Sooner than later (STL) www.soonerthanlater.com are a long established business operating 24/7 from Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin from their 20,000+ Sq. ft. premises. The business is owned and run by Mark and Andrew Finney who have 30+ years expertise in data cleansing and management. Over the last two years, Mark and Andrew have implemented their strategy for growth which has resulted in significant investments in software solutions, digital & wide format printing equipment, traditional and digital finishing technology. As part of the strategy, STL have recruited a technology manager to help integrate/customise the array of complex systems utilised by the business, to provide production efficiencies and to deliver an enhanced level of service to their customers.
“We have had a long term partnership with Mediainc and have made extensive use of Enfocus’s Pitstop preflight, correction and editing solution and Quite’s imposition technology. Originally we needed a quality control mechanism for all supplied PDFs. The quality of the supplied pdfs varied immensely and we needed to be able to validate the these pdfs, correct if necessary and even edit the pdf as a last resort. Pitstop proved very successful for us and we soon asked Mediainc what else they could do to help streamline our business. The next logical step for us was to undertake impositions of the PDF’s from within acrobat. This sped up the production process, increased efficiency and we were able to easily create imposition templates within quite imposing and simply reuse them as required . Quite is a very simple and powerful imposition solution which has helped us enormously over the years” says Mark Finney, Joint MD, Sooner than Later.
The next logical step for STL was full production-automation. Mediainc provided a Switch automation platform utilising PitStop Server, Quite Hot Imposing and the Enfocus PDF Review Proofing Module. We used all the prepress logic we had built up over the years within STL and built a fully automated prepress production platform driven from STL’s internally developed Management Information System (MIS). “From file receipt and preflight thorough to proofing, customer approval, MIS-updates, imposition and output – Sooner than Later’s workflow is very comprehensive allowing them to focus on our their business and not production issues” says Dave O’Reilly, MD, Mediainc.
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