PLOTBASE|PM 5.3 Now Available


PLOTBASE|PM Version 5.3 now available

- RATIO presents the latest version of its plot management software PLOTBASE|PM with many new features such as AutoCAD 2008 and Windows Vista support -

Hamburg, 11th July 2007: PLOTBASE|PM, the intelligent output management and cost control software for wide-format output devices, is now available in version 5.3. Compared to version 5.2, PLOTBASE|PM 5.3 offers many new features to meet the current market requirements.

PLOTBASE|PM is now Windows Vista compatible
All PLOTBASE|PM 5.3 client applications run both on the 32-bit and on the faster 64-bit edition of Windows Vista. Users can enjoy the convenient and easy-to-use features of PLOTBASE|PM also with the new Microsoft operating system.

PLOTBASE|PM supports AutoCAD 2008
The latest release of the leading CAD software AutoCAD is now fully supported by PLOTBASE|PM 5.3. PLOTBASE|PM’s PLOTCLIENT|HDI, which allows printing directly out of AutoCAD has been updated according to the newest version AutoCAD 2008. Also, the native AutoCAD 2008 file formats DWG, DWF and DXF are supported by PLOTBASE|PM 5.3. Thanks to the successful development partnership with Autodesk, RATIO added a new feature to PLOTBASE|PM. With 5.3, PLOTBASE|PM is able to convert CAD files to DWF files in the print-to-file mode.

PLOTBASE|PM offers optimized color management due to ink limitation
Depending on media structure, image quality and image content, each printout requires individual settings for the amount of ink applied. PLOTBASE|PM is the first plot management system that allows users to adjust the amount of ink according to media type, desired quality and content to display. For instance, a line drawing in low quality on a light paper requires only a little ink application. This setting can now easily be made in PLOTBASE|PM to receive the best possible printouts.

New Feature: “Border Trim” – Adjusting the printable area
Most color plotters have a smaller printable area than B/W LED plotters. As a result, color printouts are bigger than the original document size. In case an A1 drawing is printed, the size of the paper is often A0 to make sure no data at the margins is lost. For further processing like folding, the drawings have to be manually trimmed to the original size. This step reduces the throughput time and increases paper consumption dramatically.
To avoid this time and paper waste, RATIO developed Border Trim. Border Trim is a unique solution that allows user to adjust the print margins in a way that color printouts will match exactly the size of the drawing. A1 drawings can be printed on A1 paper. No further trimming is necessary and paper usage is at its optimum.

New Feature: Global Selection of Halftone Settings for all formats
To print color drawings as B/W or grey, it was previously necessary to select the Halftone Settings for each individual format and device. With PLOTBASE|PM 5.3 Halftone Settings can be selected globally and are now device independent for each format.

Higher output speed for drafts on HP Design Jet
Printing in draft-mode on the HP Design Jet 4000 and Design Jet 4500 out of PLOTBASE|PM 5.3 is now much faster than sending the print job directly to the devices.

Novell support
RATIO announces that PLOTBASE|PM 5.3 now supports Novell network environments.

Device support
With version 5.3 the following devices have been added for fully managed support by PLOTBASE|PM:
Mutoh DrafStation RJ-900
Seiko Teriostar LP-1010
Seiko Teriostar LP-1010MF

PLOTBASE|PM is the leading solution for hardware independent management of wide-format input and output devices. Plotters, scanners, folders and copiers from different manufacturers can easily be combined and controlled out of one Client/Server application.

Large format printing is always a cost-intensive process and results mostly in non-transparent expenses at the end of an accounting period. To avoid such surprises, PLOTBASE|PM tracks all output related costs such toner, ink, paper and overhead costs for each print job. Furthermore, PLOTBASE|PM can link the incurred costs to projects, account numbers, cost centers or users. This functionality is the basis for full cost optimization and offers the ability to accurately and automatically charge customers for the cost of printing

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