PReS Connect is intended for high volume commercial and corporate communications management. With PReS Connect, customers can produce high-volumes of print, emails and web pages, at high-speed, thanks to optimized outputs that includes AFP.
PReS Connect offers a toolbox for high-volume document creation and production. It can be used to create fully-personalized business communications natively for all output types, including print, email and the Web. It can work with any software and hardware, and offers full automation capability.
Best suited for high volume output production markets, PReS Connect comes with AFP/IPDS output, and is available with a selection of options that gives users the ability to customize their solution to their business' specific needs.
Workflow can take any information from any source and send it anywhere required. It is available in two different brands depending on whether it is installed with PReS Connect or PlanetPress Connect*. Both brands are technically identical to one another.
Using PReS\PlanetPress Workflow is similar to the PlanetPress Workflow 7 series. The Workflow component allows for the automation of steps as would be described in a flowchart diagram. Designing workflows in Connect is therefore similar to creating flowcharts.
A Workflow process can be triggered by input data or at a specific date and time. Each process therefore starts with an 'input'.
To process the input data, Workflow uses a data mapping configuration.
At each step along the way, Workflow can modify the data and make decisions based on the data, etc.
Workflow processes typically end with data being used to generate documents that can be printed, sent by email, or sent as replies to Website requests.
Documents may also be archived or stored on external databases or document management systems.
A variety of plugins are provided that can be used to create variable documents and send them in many different ways.
With interactive documents, multiple workflows can be used to handle different or multi-stage responses.
* Note that no version of Workflow is available for PrintShopMail Connect because Workflow is not supported with this brand.
The OL Connect DataMapper is able to deal with complex data sources, such as relational and multi-dimensional databases.
Like Workflow, the DataMapper operates in a flowchart fashion. In the case of the DataMapper though, the flowchart steps describe how the data is to be mapped to the Data Model.
The following input types are supported depending on the brand
CSV, Access, PDF, Text, XML, PostScript, PCL* and AFP*
Database: JDBC, MDB, MySQL, ODBC, Oracle, SQL Server
* Features sold separately.
DataMapper Wizards are also available for
The workflow for using the DataMapper Module is as follows
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Documents created in the Connect Designer can be printed, emailed, faxed or sent as replies to Website requests. They can be edited in fully WYSIWYG Design and Preview modes:
The Designer includes the following features
Connect's drag-and-drop user interface combined with intuitive wizards make it easy to create almost any complex design. Content for the various supported communication channels can be reused as required.
To create a new template
Output can be generated for Print, Email, Fax and Web. OL Connect provides a full range of settings and options for each output type. They include
* PReS Connect and PSM Connect only
A fully integrated Print Wizard makes it easy for document production specialists to make output settings at print time:
Settings can be made on-the-fly or reloaded from previous production runs. Output can also be automated through the Workflow module. Options can be set for error handling and Virtual Stationery can be used in place of preprinted media.