Keyline, the next-generation printing management software, can now be integrated with other systems in just a few clicks through apps available from Keyline developer Crispy Mountain’s dedicated AppStore. Apps will soon be available to integrate prepress and finishing machinery with Keyline. With the move, Crispy Mountain takes the management of printing houses to a whole new level. In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Keyline is distributed by Cloud to Print in London.
Distinct business models and customised software environments have led to the fact that no printing house resembles another. Ever-changing market conditions are exacerbating the situation and printing houses must be able to adapt flexibly.
As Christian Weyer, Managing Director of Crispy Mountain, notes,this also poses new challenges for software vendors. “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.”
Crispy Mountain takes a different approach. Keyline is a powerful yet lean management system that can communicate with other applications and machines through open interfaces. Up until now, such integrations had to be developed individually for each customer. This is now changing with the introduction of the Keyline AppStore.
Integration via apps is easy and fast
“With the apps available through our AppStore, we are now pushing integration to the extreme,” says Weyer. “We’re not talking about integrations that require five-digit budgets and take ages to develop, but are done in minutes with just a few clicks. It just works.” According to Weyer, some apps are free while others require a monthly fee.
Currently, the Keyline AppStore includes apps for integration with the following applications:
Crispy Mountain is continuing to expand its offerings. Other apps are already in development, including connections to the most popular Web2Print solutions. The apps can also be developed by third-party developers.
Even machines can be integrated with Keyline
Keyline acts as a control centre for all of the processes in the printing house. The system permanently sends so-called events, such as when objects are created, changed or deleted. An app can pick up on these events to trigger processes and workflows. That way, event-driven process chains can be designed and processes can be automated.
With its holistic approach, Keyline covers all of the areas of a print shop, from quoting and calculating to production planning and control, warehouse management, packaging and logistics, accounting, statistics and analysis.