HYBRID Software Is Called Full-Featured Editor

LANGHORNE, PA | HYBRID Software will launch new software products at drupa 2016. PACKZ RoundTrip is company’s native PDF editing software, compatible with PDFs created in any application or with Adobe Illustrator files that are saved with PDF compatibility. Company says PACKZ has been widely accepted in the packaging industry, with more than 400 licenses sold during the first two years after its introduction.

“PACKZ was designed as a fully-featured editor for packaging production, not as a design tool, while Adobe Illustrator is the design software of choice for most packaging designers worldwide,” says Guido Van der Schueren, chairman of HYBRID Software. “Turning a design concept into a print-ready package can be achieved much more efficiently using specialized tools such as PACKZ. However, what has long been problematic for the trade shops servicing the packaging industry is that many brand owners and their designers require production artwork to be returned to them in Adobe Illustrator format so that it can be readily modified for package revisions in the future.”

PACKZ RoundTrip provides a complete solution to this problem, he says, by creating a two-way link between native Adobe Illustrator files and the industry-standard native PDF format. Using PACKZ RoundTrip, even Illustrator files that are not saved with PDF compatibility can be opened and edited in PACKZ, then returned to the brand owner as a native Illustrator file containing all of the production features added using PACKZ, e.g., trapping, extended gamut color mapping, step & repeat, barcodes, live or vectorized text, etc. The resulting file retains the key features of Illustrator, including layers, groups and styles, for easy archiving and reworking of package revisions.

“Our industry requires more efficient solutions and we are proud to be announcing this groundbreaking product development,” says Van der Schueren. “We look forward to demonstrating PACKZ RoundTrip, along with several other industry-leading products, on our stand at drupa 2016.”

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