OptiScout Prepare 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


User Interface      

The functionally designed user interface can be adjusted by individual profiles. The so-called sidebar was extended by the production tab. Complex workflows can be defined and started using production profiles. This tab is a further step towards automatic automation of production processes.


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

Universal Placing Tool   

Use this command to enable the mode for defining any - even non-geometric - character styles. These shapes or objects can be placed with the mouse anywhere on the Workspace.

Note: This function takes any object from the clipboard (vectors, text blocks and bitmaps).


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.



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


New plug-ins in OptiScout 8 (State 07/2020):

- AutoCAD 2017 / 2017LT - 2021 / 2021LT
- CorelDRAW X8, 2017 - 2020
- CorelDesigner X7, 2017 - 2020
- Adobe Illustrator CC 2017 - CC 2020
- Adobe InDesign CC 2017 - CC 2020

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.



Pre-Settings for Import Filters   

The settings are independently configurable for the individual file formats. In particular, macros can be executed before and after the import, duplicate lines can already be removed during import, axes can be mirrored or the size factor can be changed.


Import Filters      

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, *.GBR, *.ISO (Gerber), *.SVG

Bitmap / Photo:

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

Special Filters:

*.DMPL Summa DMPL files with OPOS markers

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

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

Special features: When importing, special operations such as Mirroring and Insert at position can be set.


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.


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).

This function can also be activated directly via the object menu..


Convert into Grid Lines   

This function converts an array of adjacent rectangles in a sorted line grid without double lines.

Initial situation:

A grid of rectangles that are exactly on top of each other. This has the consequence that each two lines are superimposed. This results in the problem that every line would be processed twice. To fix this, the "Convert to gridlines" function has been implemented in OptiScout Prepare 8.


Final result:

Applied to the example above, the result is the following:

1. All duplicate lines have been removed, and
2. are welded into a coherent line.
3. The routing paths are optimized.
4. The cutting direction is now alternating.

Separating Cut (Cut Off Line)   

This function inserts cuts in the X axis - at a definable distance to the cutting objects -; Distance, length and variant (1 cut, 2 cuts outwards) can be set individually.

A separating cut can be inserted automatically or manually.

Assignment to Layer and Tool

When inserting a separating cut, a so-called "Cut Off Layer" is automatically appended. If the layer already exists, then the cut off line is placed into the already existing layer.

Step 1: Select cut off tool for the cut.
Step 2: Start output when output device is ready


Weeding Lines on the Workspace   

Weeding lines serve for the better processing of big jobs. Material lengths of several meters in length or width are difficult to handle, so you can insert weeding lines when cutting the film into smaller, handier parts.

Important note: When using so-called weeding lines, the object contours are not cut when given out - they are spared.


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.



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

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.
Hatching with pocket connection, Hatching, Multi Inline (concentric)

Milling Tool Radius Correction - Interactive and Dynamic      


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.


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.

Automatic Bridges

Bridges prevent falling out of milled parts. Parameters such as length, distance and number can be specified individually. With manual bridges, the position can also be changed.

Predefined Material/Tool Combination

Object views radius correction

Automatic Bridges

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


Dynamic Lead-In / Lead-out - Milling   

Lead-in and lead-out flags are indispensable for high-quality results when milling. In OptiScout, you can use manually or dynamically set flags. The dynamic flags change with each change to the object, eg when moving individually object nodes - in particular the object start point (see figure).

This function can be assigned to a layer in conjunction with a suitable device driver. The flags are then assigned dynamically to all objects located in this layer and are adapted to changes to the object.

Dynamic replacement of the flag position

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.


Cleaning Path - Milling   

The cleaning path is an important function in high-quality milling. When the individual milling depths are executed, ridges or clearly visible traces are formed at the milling object.

In order to optimize this, a so-called cleaning run is carried out, which trims and smoothes at the end of the process.

This function can be assigned in OptiScout to a layer in conjunction with the device driver. The cleaning run is then carried out automatically for all objects located in this layer.

Start animation


View and Edit Sequence of Objects   

With this function, you can display the order of the objects first, and then interactively change them by clicking the object contours one after the other, in the desired order.

Note: This manual form of sorting is particularly useful when milling.

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.


Job Property - Keep Sorting   

With this option, pre-sorted jobs are not sorted again before output. This can prevent the sorting sequence from being changed during the import of external data.


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.

ueberschnitt_ja.jpg   ueberschnitt_nein.jpg
Before optimization
After optimization

Quick Layer / Device Switch   

The quick-layer control element has been extended by a device switch, which allows a fast machine change. All connected devices can be directly selected from a list.


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.


- 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
  • Aurelon PrintFactory
  • Cadlink RIPs
  • Caldera RIPs
  • ColorGATE RIP
  • EFI RIPs
  • ErgoSoft PosterPrint / TexPrint 
  • IGEPA MasterRip
  • Pjannto RIP
  • PosterJet
  • Prepare-it
  • SAi
  • Wasatch RIPs

Packaging Software Compatibility

  • Arden
  • ERPA
  • EngView

Mark Detection     Not included in this version


Output Dialog   

The figure on the right shows which output device, which mode, which tool / material, and which settings - during the output - are used.

New is the direct access to the Sorting settings.

Note: For a simplified machine operation this dialog can be skipped with the help of presets!

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


Production Data Acquisition (PDA)

Reporting and Evaluation   

For the evaluation of the production data our Production Information System (PIS) is responsible.

In connection with the Material Database the following technical operating data is provided in a database: runtimes, interruptions, jobs, devices, worker, material, material thickness, cutting path length, empty runs, cutting time, material consumption.

A connection to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) is possible.



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.


Interface for News and Support Messages   

A message interface in OptiScout ensures that the user is informed about new software versions and live updates. This function can be disabled if required.