Set Preferences for various basic settings


Protected Mode

The Protected Mode prevents unintentional changes to configurations, queues, registration (and license) and other settings.

In Protected Mode new configurations cannot be created or existing configurations and queues cannot be edited using the Auto Setup Wizard. Importing configurations and changing the registration is also prevented. Only file processing and starting or stopping queues are possible.

If an action that is protected is to be performed deactivate the Protected Mode under Preferences.

The Protected Mode can be used with or without a password.

Set Password: Enter a secure password and confirm by entering it a second time. If a password has been set, it must be entered each time the protected mode is to be deactivated. To remove or change the password, click Reset Password.

Set password for Protected Mode


ZePrA works in 64-bit mode which allows the use of additional memory for simultaneous processing of multiple files. Thanks to multithreading, ZePrA supports modern multi-core CPUs and can process multiple files simultaneously. As a result PDF files are processed much faster. ZePrA uses the same number of threads as there are CPUs in the system by default. The number is shown in the number field next to Maximum Number of Threads and can be changed. However, the processing speed does not increase if you use more threads than CPUs available. It is recommended to use fewer threads so the system can use the computing power for other tasks.

Example: On a 4-core MacBook Pro with ZePrA 4 processing of 135 files with a size of 2.8 GB took 30 minutes, whereas ZePrA 6 and higher only take 7 minutes. Using 8 threads would slow down processing.

Setting the number of threads

Automatic Import - ZePrA's cloud function

When ZePrA is used on multiple computers within a company, the cloud feature Automatic Import allows sharing configurations and spot color libraries by deploying a shared folder in the cloud (DropBox, Google Drive, internal cloud) or on the internal network. The folder supports ZePrA’s spot color libraries (*.ccf files), spot colors in CxF files, ZePrA configurations (*.ccf files), and CoPrA DeviceLink settings for SmartLink (*.dlcfg and *.sicfg files).

Specifying the location for the Auto Import folder

Example: A flexo printer is continuously adding new spot colors for use in ZePrA’s spot color conversion. By saving the spot color library to the shared folder, each ZePrA installation, no matter where it is located, will automatically receive the updated file. It is important that all ZePrA applications have access to the cloud folder.

Files (such as ICC profiles, configurations, spot color libraries, gradations or SmartLink settings) that are moved or copied into the Auto Import folder are transferred to ZePrA’s internal dataset and can then be used by ZePrA.

When the file in the Auto Import folder is replaced by a newer version, it will be updated in ZePrA’s internal datasets as well.

Note: If a file in the Auto Import folder is deleted, it is not deleted in ZePrA’s internal dataset. For example if a SmartLink setting has been deleted in the Auto Import folder, it is still available in ZePrA’s internal dataset and if this setting is deleted in ZePrA’s dataset, it is still available in the Auto Import folder.

Spot Color Report

The subtitle and logo of the spot color report can be customized.

Subtitle: Adds an individual subtitle to the report.

Logo: Adds an individual logo to the report. Accepted image formats are TIFF, JPEG, or GIF in RGB color space.

Customize Spot Color Report

Job Management

In the Job Management section, you can specify when and whether or not older jobs are to be deleted from the list of processed jobs. Note that the information about these jobs is also completely removed.

Note: Deleted jobs and the associated configurations cannot be restored.

Jobs that are no longer needed can be deleted automatically