasercutter. In this Release we have implemented two more Cutter Types. The Zünd CutCenter and the Esko Kongsberg cutter are now available. Before any cutter can be used, the cutter has to be added to the Workflow. After that, the cutter definition can be selected in a Production Job, then the Job will be rendered to the printer and to the cutter itself.
  • Settings
    • In this Release we have added quite a few new features to the Settings Tabs.
  • Fixups
    • Some new Fixups were created and added to the Workflow. These Fixups can be found under Data Preparation in the Print Item View of an Order or a Production Job.
  • Calculate Ink Usage
    • The Calculate Ink Usage feature has been updated. The user can now (again) calculate individual Color Policies, i.e. Best Match, Economy, etc. by selecting the Color Policy in the drop-down menu and using the Calculate Button.
  • Redesign of the Create Production Job Dialogue
    • In Release 1.6 we have redesigned our Create Production Job out of an Order Dialogue. The reason for the redesign is that we now need to display more information in this dialogue.
  • Create Production Job from Print Item List 
    • Before Release 1.6 we implemented the Print Item List View within the Order section. Previously the user could double click a Print Item to open the mapped Order in which the Print Item was loaded. Now we've created a convenient drop-down menu under the Print Item List where the operator can create a Production Job directly within the Print Item List area. selecting multiple Print Items is not possible in this list.
  • Print Item Download Button
    • In each Print Item View (under Order View and in the Production Job list) we've created a new Download Print Item Button
  • Revert to Version
    • The order of the Timestamps has been adjusted from newest on top to oldest on the bottom, the original version and current version have been removed from the list.
  • Send to Printer Options Tab
    • The Create a Production Job dialogue now contains an Options Tab where the user can select Lead In and Lead Out as well as Split in Jobs. These options have been moved from the Production Job Tab because these options only make sense if a TAU printer is used.
  • Rho Job Ticket Extensions
    • In Release 1.6 we have added some more information to the RHO and DELTA job ticket. Particularly for the LFP segment we had to integrate Ink Consumption into the job ticket, so that the Printer Software is able to display ink usage for each job. Therefore we are including the total number of pixels per color channel in the job ticket. The Printer Software is calculating the amount of ink afterwords.
  • Print Configuration Extension
    • In Release 1.6 we added some more Print Configuration options. It is highly recommended to check all already existing Print Configurations after Updating to Release 1.6. The first step is to assign the right Printer Type to the Printer (see first Point in the Release Notes) and then check the Print Configurations and confirm they are working properly.
  • Measurement Devices
    • The newest measurement device from Barbieri was implemented in Release 1.6. This measurement device is called Barbieri Spectro LFPqb and can be used with the measure table. The device can also be used without the measure table using just the Barbieri Spectro qb. Both measurement devices can be added to the Workflow separately under Administration > Measurement devices. With this new device M1 measuring is possible and the measuring speed has been improved.
  • Spot Color Limitation
    • Some customers particularly from the Durst Democenter had the problem, when a Print Item contains many Spot Colors, check-in and rendering process times were compromised. Therefore, we limited – just as Adobe Acrobat does– the amount of Spot Colors to 28 colors. After checking in a Print Item, which includes more than 28 Spot Colors, only 28 Spot Colors will be displayed in the Print Item View. All other Spot Colors will be ignored by the Web User Interface, but they will still be rendered as usual to the printer. In Release 1.7 we will improve this issue by filtering Technical Colors before check-in takes place.
  • Reports
    • In Release 1.6 we offer the possibility to attach the original PDF file to created Reports. As we are only embedding previews of the Print Item in the Reports, we had to offer the option to also include the original PDF files. Therefore a checkbox was placed in the Reports section. By activating the checkbox Attach original PDF, the original PDF file of the Print Item will be attached as a second page in each report. So for example, when a report has two pages – the first page is the report, and the second page is the original PDF file of the Print Item.


Release Notes 1.5.0

Important new Features:

The following new features are available in version 1.5.0 of the Workflow:

New Features:

  • Adobe Illustrator Plug-in
    • To support our customers with new possibilities, we have implemented some of their feature request in this version.
  • Production Time
    • Additional to the Production Date we have added the possibility to set the Production Time for a Production Job. The Production Time can defined  in 1 to 24 hours and in quarters of an hour (00, 15, 30, 45 minutes).
  • Settings
    • In this release we cleaned up the Settings dialog.
  • Fixups
    • We have added some new fixups and have updated some existing fixups. (Change Overprint State of Spot Color, Rename & Convert or Delete Spot Colors, Add a DieLine from the Center, Derive Trimbox from colored Objects, Fill Background etc.)
  • Manage Additional Data inside the Workflow
    • Some customers were asking for the possibility to store additional information – Mails, Office documents, PDF etc. – to an OrderOrder Item or a Print Item. Exactly this is what we have implemented in release 1.5.
  • Manage Additional Data inside the Workflow
    • Some customers were asking for the possibility to store additional information – Mails, Office documents, PDF etc. – to an OrderOrder Item or a Print Item. Exactly this is what we have implemented in release 1.5.
  • General Update on Print Item View
    • To speed up the loading process of the most frequently used are – the Print Item view– in the workflow, a reengineering of the data handling in the background and the user interface was one of the biggest workload for this release. We now store the preflight results in the database to have all preflight information immediately available for the user interface and to be prepared for future plans to provide more features based on this information. The big change has been don in the user interface. Lets have a look on all tabs of the Print Item view.
  • Harlequin RIP Integration
    • To render 50.000 and more personalized labels in up to 7 color (CMYK-OV+W) in 1260 x720 is very time consuming.
  • Tagging
    • Tagging is very common to mark records or files in a workflow. Tagging is used, among other things, to streamline also the internal communication. In this release we have implemented the possibility to create and use multiple tags in various situations inside the workflow.



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