Next generation packaging editor defines new standard for ease of use and automation

June 7, 2018

Packaging Solutions


Esko has announced a major new release of its packaging and labels pre-press editor, ArtPro+. Built on decades of experience – with over 25,000 Esko pre-press editors currently in use – this latest version is designed to fit the needs of today’s pre-press production. 


With this version of ArtPro+, pre-press operations complete the editing work 40% faster. The new version requires fewer clicks to complete tasks, features faster opening and saving of files with native PDF, and has faster trapping. 



ArtPro+ is built bottom up with automation in mind. Most label and packaging tasks today can be automated using the pre-press editor for quality assurance and exception handling tasks. Not only can ArtPro+ be run through Esko’s Automation Engine, tasks can now also be highly simplified through automation within the editor, without any need for scripting.


Automation not only dramatically improves production speed, but it also further drives down the risk of human errors. The combination of the new ArtPro+ and Automation Engine gives printers and label and packaging converters the solution they need to effectively deal with the faster turnaround times and ever shortening print runs that have become common in today’s printing and converting environment.


The new release includes three new feature updates key to operator productivity:

  • Operators can build PDF Action Lists without any special know how or IT skills: Do it once in the editor and then repeat many times to cope with repetitive tasks. This automated action can be done by anyone and gives every operator a productivity boost at their fingertips.

  • Searching and managing fonts locally for the many different designs the operators are working on takes a lot of time and creates one of the biggest risks for errors. With a new font management connector for ArtPro+, everyone can now have immediate access to the fonts needed, when needed, to achieve quality output for designs. Other than Adobe, this integration with Extensis Universal Type Server is unique in the industry. As a result, prepress professionals can make real time edits to fix critical, last minute text changes, reducing expensive print errors and costly press delays. 

  • In other pre-press editors, output for specific purposes, such as proof, reporting, production and finishing, require a variant of the master file. ArtPro+ uses the intelligence of structural design inside the editor. It leverages the intelligence of the CAD data to maintain only a single file for all output purposes, eliminating file duplication, errors, and the need for redundant tasks. The benefit is that everything is kept together in one file – the same file that is used to drive output. 




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