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ArtProof is the world’s first 64-bit artwork inspection solution for Mac and Windows environments. Developed for printer, pre-press and graphics industry users, ArtProof inspects artwork with pixel precision, dramatically increasing packaging accuracy while reducing inspection times.

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Quality Control Platform, an all-in-one solution

As the longest automated proofreading technology on the market, Global Vision now offers the Quality Control Platform as the first all-in-one solution for text, graphics, print, barcode and braille inspection.

How does it work?

The GlobalVision Quality Control Platform is a modular solution with ArtProof functionality as one of the modules. In that way, you have quality control across your entire workflow, without the need the change applications. Interesting, right?

ArtProof

ArtProof is the world’s first 64-bit artwork inspection solution for Mac and Windows environments. Developed for printer, pre-press and graphics industry users, ArtProof inspects artwork with pixel precision, dramatically increasing packaging accuracy while reducing inspection times.

ArtProof quickly detects and identifies missing text, graphics, incorrect fonts and text sizes, as well as broken type and color deviations.

Are you 100% confident that no errors have been missed?

Benefits

Manual vs Automated Proofreading

Advanced Technology

Comprehensive reporting

Easy reporting and commenting for fast & accurate results

Layers & separation management

Ability to hide layers/separations by default

Imposition files
Automatically adjust and match files for overlay inspection
Automatic sizing
Detect with pixel precision all differences regardless of sample size
Automatic dieline removal
Ability to remove dielines  for ease of inspection

ArtProof can help you

  • PDF compare for artwork inspection
  • Compare artwork to PDF files
  • Proofread PDF documents, proofread artwork, Proofread .AI files
  • Prepress proofing, prepress quality control
  • Packaging quality control

Inspect

  • Artwork
  • Revision
  • Proofs
  • Imposition files
  • Nested artwork
  • Cartons
  • Leaflets
  • Booklets

Key features

  • Text inspection: ArtProof allows for the inspection Unicode values within artwork.
  • Localized languages: ArtProof is now available in multiple languages, including French, Italian,German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Chinese (Simplified).
  • Adobe Illustrator file support: The only artwork inspection solution on the market that can inspect Adobe Illustrator files.
  • Support for large files: ArtProof supports files up to 1-bit tiff in size. ArtProof can also easily load large files (Press sheets up to 54"in sizes).
  • Layers & separations management: Ability to hide layers/separations for highly accurate inspections.
  • Automatic inspection of all repeats: Allows users to know right away which repeats have differences and which ones do not.
  • Annotation: ArtProof enables users in different teams including customers and suppliers to collaborate by allowing them to independently annotate inspection reports.
  • Multi-Page PDF support (Booklet mode): Enables the user to inspect multi-page PDF documents and only review pages where differences are noted.

File Types Supported

Workflow

Release notes

3.1.0 5 July 2016

Enhancements

  • Addition of Inspection Wizard functionality.
  • Support for LEN file format.
  • Ability to connect to an Artwork Management System (AMS).
  • Addition of standard default dielines.
  • Ability to centralize the setups on the network.

Features and Functionalities

  • Improved color detection.
  • Improved auto-distortion logic for digital and scanned samples.
  • Removed extra padding around an image when auto distort is applied.
  • Ability to load tiff files that contain Asian characters in the file name.
  • Unable to exclude differences from the inspection if option to "Force Inclusion of all differences" is enabled.
  • Corrected settings form where text is missing or cut-off (Mac only).
  • Error message not displayed when exiting from the scanner software (Next Image).
  • Simplified Braille workflow with addition of tooltip explanations.
  • FNC1 character in GS1 barcode not displayed.
  • Addition of two Audit Trail events re: Force Inclusion and Force Review.
  • Support for maintaining domain users with an apostrophe in the user name.

Testimonials

Support

Tutorial - Inspection of a folding carton job

ArtProof performs a pixel-based comparison between two digital files. It supports PDF, AI, TIFF, BMP and JPEG. It quickly detects and identifies missing text, graphics, incorrect fonts and text sizes, as well as broken type and color deviations.

In this tutorial I inspect a folding carton job to find differences between the original and production PDF file.

Launch ArtProof 

Choose the setup 

  1. Go to "File Menu".
  2. Click "Setups".
  3. Select "Digital".

Load the master PDF file "Carton job_Master.pdf" 

  1. Double click on the Master panel to launch the file load dialog box and navigate to the folder where the master PDF file "Carton job_Master.pdf" is located.

The master PDF file is the original file.

Prepare the master PDF file for inspection in the PDF Viewer 

  1. Click right on the layer "Die line".
  2. Select "Use for Shape Extraction".
  3. Click "Accept Changes".

The shape of the artwork is extract from the background to inspect artwork only. The PDF file itself is not changed.

 Load the sample PDF file "Carton job_Sample.pdf" 

  1. Double click on the Sample panel to launch the file load dialog box and navigate to the folder where the sample PDF file "Carton job_Sample.pdf" is located.

The sample PDF file is the production file.

Prepare the sample PDF file for inspection in the PDF Viewer 

  1. Click right on the layer "Die line".
  2. Select "Use for Shape Extraction".
  3. Click "Accept Changes".

The shape is extract from the background to inspect artwork only. The PDF file itself is not changed.  

Inspect the master and sample PDF file 

  1. Click "Run Inspection".

Analyze the inspection results 

The differences are auto-detected, highlighted and numbered.  

Review the first difference

 

  1. Select the first difference.
  2. In the Level drop down list choose "Critical".
  3. In the Comment drop down list choose "Text".
  4. Click "Include".

Review the second difference

The difference with the chosen level and comment is added in the report. The second difference is automatic detected.  

  1. Click "Exclude".

Review the remaining differences

The selected difference is excluded from the report. The third difference is automatic detected.

  1. Review the third and next differences in the list as described in the previous steps.

Open the Report dialog

  1. Click "Generate Report".

Generate the report

  1. Enter the product ID "1".
  2. In the Status drop down list choose "Fail".
  3. Enter the product name "Carton job".
  4. Enter lot "1".
  5. Enter your name.
  6. Enter the comment "Check the differences!".
  7. Click "Save".

NOTE: I put the status on "Fail" because several differences are found during the inspection.

Save the report

  1. Save the report as "Carton job_Report".
  2. Click "Save".

Analyse the report

The inspection results are included in the report. The report has an overview preview of the inspected area, an inspection summary list, a detail preview of each difference with the added level and/or comment and the settings of the selected setup. Excluded differences are not in the report. This PDF report has to be send to the person who is responsible for the corrections.


Tutorial - Verification of barcodes

ArtProof performs a pixel-based comparison between two digital files. It supports PDF, AI, TIFF, BMP and JPEG. It quickly detects and identifies missing text, graphics, incorrect fonts and text sizes, as well as broken type and color deviations.

In this tutorial I focus on the Barcode Verification tool. The tool examines an image for barcodes, decodes barcodes and verifies the barcode grade in both master and sample file. I will show how to verify barcodes in a folding carton job. This will be done on the production PDF file (sample).

Launch ArtProof

Load the sample PDF file "Carton job_Sample.pdf"

  1. Double click in the Sample panel to launch the file load dialog box and navigate to the folder where the sample PDF file "Carton job_Sample.pdf" is located.

The sample PDF file is the production file.

Prepare the sample PDF file for inspection in the PDF Viewer

  1. Click "Accept Changes".

The PDF file itself is not changed.

Verify the barcodes of the sample PDF file

  1. Go to "Barcode Verification".
  2. Click "Verify Sample".

Analyze the barcode verification of the sample PDF file

Decoded barcodes are highlighted in the applicable grade color.

NOTE: In the PDF file the grading of one barcode is not supported (highlighted with the arrow).

Review the first barcode

  1. Select barcode "1 Pharma Code".

The barcode magnifies and a dotted box highlights the selection. The Barcode Details panel shows the barcode parameters and their respective grades and/or values. An overall grade is determined for the barcode based on the values of the individual parameters.

Open the Report dialog

  1. Go to "Generate Report".

Generate the report

  1. Enter the product ID"1".
  2. In the Status drop down list choose "Fail".
  3. Enter the product name "Carton job barcodes".
  4. Enter lot "1".
  5. Enter your name.
  6. Enter the comment "Check the not supported barcode!".
  7. Click "Save".

NOTE: I put the status on "Fail" because in the PDF file there is a not supported barcode.

Save the report

  1. Save the report as "Carton job_Barcodes_Report".
  2. Click "Save".

Analyze the report

The inspection results of the barcodes verification are included in the report. The report has an overview preview of the inspected barcodes, a barcode results summary list, a detail preview of each barcode with details and the added comment. This PDF report has to be send to the person who is responsible for the corrections.


Tutorial - Translation of braille

ArtProof performs a pixel-based comparison between two digital files. It supports PDF, AI, TIFF, BMP and JPEG. It quickly detects and identifies missing text, graphics, incorrect fonts and text sizes, as well as broken type and color deviations.

In this tutorial I focus on the Braille tool. The tool detects braille region(s) in both master and sample file. There are two options available:

  • Braille Translation: Detects and translates braille and displays information about the braille dots such as the language and number of dots.
  • Braille Compare: Compares braille regions that were detected on the sample against the detected braille regions on the master.

I will show the translation of the braille in a folding carton job. This will be done on the production PDF file (sample).

Launch ArtProof

Load the sample PDF file "Carton job_Sample.pdf"

  1. Double click in the Sample panel to launch the file load dialog box and navigate to the folder where the sample PDF file "Carton job_Sample.pdf" is located.

The sample PDF file is the production file.

Prepare the PDF file for inspection in the PDF Viewer

  1. Click "Accept Changes".

The PDF file itself is not changed.

Translate the braille of the sample PDF file

  1. Go to "Braille".
  2. Click "Language".
  3. Select "Braille".
  4. Click "Translate Sample".

Analyze the braille translation

The two braille regions are auto-detected, highlighted, numbered and translated.

Review the second braille region

  1. Select braille "Region 2".

The braille region is magnified.

NOTE: In the braille region there is a problem. The translation of the braille is not correct for the word "solution". ArtProof detects the letter "f" instead of "n". This issue will be highlighted when you compare braille between the original (master) and production file (sample).

Open the Report dialog

  1. Go to "Generate Report".

Generate the report

  1. Enter the product ID "1".
  2. In the Status drop down list choose "Fail".
  3. Enter the product name "Carton job".
  4. Enter lot "1".
  5. Enter your name.
  6. Enter the comment "Braille is not ok. Check braille region 2!".
  7. Click "Save".

NOTE: I put the status on "Fail" because there is a braille mistake in region 2.

Save the report

  1. Save the report as "Carton job_Braille_Report".
  2. Click "Save".

Analyze the report

The inspection results of the braille are included in the report. The report has an overview preview of the inspected braille regions, a detail preview of each braille region with details and translations and the added comments. This PDF report has to be send to the person who is responsible for the corrections.


Tutorial - Comparing braille

ArtProof performs a pixel-based comparison between two digital files. It supports PDF, AI, TIFF, BMP and JPEG. It quickly detects and identifies missing text, graphics, incorrect fonts and text sizes, as well as broken type and color deviations.

In this tutorial I focus on the Braille tool. The tool detects braille region(s) in both master and sample file. There are two options available:

Braille Translation: Detects and translates braille and displays information about the braille dots such as the language and number of dots.
Braille Compare: Compares braille regions that were detected on the sample against the detected braille regions on the master.

I will show the comparison of braille in a folding carton job. This will be done between the original (master) and the production PDF file (sample).

Launch ArtProof

Load the master PDF file "Carton job_Master.pdf"

  1. Double click in the Master panel to launch the file load dialog box and navigate to the folder where the master PDF file "Carton job_Master.pdf" is located.

The master PDF file is the original file.

Prepare the master PDF file for inspection in the PDF Viewer

  1. Click "Accept Changes".

The PDF file itself is not changed.

Load the sample PDF file "Carton job_Sample.pdf"

  1. Double click in the Sample panel to launch the file load dialog box and navigate to the folder where the sample PDF file "Carton job_Sample.pdf" is located.

The sample PDF file is the production file.

Prepare the sample PDF file for inspection in the PDF Viewer

  1. Click "Accept Changes".

The PDF file itself is not changed.

Compare the braille between the master and sample file

  1. Go to "Braille"
  2. Click "Language".
  3. Select "Braille".
  4. Click "Compare".

Analyze the braille comparing

The braille regions are auto-detected, highlighted, numbered, translated and compared.

Review the second braille region

  1. Select braille "Region 2".

The braille region is magnified. In the braille region there are differences between the compared PDF files. Missing and extra dots on the sample are identified in the Inspection panel.

  • Missing dots are highlighted in a red circle with a "minus" sign.
  • Extra dots are highlighted in red with a "plus" sign.

Open the Report dialog

  1. Go to "Generate Report".

Generate the report

  1. Enter the product ID "1".
  2. In the Status drop down list choose "Fail".
  3. Enter the product name "Carton job braille".
  4. Enter lot "1".
  5. Enter your name.
  6. Enter the comment "Braille is not ok. Check braille region 2!".
  7. Click "Save".

NOTE: I put the status on "Fail" because there is a braille difference in region 2.

Save the report

  1. Save the report as "Carton job_Braille_Report".
  2. Click "Save".

Analyze the report

The inspection results of the braille comparing are included in the report. The report has an overview preview of the inspected braille regions, a detail preview of each braille region with details, translations, comparisons and the added comments. This PDF report has to be send to the person who is responsible for the corrections.


Webinar - Content integrity throughout a workflow

In many workflows, it is critical that documents do not change or that requested changes are performed correctly. This webinar looks at a number of tools that help with comparing different versions of documents in a workflow, including:

  • callas pdfToolbox for comparison of PDF documents
  • Global Vision DocuProof and ArtProof for comparison in workflows where there is a mixture of text files, PDF files and scanned documents and where content consistency has to be maintained throughout all of these formats.


How to upload large files to support?

Background

When sending problems to support or asking questions about a specific functionality, it is always helpful if you supply as much information as possible:

  • Profiles or Process Plans when working with pdfToolbox or pdfaPilot
  • Example documents 'before' and 'after' to explain the problem or question
  • Screenshots explaining the specific problem

When such files are over 2MB it is more reliable and quicker to send them to us through our Dropbox. This article describes how to do so.

Instructions

  1. First of all, please give your documents a unique name. If you already have a case ID (a 5-digit number), please include this case ID in the name of the file(s) you are going to send to us.
  2. Click this link to browse to our Dropbox upload page
  3. Click "Choose files from your computer" and navigate to the files
  4. If you are not logged into Dropbox, fill out your First and Last name and email address
  5. Click "Upload"

You will receive an email confirming your files were uploaded succesfully.


Do you have a complete price list in Euro / USD?

Yes, the latest price list is available via distributor Four Pees. To access the Reseller Guide, go to https://www.fourpees.com. Once you have registered as reseller, and your account has been approved, you will be granted access to the reseller guide containing full pricing information for all products in Euro and USD. With any questions regarding exact pricing for specific customers, bundles etc... please contact orders@fourpees.com.

System requirements

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