BELGIUM – HYBRID Software, an innovative software development company, has released Version 8 of its PACKZ and STEPZ native PDF editors, featuring automated action lists and new prepress tools for the demands of digitally printed flexible packaging.

PACKZ and STEPZ support flexo and digital printing of flexible packaging, with more than 4,000 copies used by packaging printers and trade shops worldwide.

The upgraded version automates the entire cutting line definition process for flexo plate production using programmable automation tools called “Pactions.”

Digital automation not only saves time but ensures personnel safety by reducing injuries that can result from manual flexo plate cutting.

The company’s earlier acquisition of iC3D, the 3D package design visualization software, has brought further innovation for shrink sleeves in flexible packaging.

PACKZ 8 provides increased precision in the compensation for heat shrinkage in the flat artwork and a more accurate 3D modeling representation, resulting in fewer design iterations and printed packaging flaws.

HYBRID Software leverages Digimarc’s expertise in digital watermarking techniques to deliver a seamless solution for brand protection and traceability.

PACKZ 8’s Digimarc digital watermark recognition capabilities drastically reduce the margin of error in Digimarc watermark handling, from creation to approval, to help avoid expensive printing mistakes.

The updated version 8 delivers improvements in barcode readability for labels and clothing tags and offers new barcode generation from a delivered barcode graphic.

Through the software’s adaptability to unique printing conditions, this feature is accessible for both low-cost label printers and high-end digital presses.

PACKZ 8 also includes a new braille inspection tool and new features for comfort and convenience, such as adding drop shadows to the artwork.

In addition, the customization features of PACKZ and STEPZ 8 increase usability and operator performance through three primary solutions: Workspaces, for wide-screen accessibility, new available Pactions for tailored shortcuts and tools, and á la carte user interface customization for more focused work environments.

With the added tools in the updated PACKZ 8, packaging companies will enjoy more diversity, higher quality, and a lower cost of production.

The company serves customers worldwide in all areas of prepress and print, including labels and packaging, folding cartons, corrugated, wide format and digital printing.

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