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This section lists features and enhancements that were added in this release.

Digital Press Connectivity

New JDF bi-directional connectivity between Prinergy and digital devices of Konica Minolta, Landa and Ricoh. In this new flow, digital devices are added in Setup, jobs (in the Input File, Page Set, and Signature levels) are submitted in Workshop after their settings are defined in the Digital Job Ticket Editor and their printing progress is monitored in Prinergy Device Track. When Prinergy servers connect to a digital device, the device communicates its capabilities in JMF format. The values for the different parameters are updated in the Setup application per device, and are reflected in the job ticket options (Digital Job Ticket Editor) per device.

New JDF connectivity between Prinergy and Prosper.

Device Track

Prinergy Device Track enables you to monitor the progress of jobs that were sent to production on digital devices that are connected to the Prinergy server via JDF bi-directional connectivity.
To use Track with your digital devices, your Prinergy license must include features that include digital press managed connectivity, for example, Digital Expansion Pack (015-01280-040).

Setup

The Setup component is used to manage the equipment, resources, and materials that you need in Prinergy. You add and remove digital devices (connected to Prinergy via JDF bi-directional connectivity) in Setup. Setup is used to retrieve the connected device capabilities so that the required settings for a specific job can be defined in the Digital Job Ticket Editor before submitting the job to production.

Job search in Job Finder

You can now search for a specific job or jobs in the list of jobs displayed in the Jobs view or Pre-Jobs view of Job Finder. The search is performed on all of the jobs in the database. The results show a list of jobs or pre-jobs depending on the tab you are viewing (Jobs view or Pre-Jobs view).

PANTONE+ libraries

The latest PANTONE+ V3 libraries have been implemented in Prinergy 8.0. In keeping with PANTONE’s best practice guidelines, all outdated PANTONE libraries were removed and the PANTONE+ V3 L*a*b libraries were made the active libraries in process templates. To achieve the best color match for PANTONE colors, you must select a Primary Color Output (PCO) ICC profile for spot color conversion that best represents your specific print condition. New PANTONE+ specifications may produce slightly different CMYK results from previous libraries, so it is advisable to compare current and previous results, if you are concerned about consistency for reprint jobs.

Kodak recommends that you always use the latest PANTONE+ V3 libraries to assure alignment with the latest printed PANTONE color matching guides and Adobe Creative Cloud applications. However, all the previous Prinergy PANTONE libraries are provided in archive format and can be imported as user libraries, if desired, for legacy reprint jobs. For more details, see About the PANTONE libraries.

Note: PANTONE+ ColorBridge CMYK V3 libraries were not supplied as Factory libraries in Prinergy 8.0. This was done to align with PANTONE’s recommended guidelines, but based on customer feedback we have now made the latest ColorBridge libraries available for download and import into Prinergy. See Partner Place answer 73041 for the download link to the PANTONE+ ColorBridge CMYK V3 libraries and instructions on how to import.


XMP Tag Support 

Prinergy supports PDF files with XMP tags from other workflow systems. These tags contain screening parameters per separation such as frequency, angle, and dot shape, which can override the screen parameters set in the Calibration & Screening section of the output process templates. You can view the Prinergy-equivalent values of the XMP tag screening parameters in the Separations view of Job Manager. The values from the XMP tags are reflected in the relevant variable marks.

Note: The current implementation of XMP screening tags in Prinergy 8.0 applies the full set of XMP screening settings to the output. (PRINERGY-43209)

XMP Tag Support is included in the following Prinergy Workflow 8.0 license part numbers:

015-01280A-006
Prinergy Workflow for Packaging - Flexo Narrow / Low Volume
015-01280A-007
Prinergy Workflow for Packaging - Flexo Mid / Low Volume
015-01280A-008
Prinergy Workflow for Packaging - Flexo Wide / High Volume
015-01280A-009
Prinergy Workflow for Packaging - SSD Narrow / Low Volume
015-01280A-010
Prinergy Workflow for Packaging - SSD Mid / Low Volume
015-01280A-011
Prinergy Workflow for Packaging - SSD Wide / High Volume
015-01280A-012
Prinergy Workflow for Packaging - SSD Wide for Flexcel 3547
015-01280A-101
Advanced Screening


The Prinergy Workshop User Guide (help system), Prinergy Workflow Release Notes, Prinergy Workflow System Administration Guide (Administrator help system), Prinergy Upgrade Guide, and other documents are now available on the web at http://workflowhelp.kodak.com.

The software (Workshop and Administrator) contains a link to the relevant guide on the web and also an offline copy in PDF format. 

Maxtone SX updated feature settings

Maxtone SX feature sizes of None, 5x5 and 6x6 have been added for resolutions from 2400-3600 dpi, and feature sizes of None, 11x11 and 12x12 have been added for resolutions from 3600-4800 dpi.

Variable Marks

Additional Prinergy variable marks—$[OutputMode]$[PlateSetupName] and $[OutputVersionName] have been added for ColorFlow support.

Match Acrobat Rendering in job attributes

A new check box added to the Edit Job Attributes dialog box enables you to decide whether the output from the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) RIP matches Acrobat's onscreen rendering or legacy rendering from Prinergy versions prior to Prinergy 5.2. Previously this was a system-wide switch controlled by a registry setting. In Prinergy 8.0, the default when APPE is selected is to match Acrobat Rendering. If you require all jobs to match older Prinergy APPE rendering, you can use template jobs with the Match Acrobat Rendering check box cleared to make sure all jobs have that setting.

SMB3 Support in Windows 2012 R2

SMB3 network protocol is supported under Windows 2012 R2 for Prinergy servers starting with Prinergy 8.0. 

Limitations with SMB 2 and SMB 3 on Windows Servers in mixed environments

By default, Prinergy servers running Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are shipped with SMB 2 and 3 enabled.  For best performance, all Prinergy servers and tertiary servers should be running Windows Server 2012 R2. If any of the Prinergy servers are running Windows Server 2008 R2 or any of the tertiary servers are not running Windows Server 2012 R2, SMB 2 and 3 need to be disabled so that SMB 1 is used.  If this is not done, this can cause performance and file access/transfer issues.  For assistance in disabling SMB 2 and 3, contact your local support representatives.

Note: in some cases SMB 3 may introduce performance issues in homogeneous Windows 2012 R2 environments. In those cases, reverting to SMB 1 has generally been shown to restore previous performance.



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