Printing Industries of America has given Aproove, the secure online collaboration, soft proofing, and approval system for brand owners, agencies, and printers, the 2013 InterTech™ Technology Award for Innovation. The Award will be presented to Aproove on September 8, 2013, at PRINT 13 in Chicago.

DigitalView has been appointed as the Southern Africa distributor for Aproove. We are delighted to be given the opportunity to market Aproove. It fits in very nicely with other products in our portfolio and will prove to be an important part of our workflow solution. Our strength has always been providing best in class prepress workflow solutions that offer print companies the tools to get files to press quickly and reliably. Aproove meets these criteria, said Laura Minter, DigitalView.

Aproove does not depend on a proprietary content management or prepress production system, so it can easily be used by any corporate marketing department, agency, or printer—without either side having to compromise or learn additional skills. Multiple decision makers can use Aproove for complex print projects, greatly reducing design and production cycles, error rates, and delivery charges. The system also boasts an attractive pricing model, including unlimited free guest accounts.

Aproove is being widely used for content approvals as well as soft proofing, using colour displays calibrated with systems like ORIS from CGS.

The Judges’ Take 

The judges were impressed with how easy Aproove’s solution for reviewing and approving proofs was to use, said Dr. Mark Bohan, Printing Industries of America Vice President of Technology and Research. They liked that it was non-proprietary, allowing it to be used with existing workflow solutions, and that it was scalable, supporting an unlimited number of users.

The Aproove architecture is the result of 10 years of development, with optimised performance on Windows, Linux, and Mac environments, as well as client apps for iOS, Android, and BlackBerry. Its unique architecture allows for extremely high page volumes (up to 6 000 pages per hour, processing on a stock Windows PC server) with no performance degradation in multi-client workflows.

Aproove’s unique push technology provides extreme ease of use. Even occasional users are taken directly to the exact location where their input or approval is required. No special knowledge of prepress production is required. The system is also highly secure, sending only streams, and not file downloads. The core asset never leaves the secure production facility; only a contract content view flows to the client, optimized for each user’s display, device and bandwidth.