Onyx Graphics, Inc., today announced ONYX 12 software, the next generation of the company’s wide format workflow and RIP products. Built on the proven platform of ONYX 11 RIP software and ONYX Thrive workflow software, ONYX 12 software delivers faster RIP performance, a simplified user interface and advanced finishing tools to do more in less time.
Specifically developed to make printing more predictable, ONYX 12 software enables print operators to print jobs right the first time. ONYX 12 software will be available for the full ONYX software product line including ONYX Thrive workflow software, and ONYX ProductionHouse, ONYX PosterShop and ONYX RIPCenter RIP software.
“With ONYX 12 software, the increase in RIP speed is incredible! We went from a file taking almost a minute to RIP to now only taking nine to 15 seconds,” said Corey Nicolaisen, Print Technology Support Specialist for West Canadian Digital Imaging Inc. (Calgary, AB). “In addition, the more graphical interface has Onyx Graphics’ meeting the expectations that users have of their software platforms in todays market.”
Speed plus performance: 64-bit platform
ONYX 12 software delivers better utilization of memory and hardware when running the latest Windows OS to maximize the system investment with a modern, proven platform. It utilizes the complete 64-bit platform throughout – in the RIP as well as modules – to harness full processing capabilities, delivering not just faster speeds but greater responsiveness as well. ONYX 12 software delivers RIP speeds twice as fast as ONYX 11 software and a more responsive user interface.
Updated RIP engines, including the latest Adobe PDF Print Engine 3.6 in ONYX Thrive software, boosts performance and delivers optimized end-to-end PDF workflows.
Simplified Production: Easy to Use
A redesigned user interface displays a visual, interactive job list enabling operators to easily find jobs, view printer information, and quickly make edits. Complete job information – including thumbnails – is displayed and can be customized to suit each operation’s needs.
Live, color-managed previews display job edits as they happen: users can see exactly where grommets, marks, tiling, crops, cut paths, spot colors and mirroring are placed before processing. This intuitive feature saves time and reduces waste by eliminating guesswork and proof reprints.
Quick Sets – production templates that streamline routine tasks – have been redesigned so they’re easier to build, navigate and save. Users can ensure consistency throughout the production floor by sharing Quick Sets between printers, and easily change Quick Sets for an existing job without the need to re-open it.
Advanced Application Tools: Do More Faster
Print service providers can easily produce a variety of new applications, and improve the workflow for existing applications, with the new Bleed function. For example within ONYX 12, users can add borders for wrapped canvas prints, pole pocket trim for banners or top/bottom extensions for pop-up stands without the need to redesign the original artwork. Users can combine the Bleed function with Automatic Cut Path Generation to eliminate white space in print-and-cut jobs for perfectly finished pieces without artwork adjustments.
New finishing tools enable automatic grommet and mark placement for creating prints that are ready for finishing. Grommet marks are accurately placed without manual measurement. Grommet mark size, style and spacing can also be customized.
New page and offset controls assist with placement of images for a variety of roll-to-roll and flatbed applications. The new offset functions enable full-roll finishing when using roll cutters such as those from Fotoba and Zünd, and provide added control in rigid flatbed applications. These features eliminate manual positioning calculation, speed throughput and reduce waste.
ONYX 12 software will be available for order beginning August 31, 2015. To purchase an ONYX 12 software license or to upgrade through the ONYX Advantage software maintenance program, customers should contact their authorized ONYX reseller or visit www.onyxgfx.com for more information.