"Gangi Studios has been using I-Trap for about a year and a half.
We are quite pleased with the performance of this critical software. Before I-Trap,
we trapped everything manually in Illustrator, Quark and Photoshop. It was very laborious
and frustrating. We're glad those days are over!
As a large format screen printer, we cannot get by with the tight traps
that are common in the world of litho print. I-Trap allows us to create the traps
we need for our larger registration tolerance. We are able to create stay away's for
white knockout text, as well as trapping line work to CT's, or CT's to line work.
The "On The Fly" feature is especially helpful to get an accurate preview of traps
in critical areas of a file without having to wait for the entire file to process first.
The trapping is quick, depending on file size, and it works extremely well with our
Harlequin RIP software. The operator has several choices available to him/her to
achieve optimal results, such as which colors to trap, which direction to trap them and what size.
Scott Macartney says: "We at Gangi Studios look forward to I-Trap's continued
use in our busy production workflow. We also look forward to future upgrades, such
as the Ink Re-Mapping feature, which sounds like it will further expedite our pre-press flow."
Scott Macartney, Pre-Press Manager
Gangi Studios Inc.
"With the variety of programs we accept from our customers on both the Macintosh OS9 & OSX and
Windows 98 - XP platforms, a common trapping solution was needed. We had tried a few other
trapping software packages (including ECRM's integrated trapping, and a few others), but found
them either too expensive or the learning curve was more difficult than traditional "strippers"
Cheri Swan says: "I-Trap basic functions didn't require extensive training and had an
intuitive interface. You can "see" the traps, either as the inks are naturally applied,
or by creating a third "highlight" color to make them stand out. You could also print
these proofs out for the pressmen to see and make any adjustments before film or plates are made."
Before I-Trap we used clumsy and often fallible application based trapping. Hoping
that the application, or myself, could trap all areas without missing anything, if it could be trapped at all.
Having used I-Trap for over two years now, Cheri describes her feelings as follows: "Less stress on my
part when I see complex files come in on newer software. Right now it happens to be OS X or
Windows XP and Adobe's Creative Suite or MSPublisher. I know that if I can get the file to a PDF
or postscript file, I-Trap can trap it."
I-Trap was up and functioning within our existing workflow within a week.
This included the time to learn how to use it. Support has been outstanding and
Email responses are quick. "However, if I am unable to explain or understand something,
the remote viewer function has allowed the support group to view my computer, see what I see,
and walk me through the solution." - Cheri says.
I-Trap allows us to take files created in a variety of programs and platforms
(including an occasional UNIX file) and trap them. This has made it easier for our
customers that know what trapping is and don't want the hassle of dealing with it themselves.
It's also made it easier on me when trapping files from customers who just want their files to work.
"The feature that I use the most (other than I-Trap itself) is
the Graphical Configuration Tool. It allows me to alter the way the inks relate
to each other. For example, I can make a solid yellow trap into a screened blue
where it might normally default to the opposite direction." - says Cheri.
A typical job that we often perform is an 2 PMS color oversize brochure that prints
on both sides and contains duotones, bleeds, screens, at least one gradient and transparency
effects, built in Illustrator 10 or above. Try and trap that in Illustrator. It can't be done,
but I-Trap can and HAS trapped a brochure like this. We also get business cards built in Illustrator
10 or above that use the drop shadow effect. The trouble with that is, there is no physical link.
Some of the other trapping software programs wouldn't recognize the drop shadow effect.
But if you can get it to the RIP, I-Trap will trap it.
So, our investment in I-Trap has been returned many times over. Cheri advises: "Download the
software and try it out. Save up some of your worst-case files. I'll bet that
I-Trap will handle them with ease."
Cheri Swan, Prepress Department
Eureka Printing Company, Inc.
Eureka, CA 95501
Printelís way to I-Trap
"The problems associated with the highly competitive nature of the industry
remain very relevant for most commercial printing companies, and Printel is not an exception.
We have tried to develop methods that give additional value over our competitors and to avoid
some of the inevitable problems of printing such as misregistration.
Trapping is virtually unknown in our area - this is partially because European printers use
positive working process in platemaking so trapping problems are not so apparent.
But Printel has chosen to use trapping in our workflow anyway to gain more quality
and to reduce costs. We have been looking for all possible solutions, which would
satisfy our needs and solve our problems.
Marko Rakar says: "Actually, we have been Scenicsoft/Creo TrapWise users from the
very beginning and we switched from TrapWise to I-Trap because in our view it is
better positioned in our workflow. Trapping is time consuming, if you trap files
in the first stages of your workflow and then have to replace a page or some elements
you multiply time required to do that. Also, I-Trap works automatically, if set properly
does not require user intervention and can work on its own."
Natko adds: "I-Trap was much more flexible than all the other solutions we considered
and since product is integrated with our RIP it removes one work step in our workflow
and thus lessens workload on our prepress operators. We are also sure that because
of omission or speed issues there is not a chance that file will be left untrapped."
Printelís results with I-Trap
Over two years ago, our initial version of I-Trap was installed to our ScriptWorks RIP and
started working from very first try. Using I-Trap we solved three things that bothered us:
I-Trap after initial setup works automatically and no operator intervention is required.
I-Trap is integrated with our RIP platform so we have removed one step from our workflow, and
I-Trap is positioned in a way so that there is no chance that files can bypass
trapping and go to production untrapped.
Marko Rakar, President