10 technologies selected for 2008 awards.
Alwan Dynamic DeviceLinks, Alwan Color Expertise (www.alwancolor.com): Alwan's Dynamic DeviceLinks technology applies sophisticated color-management and quality control to standard PDF-based workflows. It evaluates the components of an individual PDF, identifying all elements--including color description and color spaces. Each object within the PDF is also analyzed for its CMYK surface and ink consumption. This 'intelligent color preflighting' ensures perfect color from any input space to any output space-all with faster makeready, stable printing, maximum economy, and minimum waste. Dynamic DeviceLinks technology powers Alwan's CMYK Optimizer family of applications, which allow prepress companies and printers to check, as well as automatically and dynamically correct, the color spaces and ink-weight characteristics of files before printing. The technology works in all print environments, including digital, gravure, and offset.
The judges praised Dynamic DeviceLinks for ink savings and noted that its ability to solve color-conversion problems for the digital press is far ahead of the competition.
EskoArtwork Neo, EskoArtwork (www.esko.com): EskoArtwork Neo is a stand-alone native PDF 1.7 viewer and editor that provides production tools to assess and edit multi-page PDF files. Because of Neo's intuitive interface, every element of the PDF--including text, images, and other graphic objects--can be positioned and reworked as if Neo were a full-blown design application, but all within the PDF file. Users also have the ability to add separations, edit text with paragraph reflow, and transform object and image content. Neo also contains an optional, interactive trapping function. Compliant with Certified PDF, this application is highly beneficial for printers that run fully native PDF workflows and need to check files as a quality control.
Neo's high points for the judges were speed, on-the-fly functionality, and the ability to build and manipulate PDFs without restriction.