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OptiScout Design is a graphical vektor software for creating and editing of job data without Plot Manager functionality and is used for job preparation on design clients without direct output.

Key Features

Usability

User Interface   

The functionally designed user interface can be adjusted by individual profiles. The so called Sidebar includes layer management, Job Manager, Object Manager, Clipart Manager and Macro Editor.

 

Prepress / Design

Drawing Tools

The tools are comparable with tools from the well-known illustration programs CorelDRAW and Illustrator.

  • Vector tools
  • Square, rectangle, circle, ellipse, star, polygon, line, curve, sector of a circle
  • Color fill, outlining pin, gradient fill tool
  • Ruler and dimensioning function
  • Node editing tool - used for manipulation of the Bezier nodes
 

Bitmap Tools

A bitmap is a pixel graphic, which is characterized by the following attributes: resolution in dpi and color depth (number of colors)

Bitmap tools: see illustration on the right

Supported bitmap formats: TIF, GIF, JPG, PCX, BMP

 

Layout Mode   

In layout mode, page layouts can be designed and provided with placeholders for text and image information.

The placeholders (Container) can be filled with data from an Excel table or with images from any folder using the serialization function.

 

Serialization   

The OptiScout serialization is meaningful for the production of numerical orders, whereby both starting and end number and the incrementation can be defined individually. Each number can be provided with an alphanumeric prefix and/or suffix.

The input of numbers can be done manually and automatically from a CSV or EXCEL file. Apart from number sequences also arbitrary text rows (e. g. names) can be generated.

For each data record an action can be selected. Applicable actions are e. g.: Output on device, printing, exporting to the RIP

This function automates complex workflows and leads to substantial saving of time with jobs with same layout however individual contents.

 

Text Editor

The OptiScout text editor is a text tool, which offers functions one knows from word processing and also fulfills more sophisticated typographic requirements. That includes "text on circle", extended character set and tabulators.

The following vector font formats are supported: OpenType (.OTF), TrueType (*.TTF), URW (*.BE) and Adobe type 1 (*.PFM, *.PFB).

 
 

Barcode Fonts

A barcode is a machine-readable representation of information. Barcodes are widely implemented into modern production workflows because they improve the speed and accuracy of computer data.

Any Windows compatible barcode font can be used. Barcodes can also be used to locate and import files.

 

Capital Height Font Handling

The OptiScout text editor supports capital height font handling. This means that the height of a written word only depends on the capital letters. The advantage of this technology is that the height of different words remains comparable, no matter if the word contains lowercase letters with a descender like "g, y, j".

 

Job Preparation

Plug-Ins   

A Plug-in is a macro, which is integrated in the menu structure or toolbars of a host program, such as AutoCAD, Illustrator, InDesign, Inkscape or CorelDRAW. It works like a generic part of its host program. Plug-ins extend range of functions of the host program.

OptiScout plug-ins export data from host program's desktop to the OptiScout desktop simply by clicking on their respective toolbar icon.

 

CorelDRAW
 
AutoCAD

Import Filter   

OptiScout has a wide variety of file import filters - vector and bitmap formats. That means nearly all data can be imported and given out.

Vector / CAD:

*.PDF, *.AI, *.EPS, *.WMF, *.EMF, *.DXF, *.IK, *.GTP, *.JTP, *.JOB, *.HPGL, *.CMX

Bitmap / Photo:

*.PCX, *.TIF, *.BMP, *.GIF, *.JPG, *.CMP

Special Filters:

These filters are necessary for data exchange with other Finishing Systems.

*.CUT    I-Cut Vision (up to Version 6)
*.ZCC    Zünd Cut Center
*.OXF    OptiScout

 

Barcode Import

Files can be imported using a barcode scanner, which is provided with pre-defined output profiles.

Instead of looking for a job in the file system, only the barcode is scanned. Then, the appropriate job is loaded on the work area and can be given out immediately.

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Node Editing

The node editing tools serve the individual editing and manipulation of vector objects. This tool is particularly useful before the output, when post-editing at the contours is required.

Particularly noteworthy is the possibility of horizontal and vertical alignment of nodes at a reference node, and the positioning of nodes using X / Y values or coordinates.

 
 

Rotation Direction Indicator   

Often, it is important to know the object's direction of rotation - clockwise or counter-clockwise, because the rotation direction determines how the tool processes the contour. By means of this function, the direction of rotation will be displayed (milling); the direction of rotation can be changed using the change direction of rotation button.

 

Identical Line Removal   

This function removes double lines that lie one above the other and merges them to one curve. The required tolerance can be defined.

It is needed to prevent that a tool follows the same path twice (milling, lasering).

 

Rounding

The rounding is used to round the corners of objects e. g. fonts. Whose nodes can be rounded defining an appropriate radius?

The rounding can be done inwards or outwards. It can, as well, pertain to the entire object or only to a few selected nodes.

 
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Welding

The welding function merges two or more vector objects together in a combination. Depending on the number and shape of the selected objects, you can choose from the following options: manual, automatic, trimming (cuts through objects with straight lines or curves), Open trimming, filling, by color, full surface, or screen printing.

 



Close Open Objects

While importing all open contours are closed, that lie in a pre-defined distance to each other. This option is necessary, if the objects have to be filled with a fill color. Only closed vector objects may be equipped with a filling.

 

Milling and Engraving Functions

Hatching
Here, the to clear out area is provided with a hatch. The total area is removed along the paths. The angle can be defined.

Hatching with pocket connection
Here, the to clear out area is provided with a hatch, where the tool is not being raised, as long as the hatch paths can remain connected to each other.

Multi Inline
When this option is selected, the area to clear out is provided with concentric Inlines. Along this Inlines the area is removed from the outside to the inside - with island formation.

For all functions: The milling process can be continuously at multiple depths. All milling and engraving paths are automatically created and displayed - the tool diameter is taken into account.
 
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Hatching with pocket connection, Hatching, Multi Inline (concentric)

Milling Tool Radius Correction - Interactive and Dynamic   

Interactive

Any change in tool diameter and rotation is performed immediately and shown on the working area. The milling objects are displayed with transparent fill and full-colored radius correction.

Dynamic

At every scaling of the milling objects a recalculation is performed.

Optimal Workflow

If the data are prepared in a way, so that the color matches that of the corresponding milling layer, then immediately after the data import an output-capable job is created automatically. Tool, tool diameter and material are predefined in the Quick Layer.

 
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Predefined Material/Tool Combination

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Object views radius correction

Tool Path (Lead In / Lead Out)

When Milling or laser cutting, it often happens that immersion traces are visible at the starting point of an object. The task of "Prevention of immersion traces" is done by so-called start tool paths. So that the quality of the objects from the point of immersion is not compromised the starting point with the start tool path can be placed outside, inside, tangentially or on a certain place of the object.

Start animation

 
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Tool Correction

The tool correction - also known as path adjustment - prevents that the output contour gets greater or less than foreseen in the original because of the diameter of the used tool. A corresponding correction value can be specified for a given tool diameter.

The correction can be an Inline or an Outline; the orientation can be specified clockwise or counterclockwise.

 

Reorder Objects (Sorting Manually)

This function serves the optimization of the cutting paths. For output time it is critical in which order objects are handled. OptiScout has the possibility to determine start (S) and end (E) of a vector and order of processing.

 

Simulation of Traverse Path   

Traverse path can be simulated for each layer before output. Simulation speed can be adjusted continuously.

Aim is to shorten the traverse path. A base sorting after selection of main direction is done by OptiScout itself. Improvements can be done at any time and validated with a new simulation.

 

Simulation with Start Point Optimization   

Additionally to the other traverse path optimizations the start point of the objects can be replaced automatically in order to minimize the traverse paths. The figure on the right hand side shows the start points of the contour objects before and after the optimization - represented through an arrow. The direction of the arrow shows the orientation - clockwise or counter-clockwise.

 
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Before optimization
After optimization

Quick Layer / Tool Assignment   

A Quick Layer is a layer with special function for the usage in the integrated Workflow Manager. With the Quick Layers colors, tools and materials can be assigned to OptiScout objects. All settings are visibly for the user.

 

Macro Player   

The figure on the right side shows a macro with text info, options, parameters, and buttons. Clicking the Execute button runs the macro. The macro player provides that the macro can be controlled - start - pause - step (back and forth) - cancel.

 

Macro Editor   

The macro editor is a tool which allows the creation and modification of OptiScout macros. The administrator can therefore combine any program functions and put them together to represent an individual workflow.

 

File Manager   

An integrated file manager is responsible for file management. A preview shows the file content using a thumbnail. The list view offers overview for large file sets.

Any directory with subdirectories can be searched automatically. Individual search paths can be defined for direct access. A search box makes it easier searching by file name.

All important functions are accessible with a few clicks. This ensures a fast and comfortable operation.

 
File Manager - here with list view

Clipart Manager   

The Clipart Manager permits fast access to frequently required graphic vector objects such as logos, cliparts, pictograms, …

The organization takes place via individual groups. Access to contents of the respective group is done by double clicks or "Drag & Drop".

Each graphic a short info text can be added.

 

Object Manager   

The task of the Object Manager is to provide access to any object that is on the desktop with the help of a clear tree structure. This is important when the access is challenging because of the complexity of the design or overlapping objects and graphics. In addition to single objects, the structure of groups and combinations is also depicted.

Functions

- Clear tree structure
- Object preview with zoom function
- Navigation on the desktop and the working sheet
- Cross access on the layer is possible
- Definition of object names, -types and -attributes
- Colored Thumbnails (minimized object preview)

 

Object Properties

Independent from its properties, like contour and fill, each vector object can have multiple restrictions. So output can be restricted for the device which is used (printer, plotter, router, engraver, laser).

Furthermore all vector objects can have specific attributes, which are important for job processing. 

 

Setup / Print

RIP and Workflow Compatibility   

RIP and Workflow Compatibility means that is OptiScout can be seamlessly fit into existing workflows. OptiScout offers a very flexible data import and is supported by the following RIP manufacturers.

  • Agfa Asanti
  • Cadlink RIPs
  • Caldera RIPs
  • ColorGATE RIP
  • EFI RIPs
  • ErgoSoft PosterPrint / TexPrint
  • GMG Production Suite
  • IGEPA MasterRip
  • ONYX RIPs
  • Pjannto RIP
  • PosterJet
  • Prepare-it
  • SAi
  • Wasatch RIPs

Packaging Software Compatibility

  • Arden
  • ERPA
  • EngView
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Mark Detection     Not included in this version

Finishing

Export Filter

OptiScout has a wide variety of file export filters - vector and bitmap formats. That means nearly all data can be exported.

Vector / CAD:

*.EPS(OPI), *.EMF, *.DXF, *.PDF, *.HPGL, *.CMX

Bitmap / Photo:

*.PCX, *.TIF, *.BMP, *.JPG

 

Maintenance

Remote Maintenance / Support

Integrated in OptiScout is the possibility to support and maintain the system via internet. The supporter is given a secure access on the user's computer system.

In addition to the online support you can of course ask questions regarding the software by phone or e-mail.

 

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