ePrintDirect Ltd Skyline

Skyline from ePrint Direct: Web to Print Software for Print Rooms

Skyline is a world class web-to-print solution available as a hosted service or licensed for in-house installation.

Ideal for in-plant print rooms and commercial facility management companies, Skyline provides an easy, fast and accessible way for users to submit and price print jobs directly from their desktop PC, and an efficient way for the print room to manage production.
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Key Features

  • Available as a hosted service or as a software set for in-house installations.
  • Easy for your users to understand and accessible from their desktop PC.
  • Install multiple print stations anywhere in the world and create multiple portals to offer different packages of products to users.
  • Fully editable web page. You add your own brand and content to allow you to readily communicate services and products to customers.
  • Unlimited customer user license and unlimited print volume. We don’t charge for your success.
  • Create on-demand bespoke documents using variable data fields and templates such as Business Cards, Calendars and more.
  • Provide online libraries and catalogues - personal and shared. Users can order popular documents as required, cutting waste and expensive storage.
  • Provide standard prices and bespoke quotes and offer online payment via your preferred choice.
  • Choice of "File & Print" local driver or web upload for document submission (includes native file submission).
  • Automatic PDF creation offering all the required software to convert your user documents into print ready PDFs.
Despite in-plant print rooms offering many benefits for their parent organisations such as convenience, data security, consistency of brand and competitive pricing, there is often under-utilisation of these great in-house facilities.

In today’s business climate, print rooms are often under pressure to demonstrate that their services will reduce costs and will provide a better level of response. It is essential they are able to effectively align services to support business needs and to provide continuous improvements.

Key Challenges

  • Does work increasingly arrive by email?
  • Can document formatting and incomplete instructions cause delays to work?
  • Do you believe that departments outsource work that could be delivered in-house?
  • Do you spend time allocating print expenditure and compiling reports?
  • Do you want to promote print services via your own professional website?
  • Do you want to develop efficient production and management processes?
  • Can you offer a complete solution for all of your organisation’s printing needs rather than just ‘specialised’ printing?
  • Is it important that print services continue to support your organisation to reduce costs and provide a better level of service and response?
Skyline addresses the issues facing in-plant print rooms by providing an easy, fast and accessible way to submit and manage print jobs. As a FreeFlow™ accredited product, Skyline can be linked seamlessly to Xerox production devices for automated processes.
  • Skyline provides an easy, fast and accessible service for your users who can access the service from their desktop PC.
  • Skyline makes it very simple for users to submit work using familiar shopping cart processes and then delivers the job directly to the print room as a high definition, print-ready PDF.
  • Skyline enables print rooms to more effectively promote their products and service. Fully editable content allows you to add your own brand and readily communicate services and products to customers.
  • Libraries can be created for popular documents and online templates designed for regular orders such as business cards and letterhead.
  • Skyline has been designed so that it can offer you the option of integration with in-house databases and production devices. This feature makes it easier to review, manage and report on work.

Why Choose Xerox?

  • As a FreeFlow accredited product, Skyline can be linked seamlessly to Xerox production devices for automated processes.
Skyline integrates seamlessly with the wide variety of award-winning Xerox printers ranging from light production devices up to, and including the iGen4. In addition to the native support for FreeFlow™ Print Server, Skyline offers programmable support for Fiery and Creo controllers and Xerox production software, including FreeFlow Process Manager and FreeFlow Output Manager.

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Skyline Server

Skyline Server pre-installation requirements
  • Skyline is to be installed locally at the customer premises.
  • Hardware and software for the Skyline Server must be pre-installed as follows:
Server Hardware and Operating System It is recommended that Skyline is installed on a dedicated Server. Please Note: Some Skyline processes, such as the creation of PDF’s, can create peaks in CPU demand and RAM requirements. If other applications were to be loaded on the same server, this could result in CPU resources or RAM not being available at the times Skyline needs them, and could result in intermittent errors.

Operating Systems:
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 or 2003 R2
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2***
    • 32 or 64 bit or Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 32- or 64-bit. When using 64-bit, Skyline must be run in 32-bit mode.
  • If the Skyline Server is to utilise Microsoft Windows Server 2008 or 2008 R2 please contact ePrint for additional information and requirements.
  • The i386 directory should be copied from the Windows installation disk to the server’s Data Drive
  • Web Browser – Microsoft Internet Explorer 8* and/or Firefox 3.x
  • 2 GB of server class RAM minimum, 4 GB recommended
  • 2.5 GHz processor or faster. Multiple processors are supported
  • DVD drive
  • VMware Server is supported as long as the required CPU and RAM resources are allocated to it
  • Microsoft Office 2007 Professional*** (this must be a full activated installation with all latest service packs and security updates - please see http://www.eprint.net/manuals/Skyline_Installation_Manual/default.htm) Access to the Microsoft Office installation files will be required during the installation of Skyline. This disk should be left in the disk drive or copied to the Data Drive.
  • Microsoft SQL 2005 Standard or Express with the latest service packs. (Microsoft SQL 2005 Standard or Express is supplied as part of the Skyline Installation set).
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version)
  • .Net Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Microsoft Silverlight (required for 3D visualisation of templates created by Skyline TemplateManager™)
  • SQL Management tools (optional but recommended)
Note: Application updates must be applied at all times.

Print Room PC

Skyline PrintStation™ pre-installation requirements Normally installed on the print room PC will be:
  • Skyline PrintStation™
  • Skyline ProductManager™
  • Skyline PriceManager™
  • Skyline TemplateManager™
PC Hardware and Operating System
  • Skyline PrintStation™ and other Skyline applications do not require to be installed on a dedicated PC
  • Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP SP3, Microsoft Windows Vista SP2 or Microsoft Windows 7. (ePrint Direct does not support installations on Microsoft Windows Vista prior to SP1)
  • Web Browser – Microsoft Internet Explorer 6, 7 or 8* and/or Firefox 3.x
  • 2 GB RAM minimum
  • 2.0 GHz processor or faster
  • Port 80 open with access to the internet
  • DVD drive
Dependent upon the quantity of Skyline PrintStation™ licenses purchased, the Skyline PrintStation™ may be installed on one or more PC’s in the print room(s).

  • Minimum Adobe Acrobat Reader (latest version)
  • Recommended Adobe Acrobat Standard or Professional (latest version)
  • Only one instance of Adobe Acrobat is supported. On a PC with more than one version of Adobe Acrobat installed, both must be uninstalled before the required version is reinstalled.
  • .Net Framework 3.5 SP1
  • Microsoft Silverlight (required for 3D visualisation of templates created by Skyline TemplateManager™)