FreeFlow™ Process Manager™

Automate prepress for a touchless workflow.

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  • Reduce cost with automation
  • Increase pre-press efficiency
  • Maximise printing capacity by doing more in less time and with fewer mistakes
  • Maintain consistency and high quality across similar jobs while reducing costs (both labor and training)
  • Enable true web-to-print by integrating with your web portal
  • Strengthen customer relationships
  • Enable new applications
  • Meet customer expectations and turn-around time
  • Complete complex jobs without having to overhaul all of your existing processes – leverage existing investments
  • Keep up with technology
  • Design an automated workflow that fits your business today, while keeping the door open to a higher level of automation tomorrow
  • Automates each step from file preparation to production for a touchless workflow
  • Automates decision making and subsequent processing based on job attributes
  • Infrastructure for processing jobs according to predefined, automated workflows
  • Allows you to build workflows once, then use them again and again
    • Knowledgeable operator pre-builds customised workflows
    • Submit files to the workflow for automatic preparation
  • Powerful job-management tool lets you automate your prepress tasks
    • Combine multiple PDF files into one PDF
    • Auto-edit to include page numbers, text, and watermarks
    • Colour management
  • Integrates with many of your existing workflow applications
  • JDF (Job Definition Format)-enabled functions provide multiple tools to prepare files for final production, including converting documents into PDF
  • FreeFlow Process Manager MAX (Manifest Automation from Xerox) drives an electronic order into automated workflows
  • Supports the following file formats: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, InDesign, Photoshop, PDF, bitmap, GIFF, TIFF, JDF, and RDO
  • Tiers of automation each allow for a different level of automation – from automating simple repetitive tasks fo more complex or multifaceted integrations – yielding a proportionate level of return on investment
FreeFlow Process Manager lets print shop operators pre-build workflows for automatic document preparation, proofing, and printing for digital and offset environments. The ability to automate vital prepress processes such as preflighting, image enhancement, and proofing can add value to virtually any digitally submitted job.
Base Hardware Configuration
Minimum required hardware configuration. Recommended for simple applications such as brochures, newsletters, and business cards
  • Processor: Dual-core Intel® Xeon® 2.66 GHz, 1333 FSB, 4MB L2 cache equivalent or better (AMD™ equivalent processors may be substituted)
  • System Memory: 3 GB
  • Hard Drive*:
    • Disk 1 (Drive C): 73 GB SCSI/SAS-15K RPM - Single Partition (System Files/OS)
    • Disk 2 (Drive D): 300 GB SCSI/SAS-15K RPM - Single Partition (FreeFlow application)
    • Disk 2 capacity depends on applications and storage space requirements
  • Ethernet Capability: 100/1000 MB/sec
  • Display: CRT or LCD Monitor
  • Input Devices: Keyboard and Mouse
  • Peripheral Devices: DVD Drive
  • Backup storage device recommended
Software may be installed in a virtual environment. The virtual environment must be configured to meet the same hardware configuration and performance as the standard environment.

Enhanced Hardware Configuration
Recommended for high-volume, more complex projects, as well as for integrating with Web Services or MIS systems via MAX (Manifest Automation from Xerox)
  • Processor:
    • Two Dual-core Intel® Xeon® 3.33 GHz, 1333 FSB, 6 MB L2 cache equivalent or better
    • Quad-core Intel® Xeon® 3.33 GHz, 1333 FSB, 2X6 MB L2 cache equivalent or better
    • AMD™ equivalent processors may be substituted
  • System Memory: 4 GB
  • Hard Drive*:
    • Disk 1 (Drive C): 73 GB SCSI/SAS-15K RPM - Single Partition (System Files/OS)
    • Disks 2 and 3 (Drive D): 300 GB SCSI/SAS-15K RPM - Single 600 GB RAID 0 Partition (FreeFlow application/temp files)
    • Disk 2 and 3 RAID capacity depends on application and storage requirements
  • Ethernet Capability: 100/1000 MB/sec
  • Display: CRT or LCD Monitor
  • Input Devices: Keyboard and Mouse
  • Peripheral Devices: DVD Drive
  • Backup storage device recommended
Software Components
The following represents the supported software components that the customer procured and installed
  • Operating System:
    • Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition (32-bit) SP2
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition (32-bit) SP2
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition (32-bit) SP2
    • .NET 3.5.1 SP1 or higher must be installed prior to installation
  • Optional Application Software:
    • Microsoft® Office 2003 (Word, Excel®, PowerPoint®, Publisher); Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher)
    • Adobe® CS4 (InDesign®, Illustrator®, Photoshop®). Conversion of Adobe CS4 files requires use of a dedicated remote conversion computer
    • Kodak® Preps v5.3.3
* Alternate disk configurations may be used as long as they provide equivalent or better performance.
Customer Successes
Skipnes Kommunikasjon
Workflow software boosts growth and improves bottom line
Buffalo Printing Co.
Automation fuels 3X growth for Buffalo Printing Co.
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CDS Global Custom Workflow
Unique 1:1 workflow opens door to a host of in-depth variable data jobs
La Imprenta Ya
Printing costs for full-color catalog cut by 33 percent
CDS Global / Securian Financial
Unique personalization through variable data printing.
Gilmore Doculink
An airline service provider now easily prints regular updates of landing field maps at hundreds of airports.
Associates International (Ai)
Ai reduced costs by automating their workflow with FreeFlow Process Manager MAX and Avanti.
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EarthColor, Inc.
EarthColor Inc. partners with McGraw Hill Financial Communications to create their Annual Plan Review.
DG3 Europe Limited
DG3 Europe Limited creates personalized Achievement Packs for winners of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.

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