Esko launches expanded software platform with the release of 18.0.1

Geert De Proost.

Worldwide packaging software leader Esko (Ghent, Belgium) has unveiled the latest update to its Esko Software Platform – Esko 18.0.1. This newest release delivers a host of platform-wide updates and continues Esko’s ongoing commitment to regularly and consistently enhancing the solutions portfolio customers rely on, the company said. “In a fast-moving market, we need to ensure that our solutions are ahead of the game,” said Geert De Proost, Director of Solutions Marketing at Esko. “With that in mind, we’re constantly looking to make improvements to all aspects of our software solutions. They may be large or small, but the aim is the same – we want to make sure that our customers receive the utmost in value for their investment in the Esko Software Platform and software maintenance. We carefully consider market trends and customer feedback, and these shape many of our improvements. This release is no different. Our overall aim is to ensure that customers have the right tools and capabilities to strengthen their efficiency and profitability.”

The new Esko release delivers several enhancements.

Among the key highlights of the new release is the availability of a macOS-supported 64-bit version of ArtPro. Plus, customers with a maintenance contract are also entitled to a complimentary copy of ArtPro+, the “hyper-modern” packaging editor. ArtPro+ features a unique and clean task-driven user interface, enhanced performance and support for ArtPro-files. The new release also features ArtPro+ action lists in Automation Engine. Time consuming pre-press tasks become automated so operators can focus on value-added processes, making the overall pre-press operation more efficient, said Esko.

The newest version of Esko Software Platform also ensures full compatibility of all plug-ins with Adobe Creative Cloud 2019 – including Studio, DeskPack, and Dynamic Content. In another release highlight, Imaging Engine now includes In-RIP Prepare for viewing. This allows users to control the quality of ripped files on the fly during the ripping process, eliminating waiting times and freeing-up capacity. “This is particularly important in high-volume converter and premedia operations that increasingly need to manage a higher volume of label and flexo short-run, fast-turnaround around jobs,” De Proost added. “It eliminates the need for the process to be completed as a separate task in Automation Engine, and helps pre-media operations handle increased throughput.”

Create display variants in seconds. Also with this release, ArtiosCAD users can create new variants of displays or other multi-part designs in seconds. Users can start from a single, re-sizable canvas design template. This is ideal for sign and display customers and corrugated operations that face numerous design requests and need to offer faster times to market. “These latest improvements are just the tip of the iceberg,” said De Proost. “We have many more in this release. What’s more, we’re developing a number of important additional improvements we cannot wait to bring to market to help our customers with their efficiency and cost effectiveness.”

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Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.