Hybrid Software Transforms Product Line


At the 2016 pre-drupa international media conference, Hybrid introduced new additions to CLOUDFLOW the: RIP, Share and MyCLOUDFLOW together with new additions to PACKZ: PACKZ Warping and PACKZVIEW.

Hybrid Software Chairman, Guido Van der Schueren said, 'The launch in 2013 of CLOUDFLOW and PACKZ were milestones for the company, transforming its product line and customer base. Although we still provide integration with third party products, our customers asked for more innovation in pre-press and workflow, and this has become a strong focus for HYBRID Software.


The CLOUDFLOW RIP is an important addition to the company’s suite of software for the packaging and label markets. The 64-bit RIP is based on Harlequin’s powerful Host Renderer kernel, with a custom user interface developed by HYBRID Software specifically for labels and packaging. It supports native PDF files and is the fastest RIP on the market, scalable to any desired level of performance.

CLOUDFLOW Share is a web-based workflow solution that connects multiple workflows, devices, and even distributed production sites through a common interface and centralised database. Supported on Windows and Mac OS X, CLOUDFLOW interacts with external systems such as file servers, MIS/ERP systems and web portals, and can submit files to workflows in several ways.

MyCLOUDFLOW will be shown for the first time at drupa 2016. It lets companies purchase capacity within CLOUDFLOW rather than having to buy a license and configure systems. New customers can take advantage of a complete CLOUDFLOW workspace online via a public cloud, using standard or customized setups. Existing customers can backup files, as well as CLOUDFLOW data such as workflows, and can extend licenses and computer power to meet the demands of peak production with a lower initial investment.


PACKZ Warping, HYBRID will introduce at drupa 2016 a new warping and 3D functionality within PACKZ. The easy-to-use and intuitive tools allow the user to take an existing document and create a precise deformation of it, which takes into account the substrate to be printed on plus the shape and size of the object it is to be applied to, including irregular shapes and overwraps. This solution can be used for simple or complex conical warping, disc shaped metal cans and shrink sleeves for symmetric and irregular shapes, such as a bottle with a handle.

PACKZVIEW is a free, downloadable app for previewing and inspecting production PDF files. It allows the instant previewing of complex PDF files, including multipage documents, and it displays transparency and overprints in the same colours that will be printed on press, a big advantage over other ‘free’ PDF viewers. The software is available to non-PACKZ users and can easily be installed by, for example, designers and print buyers who wish to view files from their printer more accurately than other tools allow.

Order Lifecycle Management

HYBRID has seen a rise in requests to create and integrate complete workflows, from MIS through pre-press to conventional and digital press output, with tools to connect all major MIS/ERP and web-to-print portals, The integration products support HYBRID’s prepress tools, and vice versa. HYBRID’s customers, and the packaging industry overall, benefit by having access to innovative tools which set new standards for efficiency and productivity.

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