This section describes the steps to follow when running a graphics inspection.

1. Load Electronic Files 

(Skip to No. 2 to Load Scanned Files)

For Single-Page Inspections:

  • Click File Menu > Load Master or click in the Master panel to launch the load-file window (You can also load a file by using drag and drop).
  • If the Master is a BMP, PNG, TIF, TIFF, JPG, or LEN file, the image loads in the Master panel.
  • If the Master is a PDF or AI file:
  • Prepare the Master image, if required, using integrated PDF Viewer tools to hide layers and/ or separations, use shapes as regions for repeat detection, etc. 
  • Click File Menu > Load Sample or click in the Sample panel to start repeating the process to load the Sample file.

For Multi-Page Inspections:

  • The first page of the Master image loads in the Master panel. The others can be selected from the Page Navigation drop-down list at the bottom of the panel.

2. Loading Scanned Files 

  • Click Load from Scanner > Select Source.
  • Select the applicable scanner from the Scanner Selection window and click Select. 
  • Click Load from Scanner  > Scan Master to scan the Master document. Once scanned, the image loads in the Master panel. Repeat for the sample.

3. Ensure the Proper Inspection Area Is Selected 

  • Use master/ sample tools to crop, rotate the image, etc. Make sure the appropriate Region Mode is selected.

4. Select the Graphics Inspection Mode

  • Click the Graphics  icon.

5. Select an Action 

To compare a single master page to a single sample page or press sheet:

  • Set Action > Single Page

To compare all master pages or files to all sample pages or files:

  • Set Action > All Pages.
    NOTE:
    The pages must be in order to allow for comparison. Repeats per page are not supported.

To compare all master pages or files to all sample pages or files when they are in a different order: 

  • Set Action > All Pages Unsorted.
    NOTE:
    Repeats per page are not supported.

To compare a single-page master file to a multi-page sample file with repeats:

  • Set Action > Single to Many.
    NOTE:
    This is useful for comparing a batch of press sheets against the Master or checking the number of instances the Master appears on the Sample side.

To compare unsorted multi-page master files to unsorted multi-page sample files with repeats:

  • Set Action > Many to Many.
    NOTE:
    This is useful for comparing batches and for ganged sheets. This action requires the most memory.

To compare two individual full pages/ press sheets against one another without looking for repeats to speed up the inspection process:

  • Set Action > One to One.

6. Select a Profile 

  • Click Profile.
  • Select the profile that best suits your inspection needs to detect the required differences from the drop-down menu. Alternate profiles may be created. See the Administration Guide for more details.

The following default profiles are installed with the system: 

A. Profile: Digital to Scan, File Types (Master and Sample): Electronic original artwork and a scanned image.

B. Profile: Digital, File Types (Master and Sample): Electronic original artwork and a revised copy.

C. Profile: Len, File Types (Master and Sample): Run Length Encoding bitmap file and a Run Length Encoding bitmap file.

D. Profile: Proof, File Types (Master and Sample): Electronic original artwork and a digital proof.

E. Profile: Scan to Scan, File Types (Master and Sample): Scanned image and a scanned image. 

7. Run the Inspection 

  • Click inspect. The images are inspected and the differences display in the Inspection View Sample panel.

8. View the Results 

To view the inspected image or file:

  • Use the track wheel to zoom in or out of the Master or Sample panels.
  • Hold the left mouse button and move it around to pan the image.
  • To review multiple pages, navigate through them using the Page Navigation drop-down list at the bottom left of either panel.


To view a repeat:

  • Click the desired repeat in the Repeats found panel in your layout. Repeats with differences are highlighted in red. Repeats without differences are highlighted in green. 

There are several ways to view differences.

  • Click the Image to display icon drop-down menu.
  • Click Flash to alternately display the differences between the Master and Sample images. To change the rate at which the images alternate: - Click Increase Flash Rate  to increase the rate.- Click Decrease Flash Rate  to decrease the rate.
  • Click Master to display the Master image.
  • Click Sample to display the Sample image.
  • Click Difference to display the Difference image.
  • Click Edge to display the Edge Difference image.

9. Review and Proof the Differences 

To select a difference:

  • Click on the difference in the Difference List. It will be highlighted in the Inspection View and outlined in red in the Overview panel. A checkmark gets added in the Difference List to indicate that it has been reviewed.

There are three ways to assign a level to a difference:

  1. Select the difference in the Difference List. Click in the Level column beside the difference in the same panel and select the level. The color-coded level displays to the right of the difference.
  1. Select the difference in the Difference List. Click the Level drop-down list in the Difference Details panel and select the level. The color-coded level displays to the right of the difference in the Difference List.
    NOTE:
    Hot keys (F1 – F5) may be applied to assign levels. Select the difference and click the appropriate “F” key (see below):
    1. Key: F1, Function: Reporting level - Critical
    2. Key: F2, Function: Reporting level - Major
    3. Key: F3, Function: Reporting level - Minor
    4. Key: F4, Function: Reporting level - Ignore
    5. Key: F5, Function: Reporting level - None
  1. Alternatively, double-click the difference in the Inspection View.
    The Difference window displays. Click the Level drop-down list in the Difference window and select the level. Click X to close the Difference window.
    The color-coded level displays to the right of the difference in the Difference List

To assign a level to multiple differences:

  • Hold down the CTRL key while selecting the differences.
  • Click the Level column in the Difference List or the Level drop-down list in the Difference Details panel, and select the level.
    NOTE:
    On a Mac operating system, to assign a level to multiple differences, hold down the COMMAND and SHIFT keys while selecting the differences.

To remove a level assignment: 

  • Select None as the difference’s level. The level no longer displays in the Difference List.

There are two ways to assign a pre-defined comment to a difference:

  • Select the difference in the Difference List. Click the Comments drop-list in the Difference Details panel and select the comment. The comment displays in the Comments text box. A sticky-note icon displays in the Difference List to the right of the difference. 
  • Alternatively, double-click the difference in the Inspection View. The Difference window displays. Click the Comments drop-down list in the Difference window and select the comment. Click X to close the window. The comment displays in the Comments text box. A sticky-note icon displays in the Difference List to the right of the difference.

To assign a comment to multiple differences:

  • Hold down the CTRL key while selecting the differences, click the Comments drop-down list, and select the comment.
    NOTE:
    On a Mac operating system, to assign a comment to multiple differences, hold down the COMMAND and SHIFT keys while selecting the differences, click the Comments drop-down box, and select the comment.

There are two ways to assign a customized comment to a difference:

  • Select the difference in the Difference List, click the Comments drop-down list in the Difference Details panel, and type in the comment. A sticky-note icon displays in the Difference List to the right of the difference. 
  • Alternatively, double-click the difference in the Inspection View. The Difference window displays. Click in the Comments text box in the Difference window and type in the comment. Click X to close the Difference window. The comment displays in the Comments text box. A sticky-note icon displays in the Difference List to the right of the difference.

To delete a comment from a difference: 

  • Click in the Comments drop-down box in the Difference Details panel and select the blank entry. 

To include the selected difference in the report: 

  • Press F11- Or click Include in the Difference Details panel

10. Include Inspections in Report

The Application lets you rename inspections and/ or exclude them from the report. This option is available under the Inspections panel.

To rename the inspection:

  • Right-click on the inspection name in the Inspections panel.
  • Click Rename
  • Enter the desired name and click OK.
  • The new name displays in the Inspections panel.

To exclude the inspection from the report: 

  • Right-click on the inspection name in the Inspections panel.
  • Click Exclude from report.
  • The inspection name gets crossed out in the Inspections panel.
  • The inspection is not included in the next generated report.
  • Click the Report  icon.

11.Generate the Report

  • Click the Report  icon.

12.Retain Inspection Results and Run a New Inspection 

  • Click Back. The Main View displays with the Master and Sample images loaded.  
  • To load new files, follow the steps above.
  • If required, prepare the Master/ Sample images for inspection using Master/ Sample tools to crop, rotate the image, etc. Make sure the appropriate region is selected. 
  • Click inspect. The images are inspected and the differences display in the Inspection View Sample panel. Each subsequent retained inspection gets listed in the Inspections panel.

13. Clear Inspection Results and Run a New Inspection 

  • Click reset. The following message displays: 
  • Click Yes to clear the inspection results and documents. The Main View displays with the profile of the title bar. 
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