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Innovating Efficient Collaboration
By: Jeff Falk
Posted: September 5, 2008, from the September 2006 issue of GCI Magazine.
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By utilizing software that offers tools to ensure that renderings print in the colors selected by designers, production problems can be resolved before a design project is sent for a final print run. The simple idea translates to a shortened approval process, and reduces approval-related expenses and speed to market.
Because the collaboration in designing packaging depends on the virtual representation of the package, an accurate representation of the package is important. Color is only one visual element—shape, angles, folds and proportions are of equal significance.
To this end, Dassault Systemes is among the companies offering software that provides 3-D representations of products. The company’s ENOVIA 3D provides a single front-end to multiple information sources and applications, and ENOVIA DMU provides a collaborative design review environment that includes analysis and simulation tools.
Using Tools Already On Hand
Package printing has changed. It, too, has gone digital, facilitating the continued collaboration and efficiency of PLM, and the Portable Document Format (PDF) seems to be the foundation for additional software improvements in delivering package artwork to the printer.
Because PDFs are a file format and not a programming language, the files don’t need to be interpreted, making the process of turning a PDF back into a graphic simply one of reading the description rather than interpreting the file. PDFs have become the standard for file exchange in graphic arts, and companies that create PLM software and systems are taking advantage of this standardization. In fact, Adobe® Systems, the creator of the PDF file format, created the Adobe® Intelligent Document Platform for PLM. The system enables manufacturers to more securely gather, input and exchange information about products, and Adobe LiveCycle™ products and Adobe Acrobat® software offer a secure format for capturing 2-D and 3-D design information, independent of native authoring applications.