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Features a complete suite of Adobe® Illustrator® plugins designed to improve efficiency.

RealPro Tookit a suite of Adobe® Illustrator® plugins designed to improve efficiency by eradicating historic pre-press production issuesRealPro Tookit a suite of Adobe® Illustrator® plugins designed to improve efficiency by eradicating historic pre-press production issuesUK Based FFEI Ltd, a global developer of digital imaging solutions, is set to unveil RealPro Toolkit at Packaging Innovations, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham 27 – 28th February. The company announced that it is a new feature-rich software suite of tools designed to overcome the challenges of a labelling & packaging pre-press cycle. Aimed at design agencies, trade-shops and converters, RealPro Toolkit has been designed to increase productivity, and standardises document structure from design concept to production ready files, regardless of the print process.

According to Andy Cook, FFEI Managing Director, there is a high demand for a packaging pre-press solution that enables users to prepare native Adobe® Illustrator® files and PDF for production efficiently, and this was a key factor behind the development of RealPro Toolkit:

"It's not a secret that when it comes to packaging pre-press, Adobe® Illustrator® is the most popular application,” he explained. “ However, many users face the same problems with proprietary file formats, PDF format conversion, lost layers, transparency issues - just to name a few. RealPro Toolkit addresses this need for a complete solution inside Adobe® Illustrator®, providing packaging agencies with the power to make the pre-press element of their workflow as easy to manage as possible, in a cost effective way."

RealPro Toolkit consists of over 12 modules developed to address specific pre-press workflow requirements such as file editing and preparation, colour management, trapping and step and repeat tasks. It also has features which extend to specialist tasks such as cylinder repeats, patterns and artwork pre-distortion, all displayed in a user friendly interface.

Supporting all industry standard file formats, RealPro Toolkit is intended to integrate seamlessly into any existing workflow and is optimised for APPE-based solutions, such as FFEI's RealPro Workflow. All linked data remains live inside the final stepped PDF, enabling the 1up file to be easily replaced, and modules such as step and repeat, and trapping, can all be edited from within the workflow. FFEI maintain that this provides users flexible data that is less prone to errors and quick to process in APPE-based solutions.

Cook added, "We are very excited to introduce RealPro Toolkit into the pre-press world as it delivers a comprehensive suite of tools that add real value to the Adobe® Illustrator® application. We've expanded the capabilities of the world's leading design application to increase productivity and cost effectiveness, but ultimately to give our customers a competitive advantage when it comes to pre-press."

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