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16. September, 2021

‘The disintegrating platform’ – how long can you continue with your current legacy system?

The global IT industry has been in the throes of tremendous change for a good decade now. The transformation from traditional on-prem software solutions to the cloud has presented many significant challenges for print MIS/ERP vendors like PrintVis and our worldwide implementation partners. A successful transformation demands a clear vision, development power, accommodating R&D budgets […]

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25. August, 2021

5 Important Causes of Print MIS/ERP Implementation Budget Overruns

The road to project success – how do you prevent budget overruns? Most print companies would view budget overruns in time and money as the primary threats to the success of their business software projects or digital transformation initiatives. Thus, it’s a worthwhile endeavor to plan to prevent these overruns. Let’s analyze some factors that […]

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17. August, 2021

Dynamics 365 Business Central Basics

It can be easy to forget that not every business owner has experienced Business Central. It’s where PrintVis has lived for over 20 years! In this post we want to cover some very basic points. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is an end-to-end ERP solution capable of meeting complex business requirements and operational needs. Dear […]

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12. August, 2021

Achieving Print ERP Implementation Project Success – are you preparing yourself properly?

Most print companies these days are feeling pressured to improve and expand their use of information technology, to take advantage of changing buying behavior and new market opportunities. Unfortunately, the preparation for these projects is often focused solely on the technology, leaving other important success factors under-considered. Are you preparing yourself properly for your project’s […]

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5. August, 2021

What’s New in PrintVis 18: DCM/Moxa Shop Floor Data Collection

Since 2018, as a supplement to our JDF integration, PrintVis has supported the gathering of basic performance information from older printing presses which lack a digital interface of their own. For this we use a DCM (Data Collection Module) – an external data collection hardware module with i/o functionality and ethernet accessibility. This allows for […]

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30. July, 2021

We Know What You Learned Last Summer!

Virtual PrintVis Bootcamp 2021 During the past few months the PrintVis team has been holding intensive beginner training for new consultants in our ever expanding Partner network.  We called it Virtual PrintVis Bootcamp 2021. More than 20 attendees from around the world engaged in two 2 hour sessions each week over a ten week period, […]

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21. July, 2021

What’s New in PrintVis 18: The PV Planning Board

PrintVis Planning Board Enhancements Far better than Post It Notes… With growing flexibility and user-friendly enhancements, the PrintVis Planning Board is a feature we are dedicated to expanding with every new version of PrintVis, and it becomes more sophisticated with each release. Similar in concept and function to a traditional Gantt chart, the PV Planning […]

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8. July, 2021

PV18: The Case is the Place

Case Management in PrintVis is designed to be the daily home base of administration for all employees involved with orders. Providing a full view of the details of production, delivery dates, customer information, etc., the Case acts as a repository for all the information on each individual order, from quote to invoice. With Case Management […]

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6. July, 2021

PrintVis 18 Released

PrintVis 18 Released July 6, 2021 This release is for Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 Wave 1 Based on Dynamics 365 Business Central 2021 18.2.2 PV18 has the same structure as PV17, with a base app (extension) and separate extensions to be installed when the specific functionality in the extension is required. PV18: Enhanced Integration […]

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17. June, 2021

Prepare to Succeed!

This is how you lay the foundation for a software project’s success in the preparation phase. In today’s markets, not many print companies can afford for their next ERP implementation or digital transformation initiatives to fail. Unfortunately, there is a persistent misunderstanding that the preparation for a project’s success really starts once a system is […]

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10. June, 2021

PrintVis “Right Reading”: Lean into the Win!

Standards and Best Practices The implementation of an ERP system for a print company is by no means a simple task; that’s why the development of a standard methodology is one of the pivotal factors for success. Standards in processes and procedures give us a basis of comparison, and a means of measuring performance and […]

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4. June, 2021

Good, Fast, and Cheap – The Triple Constraint of Project Management

  Buyers of business solutions all over the world have one thing in common: They want an ideal solution to be delivered, implemented and supported quickly, with superb quality… and also on the cheap. Good, fast and cheap! Unfortunately, common wisdom around implementation project management shows us time and time again that a maximum of […]

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28. May, 2021

PrintVis: A Flexible Solution for the Flexible Packaging Industry

Technological innovations are increasingly driving the flexible packaging industry, which is growing more rapidly than rigid packaging (cartons, etc.). Different geographical areas which are experiencing population growth, developing economies and increased urbanization are seeing higher demand for packaged food thanks to its reduced cost and weight, as well as the increased shelf life it provides. […]

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18. May, 2021

Superior IT Can Lessen the Churn

More applicants make choice of new employer partly based on the quality of your IT system With the ever-growing role of information technology in our daily lives, it’s not surprising that we appreciate the value of good IT tools. These are of course relevant in our private lives, but even more so in a business […]

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10. May, 2021

Big Bang or Baby Steps – What’s the Most Effective Implementation Approach?

Sure, the situation can be confounding! You work with an old, outdated MIS/ERP solution that urgently needs replacing. Or perhaps you use an older version of a modern solution and there is pressure to upgrade to the latest version. Of course, this is also a great moment to modernize your legacy business processes and fix […]

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28. April, 2021

PrintVis: Growing in the Right Directions!

This week the PrintVis team is enjoying the latest Directions North America from our various offices around the world. The event includes a daily series of ISV sessions, where independent software vendors (ISVs) are describing the functionality of their unique applications, their integrations with the major Microsoft platforms, and the industries to which they cater. […]

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13. April, 2021

Digital Transformation – The Time is Nigh?

Cloud-based MIS/ERP tailored to the print industry has brought in great new affordability and flexibility, presenting a chance to make some fundamental, long-lasting improvements.

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24. March, 2021

Considering the Costs of Using Outdated Print MIS/ERP

What’s the Price of Running Outdated Software in Your Print Company? Around the world, countless organizations use outdated, non-integrated and user-hostile software solutions to run their businesses (Ok, not “hostile,” but you get the idea). This inevitably leads to serious productivity deficiencies in today’s hectic world of changing customer demands. Does this sound like your […]

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16. March, 2021

Spring into 2021 – Upgrade Your Print MIS/ERP System

When you get PrintVis you get Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central, along with the many benefits Microsoft has to offer. PrintVis is built directly into Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central – it is not a separate system. While an add-on (sometimes called a plug-in) is an external piece of software designed to work in tandem […]

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24. February, 2021

Does your ERP Solution Function as a Rearview Mirror or More Like a Periscope?

The role of ERP systems is shifting. Traditionally, the emphasis has been on improving internal efficiency, with separate systems per department, business unit and/or subsidiary. While that may be practical for these entities, it didn’t really help to create an accurate overview, since it showed what happened in the recent past – not the near […]

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19. February, 2021

Packaging the Future – Again

Way back in 2017, we wrote the following: Taking a Peek at the Future of Packaging Worldwide In its latest report, Smithers Pira, the reputable printing industry research association, projects that the world’s packaging market will continue its current growth rate of about 3.5% per year, reaching estimated sales of $997 billion by 2020. That’s […]

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15. February, 2021

PrintVis Welcomes More New Colleagues

At the PrintVis headquarters in Denmark we are pleased to welcome two important additions to the team for Customer Support and Administration: Christina Ranegaard Thomsen and Annett Schack. Christina has returned to PrintVis to  handle first line Partner support. She writes, “It’s always good to be back home. From 2012-2014 I was at PrintVis as […]

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8. February, 2021

PrintVis Welcomes New Colleagues

Though still a small and humble software company, PrintVis is growing and expanding as awareness of our print-specific MIS/ERP solution built on Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central grows rapidly across the graphics world. This week we are pleased to welcome five new members to our team, with a short introduction to each: Two new Developers, […]

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2. February, 2021

PrintVis 17 Cloud Released with Free Trial on Microsoft AppSource

PrintVis 17 Released with Free Trial For Immediate Release: February 2, 2020                                             Email: info@printvis.com  [PrintVis Headquarters, Odder, Denmark – Atlanta, United States] Announcing the latest release of PrintVis, PV17 with Free Trial Following Microsoft’s Dynamics 365 Business Central 2020 release Wave 2, v17, we present PrintVis 17. This release has the same structure as […]

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1. February, 2021

Partner Spotlight: Mathias Backvall of NAB Solutions

Consultant Mathias Backvall has two highly auspicious feats to celebrate in this New Year. He’s recently signed on with the team at NAB Solutions to head up their implementation group for the PrintVis MIS/ERP solution, for graphics businesses throughout Sweden and Finland. He’s also just become officially certified in PrintVis – a commendable achievement all […]

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29. January, 2021

Defining ERP Success Before You Embark

Print Companies: Before you start – have you defined what Project Success looks like? MIS/ERP implementation projects can often evoke many emotions. That’s understandable – after all, many people are involved in these projects, the investments are substantial, the interests are great and sometimes divergent. Important choices, once made, aren’t always easily changed. For your […]

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22. January, 2021

Are You Using Your Print MIS Solution to Track Your Shop Floor?

As you preside over your labor distribution you’ll also find opportunities to cross-train some people, and further develop their skill sets.

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14. January, 2021

TBT: The First PrintVis Cloud Customer

Way back in 2013, a Danish print broker known as Graphical Production Facilities went live with PrintVis and Microsoft Dynamics NAV (now known as Business Central) on a completely cloud-hosted environment, the Microsoft Azure platform. Company Director Vilhelm Jensen remarked, “The cloud model makes our IT costs manageable. We must pay a modest price compared […]

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4. January, 2021

Q: Can I manage my entire print company with one software solution? A: Yes!

As a long-time Gold-Certified Microsoft Partner, PrintVis will give you confidence in your own future, offering a framework that is flexible enough to meet your changing needs, but also a sturdy, standard foundation that you will never outgrow.

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21. December, 2020

PrintVis 17 Release Highlights

PrintVis 17 Released December 21, 2020 This release is for Dynamics 365 Business Central 2020 Wave 2 Based on Dynamics 365 Business Central 2020 17.1.18256.18792   PV17 has the same structure as PV16, with a base app (extension) and separate extensions to be installed when the specific functionality in the extension is required. PV17 Features: […]

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9. December, 2020

A Major New Partnership Announcement

PrintVis in new collaboration with Kodak PrintVis is thrilled to share the news that Kodak has joined PrintVis’ Partner Community. From today’s press release: “Kodak is excited to announce the launch of the revolutionary KODAK PRINERGY On Demand Business Solutions. Kodak has collaborated with leading software providers including Microsoft, PrintVis and VPress to create one […]

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7. December, 2020

The Right Print MIS Puts You in Control

Finding the Complete Solution for Your Print Business When you choose PrintVis to run your graphics business, you are also going with the biggest, most well-known and trusted producer of software in the world: Microsoft. As a long-time Gold-Certified Microsoft Partner, PrintVis can give you confidence in your own future, offering a framework that is […]

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2. December, 2020

Print Business Software and Golden Parachutes – Time for Action?

When it comes to poorly functioning CEOs, you’ve probably heard of the concept of the “golden parachute,” where an agreement is established between the company and its top manager, promising significant parting benefits if employment is terminated. These typically include severance pay, large cash bonuses, stock options, and other sizeable benefits. By contrast, poorly functioning […]

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17. November, 2020

Can You Buy Your “Digital Transformation”?

Over the past couple decades, digital transformation has become a key strategic issue for most every print business on the planet. You can probably think of examples of companies that have ignored the need to change, or started the change process too late, and where that led to. Of course, digital transformation is inexorably tied […]

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11. November, 2020

5 Things Successful Print Businesses Do with Their MIS

Over the years we’ve visited and worked with many printing companies, of all sizes and types. Some are clearly more successful than others, so naturally we evaluate the differences between highly successful business and others in our sphere. Here are 5 things we’ve found that stand out from the crowd: Template-Based Estimation Time is of […]

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5. November, 2020

Choosing your Implementation Partner: Traditional Vendor or Good Sparring Partner?

Bottom line: If you really want to get the most out of your new ERP or MIS system (or any digital transformation initiative), don’t choose your implementation partner based solely on the bottom line!

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3. November, 2020

PrintVis Named One of Denmark’s 1000 Most Successful Companies

This week the PrintVis team at our headquarters in Odder, Denmark was pleasantly surprised with a certificate of honor and a handsome statuette, recognizing the company’s inclusion in a group of outstanding Danish businesses. Spar Nord (large Danish bank) and BDO (one of the largest Danish accountant companies) have identified the 1,000 Danish companies that […]

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12. October, 2020

Disruption = Opportunity.

Your print business is disrupted. So are your vendors, so are your customers. So much is in upheaval. However, a time of crisis can also present a time of unique opportunity, particularly now when your comfortable daily routine has been basically rendered unavailable. What are the primary barriers to a print business for adopting a […]

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23. September, 2020

For Printers, It All Starts with the Estimate…

Getting an estimate delivered quickly and accurately to your customer is your top priority as a printer. Every other function in your ERP system is secondary to that estimate’s primary purpose: winning the order before your competition does. PrintVis lets you build quotes in a variety of ways, depending on the complexity of the job […]

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7. August, 2020

PV16: Microsoft Outlook Integration

Launched a few years ago to coincide with Microsoft’s integration of both NAV and CRM for the Outlook email client, PrintVis Outlook Pages continues with Dynamics 365 Business Central as an integrated web service which displays the basic data from the Customer Card along the right side of the Outlook window.

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27. July, 2020

PV16: Tools Selection in PrintVis

PrintVis includes a guide that will display possible combinations of machines, print cylinders and dies for specific product parameters. This is specifically intended to further support PrintVis customers in the narrow web label production industry, but of course applies to any print production scenario which involves the use of tools, such as steel rule dies […]

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20. July, 2020

PV16: Shop Floor Worker Role Center

Shop Floor functionality in PrintVis is primarily contained within our unique Shop Floor Role Center, built for ease of use by production workers who need to record time and document materials usage for each job. With each release we make improvements to the Shop Floor area, to improve communications between management and staff, and to […]

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15. July, 2020

PV16: Project Management

No matter what type of print business you run, you know that many jobs are not as simple as ‘quote, print, ship and invoice – done.’ Printers and related companies (such as design agencies) can easily spend an entire year on a single campaign – consuming hours, materials and other resources from multiple departments for […]

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10. July, 2020

PV16: Enhanced Warehouse Management and Shipping Functionality

Let’s continue to look at some of the nice new features in PV16. Today: Enhanced Warehouse Management and Shipping Functionality. Microsoft now includes Advanced Warehousing in their base Essentials license, so for 2020 we have added new features which make PrintVis connect more directly and deeply with this important functionality in Dynamics 365 Business Central. […]

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8. July, 2020

PV16: Overhead Allocation Scenarios

Let’s continue to look at some of the nice new features in PV16. Today: Overhead Allocation Scenarios. The Scenarios tool (Hourly Rate Calculator) is meant to assist in calculating the hourly rates used on the cost centers – and can be a tremendous help for our Partners and Customers. Generally, this tool considers all the […]

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6. July, 2020

PV16: Power BI

Let’s continue to look at some of the nice new features in PV16. Today: Power BI. With each release PrintVis continues to enhance our integration with Microsoft Power BI, which combines multiple software services and apps to create rich data visualization and business intelligence. PV16 ships with an attractive set of default reports – ready […]

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2. July, 2020

PV16: Multi-Company Functionality

Let’s continue to look at some of the nice new features we presented to customers last week in lieu of DRUPA… With DRUPA postponed until April 2021, we thought we’d share what we’d be doing if we were in Düsseldorf right now, which would be giving introductory demos of the latest in PrintVis to the thousands […]

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30. June, 2020

PV16: Quick Quote Questionnaire

Let’s continue to look at some of the nice new features we presented to customers last week in lieu of DRUPA… With DRUPA postponed until April 2021, we thought we’d share what we’d be doing if we were in Düsseldorf right now, which would be giving introductory demos of the latest in PrintVis to the thousands of […]

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26. June, 2020

PV16: The PrintVis Planning Board

In Lieu of DRUPA… With DRUPA postponed until April 2021, we thought we’d share what we’d be doing if we were in Düsseldorf right now, which would be giving introductory demos of the latest in PrintVis to the thousands of passers-by at the world’s largest print industry trade show. Our latest release, PV16 was officially launched last […]

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25. June, 2020

PV16: A Look at the Modern Client

In Lieu of DRUPA… With DRUPA postponed until April 2021, we thought we’d share what we’d be doing if we were in Düsseldorf right now, which would be giving introductory demos of the latest in PrintVis to the thousands of passers-by at the world’s largest print industry trade show. Our latest release, PV16 was officially […]

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11. June, 2020

RapidStart – For a Faster, Smarter ERP Implementation

As most print companies know, the greatest and most common barrier to adopting a new ERP system, whether moving from an existing system or implementing from scratch, is the very serious concern of downtime. The modern print industry is so highly competitive – deadlines are tight and profit margins are often so thin that businesses […]

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11. June, 2020

Partnership Power and Pursuing a Proven Vertical

  Recently a group of members from the PrintVis team found ourselves entrenched in the lovely facilities of the Microsoft Technology Center in Alpharetta, Georgia, engaged in intensive training with a collection of our newer Partners from North America. Motivated colleagues from Archerpoint, Sabre Limited and Captiva had all come to learn PrintVis – what is it, how […]

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11. June, 2020

5 Great Reasons to Consider the Cloud

Did you know you can “rent” your print MIS system as a monthly subscription and escape the traditional, up-front investment of perpetual licenses and hardware? You get all the print-specific functionality of PrintVis in the full ERP of Dynamics 365 Business Central, it’s just not rooted in your own server room anymore.   Here are […]

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5. June, 2020

The Ultimate Package for Your Packaging Business

As the owner of a packaging business, what would you rather do? Constantly chase your shifting customer base, or stand ready and able to adapt your customers’ changing needs and behaviors, with both feet firmly planted? The trend toward digital within the packaging industry is unquestionably on an upward trajectory. This means a lot more […]

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5. June, 2020

Why Reinvent the Wheel?

PrintVis focuses on the unique needs of the print industry, and we let the core ERP functionality be handled by Microsoft – based on feedback from a huge customer base and a large partner community. Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central is a proven ERP system used by thousands of companies around the world. Microsoft relies […]

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5. June, 2020

PrintVis 2020 Released

First release on the new Microsoft Dynamics 365 Business Central Modern Client Final release with Windows Client and C/Side development environment Available for use in browser, Windows 10 desktop app, mobile apps on Android and iOS, or in Outlook New Features and Bug Fixes, including a basic, out-of-the-box JDF Integration Watch the PrintVis 2020 video […]

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5. June, 2020

PrintVis 2020 Highlights: AGFA Packages

Taking a leap into creating some out-of-the-box JDF integration, PrintVis 2020 ships with the first of several predefined levels of integration (“packages”) for communication between PrintVis and AGFA prepress software. Each of these levels will provide documented examples for the required setup of jobs and their individual data flows. Well-structured and documented, you can now simply […]

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5. June, 2020

PrintVis Partner Spotlight: Rainbow CrossMedia

It’s great to have a chance to introduceRainbow Crossmedia on the PrintVis website. We are based in the Netherlands and have been working in the Navision/Microsoft Dynamics world since the early 2000’s. For a good while we implemented Navision at all different types of businesses. But since 2008 Rainbow Crossmedia has focused specifically on the print […]

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5. June, 2020

PrintVis 2020 Highlights: Pages Redesigned for All-New Modern Client

As Business Central migrates from the Windows Client to the Modern Client, many aspects of the page design needed to be reviewed and optimized. The Consultant team at PrintVis each reviewed their specialized areas to make the Modern Client pages functional and set up according to best practices. We thoughtfully reviewed all aspects of the […]

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5. June, 2020

PrintVis 2020 Highlights: Multi-Company Functionality

The print industry has seen a spate of mergers and acquisitions, especially over the last decade, with many larger companies absorbing small-but-innovative digital startups and adding them to their portfolio of services, expanding both their geographical reach and their product lines. If you have a growing business organization that includes multiple partner companies under one […]

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5. June, 2020

PrintVis Live on INKISH TV

Last week, INKISH.news launched their new online webinar series, “Learn With Us,” and PrintVis is proud to have given the debut presentation. Here you can enjoy a pleasant and informative discussion with INKISH’s Morten Reitoft, PrintVis CEO Kasper Tomshøj and Senior Consultant Kit Tomshøj, along with a video presentation on print price calculation methods. They discuss […]

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27. May, 2020

PrintVis 2020 Highlights: Advanced Warehouse Management

Microsoft now includes Advanced Warehousing in their base Essentials license, so for 2020 we have added new features which make PrintVis connect more directly and deeply with this important functionality in Dynamics 365 Business Central. Deployed within Microsoft Dynamics 365 Financials, PrintVis integrates with Warehouse Management to let a print company configure the system for […]

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27. May, 2020

PrintVis 2020 Highlights: Shop Floor Role Center Updates

For 2020, we have made a nice round of improvements to the Shop Floor Role Center. The Production Plan is now available in both Tile and List Views, set on a per-User basis. We received feedback from some operators who preferred the more extended job information displayed in the List view. Tiles for recording indirect […]

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27. May, 2020

PrintVis 2020 Highlights: Esko Label Integration

Companies who manufacture labels for the food & beverage, cosmetics, pharmaceutical and similar industries can see great benefit from full or partial automation of their workflow, where there are frequent repeat orders of large quantities, often produced on narrow web (by flexographic and digital presses), and often including inline die-cutting and finishing. In commercial printing, […]

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20. May, 2020

PrintVis 2020 Highlights: Multi-Web Management

  Newspaper printing houses have production requirements that distinguish them from commercial web-offset printing, because of the large number of pages and multiple components (stitched inserts and different substrates, for example) in the finished product. Most will use several connected units for printing different colors of ink, and many include in-line cutting, collating and folding […]

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20. May, 2020

PrintVis 2020 Highlights: Tools Selection for the Label Industry

For our latest release, PrintVis has created a guide that will display possible combinations of machines, print cylinders and dies for specific product parameters. This is specifically intended to further support PrintVis customers in the narrow web label production industry. When a customer requests a label product of certain size and shape, the PrintVis Tools […]

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15. May, 2020

PrintVis 2020 Highlights: New Standard reports for Power BI

With each release PrintVis continues to enhance our integration with Microsoft Power BI. This combines multiple software services and apps to create rich data visualization and business intelligence. PrintVis 2020 ships with an attractive set of default reports, ready to use out of the box, for Power BI. Users can take advantage of attractive and […]

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