Did you know that Prinect is not just a workflow for your Commercial print jobs? In fact, Prinect works seamlessly with your packaging and digital jobs too – including Heidelberg Versafire digital presses and several other digital presses from other manufacturers!

But why is this important?

  1. All operators are trained on the same workflow
  2. All PDFs are preflighted by the same workflow, which helps everyone in your shop review preflight reports formatted the same way.
  3. Output is from the same workflow – guaranteeing repeatability to different output devices.

In this blog, let’s look at how Prinect can connect to several systems and how we can control the naming of the output file – allowing for greater transparency throughout your print shop.

At its simplest, Prinect can send files from its system to other systems via file sharing. Most RIPs can produce hotfolders, which are usually just network shares. This means that we can send information to them using a Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path, which is the standard way computers can connect to each other over a network.

A typical UNC path looks like this: \\ComputerName\SharedFolder.

And it can be configured easily in our workflow:

Not only can this data be used for output, but many users can also use features to send soft proofs to CSRs within their company or customers instead of sending hard proofs. This allows customers or other employees to have access to proofs without full access or knowledge of the Prinect workflow. The output can be single pages or imposed.

Another important aspect of Prinect is “Name Rule,” which gives you the ability to control the names of the output files. This allows you to change the name based on what the output device requires, or use a preferred naming convention, when doing soft proofing with the customer or CSRs.

Each output can have its own customized Name Rule here:

What is the benefit of having many options on how the file name will appear?

  • Names can be truncated in case there is a character limitation required by the output device.
  • Focus on the job number and date for sales representatives.
  • Use it to differentiate between a high res output with “HR” appended to the end of the file name and low-res output by appending “LR” to the end of the file name.

These are all often overlooked tools, but they are a very powerful aspect of Prinect.

You can change the file name in Administration under Rules for File and Folder Names. This also contains some sample rules, which are differentiated between Sheet and 1up or page.

This feature is included with every system and requires no extra purchases!

If you have any problems, feel free to reach out to a Heidelberg Tech, and we would be more than happy to help!

Make sure to subscribe to Heidelberg Connect to be alerted when the next blog comes out! In the next blog, we will look at various formats we can rip to and some tricks we can do with outputting.

While you’re waiting, check out our older Prinect “Did You Know” blogs here!

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    Joe Banich
    Prinect Product Specialist
    Heidelberg Canada