tilia Phoenix

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tilia Phoenix is an imposition and planning solution designed for a range of work including packaging, labels, cards, tags, wide-format, and commercial. It is equally powerful as a pure imposition system for creating print ready layouts, or exclusively as a planning tool to estimate and report the production costs involved with printing a set of orders. Its true aim however is to unite imposition and planning, creating a seamless workflow from initial quote all the way to RIP.

Phoenix is built from the ground up to cut cost. This is accomplished by generating fast/accurate estimates, reducing pre-press time, automating error-prone tasks, maximizing media usage, as well as reducing post-press complexity. A key advantage of Phoenix is it is designed to work well with both square-cut and irregular shape designs, enabling users to use the same tools across a variety of different work types.

Phoenix has an intuitive, modern design that runs on both Mac and Windows.  All editions include cost and time estimation, accurate real-time PDF previews utilizing the Adobe PDF Library as well as an extensive, automated marks system featuring 17 different customizable mark types supporting dynamic ink replacement, positional rules, and 200+ text keywords. Highlights include barcodes, camera marks, ink eaters, bearer bars, eyelet marks, and much more.


  • Fully automated imposition for commercial, wide format, packaging, labels, and more
  • Best in class ganging tools to search across millions of combinations in minutes to find the most cost effective layouts
  • Greatly reduces prepress time
  • Automates error-prone tasks, reducing mistakes
  • Maximizes media usage with advanced nesting capabilities
  • Detailed reporting via PDF, XML, or JSON


tilia Phoenix

Available for tilia Phoenix 5.0 and above.

Utilizes tilia Phoenix's Imposition AI Plan tool to find optimal layouts. Concurrency is supported and multiple instances can be run within a single flow or across flows.

What does the configurator do?

The tilia Phoenix Configurator automates a key bottleneck affecting printers everywhere: estimating and imposing incoming orders to minimize press and media costs.  It does this by processing up to thousands of orders and finding the most cost effective layouts at unprecedented speeds for both nested and square cut work.

The Configurator works by collecting individual orders coming in along with their associated quantities, stock, grain, spacing, etc.  From there, everything is sent over to tilia Phoenix which goes to work searching millions of combinations across available presses and stocks to find the best multi-form jobs.  All of this is done without the need for any predefined templates as impositions are generated dynamically based on print and finishing requirements. Output options include imposed PDF, JDF, Phoenix jobs, and PDF or XML-based reports.

What are the benefits for the user?

  • Greatly reduces prepress and estimating time by providing a lights out automation planning and imposition solution
  • Using the powerful Imposition AI Plan tool, which searches millions of combinations in minutes, more cost effective layouts can be found
  • Can be used for square cut or nested work, allowing users ultimate flexibility to plan and impose any type of work
  • Automates error-prone tasks, thus reducing mistakes
  • Maximizes media usage
  • Searches across available presses and stocks finding the most cost effective combination

Example flows

Virtual Safari - Packaging

Virtual Safari - Advanced Nesting

Virtual Safari - Basic Nesting

Virtual Safari - CSV Import