Marlin Digital Imaging Ltd's Switch to Enfocus Workflow Solution

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[] London, United Kingdom - XChange UK and ThePowerXChange, the sources for extended technology worldwide are pleased to announce that Marlin Digital Imaging, based in the UK, now utilise Enfocus FullSwitch for workflow automation. The company looked at both PowerSwitch and FullSwitch and did not need client capabilities, so opted for the powerful FullSwitch to help them save time and money with the option to upgrade to PowerSwitch in the future.

"We made a decision to change our workflow when we stopped using our existing imagesetter and upgraded our servers. Our Rampage system was becoming more redundant as more and more clients and printers requested PDF as their preferred document delivery specification. When we changed our servers Rampage would not port across without a major upgrade to both the software and the RIPs," offers Steve Hopwood, Colour Management / Senior Retoucher. "This was not deemed cost effective for what in essence had become just a preflight system. We had various operators making PDFs and had tried to standardise this by using Acrobat on a Mac using hot folders with some success as well as some frustration. We added a laser printer to our GMG setup so we could produce content and contract proofs from the same RIP. Once we made a decision to use PitStop Server as our preflight solution we began looking into a way of integrating the production and preflighting of our PDFs."

Adds Hopwood, "We were surprised how easy the flows are to build and how adaptable they are. Once Acrobat and Pitstop Server had been installed on the Switch server we found that the problems we were having with the Acrobat hot folders stopped. We now have 20 flows for different PDF or preflight specifications and also build job specific flows modified from a master flow. We are always try to come up with new ways of using FullSwitch whether it be for low resolution image production or preflighting from ArtPro and handing those files off to the GMG Proofing System. The installation of FullSwitch has improved our standardisation of PDF production and preflighting. Further, because it has been installed alongside Acrobat and PitStop Server on the Switch server, it has freed up the operators' time and has easily paid for itself within the year we have had it."

FullSwitch System Requirements:
Mac OS(R) X or Mac OS(R) X Server v.10.4.x through 10.6 (Universal)
StuffIt Expander 10 or higher (for expansion of the installer package)

Dual Core processor(s) recommended
Minimum 256 MB of RAM (512MB recommended)
1024x768 screen resolution

XChange UK and ThePowerXChange are Enfocus Certified Partners and can offer consultation to determine the suitability for businesses to implement an Enfocus Switch workflow. They also install and integrate Switch workflow automation solutions, both remotely and onsite. Both companies have seen a significant increase in customer inquiries regarding the Switch product range are extending their offer for a free telephone-based consultation. To take advantage of the consultation offer, users can contact XChange UK in Europe or ThePowerXChange in North America. Additional case studies can be provided upon request.

XChange are a leading supplier of desktop graphic and publishing applications, QuarkXTension(R) technology; Adobe InDesign(R), Acrobat(R) and Photoshop(R) Plug-ins(R) and other design and publishing utilities. XChange offer extended technology products from across the world specific to the graphic design, print and publishing industries and make them available to an extensive user base via their printed catalogue or online at their web site. The company are headquartered in Central London and also offer specialist training on many of the solutions they sell.


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