FFEI unveils RealPro Toolkit at Packaging Innovations 2013

FFEI is set to launch RealPro Toolkit at Packaging Innovations – 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 increases productivity and standardises document structure from design concept to production ready files, regardless of the print process.

“It’s no secret that when it comes to packaging pre-press Adobe Illustrator is the most popular application,” comments managing director Andy Cook. “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 designed to address specific pre-press workflow requirements such as file editing and preparation, colour management, trapping and step and repeat tasks. Features extend to specialist tasks including cylinder repeats, patterns and artwork pre-distortion, all displayed in a user friendly interface.

Supporting all industry standard file formats, RealPro Toolkit integrates seamlessly into any existing workflow and is highly 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. This provides users flexible data that is less prone to errors and quick to process in APPE-based solutions.

“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,” concludes Cook. “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.”