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Fully automated quality control for print files — Trust in the automation of your prepress stage!

Asura® offers you fully automated quality control for print files at the prepress stage with subsequent optimization of the PDF files. Error identification and correction – automatically, as part of your workflow! Time saving and better quality: Exploit the cost saving potential in your prepress production to its full extent by using Asura. With Asura, you will reliably adhere to your printing deadlines, avoid customer complaints, and reprinting.

Icons-The benefits of using Asura

With Asura, the preflight software, you can generate all your printing data, fully automated, in Adobe Standard and ensure that printing goes smoothly. Asura also fully supports PDF 2.0. Incoming files like ads, articles, or any other PDF print job will be imported automatically, checked for errors such as low-resolution images, hairlines, or transparencies via Asura’s pre-flight module, and corrected and optimized for printing as needed using the comprehensive correction module. Asura’s “digital data washing machine” does not just identify errors; it also corrects and normalizes errors, or in other words, processes PDFs according to current standards so that the processed print data is error-free and can be printed without a problem.

Linking Asura to the Workflow Management System Workspace allows all work processes to be displayed at the pre-press stage through the software. Workflows are easy to set up with drag & drop. Functions like automatic file collecting from hot folders, e-mail attachments, or FTPs, and controlling jobs through job tickets, make for a highly automated workflow. This allows the Asura pre-press software to run fully independently and around the clock, without needing your attention, but makes a huge difference in your production!

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Application: Asura resolves the usual work steps automatically during pre-press with these features

  • Customers transfer their printing data via e-mail or by using the Upload to Your FTP Server function.
  • Workspace downloads the file automatically from the e-mail or FTP, and sends the file on to Asura’s pre-flight module. There, the data will be checked for errors. An error report will be generated upon request.
  • If errors are identified, they will be automatically corrected in several successively occurring modules:

    • The “Create PDF module” breaks down the PDF into individual components (image, text, logo files, etc.), performs basic optimization, and puts the PDF back together, just like Adobe Standard.
    • The Color Management function defines settings for color input calibration and overprinting.
    • Transparencies will be removed.
    • Data normalization: The data will all be processed according to a standard that enables PDF compatibility with the printing environment, and allows the PDF to be seamlessly interpreted and processed by all other software and printing devices in the workflow. The result is smooth production, with nothing in its way.

  • Print PDFs can be processed with speed and ease via additional modules such as “Cut double-page,” “Split multi-page,” and “Change page format.”

The high degree of automation makes the entire production process during pre-press faster, saves  manual interventions, and thus saves precious time.

ROI & Benefits: How our customers benefit from utilizing Asura

  • Avoid printing errors, customer complaints, and reprints: Thanks to the automatic data check on incoming jobs, Asura proactively draws attention to errors in files and corrects them as desired by the user. The software brings your data to a new level of quality by optimizing your printing files. Imperfect printing data is a thing of the past. No more misprints.
  • You will not just save money, you will be able to implement and use resources more precisely by streamlining the layout of your pre-press stage. Installing the pre-press software drastically reduces the need for manual intervention during data correction.
  • Time-saving printing: The high degree of automatization allows for reduced waiting periods during pre-press. Printing service providers can accept and execute extra print jobs.
  • Higher machine utilization: What if the quantity of your jobs increases, but the number of units and volumes go down? Then you can accelerate the work steps in the pre-press stage significantly with Asura’s high level of automatization, and streamline processing times at the end.
  • Flexibility for your printing workflows: You can adjust and automate your production processes at any time thanks to Asura’s Workspace connection. Workflows are quick and easy to create with drag & drop. Incoming print jobs will be sent automatically through the processing steps.
  • Adapts to your production requirements thanks to Asura pre-press software’s modular setup
  • Easy to operate: The user interface is very user-friendly and clearly designed. No knowledge of IT or programming required. The pre-press software is well-structured, sturdy, and dependable. You don’t have to invest extra time on maintenance or reporting.
  • Security and reliability for your printing: With our 20+ years of experience in the printing industry and publishing, as well as close exchange with our worldwide network of over 3,000 customers, we’ve developed steady software programs with a high degree of automatization that you can rely on.
  • OneVision Support: Make a maintenance contract and you will enjoy all the benefits of OneVision support: OneVision helpdesk, regular software updates, plus regular free user training and webinars. Our helpdesk team is ready to offer you fast and competent solutions with their wide reachability and individual points of contact.

Technical highlights: Which features does Asura® offer?

Flatten Transparencies: Removes transparency from a PDF-file

Image flatten transparencies

With Flatten Transparencies:

Recalculation and restructuring of elements
Original appearance of image remains
Ideal file optimization for printing

Benefits with flatten transparencies
Shorter RIP times due to
• Less complex files
• Less data volume as invisible elements are removed
Errorless printing
No occurrence of color issues during the RIP

Preflight: Detailed analysis on file quality

Asura module Preflight

With Preflight:

Preflight report: All file errors are visualized as an extra file
More than 130 different errors can be discovered automatically
File issues are identified right away -> for immediate repairing
Preflight results are used for workflow control

Cut Spreads: Cuts spreads when they exceed a specific size

Customer file
Spreads are divided automatically
File ready for errorless impositioning

With Cut Spreads:

Customer files can be cut horizontally or vertically
Spreads and pages are divided automatically
Position of cut line is always in the exact center of the page
For errorless impositioning

Place Watermarks: Places a watermark on the files

Image Asura module place watermarks
Image Asura module place watermarks

With Place Watermarks:

Marks file for customer approval
Prevents misuse of customer data and images

Prompt PDF: Creates PDF files optimized for fast screen rendering

Asura module Prompt PDF
Original file with more than 100,000 vector points
Asura module Prompt PDF
One image – reduced complexity

With Prompt PDF:

The fewer vector points and the fewer vector elements -> the shorter the loading time for a file (in the web)

Compare Documents: Comparison between original file and production file

Asura module compare documents
Compared documents
Asura module compare documents
Quality assurance

With Compare Documents:

Deviations are revealed from the original
Automated quality assurance
Final visual check
Accurate complaints processing with a precise display of the deviations from the original, down to the last pixel

 

 

Overlay Pages: Overlays the pages of two documents

Asura module compare documents
Original document
Asura module compare documents
Automatically replaced content

With Overlay Pages:

Specific parts of a page's content can be replaced

  • A weather map
  • Headers
  • Advertisements
  • Or even create language variants

All you need for this is the original document and the document with the new content.

Solvero Approval: Sends files to the file editor Solvero

Asura module Solvero Approval

With Solvero Approval:

Suspect files are automatically sent to Solvero
Following visual checks and repairs, these files can either be sent back to Asura or removed from the workflow
As a visual checkpoint to automated workflows
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4D-Color-Management: For significant print quality improvements

Asura module 4D Color Management

With 4D-Color-Management:

Preserves CMYK black
Higher printing quality – less customer complaints

More Asura modules:

Icon-'Normalize' moduleNormalizeAllows to adjust the files to your production environment
Icon-'Color Management' moduleColor ManagementDefines input color calibration and overprint settings
Icon-'Create PDF' moduleCreate PDFConverts all supported formats into PDF, performs some basic optimizations 
Icon-'Split Multi-page Documents' moduleSplit Multi-page Documents Splits a multi-page document into multiple documents
Icon-'Modify Page Format' moduleModify Page FormatAllows various modifications of page size
Unify Color NamesUnifies the names of process and spot colors, especially PANTONE colors
Icon-'Prepare Sheet' modulePrepare SheetDefines sheet properties such as paper size and output orientation, and the print     
marks to be added
Icon-'Detect URLs' moduleDetect URLs Parses all text of input files for strings that may constitute URLs and inserts
corresponding link annotations
Icon-'Trim White Space' moduleTrim White SpaceTrims pages depending on page contents
Icon-'Convert to Image and EPS' moduleConvert to Image and EPS   Convert documents to image files and EPS files
Icon-'Merge Documents' moduleMerge DocumentsMerges multiple documents into one document
Icon-'Print Documents' modulePrint DocumentsPrints to any installed Postscript printer
Icon-'Create Preview Images' moduleCreate Preview ImagesCreates a preview image in PNG format for each document page
Find BarcodesChecks single-page documents for presence of barcodes.
The following barcode types will be detected: EAN 8, EAN 13, UPC-A, Code 39, Code 128, ISBN 13, ITF (Interleaved 2 of 5) and QR.
Extract ImagesExtracts images from PDF file
Variable Data Printing Variable data such as addresses, graphics and images can be inserted into a PDF template for personalization

Versions & Modules: Asura® Access, Asura®, Asura® Pro

According to your individual requirements, we offer the right software solution for your pre-press.

FunctionAsura AccessAsuraAsura Pro
Flatten Transparencies: Removes transparency from a PDF-file     OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Normalize: Allows to adjust the files to your production environment   OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Preflight: Performs detailed checks on file quality OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Color Management: Defines input color calibration and overprint settingsOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Create PDF: Converts all supported formats into PDF, performs some basic optimizationsOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Split Multi-page Documents: Splits a multi-page document into multiple documents OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Cut Spreads: Cuts spreads horizontally or vertically             OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Modify Page Format: Allows various modifications of page size OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Unify Color Names: Unifies the names of process and spot colors, especially PANTONE colors OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Prepare Sheet: Defines sheet properties such as paper size and output orientation, and the print marks to be added OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Solvero Approval: Send documents for the manual assessment/revision/approval to SolveroOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Detect URLs: Parses all text of input files for strings that may constitute URLs and inserts corresponding link annotations OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Variable Data Printing: Variable data such as addresses, graphics and images can be inserted into a PDF template for personalizationOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Trim White Space: Trims pages depending on page content OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Convert to Image and EPS: Convert documents to image files and EPS files OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Merge Documents: Merges multiple documents into one document  OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Place Watermarks: Places a watermark on the job files OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Print Documents: Prints to any installed Postscript printer OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Compare Documents: Creates a differencies image of two versions of a document to identify deviations, or calculates the amount of ink saved after having applied Inksave OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Prompt PDF: Creates PDF files optimized for fast screen renderingOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Overlay Pages: Overlays the pages of two documents OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Create Preview Images: Creates a preview image in PNG format for each document page OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Find Barcodes: Checks single-page documents for presence of barcodes OneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Extract Images: Extracts images from PDF-filesOneVision check mark - AsuraOneVision check mark - Asura
Job Tickets: Enables Workspace to use job ticketsOneVision check mark - Asura
PlugRECOMPOSEin: Recomposes the plate pages of separated documents to composite pagesOneVision check mark - Asura
PlugCROPin: Automatically detects crop marks and accordingly trims document pagesOneVision check mark - Asura
PlugSPOTin: Modifies plate names according to specified color rulesOneVision check mark - Asura
PlugFITin: Checks ad sizes according to predefined parameters and adjusts them automaticallyOneVision check mark - Asura
PlugFILTERin: Filters documents depending on the occurences of specified strings in the text OneVision check mark - Asura
PlugTEXTin: ­Converts documents to text filesOneVision check mark - Asura

Case Studies: How our customers utilize the prepress software Asura

Ripon Printers

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“Overall I have been very happy with the OneVision products we have purchased. Asura is fast, effective and powerful.” – Mike Thorson from Ripon Printers about the company’s success story of automating their production workflow

Read about Ripon Printer’s decision to further automate their production workflow by implementing additional OneVision software solutions and the achievements they could gain thereby.
Ripon Printers started its business in 1962 by printing and publishing newspapers. Over the years Ripon Printers have grown into a $50 million a year commercial printer with more than 270 employees. Ripon Printers is headquartered in Wisconsin. From there the company utilizes high-end technologies to provide personal services to catalog marketers and publishers throughout the United States.


In the following, Mike Thorson, Prepress Manager from Ripon Printers, talks about how Ripon Printers expanded the automation level of their production workflow and shows how the company could gain remarkable benefits in the field of efficiency, quality as well as cost reduction.

Why have you decided to purchase OneVision’s Asura and the worfklow solutions Workspace Pro and Workspace Balance? Which expectations did you have towards the softwares?
We purchased OneVision Speedflow Check and Speedflow Edit many years ago. Since then we have updated to OneVision Asura to gain some of the additional automated fixes it offered. Since then, we have added Workspace Pro and Workspace Balance to again take advantage of more automation, the ability to string together modules and to increase throughput. We are currently putting through an average of 5,000 pages per week with a peak of over 11,000. As for expectations, we purchased it to preflight and automatically fix common issues with PDF files.

How do Asura, Workspace Pro and Workspace Balance fulfil these expectations?
It works very well. It’s fast and effective.

Could you please also describe how Asura, Workspace Pro and Workspace Balance are working in your specific production environment?
Asura sits in front of Prinergy workflow to clean up and preflight incoming PDF files. Once through Asura, we rarely have issues with Prinergy.

Was it difficult to implement OneVision products in your existing processes and system landscape?
From a “working together” with our workflow, it was very easy. We had some basic profiles working within the first couple of days. That said, it does take a while to develop an understanding of all of the options. There are literally hundreds of choices you can make when setting up a workflow. However, once you get started, it builds upon itself and becomes easier and quicker to create new processes.

How do Asura, Workspace Pro and Workspace Balance facilitate your work?
By doing virtually all of the preflight and many of the common fixes automatically, it allows us to focus on RIPing, trapping and imposing files. We have been able to continue to grow as a company while reducing needed staff in prepress.

Did the fact that you were already using OneVision products influence your decision to buy Workspace Pro and Workspace Balance? And if so, how did it influence your decision?
Yes. The Speedflow products worked so well, we didn’t have to question the reliability of the software or the ability for it to get a lot of work through quickly. We had faith in OneVision (the company) to understand what we were looking to do and when they had a product to meet the need, we trusted it would meet the need. It did.

How satisfied are you with the support of OneVision?
I have been very satisfied. Honestly we do not need support that often other than for software upgrades but when we do, they are there and get us an answer. Occasionally we send them problematic files and they have pretty much always been able to give us a way to work with whatever we have been sent.

What would you tell your colleagues from other commercial printing companies if they asked you about your experiences with OneVision and its products?
Overall I have been very happy with the OneVision products we have purchased. Asura is fast, effective and powerful. When we initially purchased OneVision Speedflow Check and Edit software in 2005, one of my employees asked “Why would we waste so much money on a piece of software?” After using OneVision Speedflow Check and Edit for approximately one year, the same employee declared “This is the best software we have ever purchased”.


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Sutter Telefonbuchverlag GmbH

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Production and quality all in one

„We have been using Asura to implement automated PDF workflows to the complete satisfaction of our customers since 2006. Both in the conversion of customer to production files and in cross media publishing as well as in sending ready-to-print files to printing companies, Asura makes us efficient as well as flexible. In addition, we can continue optimising future developments in line with future demands“, explain Jochen Krause and André Sliwian. Both administrate Asura® for Sutter Telefonbuchverlag GmbH, one of Germany‘s leading publishing houses for directory media.

Sutter Telefonbuchverlag GmbH was founded in 1927 and today with its headquarters in Essen and branch offices in Stuttgart, Detmold and Potsdam has become Germany‘s largest publisher of telephone and industry directory media. Together with Telekom subsidiary DeTeMedien GmbH, the publishing group publishes a total of 121 print editions with around 85,000 ads a year for Das Telefonbuch, Das Örtliche, Gelbe Seiten and Gelbe Seiten regionally. In its publishing regions, the company is also responsible for the highly-frequented online editions of the communication directories. In doing so, Sutter Telefonbuchverlag GmbH permits small and medium-sized companies in particular to position advertising across all media and with wide coverage.

Higher quality thanks to more efficient processing
In recent years, a consistent digital workflow has been implemented step by step on the basis of analogue worksteps. As part of this holistic process digitisation, it was natural for the company to look for a standardised software solution for data optimisation for its production. „As Asura has already been in use since 2006 in advert typesetting for external data processing and advert optimisation, the decision to process data checking and optimisation of the entire production process (creating adverts and pages) using Asura was not a difficult one. In this way, we can virtually exclude returns due to adverts containing technical errors“, explains Harry Koch, Head of Advert Creation at Sutter Telefonbuchverlag GmbH. ”This allows us to not only improve reliability in processing jobs, but also to utilise resources that have become available at the same time. This allows us to concentrate more on our core task of delivering to customers the optimal support for their print and online listings when it comes to design.“

Prepared for progress
Just over a year ago was the eagerly anticipated changeover to version 12. „The complete change of the system architecture through to the promising modular design made it possible to depict the existing workflow with precision and to exclude redundant worksteps. The production lines currently in use also allow additional sub-processes to be processed in an automated way through new features“. That is how André Sliwian and Jochen Krause describe the current status following the version changeover. „The modular design offers plenty of scope for technical creativity to flow. This is why we are looking to the future with optimism so that we continue to be up to meet future technical requirements.“

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What our customers say about Asura®

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Peter Slaughter, Advertisement, Production and Operations Director, Financial Times:
"The extremely secure system significantly reduces administration time and error rates. This enables you to supply your files in a fast and efficient way."

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Götz Fahlke, Application Consultant Prepress, DuMont Mediengruppe:
"The 4D color space conversion enables us to further increase the printing quality by avoiding black components in chromatic colors and to simultaneously optimize and simplify the workflow."

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Thomas Ovelgönne, Head of Prepress, Druckhaus Waiblingen:
“The new 4D color management technology makes color space conversions and language changing much easier and safer. Black components are retained in color space conversions – even when flattening transparencies. Language changes are no longer an issue, even for documents in the wrong color spaces! Using this technology has meant that we are well-prepared for the upcoming PSO conversion and the associated color space adjustments.”

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Bernhard Lüders, CEO, Sutter Telefonbuchverlag GmbH:
"Asura is a key component in implementing a consistent, digital workflow: We use Asura for typesetting ads, checking data and optimizing the entire production run.“

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Sin Chew:
"With the use of Asura preflighting, we are able to visualise final print results and rectify contents integrity issues leading to advertisement rejection. We have successfully reduced the overall advertisement rejection rate to a sustainable level."

References

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