Extensis has introduced PrintReady, a Web-based system for preflighting, collecting, and submitting files for printed output. It runs on Mac OS 8 and 9.
Based on Extensis’ Preflight Online technology, PrintReady is a new family of products designed to simplify preflighting and make it a seamless part of the file submission process, said Joseph Schorr, senior product manager for PrintReady. The product line includes solutions for designers and small workgroups, and two enhanced packages aimed at service providers, large printers, and publishers.
PrintReady, the lowest-cost (around £230 plus VAT) package, is aimed at designers, printers, and publishers, offering built-in preflighting, file-collection, and FTP capabilities through a Web interface. An interactive help function shows users how to fix potential printing problems; customizable profiles allow them to fine-tune preflight reports, says Extensis. The PrintReady license includes up to five users, and an unlimited number of workstations. This product includes free updates and upgrades. PrintReady offers an unlimited number of file inspections.
PrintReady Service Provider Edition (around £1,300 plus VAT) is for printers, service bureaus, and publishers. It can be used to provide customized preflight, collection and file-delivery capabilities for customers without requiring them to buy or configure anything. PrintReady’s interface is customizable, and job tracking and reporting can be done user-by-user. PrintReady Service Provider Edition includes up to 12,000 file inspections annually, and includes free updates and upgrades.
PrintReady Enterprise Edition (around £6,700 plus VAT) – also designed for printers, service bureaus, and publishers – provides customized preflight, collection and file-delivery capabilities for customers, Extensis claims. It can store and post results of each preflight inspection in XML format, allowing for full integration with existing online job tickets and customer databases. The Enterprise Edition includes a 24-hour Platinum Maintenance Agreement and up to 30,000 file inspections annually, says the company. PrintReady Enterprise Edition includes free updates and upgrades.
Pricing includes one year of PrintReady service that can be renewed annually. All three PrintReady packages are available for purchase from the Extensis Web site.
The news, announced at the Seybold publishing exhibition held this week in the US, follows news of Extensis’ purchase by Celartem Technology.