Enterprise Packaging Workflow System

Modular Architecture

Modularity and scalability are fundamental characteristics of CLOUDFLOW. You can add and combine a large variety of functional modules for soft proofing, prepress automation, RIPping, screening, job- and order lifecycle management and many more.

Open Standards

CLOUDFLOW is completely built on open standards: it is web-based from the start (HTML5), uses PDF and XML all the way and supports all major industry standards such as CIP3, XMP and many others.
CLOUDFLOW is a modular production workflow suite for file processing, asset management, soft proofing and workflow automation.
It is a web-based application platform specifically tailored for the packaging graphics with support for PDF, color separation, trapping, screening, proofing and much more.

The foundation for any CLOUDFLOW configuration

  • Web-based
  • Central database for all CLOUDFLOW applications
  • File and asset management
  • Automatic indexing and metadata generation
  • User management and permissions
  • Workflow engine
  • Distributed processing
  • Full REST API allows access to all CLOUDFLOW functions

Turnkey solution for soft proofing and collaboration

  • True HTML5 viewer, no plug-ins required
  • Correct high-res preview in the web browser
  • Support for native PDF, screened TIFF, LEN and other image formats
  • Difference viewing with auto alignment and separation selection
  • Advanced markup and annotation tools
  • Measurement tools for ink densities, distances and angles
  • Easy to embed in existing web portals with full API

Prepress automation based on native PDF files

  • Unmatched speed: 64-bit multi-processing and multi-threading
  • Full customizable workflows
  • Complete set of prepress functions, such as document
    preflight and correction, separation handling, barcodes,
    transformations, trapping, flattening and many more
  • Advanced Step & Repeat for labels, flexible packaging,
    folding cartons, spiral wraps, etc.
  • Variable data processing
  • Creation of job info panels, slug-lines, bearer bars, etc.
    Optional gravure export

Fastest RIP for packaging output based on proven Global Graphics Harlequin RIP technology

  • High speed native PDF 1.7 and PS RIP technology
  • Reliable output for various output devices
    1-bit and multilevel AM, FM and hybrid screening
  • Built as native CLOUDFLOW application
  • Complete feature set for all packaging printing techniques
    with full control of screen sets and calibration, including
    support for object-based screening
  • Optional HXM hybrid screening
  • Fast, multi-threaded host renderer
Job management
  • Presents job information in a graphical user interface
  • Automatic creation of job related folder structure
  • Easy search and access to files in existing jobs
  • Execution of prepress and approval tasks based on job info
  • Call existing item or job for re-run with same or modified properties

Connectivity and data collection

  • Connection to MIS/ERP and other data sources
  • Generation and reading of XML or JDF
  • Compatible with all SQL databases
  • Dataconnector services
  • Data manipulation, such as XSLT translation (XML processing)

Order Lifecycle Management

  • Process management application for print production of labels and folding cartons
  • Job and item properties driven by existing ERP/MIS via standard XML or custom integration
  • Includes process and workflow templates for file management, approval, correction cycles, prepress, and step-and-repeat
  • Extensible and fully customizable using
  • CLOUDFLOW´s Pagebuilder HTML editor

Multi-location service for files and licenses

  • Sharing files over regular internet instead of dedicated lines
  • Optimized synchronization of new and changed files on block level
  • File replication across multiple locations
  • Automatic distribution of file modifications
  • Synchronization driven by workflows or business process
  • Group-wide search capability on all assets

Workflow automation for 3D generation and viewing

  • Full HTML5 solution, no plug-ins required
  • High-res 3D viewing in the web browser
  • Seamless integration in workflow and approval processes
  • Automatic generation of 3D previews based on 3D models and PDF graphics
  • Built with powerful IC3D technology