Silicon Valley printing technology company Electronics For Imaging Inc. introduced two milestone digital print workflow solutions at FESPA 2018 in Berlin: a new version of Fiery Command WorkStation and Fiery XF 7, an updated digital front end (DFE) for EFI wide and superwide format inkjet printers.
Fiery Command WorkStation is one of the world’s most popular interfaces for the management, layout, and editing of production digital print jobs. Print operations using EFI Fiery XF and Fiery proServer digital front end (DFE) print servers—including sheetfed, high-speed inkjet, wide format, and superwide format printers—can now manage multiple printers across all environments from a single, easy-to-use, and familiar Command WorkStation interface. In addition, the new Fiery XF 7 digital front end for wide and superwide format printers enables production speeds up to five times faster than earlier versions.
Digital print production evolved
According to a study by Keypoint Intelligence, wide-format production volume is on the rise, and nearly half of the respondents across several different print organizations plan to purchase a new wide format printer in the next two years. Especially for print professionals familiar with a Fiery workflow and new to wide-format printing, the latest version of Fiery Command WorkStation will ease entry into this new revenue opportunity by making it easy to unify production operations. Using a single shared interface across multiple print technologies delivers major business benefits to digital print facilities, such as reduced operator learning curves, operational efficiencies and production staff flexibility.
Fiery proServer and Fiery XF 7
Fiery Command WorkStation’s new client and job management interface brings Fiery wide- and superwide-format printer users many productivity and usability benefits already familiar to Fiery DFE users in other print environments. It provides dedicated modules such as the visual Fiery Job Editor, enabling users to more easily focus on specific tasks such as tiling, step and repeat, or color edits, and it offers a larger screen area for job previews and settings.
Powerful search and filtering tools deliver greater usability for finding and grouping jobs, and the context-sensitive interface only shows operators the tools they need, when and where they need them. Fiery also offers automation and the associated time savings that benefit a broad range of users. This is in addition to the market-leading capabilities Fiery DFEs already deliver to wide- and superwide-format printer users such as unrivalled color and quality, and superior productivity.
New Fiery capabilities
Continuing Fiery Command WorkStation’s tradition of innovation and value, this newest release offers additional productivity-enhancing features including Archive Manager (for cut-sheet print production) and thumbnail view.
- Archive Manager offers a simple and safe solution to store jobs on a network location. All archived jobs are in one view, so it’s easy to find and share them with other Fiery DFEs as the need arises.
- Thumbnail view gives users the option to visually list jobs showing their first page preview to help them find jobs faster.
Fiery make-ready enhancements include:
- Better integration of Fiery Impose with Duplo finishers to automate offline finishing for custom layouts. Users can import the layout file for the Duplo finisher to set up imposition in seconds and save the setup for use with future jobs.
- Fiery JobMaster software now includes image editing features that give users the ability to touch up scanned pages without leaving the application.
“We are excited to bring 20 years of Fiery Command WorkStation innovation to our Fiery wide- and superwide-format printer users,” says John Henze, VP of Fiery marketing at EFI. “Now Fiery Driven print environments that include wide-format printers will experience a new level of efficiency, convenience, and productivity—which facilities need and deserve in today’s fast-paced production environment.”