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The word “workflow” is the generic term to refer to the process of work flowing through a business, but within the printing industry, this term is often paired with different operational facets of the organization e.g. “prepress workflow” to refer to jobs and “PDF workflow” to relate to content, both of which are used interchangeably. Then there’s the “Production workflow” which is the bigger umbrella term that covers taking the administrative job information and flowing it through into prepress workflow, and into press, postpress, and even further on into shipping.
This section of this guide refers to the software used in the later use of the phrase – Production workflows.
If you are looking for information about the entire workflow of a business, including the administrative functions that pull estimating, billing, and production together, please refer to this section about print MIS software.
Other terms used to describe these software apps: