— a company that provides print and prepress software for the publishing, printing, and graphic arts industries — has announced that it will soon release Pandora for Mac OS X. The announcement was made at the IPEX 2002 print-publishing trade show in Birmingham, England.
Pandora is a PDF-based prepress production tool written in Java. Pandora can produce PostScript, PDF, Adobe PJTF job tickets, and Creo PCF files. The Mac OS X will deliver “increased performance in automating packaging and label layouts,” according to Bert Van Hoof, VP of engineering at ScenicSoft.
“As a result of considerable usability testing and joint application development with the targeted packaging users, Pandora’s renowned user interface design is free of obtrusive dialog windows, and it really stands out,” he said in announcing the product.
Version 1.0 was introduced in December 2000. The latest release, version 1.5, accepts PDF artwork and marks, as well as DDES2, CFF2, and DXF die files. Pandora’s color setup allows re-mapping of spot and process colors and conversion of spot colors to process, and supports PostScript Level 2 and PostScript 3 in-RIP color separations.