Electronics For Imaging, Inc.’s new Fiery digital front end (DFE) software platform, EFI Fiery FS400 Pro, gives a new level of innovation to the industry-leading DFE server platform. EFI Fiery FS400 Pro includes innovations that can provide unmatched color superiority, increased productivity, and more automation customers need to respond to the demands of today’s production print environments. New technologies coming to market with the platform launch – including EFI’s most advanced tools yet for color management and enhancement, spot-color reproduction and variable-data print (VDP) management – elevate digital production, giving print service providers (PSPs) a new, higher level of integrated, advanced digital print workflow capabilities.
EFI is working closely with its OEM partners to make EFI Fiery FS400 Pro available in conjunction with their upcoming new product launches. EFI Fiery FS400 Pro is available for both external and embedded Fiery servers. EFI and Konica Minolta are both demonstrating Fiery FS400 Pro at the October 23-25 Printing United tradeshow in Dallas.
“This is the biggest Fiery platform release of the past few years, one that can have a significant improvement for print providers looking to advance their businesses with higher quality, higher accuracy, and outstanding efficiency,” said John Henze, vice president of Fiery marketing and sales, EFI. “Customers who adopt the Fiery FS400 Pro platform in their new digital press investments will quickly realize that it is more than capable of handling some of the most demanding production printing requirements.”
More value in digital print with Fiery FS400 Pro
New functionality for Fiery FS400 Pro falls in two categories: a series of innovations and a stronger Fiery foundation that will make it easier for users to get the most out of their investments.
Fiery FS400 Pro introduces Fiery JobExpert, an in-RIP technology to dynamically analyze incoming PDF files and optimally process the job to achieve the best image and color quality while reducing production time. JobExpert will help print service providers process more jobs per day with fewer errors and less waste with less experienced operators.
Color advancements include a completely new technology for color profiling, Fiery Edge, that improves out-of-the-box color as well as gives users more control to produce the desired output. Users of Fiery embedded servers will benefit from processing jobs through the Adobe PDF Print Engine and more-convenient access to advanced color and imaging features with the Fiery ColorRight Package.
Fiery Impose software now tightly integrates with many more offline finishing equipment brands with slitter/cutter/creaser finishers, enabling all preparation steps in just one click. This time-saving prepress to finishing integration works with equipment from Ausjetech, Graphic Whizard, Horizon, MBM, Morgana, Plockmatic and Uchida in addition to Duplo.
In terms of foundational enhancements, Fiery FS400 Pro features improved reliability with new system maintenance tools and intuitive recovery mechanisms to respond to high uptime requirements. Fiery Health Monitor aids users in keeping their DFE running in its most efficient condition at all times. The DFE also includes a Fiery deployable image for easy replication of the Fiery system image across a fleet of the same Fiery server model to speed up installation and ensure consistent operation.
Other innovations include:
• Support for Adobe’s latest PDF Print Engine (APPE 5.0) and PDF 2.0;
• Fiery Spot Pro, a feature that offers brand color-matching with higher precision from design to print;
• Fiery FreeForm Plus, a new, proprietary variable data printing format that works in conjunction with the Fiery FreeForm Create free application for designers;
• Security enhancements to stay up to date with evolving requirements and standards that meet specific customer environments;
• Additional compatibility with third party cost accounting software.
In conjunction with this release, there are also new features in the Fiery Command WorkStation job management interface, including faster response with frequently used functions, and a Smart Search tool that helps users quickly find Fiery-related information and training.