Esko has released Suite 14, a major software update of its productivity suite for packaging pre-production and management.

Esko said Suite 14 is ‘more than just a software update’, and enables better connections throughout the supply chain, improves workflows, achieves higher consistency and quality, and helps operators to work smarter with templates and intuitive operator tools.

Suite 14 features new and updated software designed to give brand owners, pre-media houses, converters, sign and display producers and commercial printers the resources they need to manage today’s complex pre-production environment.

Suite 14 includes WebCenter 14, an updated ArtiosCAD editor, Imaging Engine 14, enhanced 3D visualization tools, Chili Publish integration to bring to market the world’s first in-browser editor dedicated to packaging design, ArtPro+ as a tool for quality control of artwork and pre-press files.

Other elements of Suite 14 include FlexProof, a new, task-driven, wizard-style user interface to fine tune and optimize proofer device profiles, and i-cut Layout+ , a next-generation layout editor with a task-oriented user interface.

Carsten Knudsen, Esko president and chief executive officer, said: ‘To be successful today, packaging service providers and brands owners are required to perform exceptionally well in all areas of packaging preproduction.

‘Brand owners must create packaging designs that resonate with consumers and that are designed, developed and produced with the utmost accuracy. Converters must execute perfectly and efficiently to remain profitable. There is also a need ensure regulatory compliance and to operate in an environmentally sustainable manner within the entire ecosystem. Above all, everyone throughout the entire packaging supply chain must be able to work together effectively to achieve these goals.’

Written for Labels and Labeling Magazine

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