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Helios Updates Print Production Tools

ImageServer 2.5 gains 64-bit image support By Dave Nagel
Helios Software today released updates to several of its print production tools for the Macintosh. These include ImageServer 2.5, Print Preview 2.0, PDF Handshake 2.1 and PCShare 3.1. All of the new versions are available now for Mac OS X.

ImageServer 2.5 is a server-based image replacement tool. The new version gains 64-bit large file support; ICC rendering intent settings; application clipping path; additional channel support; custom color tinting for separations with QuarkXPress; optimized image conversion tools and compression for ZIP, JPEG and TIFF; batch image conversion; and a Helios OPI Tuneup XTension for QuarkXPress 5. It supports Mac OS X 10.2 or later, with various components also supporting Mac OS 9 and Windows.

PDF Handshake 2.1 is a utility for printing of separations and composite PDF documents on PostScript-compatible output devices. The new version gates PDF 1.3 shading support compatibility and in-RIP separation functionality for pdfprint and PDF Internet Printing.

Print Preview 2.0 provides a tool for previewing print jobs--composites or separations--as PDF files. The previews are based on the final output device's PPDs and represent the final output of the file in terms of page elements, colors, typography and font usage.
The previews are stored on the Helios server and contain job ticket information and the final pages in composite and separation mode. They can be accessed and printed from any client with a PDF browser.

PCShare 3.1 is a tool for integrating servers into Windows networks. It runs on Mac OS X 10.2 and provides a Windows-compatible file and print server for standard Windows applications without the need for additional software. The new version gains 64-bit large file support; password security; performance improvements; administration of volumes, printers and users; and a variety of workflow improvements.

ImageServer 2.5 sells for roughly $5,000. PDF Handshake sells for $4,000. Print Preview sells for $2,600. PCShare is available for $1,700 for a five-user license, $3,400 for a 20-user license. Upgrade pricing is also available. All support Mac OS X 10.2 and require EtherShare 3.1, which is available separately for $1,700. For more information, visit

Contact the author: Dave Nagel is the producer of Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; host of several World Wide User Groups, including Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, Adobe LiveMotion, Creative Mac and Digital Media Designer; and executive producer of the Digital Media Net family of publications. You can reach him at

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