SAi (Salt Lake City, Utah) has introduced Flexi 19, a more powerful and feature-rich update of its flagship signmaking software “engineered to meet the demanding design-to-production challenges of sign and display and large-format print providers,” said the company. Central to Flexi 19 is a faster, high-performance 64-bit RIP engine. Thanks to an increase in speed of more than 30% over previous versions, the new solution delivers significantly more thrust to greatly improve production capabilities. Created as an all-in-one solution for design, print, print-and-cut and direct-to-vinyl production workflow, Flexi 19 also comprises a host of easy-to-use features and tools – some of which will be available at no cost to SAi subscription-based customers. These include more than a dozen new additions, each geared towards improving the design, production and business aspects of users’ operations.
For example, among the new tools introduced is Find my Font. This lets users open different photo files (including Bitmaps) before automatically detecting the font or the best match of that font that’s used in the file. Another new addition is a Pantone Fine-Tune Spot Color Matching Tool. Particularly useful for sign and display companies that regularly use Pantone books, it allows users to measure charts and make manual adjustments to achieve precise colour matching from ICC profiles – not only saving time, but also ensuring colour accuracy.
Within Flexi 19’s suite of production tools is a newly-introduced Cut by Layers or Colors tool, which allows users to expand their ability to cut intricate designs based on the layer. This builds on Flexi’s long-standing use of colours to distinguish between the different vinyls to be cut. SAi has also enabled layers for those users that work with other software, but who can then take the job into Flexi. In addition, Flexi 19 includes a handy printed Ruler along artwork to let operators know where they left off. Flexi 19 also adds business-enhancing tools, including 5 completely new additions. Among them, Pulse, delivers ‘data in a dashboard.’ This allows sign and display users to track production and media usage of projects in progress via graphs and pie charts. In addition, Sidekick lets users create quotes, manage customer accounts, and ultimately implement a CRM workflow so jobs can quickly and effortlessly be exported into the invoicing process. Other tools include Improved Spot Color Mapping and an enhanced Profile Wizard.