Xerox FreeFlow suite of workflow software

 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 has added several additions to its industry-leading FreeFlow® 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 customisable 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 announced. 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 Peter Taylor, director, Production and Graphic Arts, Xerox UK,. "Workflow automation helps our customers connect to their clients, reduce costs and enable greater productivity. We deliver 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.
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™ (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 centralised print centre. The end user immediately receives a confirmation page, printed at the MFP, with thumbnails of the job.

FreeFlow Express to Print FreeFlow Express to Print automates common prepress functions and reduces steps required to programme 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 labour 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.

Xerox will be offering a 30-day free trial of FreeFlow Express to Print which will be downloadable from Xerox.com.