New SignLab Version 8 boasts extra features to boost production

SignLab 8 Logo CADlink Technology Corporation, a global leader in signmaking software for more than 18 years and specialising in wideformat printing, has announced the release of its next generation signmaking software, SignLab Version 8.

This new release centres around enhancing the design front-end and complementing it with a brand new production-oriented back-end queue system, Visual Production Manager (VPM). Bolstering an already impressive design engine, SignLab Version 8 now includes an additional 75 special effects plug-ins and comes bundled with a complete bitmap editing application. The SignLab Vinyl package also now includes the pro text composition and colour vectorising features, with a wizard to enable the poorest quality bitmaps to be vectorised quickly and easily. Newly added to the SignLab Vinyl Pro package are all of the design/drawing and special effects tools previously only found in the top-of-the-line print and cut package.

VPM is a multiple queue, multiple printer system designed for simultaneous printing, which is a "must have" for all signshops digitally printing signs on a daily basis says CADlink. It includes fully automated job management settings for high-volume shops but can also be run completely manually for those shops specialising in lower volume custom sign printing. Recent enhancements to VPM include a PDF supporting RIP engine, template media for easy set up when importing jobs, job costing interface and support for sheet mode devices, both UV flatbeds and desktop style printers.

Visual Production Manager screen in SignLab Version 8.

Additional features of SignLab Version 8 include HalfCut, an automated decal creator for print and cut devices, and the ability to publish to pdf with colour matching. This means customers can be sent pdf proofs that actually colour match when they review them on their screens.

As an added bonus, all customers purchasing SignLab 8 Print and Cut will also receive a special CADlink version of Fluid Mask™ software (value £125), recognised worldwide as a leading image masking application.

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