By: Jim Rosenberg
Creo Inc., Vancouver, British Columbia, is introducing Synapse NewsManager as the “next step” in its evolving Prinergy and Prinergy Newsrun portable document format (PDF) workflow management systems for newspapers. The solution follows the company’s announcement that it would enhance IntelliNet NewsFlow and integrate the system into its Prinergy workflow end-to-end PDF workflow systems. Using standard file formats, networking and communications, IntelliNet NewsFlow passes PDF files and other data to Prinergy.
Synapse NewsManager incorporates software components that Creo acquired last fall when it bought the IntelliNet NewsFlow production workflow system and the integrated PressSite newspaper press control interface from HiT Internet Technologies SpA, Affi, Italy. Used at more than 700 newspaper installations in 32 countries, IntelliNet has been available from Agfa for several years.
IntelliNet NewsFlow features for Creo’s newspaper solution include page transmission and distribution, PressSite links to press control systems, and the ability to integrate third-party legacy imaging systems into the Creo environment.
Synapse NewsManager was designed to add automation and extend Creo solutions to bigger, multi-site printing operations, enabling operators with one or more sites to manage and track digital files from edition planning through platemaking. With PDF, a printer can use a standard internal file format optimized for efficient production while retaining flexibility for late changes and providing for high-quality, resolution-independent output on different devices.
Creo is positioning Synapse NewsManager as part of a complete newspaper solution, with its Trendsetter News thermal platesetters and Staccato screening.