Esko has released its latest ArtPro+ software, which opens any classic ArtPro or normalised PDF file and turns it into a native PDF.

With the new software production metadata, such as barcode properties, screening or ink information, are not only maintained but translated into the latest PDF ISO specifications, and both the graphical content and packaging relevant metadata are migrated.

Ensuring accuracy at the print stage, graphics can be warped in a non-destructive way to compensate for distortions in the packaging production process. With the increasing use of Esko ArtPro and PackEdge at tradeshops and converters alike, customers have developed warping grids that are now protected by ArtPro+. Notably, any PackEdge or ArtPro grids can be used in ArtPro+ for warping new designs and the latest algorithms create higher quality predeformation allowing for design changes even after the warping process.

‘PDF editing is a critical stage in the pre-press process, known for introducing errors that create waste downstream,’ commented Frank Woltering, product manager, graphical editing. ‘Our latest version of ArtPro+ is specifically designed to boost operator accuracy and efficiency by creating a highly productive user experience. For example, it ensures a full clear view of the document at all times without toolbars clogging the screen. For those new to the software, this means very little training is required to perform even complex tasks.’

Esko customer, Dennis Lison, pre-press operator at Schumacher Packaging, said that adopting the software boosted operational efficiency. ‘Since we’re using ArtPro+, we’re safer in the field of pre-press and faster than before. Generating standards is much easier than using Illustrator. We don’t have to worry about breaking data when we’re editing files. Esko is on the right track with the PDF editor and it will become a respected and successful product.’