WorkStream IA (Imaging Automation)

“Extreme Productivity. Saves Time. Drives Business to Your Lab”

WorkStream IA (Imaging Automation) manages the production process in the digital photo lab or imaging service bureau.  WorkStream IA handles all aspects of order creation, management and production from order creation and scanning, through color correction, cropping and retouching, to scheduling and printing. IA also can be provided with a rendering engine, Workstream RE, to create, render and distribute completed orders of printer-ready files to any RGB printer.    WorkStream RE provides valuable multi-printer workflow integration for using WorkStream’s broad print production, packaging and customer interfacing capabilities.


  • Image entry/scanning
  • Product selection
  • Package unit selection/imaging
  • Logo application
  • Composite products using text, frames, layouts, masks & backgrounds
  • Fast, intuitive and precise order creation
  • Order management
  • Order history database
  • Standard “VCNA style” controls for color management
  • ICC Color management
  • Soft Proofing
  • Live color, contrast, density and saturation correction
  • Image re-sizing
  • Cropping and Rotating
  • Re-touching (via direct connection to Photoshop)
  • Automatic acceptance of orders created with WorkStream Digital Studio (DS)
  • Image rendering using Workstream RE
  • Printing
  • Production order tracking
  • Order tracking throughout digital printing process


Step Description:

Order Receipt and/or Creation:
Easily receive or create orders.  The process is fast, intuitive and precise. Enter the order elements desired including image product selection, package and print selection, onscreen cropping, rotating, retouching, resizing, quantity, composition and color correction. Identify any cited customer preferences. As needed, correct the color profiles.

To enter a customer orders, simply select an entire folder. It's fast and easy. Specify which of the images will be printed. Cite the "products" or packages to be produced for each of the images. Products are clearly outlined in the "Products Window". There are standard prints, package prints and custom sizes.

Image File Management
Manage the images without worries or difficulties.  ZBE WorkStream IA allows you to efficiently receive, organize, manage and archive image files. These are integrated in to order histories and other databases.

Manage the images using resizing, cropping, zooming and rendering capabilities.

Track orders for confidence and urgency.

Images are viewed as thumbnails. You can adjust to the size and quantity of the thumbnails displayed on the screen to your preference. 


Custom Cropping:   
Cropping on-screen is very fast and easy. By double-clicking, the image opens full-screen. You can crop by dragging the crop box into the desired position. Double click again, and move on to the next image or, simply click the arrow button to bring up the next image in the file.

"On-Screen Soft Proofing" Color Correction
WorkStream IA software allows "on-screen soft proofing" for the entire order. WorkStream provides you “VCNA” style controls and uses ZBE’s “ColorPro Rapid Color Input Device” for adjusting the color balance of your image.   As you adjust the color controls, the color balance will change on your monitor. With an ICC profiled monitor, what you see (on the screen) is what you will get on the finished print!  You can perfect the color, density, contrast and saturation across a group of images simultaneously. You will get great results with total ease and confidence.

WorkStream IA supports the retouching of images at the click of button. Open the image that you want to retouch. Click on the “Retouch” button to open the image in Photoshop or whichever retouching program you use. The altered image will be transferred back to WorkStream. It will be ready for printing. 

Workstream IA with its WorkStream RE component allows you to create, render and distribute completed orders of image-ready RGB TIFF, JPG and BMP files to any digital printer.

Issue the order for printing from any workstation on your network. Schedule the orders by priority.


Final purposed files can be delivered to any specified hot folder. Enabling easy integration with most digital print production, packaging and customer interfacing capabilities.


Monitor the order stats throughout the production process for confidence.

Note: The  Workstream RE component currently offers direct interface with the following printers:  


  • All Windows compatible printers
  • Any printer that accepts prints via hot folders                                                                                  
  • AGFA d-lab 2 and 3
  • Fuji Frontier Frontline
  • Fuji Frontier PIC
  • Fuji Frontier PIC Pro
  • Noritsu MP-1600
  • Noritsu QSS 28xx-31xx



Recommended Job Entry Workstation Hardware

  • IBM Compatible 1000 MHz Pentium III PC or faster
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 32 GB HD or larger
  • CD-ROM drive
  • CD-ROM  writer drive (recommended)
  • High Speed Internet Connection
  • 17” color monitor, minimum screen resolution 1024x768 (1280x1024 or higher recommended)
  • 24 bit color Display Card with at least 16 MB of video RAM
  • Software Compatibility:
    • Microsoft word NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 98
    • PC Monitor Calibration software and hardware recommended
    • PhotoShop Version 6 or Version 7 recommended




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