In one of my earlier blogs, I discussed a very convenient feature in Production Manager for making booklet proofs based on the imposition. Tips and Tricks for Prinect Users – Creating a Booklet Proof

Heidelberg has spent a lot of time and effort converging the worlds of offset and digital into one production workflow. It doesn’t end at the CTP or the press either, it can end when the job leaves the plant. A wonderful result of this is the ability to use a Heidelberg Versafire digital press and Prinect DFE integrated into Production Manager. This will output an entire layout meant for offset into a mini proof or can break the imposition into it’s spreads and make a booklet proof. With Versafire’s color management technology, it will even match that of your offset press!

Many eons ago, lithographic film was used to expose jobs onto printing plates. The film was usually negative in North America. Printers’ customers did not want to approve jobs and check for errors from that, difficult to read, state of the job. Over many years, many different solutions were created to either address color or pagination – some attempted both. Compared to color managed proofs today, from a color matching standpoint, there were usually heavy compromises between the proof and final print. It was accepted back then but created many long shifts as press operators attempted to match some of these proofing systems. For cheap pagination proofs many people created blueline proofs, which were usually blue or purple in color.

These were usually folded and trimmed for the customer to approve. If you like the movie Elf his father made a mistake approving a blueline, one is on his desk as he complains about how much it will cost to reprint, and nobody knew what happened to the puppy and the pigeon.

The advent of computer to plate and improved ink jet proofing has relegated this part of our industry mostly to history.

Let’s look at how to make a 2022 blueline using the Heidelberg Versafire. In my example I have built a 16-page booklet.

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For the Versafire there are two types of sequences when using it with a full Production Manager – Page Print and Imposed Print. Page Print is the heart of the DFE for producing most work. Imposed Print allows somebody working on an offset job to use the Versafire.

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From within the job, select the Digital Printing Tab. Choose Output Using Imposed Print Sequence and select the appropriate ImposedPrint Sequence. The steps are simplified as some of the settings are coming from the Signa Station imposition.

The first view is of the imposition itself. A scaled to fit mini layout can be sent to the Versafire. Using Proof Color generated by Signa Station, the plate, sheet, and trim lines can be printed on output.

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Even dimensions can be printed.

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In the Layout tab, we can easily change this imposition into printer spreads. Page numbers are clearly marked. Just like that, you can produce a booklet proof based on your imposition. You get a very nice WYSWYG preview before you print it.

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All the tools for running digital work are available for the operator, while also having the ability to literally toggle a job between offset and digital.

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If we have applied a spot varnish with Coating Editor, they can be proofed if your Versafire EV has a fifth color unit. You can choose whether you want to see it or not on the output.

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If you want to learn more about Coating Editor see my past blog: Tips and Tricks for Prinect Users – Coating Editor

Finally with Printing and Finishing it can be output so that literally we can go to the Versafire delivery and fold the stock in half, and we have our booklet.

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This process in the past required special output devices and many steps to create. Using Prinect Production Manager with Versafire we get more then a blueline. You get a color managed proof that is ripped by the same renderer, and the same color management engine that is used to create the plates and any other output related to this job. This creates highly reliable output that can be provided internally or externally to a customer to approve the content of the job. The operators have one interface to learn and can easily toggle between offset work and digital effortlessly.

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