Advanced software from Xerox has made it easier and faster for commercial printers, photo labs and photo retailers to produce photo books, greeting cards and calendars.
The Xerox FreeFlow Printer Server with JPEG Plug-in for the Xerox DocuColor 242/252/260 digital colour printer/copier simplifies the photo production process by allowing print operators to use the image files in the same format they receive them, eliminating steps from all stages of the production process and improving efficiency.
"Until now, when customers submitted raw JPG files for photo specialty products, print providers were required to pre-process each photo through photo editing programs," says Paul Haglich, marketing manager: production systems group at Bytes Document Solutions, sole authorised distributor of Xerox products and solutions to 24 African countries.
"However, the JPEG Plug-in eliminates this time-consuming step from the process and offers easy printing of the appropriate size, number and layout of photos."
According to InfoTrends, a leading industry research and consulting firm, the photo specialty printing market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 24,5% until 2010, reaching $800-million in revenues.
Through innovative software such as the JPEG Plug-in and industry-leading technology such as the Xerox DocuColor and Xerox iGen3 Digital Production Press family of digital colour printers, Xerox is helping print professionals profit from this growth opportunity.
Pre-set queues, a unique feature of the Xerox FreeFlow Print Server with JPEG Plug-in, allow print operators to produce photo products, no matter how complex, with greater ease. Benefits include the ability to print a zip file of JPGs as one print job or individual print jobs and account for image and paper size, layout style, sequencing, as well as gutter and crop marks.
Operators can easily produce the most common size images by dragging and dropping a file into a folder based on the desired output size.
The Xerox FreeFlow Print Server also offers Automatic Image Enhancement for "one-click" photo improvements for poor quality photos without the time or expense associated with traditional photo manipulation.
Print providers producing photo books, greeting cards, posters, calendars and memory books on the Xerox DocuColor 242/252/260 can easily adjust eight quality settings including exposure, sharpening, saturation and red-eye reduction without having to go back into the photo editing software.