Esko has unveiled a host of new updates for its integrated software platform, which it hopes will bring operational efficiency improvements to the packaging value chain.

From 25 November, new functionality has become available to customers with the release of an 18.1 update of the Esko Software Platform, the suite of software solutions from Esko, a global supplier to the label, packaging and wide format sectors. These include:

• ArtPro+ – updated with a patented new trapping concept, expanded support for Action Lists and brand-new Dynamic Marks

• ArtiosCAD 18.1 – enhanced canvas layout, manufacturing tools, latest DWG and Spatial libraries, and new functionality in the innovative ArtiosCAD Preflight module now including automatic fixing 

• Automation Engine – new ‘Optimize File’ task to simplify user experience, new tasks exploiting the processing steps in native PDF

• Device Manager in Automation Engine – new optimised merging algorithm to reduce flexo platemaking waste

• Cape Pack – new online Truck Analysis giving greater functionality and savings potential

• Share & Approve – new customised emails, forward approval function and reporting on approval KPIs

Jan de Roeck, Esko Director of Marketing, Industry Relations & Strategy, said that the updates would drive increased efficiency by enhancing and improving the user experience and offering a greater range of functions for customers.

“We are delighted to be making these updates available all at once, underlining our commitment to a fully integrated ecosystem of solutions and a commitment to our users, ensuring they enjoy continued support, benefits and updates when using Esko software,” said Jan. “For example, our next generation native PDF editor for packaging prepress, ArtPro+, now incorporates an innovative, object-based trapping feature which addresses one of the most time-consuming elements of packaging and label prepress work. This patent-pending concept pushes the ‘right first time’ ratio to 70% and enables individual changes and enhancements to be made in a sustainable way.”