Main Window and Navigation Panel
ZePrA’s window is divided into 3 sections:
Queues, Pending Jobs and Processed Jobs. Features are listed below.
Jobs and Queues Overview
ZePrA configurations are associated with queues, however, the queue and its configuration are managed separately. Configurations can be assigned to Queues or changed anytime. The configuration assigned to a Queue is displayed in the Configuration column.
To quickly access a queue’s hot folder, right-click a Queue and select Open Folder in the context menu.
Stop or Start a queue via right clicking.
The priority order for queues can be controlled for file processing. Change the Priority of any queue by right-clicking on the queue to change the default setting Normal to High or Low.
Queues that are inactive or invalid are highlighted in orange. Use the Troubleshooting Assistant to rectify Configuration issues.
The job lists in the lower panes of the window show which jobs are still pending and which have been processed.
If errors occur when processing files, or if ZePrA detects non-supported file types, they are highlighted in red in the list Processed Jobs. If warnings occur during processing, file processing continues and the job is highlighted in yellow and labeled with a warning. Warnings show what action to take.
Both the Pending Jobs and Processed Jobs lists can be sorted by ID, file Name, Queue and Status. Clicking on the ID column places the most recently processed job at the top, while clicking on the Status column places the files with errors and/or warnings at the top.
Right-clicking on jobs under Queues opens a context menu where the following options can be chosen:
Starts the selected queue.
Stops the selected queue.
Changes the qriority of the jobs to be processed. Change the setting to Normal, High or Low.
Allows to edit configuration settings.
Allows to edit the queue settings.
Opens the queue’s folder (hot folder).
Deletes the queue and its assigned configuration. Does not delete the queue’s folders.
The list Pending jobs shows the Job-ID, the file name, the queue and the status of the queue. It can be sorted by ID, Name, Queue and Status. Clicking on the ID column places the most recently processed job at the top, while clicking on the Status column places the files with errors and/or warnings at the top.
Right-clicking on a job under Pending Jobs opens a context menu containing the following options:
Change the priority of the job to Normal, High or Low.
View the soft proof of the selected job.
Deletes the selected job.
The list Processed Jobs at the bottom of the window shows which jobs have been processed.
If errors occur when processing files, or if ZePrA detects non-supported file types, they are highlighted in red. If warnings occur during processing, file processing continues and the job is highlighted in yellow and labeled with a warning. Warnings show what action to take.
The lists shows the Job-ID, the file name, the queue, the status and the date. It can be sorted by ID, Name, Queue, Status and Date. Clicking on the ID column places the most recently processed job at the top, while clicking on the Status column places the files with errors and/or warnings at the top.
Right-clicking on jobs under Processed Jobs opens a context menu containing the following options:
View the soft proof of the selected job.
Show Job Properties
Opens the Job-Report which contains properties of the selected job. More information on job properties can be found in the section Show and Save Job Properties below.
Save Job Properties
Saves the Job Report as PDF, HTML, TXT oder XML file.
Allows to convert a processed job once again using the same configuration without the need to open the hot folder.
Deletes the selected job.
ZePrA’s Search Feature
If the lists of Queues or Processed Jobs gradually get longer, it can be difficult to find a specific queue, configuration or a specific profile within a job, without manually searching. The Search and Notes features in ZePrA allow to find these and other information quickly and efficiently.
The search function can browse through the sections Queues and Processed Jobs to search for the following criteria:
- File names
- Queue names
- Configuration names
- Parameters in configurations: Names of ICC profiles, names of spot color libraries
- Notes entered for configurations and queues
To use the search function, enter the search term in the text field with the magnifying glass icon.
- The search is not case sensitive.
- Entered text will be applied automatically after a few seconds. To start the search immediately click Apply.
- To find information, entering part of the search term will suffice, for example to find the queue ‘Normalize_GRACoL2006_Coated1v2’ entering the initials ‘gra’ is sufficient.
- The results of the search are displayed in the windows Queues or Processed Jobs, respectively.
- Deleting the input text or clicking on the X in the search field will immediately display all queues again.
In the Processed Jobs section, limit the search to a specific date range. This is useful to check how many and what kind of jobs have been completed in the searched time period (for example for a specific customer).
Choose to search jobs by a defined range or in a period of the last few days, weeks, months or years. To do so, select one of the three options from the drop-down menu:
- All Jobs: Uses all jobs for the search. This is the default setting in ZePrA.
- Recent Jobs: By choosing this option a number input field and a drop-down menu becomes available. In the drop-down menu you can choose whether you would like to search for jobs of the last few days, weeks, months or years. By entering a number in the number input field you can specify the time period.
- Jobs by Date Range: By choosing this option two date input fields (Mac) or two date input fields with drop-down calendar (Windows) become available. In the first input field (or calendar) enter the ‘from’ date, in the second the ‘to’ date. If a date is selected only in the first field (or Calendar), records from this date on will be searched for.
The Notes you have entered in the dialogs Configurations and Queues are shown in the main window of ZePrA in the list Queues. The Notes column allows you to quickly locate queues based on relevant keywords, for example; customers, printers, media types or other special properties.
Show and Save Job Properties
Detailed information about the processing of a file can be found in the Job Report. It can be accessed via the context menu (by right clicking on a job in the section Processed Jobs and selecting the entry Show Job Properties). The Job Report provides all relevant information for the selected file including any PDF/X and ZePrA processing information.
The section PDF/X Information includes the PDF Version and the Output Intent.
For multipage PDF files, the Number of Pages is shown in the section Document Information. The Number of Pages converted with ZePrA is shown in the section Processing Information.
The section Processing Information also displays the Date/time of the conversion, Embedded Profiles of the original file, which Configuration was used, the New Output Intent, whether DeviceLink profiles were calculated using SmartLink, the Ink Saving percentage when this feature was enabled prior to conversion, and whether Transparency Reduction was used including the selected settings.
If the Spot Color module is licensed and spot colors are converted to the target color space, all spot colors and their DeltaE color value upon conversion are listed in the section Spot Color Processing. This list provides information regarding the spot color library used for the conversion and the printing sequence.
When an error occurs during conversion in ZePrA, the information will be listed under Warnings.
Save Job Properties
Job properties can be saved as a report file in various formats (including PDF, XML, TXT, and HTML) by right-clicking and selecting Save Job Properties.
ZePrA includes a comprehensive Troubleshooting Assistant to fix common workflow errors. Issues such as missing profiles, incorrect rendering intent settings will be automatically flagged by the Troubleshooting Assistant with simple instructions on addressing the issue.
Softproofing in ZePrA offers a true color presentation of jobs on the monitor, with overprinting elements and transparency effects also displayed correctly. For a detailed tutorial on Softproofing click here.
Softproofing in ZePrA
The main control elements for using ZePrA are located in the Navigation Panel in the main window. Click the Home button on the left edge of the window to access the respective module from the Navigation Panel.
The main setting options and special modules (listed below):
Start – Auto Setup
Main Setup and Overview – Overview, Configurations, Queues
Tools – Spot Color Report, SaveInk Report, Extract ICC Profile
Global Settings – Spot Color Libraries, Gradations, Profile Assignments
Preferences and Registration shortcuts
To launch a specific module, click on the corresponding button of the Navigation Panel. The colored bar of the upper left corner under Smart Color Server indicates the active module.
Main Setup and Overview
The Auto Setup Wizard is the easiest way to set up a new configuration and queue for the task at hand. Auto Setup can also be accessed directly via Navigation Panel. Learn more in the Auto Setup documentation
Importing and Exporting Configuruations
The primary focus of this function is to save complete configurations with options for hot folders, and ICC profiles as a backup. All presets can be quickly imported to a new location should there be technical difficulties with the current computer. Additionally, configurations can be easily exchanged and adapted between various locations.
When exporting and importing configurations, the associations of a configuration with a queue is taken into account. Should a configuration be imported that is associated with a queue that already exists in ZePrA, the new configuration will be associated with the existing queue after being imported.
Import and Export options are located under Tools in the ZePrA main menu bar. To export the configurations, go to Tools/Export Configurations in the menu which will open the Export Environment dialog.
Available export options:
Export All Configurations: Exports all ICC device profiles of all queues. Activate the corresponding checkboxes to Export Profile Assignments and to Export All Color Libraries.
Exporting profile assignments: Exports all settings including the profile table created in the dialog Define Profile Assignments, however this does not export the DeviceLink profiles created in SmartLink.
Export Individual Configurations: Exports only selected configurations from the displayed list including the settings. With ZePrA 3 or higher, configurations with or without hot folders can be imported/exported.
Export ICC Profiles: Exports all ICC device profiles and DeviceLink profiles used in the selected configurations.
Export Spot Color Libraries: If individual configurations are selected when using the option Export Spot Color Libraries, only those libraries which are used in the selected configurations will be exported. However, if Export all Configurations is selected in conjunction with the option Export Spot Color Libraries, all libraries will be exported.
Once you have selected the export options, click OK and a Save dialog opens. After entering a filename, the *.CCF file including the configurations and ICC profiles will be stored. Subsequently, the window Information appears providing information about license terms regarding the import and export of ICC and DeviceLink profiles.
- Select Import Configurations from the Tools menu
- Select the previously exported file or .CCF file provided for importing. An Import dialog will appear with a list of configuration options.
- Select the Desired Base Folder which is where the hot folder should be created when importing configurations.
- Select OK to access the configurations immediately.
Imported configurations are inactive until activated in the Jobs and Queues dialog.
Alternatively, the checkbox Use Paths From Imported File if Possible may be selected allowing ZePrA to retain the hot folder paths from each imported configuration individually.
Configurations that already exist in the import system are marked with an asterisk. Disable the checkbox to prevent these configurations from being imported and overwriting existing configurations.
Extract ICC Profile
The tool Extract ICC Profile filters out the embedded profile from images and the output intent from PDF/X files. The extracted ICC profile can be stored in a predefined location. More information can be found here
Install DeviceLink Profiles
When ZePrA is installed, a DLS Manager application is created which can be accessed via the Tools menu entry Install DeviceLink Profiles. The license key for the set required can be obtained by the dealer the application was purchased from. It is simple to perform profile updates via the DLS Manager. Read more about DLS Manager under ColorLogic DeviceLink Profile Sets / Installing DeviceLink Sets. Read more about DLS Manager.
The SaveInk Report can be accessed from the Tools menu or via the Navigation Panel. This report generates a detailed overview of all SaveInk queues and the corresponding processed jobs. Read more about SaveInk Reports.
Spot Color Report
The Spot Color Report feature allows to check the spot color conversion before printing. A specific PDF file with spot colors that needs to be converted can be checked as well as the processing of multiple Pantone or other spot colors. Read more about Spot Color Report.
Spot Color Iteration
Deviations from the theoretically achievable minimal color differences are caused by printing, material and color variations during production.
Deviations can be minimized in ZePrA using Spot Color Iteration. This feature is primarily for particularly high demands of accuracy and reproduction of spot colors, for example for digital printing or proofing, which require the conversion of spot colors to process colors.
The Spot Color Iteration tool provides a step-by-step guide starting from the selection of the spot colors being iterated, preparation and printing of measurement of test charts and finally, optimization of the conversion, including the creation of reports.
View what’s new, including features and bug fixes in ZePrA
ZePrA’s Online Help Guide
Quick Start Guide
Access ZePrA’s online Quick Start Guide
Version notes for the current release
Save Support Data
If support issues arise, use the Save Support Data menu entry under Help to save support data and send it to a ColorLogic representative for assistance. This feature will gather the required information such as the operating system used, ZePrA log, the Preset Files and the functions enabled when the issue occurred.
CLI (Command Line Interface) Manual. Click on the link on the menu within ZePrA to view the PDF documentation
Some of the events take place in the background (for performance reasons and to improve the user experience) and are invisible to the user. The Event Log dialog, displays information with the exact time of the event.
Some examples are:
- Configurations or spot color libraries replaced using the function Automatic Import will automatically be updated or added
- Added or updated SmartLink presets are loaded in the background.
- Automatic stop and starting of queues, if hot folders are temporarily not available due to network problems or other issues.
- Messages and information regarding PantoneLIVE, e.g. login errors and updates
Automatic Update Check
The automatic update check in ZePrA checks for updates via an internet connection. Enable Automatic Update Checks may be disabled at any time which is recommended if an internet connection is not available. When disabled, it is still possible to manually access an update and download it directly from the dialog.
Access the Registration information window