Image optimisers also acting as workflow optimisers
Obviously, image optimisers optimise images. They analyse the source material, tune quality parameters including sharpness, brightness, contrast and colour balance, transform colours spectrums, calculate resolutions and export to the preferred file format. If the fully-automated approach is selected, images are conveniently opened via a Photoshop tool.
Depending on the target processes, automated optimisation of images is often only one part of the task at hand. In addition, the image optimiser also needs to be integrated into complex workflows.
With Claro, the software developer Elpical offers a professional image optimiser that optimises more than just images. The manufacturer offers a range of options for integrating Claro into production, noticeably increasing workflow efficiency. It can be integrated into an Enfocus Switch flow or via the Elpical XML interface control. In close cooperation with a&f, b.comp GmbH realised such an integration for WoodWing Enterprise: the b.comp ImageOptimizerInterface.
Synergy between WoodWing Enterprise and b.comp ImageOptimizerInterface
The basic functionality is easily and quickly explained: Images placed on the InDesign layout can be sent to Claro, for example via WoodWing status. The b.comp ImageOptimizerInterface then also transmits important metadata in the form of an XML file to control Claro. This guarantees that the optimised images are generated in the preferred resolution and the defined file format and colour spectrum.
The following 5 benefits of the b.comp ImageOptimizerInterface plug-in for WoodWing Enterprise and Elvis DAM are key for our customers:
1) Automated processing of a great range of images
The level of automation can be drastically increased when processing a large number of publications with varying requirements.
2) Raw images are easily standardised
It all starts with the raw image. As you will know, raw images often come with different resolutions, colour spectrums and file formats. The combination of b.comp ImageOptimizerInterface and Claro facilitates automated image standardisation when checking into WoodWing Enterprise or Elvis. Your layout artists can already evaluate the image material when placing it. Layout requirements can go beyond standardisation.
3) The level of automation can be selected freely
Controlled process – greater efficiency. The b.comp ImageOptimizerInterface automatically transmits adjustments made to the reproduction scale, image rotation and frame in InDesign, as well as instructions to the repro department , e.g. when a defined status is selected.
If the images should be visualised in Photoshop, they can be evaluated and corrected via the Claro Inspector in Adobe Photoshop. The cropped image from the layout is superimposed by means of guides.
Thus, images can be edited in a fully-automatic manner, or in an intermediate step via Photoshop.
4) Images can be exported directly to digital channels
One of the many features of the b.comp ImageOptimizerInterface is the option to deliver images on the cropped image defined in InDesign to downstream systems, such as web CMS. When combined with Claro, the b.comp ImageOptimizerInterface facilitates image editing for online media. In addition to the relevant colour spectrum conversion, the images can cropped for the frame selected in InDesign in a fully-automatic manner, and saved in the preferred file format.
5) The b.comp ImageOptimizerInterface can be tailored to the individual requirements
The combination of the b.comp ImageOptimizerInterface and Claro is highly customisable in accordance to the requirements you or your customers may have. Configuration for this solution is extremely flexible.