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1 4 G R A P H I C S P R O S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M Taking orders and manag- ing them on paper is analogous to a manual screen-printing press. It works, but you cannot do volume economically. Managing orders using software is analogous to an automatic press. The more automated and faster process allows your business to grow." — JAY MALANGA, SHOPWORKS COMMON INDUSTRY SOFTWARE Having industry-specific software is crucial as different graphic formats have different requirements. Some common types are: • RIP (RASTER IMAGE PROCESSING) – This software generates print instructions for print hardware, explains JP Hunt, InkSoft. • DIGITIZING – Similar to RIP, this software allows for the creation and editing of embroidery files. These files provide spe- cial instructions for embroidery machines to operate and stitch files. For more on digitizing, visit • VECTOR – This software helps automate raster-based bitmap images and turn them into vector-based editable files. According to John Falsetto, CorelDRAW, this is critical for those doing large-format work as the vector file can be scaled up substantially without losing clarity and quality. Above: A good software program will help your shop juggle multiple proj- ects in a variety of mediums to help maximize efficiency and the bottom line. (Image courtesy InkSoft) Right: shopVOX allows its users to connect to its accounting software with a one- click integration to make importing customer lists, COAs, and tax rates easier. (Image courtesy shopVOX)

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