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How apps are changing the face of print

With changing market conditions and an increasing need for print companies to adapt, good software management that can be flexible is important for any business in the industry.

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Keyline’s dedicated app store offers integration of other systems within a print business

A cloud-based software management system designed for printing companies can now be integrated with other systems via apps.

Designed specifically for the print industry, Keyline is a Management Information System (MIS) developed by German company Crispy Mountain. In an effort to move to more modern methods, the software can now be used by businesses in conjunction with specially designed apps to support other parts of the business.

By allowing the software to communicate with other applications and systems, printing companies have the freedom to operate more flexibly. Crispy Mountain managing director Christian Weyer explains: “Traditional software houses tend to develop their applications into ‘jack-of-all-trades’ solutions to meet all requirements. But that usually leads to difficult-to-use and inflexible software giants, which are also hard to maintain.”

Traditional software houses tend to develop their applications into ‘jack-of-all-trades’ solutions to meet all requirements

Currently there are four apps that work with Keyline including Dropbox for file management and Pipedrive, a customer relation management system. The aim is to reduce the amount companies spend on integrations that can be achieved with applications in less time and for a smaller budget.

More apps are being developed to integrate with other existing systems and further apps can be developed by third-party developers. The Keyline software is distributed in the UK and Ireland by London-based company Cloud to Print.

Weyer says the company is already in talks to integrate Keyline with prepress and finishing machinery, giving printing houses further control over their operations.

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