CyberFlight

Flexographic printing preflight application designed to work with Cyber Graphic's existing workflow and increase efficiency via automation.

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Client

Cyber Graphics

Role

UI/UX

Development

Technology

Electron

Photoshop

Platform

macOS

Windows

Year

2017

Background

During my time at Cyber Graphics as a prepress intern one of my daily responsibilies was completing preflight jobs. These consisted of design files sent in from outside vendors that had to be stored and backed up properly on the company server as well as checked for potential issues before moving to the platemaking department.

While these jobs were fairly small considered to other tasks the volume alone could keep a prepress artist busy for a few hours at a time. For my final few weeks at the company I decided to focus on CyberFlight as my internship project to speed up and assist with automating preflight jobs.

CyberFlight user interface

User Interface

Working within the prepress department allowed me to test and gather user feedback from coworkers directly. Their input allowed for quick iterations and changes through all steps from concept to development. Front-end was built utilizing the Metro UI framework.

CyberFlight development documents

Development

Detailed notes regarding functionality and development requirements. These laid the groundwork for the jQuery automation written by myself as well as the core Javascript functionaltiy created by Mathias Andersen. The application was developed using Electron to allow for a web based front-end and compatibility with macOS and Windows; each used within the prepress and platemaking departments respectively.

Preflight Demo

Video showcasing the preflight process and how files and job information can be automatically read-in and populated. CyberFlight was implimented into the prepress department workflow and reduced labor spent on preflight jobs by ~50%.

Press Sheet Setup

A press sheet calculator was also included within the application. Typically these calculations were done by hand on a calculator for each job.