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Design team collaboration tools? (alternative to InSite online proofing)

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Post time: 2013-4-5 12:10:10 |Show all posts
We are currently bidding on a big job from one of our top accounts. The client does this project once a year and in order to get the job we need to provide them the ability to have per-page approvals from multiple users.  Our competitor is using Kodak's InSite online proofing, and we are using Heidelberg Pre-press (Signa+Meta), with a basic online proofing tool built in house. While our system works for most of our clients, for this project it will not suffice. We do not have the time to build a system as robust as InSite, and do not have the ability to switch our entire Pre-press workflow at this time.
What I would hope to find is a system that we can either buy or recommend to the client that would allow them to do what they are currently doing with InSite, perhaps better. Does anyone know of any online collaboration software for teams of designers and copywriters that might fit the bill?  We have heard good things about Workamajig from one of our other clients, so I would be curious to hear from anyone with experience with that and how it compares.
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Post time: 2013-7-15 09:06:17 |Show all posts
Viki Solutions Vera is the best InSite alternative for online proofing, collaborative workflow and prepress workflow integration (Prinergy) with any prepress workflow. Host locally or in the cloud.

The team came from Creo/Kodak (after Kodak laid off its software developers) and Vera is the next evolution in online proofing and collaboration for professional quality proofing.

I am a representative of Viki Solutions and you can reach us at

www.vikisolutions.com

Post time: 2013-4-6 12:40:32 |Show all posts
Project management software, online collaboration: Basecamp
We have customer design agencies that use ProjectPath of BaseCampHQ. It's friendly, cost-effiective and easy to use.

Post time: 2013-4-6 10:48:47 |Show all posts
You may want to look at EskoArtwork's WebCenter. Here's a link ---> Welcome to WebCenter: Web-based project management and pre-production approval - EskoArtwork
With WebCenter you can setup secure https: for your sites, and you can have the servers and your files onsite. You control access, account, and login permissions.

Post time: 2013-4-6 09:43:45 |Show all posts
Yup, welcome to the cloud. :-D
best, gordo

Post time: 2013-4-6 08:00:04 |Show all posts
I am by no means an expert on this either, but my point is we would be putting our stuff on their server and entrusting it to these guys.
Al

Post time: 2013-4-6 06:38:03 |Show all posts
I am not an expert in such stuff.
From their website:
"Everything in Trello is secure. All traffic runs over SSL which encrypts all of your traffic. Trello is backed up hourly, so you’re in no danger of losing "
Does that mean something?
gordo

Post time: 2013-4-6 04:46:33 |Show all posts
Thanks for that Gordon. But what about my security concern expressed earlier?
Al

Post time: 2013-4-6 03:20:33 |Show all posts
They were back on line 15 minutes later.
The printshop that I worked at, and the vendor that I worked for, and even this forum where such questions are raised, had to do system maintenance from time to time.
gordo

Post time: 2013-4-6 01:27:50 |Show all posts
So much for web hosted software!
Al

Post time: 2013-4-5 23:36:50 |Show all posts
"Trello is down for maintenance
We'll be back as soon as possible."
Kind of something you don't want to happen on a rush job??

Post time: 2013-4-5 21:43:45 |Show all posts
Hi Gordon,
On first quick read, it sounds terrific. But what about security? After all, Trello is being hosted on some server outside your organization. A work group might start by uploading information about the work in process but soon the working files start being exchanged.
How about some thoughts on that by others in this thread. Maybe the free version is web hosted, and a purchased version is hosted on our own servers?
Al

Post time: 2013-4-5 19:47:20 |Show all posts
Have you looked at Trello? It's a free online tool that might do the trick. Click here: https://trello.com/
best, gordo

Post time: 2013-4-5 18:26:10 |Show all posts
Stephen: Thank you for the information. I was unaware that Kodak sold Creative Workflow as a standalone product.  It has been a while since I saw a demo of Prepress Portal, and will be contacting our Kodak rep soon for more info.
Mr. Ferrari: right you are, how true...
zoran: We have looked into Heidelberg's Remote Access system. Not only is it expensive, but requires we upgrade our entire system to "Cockpit" (aka Prepress Manager), and at the end of the day does not provide our clients with a simple UI with which to work. While I think Heidelberg's Signa Station is a fantastic imposition app, and their hardware (and presses) are top-notch, I think Heidelberg has always been a step behind in the end user software department. I hope this will change soon, though, as I hear they are investing in the software arena. Hopefully this thread will shed some light on that, so stay tuned.

Post time: 2013-4-5 16:40:34 |Show all posts
While I personally do not have experience with online collaboration/softproofing tools, I realize I might find myself in your situation anytime so I will follow this thread with interest.
That being said, did you look at Heidelberg online soft proofing solution?
Heidelberg - Prinect Remote Access
It would tie well into your workflow
Another easy one that comes to mind would be web proof.
Again, no personal experience, just tossing suggestion with hope someone might escalate it into discussion that we all might learn from it.

Post time: 2013-4-5 14:44:03 |Show all posts
"Does anyone know of any online collaboration software for teams of designers and copywriters that might foot the bill?"
You may find something that will fill the bill, but you are the ones that will have to foot the bill.
Hopefully, it will allow you to do proofreading. :-)
Al

Post time: 2013-4-5 13:37:01 |Show all posts
Working for a Kodak Distributor, I would say that -
* Kodak InSite Prepress Portal - is what most people think of when InSite is mentioned (fits right into the whole prepress PDF Prinergy Workflow).
* Kodak InSite Creative Workflow - Can work with native InDesign packages (fonts, links and .indd), Illustrator .ai files, PDF files, EPS files and many common raster image formats. It can even work with video. This tool is aimed more at the creative end of the process than prepress (although it can also be used by prepress). This software can be used as a stand alone solution, one does not need a Kodak Prinergy Workflow to use this system (it can work with Prinergy) - you can keep using your Heidelberg Workflow or other workflows. ICW can be accessed via web browser or stand alone apps for Mac or Win OS.
If your client knows InSite (Prepress Portal?), then InSite Creative Workflow would not be radically changing what they know. IPP and ICW are basically the same product, however there are some differences.
KODAK INSITE Creative Workflow System - Kodak Graphic Communications Group
Stephen Marsh
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