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Symbio: PDF-to-Finish Workflow Automation Tool

Uses PDF and JDF standards to automate across diverse systems

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Symbio, from Objective Advantage, is a PDF-to-finish workflow automation tool that makes use of PDF and JDF standards to automate production across diverse presses and finishing systems, even from different vendors.

Using PDF and JDF as its native file formats, Symbio makes use of standards to link presses and finishing systems. Building on an imposition tool for the production process, Symbio guides a pro- duction operator through the laying out of a job for print and finishing, to create a multi-up PDF sheet. Symbio then uses JDF to submit this sheet into the press and finishing machines. The submission from Symbio automatically creates the print job in the print controller's queue and supplies the press operator with all the necessary information to print the job. Details such as what size and weight of media to use, the number of sheets, and the job's level of priority are already defined.

For finishing, Symbio knows the exact layout that was used to place the items on the sheet and uses this information to set up the finishing equipment, including preview images of the sheet.

The software works with EFI, Xerox, and Creo workflows for digital presses, and the company has begun discussions with HP, NexPress, and Xeikon. Objective Advantage reports that Symbio can be implemented "in virtually any digitalprint production environment, from printfor- pay to a small commercial operation or corporate production department."

The turnkey Symbio launch package includes the software ready-installed on a Dell OptiPlex 170L MicroTower PC.


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