Enfocus today announces a new release of its business automation solution: Enfocus Switch 13. This release gives customers even more tools for flow creation, remote communication and improved speed. It also incorporates a new technology for web browser-based interface, making Switch 13 a future proofed edition. Together, these features provide businesses with the resources they need to manage their productivity in a smart way.
Switch 13 – Expanding on the value of connection
Since its introduction in 2006, thousands of customers in businesses all over the world have come to rely on Switch to connect their investments in technology into one efficient flow. Feedback and information from these customers has guided Enfocus’ development efforts for adding features and functionality. That tradition continues with the release of Switch 13. The three key improvements in Switch 13 include:
1. Building on the first web browser-based interface – a new powerful phase in the history of Switch
Recognizing that work does not always happen when employees are on site, the last release of Enfocus Switch introduced new functionality letting users connect to the Switch Server through any popular web browser. In Switch 13, users can now browse, view and sort their Switch log messages remotely. They can filter out the messages that are not of interest to them and keep this filter saved and bookmarked. A video illustration is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8p2-_BIBMg.
2. Improved user experience
Customers reported that the flow documentation tools that were released in Switch 12.3 made it easier for employees of all abilities to work with the technology. Features like description fields for elements, along with coloured elements and connections made flows more clear and recognisable. Moreover, these new tools let users document why, when and how the flows were built and easily access all the information about their flow with one click.
Switch 13 builds on these improvements and goes a big step further. This release includes a new, redesigned appearance with fresh icons and an extra icon for automanaged folders, to provide an easier way to understand the flows. In addition, Switch 13 also includes an invisible grid that makes it easier to align the elements, and avoids the time consuming task of cleaning up the elements after they have been placed. A line-up of User Interface improvements is showcased in the following video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHpAIIqRbRM.
3. Significant Speed Improvement – Updated File Handling tools
Beta users reported significant speed improvements while using the updated file handling tools in Switch 13. Users report that Switch 13 is up to 4 times faster (depending on the configuration) while assembling Job or Hold Jobs, and even 7 times faster (depending on the configuration) while using the Split or Merge PDF tools.
“After we introduced Switch 12.3, customers told us what a positive impact the new documentation and remote communication features meant to them and their businesses. In this new release, we take those features even further to make sure the new technological additions really make Switch future proof. Customers will find improvements to how flows are created, and will also see new tasks they can manage remotely. We're confident that these features, combined with improved performance, new tools and updated configurators will make Switch 13 a release that customers will value.”
New Tools and Configurators
Switch 13 includes a range of new and updated configurators. These configurators are:
- AccuZIP Configurator
- Aproove Configurator
- Enfocus PitStop Server PDF2Image
- Saxon Configurator
- Caldera Nexio Configurators
- Alwan Colorhub
- HP Digital Front End JDF Control
- HP SmartStream Designer Ganging
- HP SmartStream Designer Imposition
- HP SmartStream Designer VDP
- The CorelDraw Configurator now compatible with CorelDraw X7
- The QuarkXPress® Configurator now supports QuarkXPress 2015
- Woodwing Enterprise
- Adobe® Configurators
Switch 13 also incorporates some new and updated tools. These include:
- Archiving and Unarchiving
- Support Unicode
- Support Zip files bigger than 4 GB
- Assemble Job
- Hold Job
- Split/Merge PDF
Switch 13 is compatible with the new operating system Windows 10.
Switch 13 – Making a Good Thing Even Better
Prior to its official launch, Switch 13 underwent beta testing to make sure it meets market demands. Jörg Weijers at the ICT department at Gianotten printed media, comments on the experience: “Switch is just a wonderful solution of getting things automated within printing standards. The new version just raises the bar.”