Metrix FAQ – The Technical Ones
Which MIS solutions does Metrix integrate with?
Metrix Software is a full member of the CIP4 Organization, and Metrix® Base, Metrix X-8 and X-80 can import product descriptions from supporting MIS systems in the open JDF format. Alternatively, Metrix can accept job data in our own XML-based format called Metrix XML, or MXML. An increasing number of MIS vendors support the MXML format, and it is also used by companies who’ve developed their own in-house solutions. Metrix can also import job descriptions for flat products in comma separated (CSV) format from applications such as Microsoft Excel®.
Metrix accepts JDF and/or Metrix XML from the following systems (compatibility is based on a minimum of one successful test by either Metrix Software or the third party vendor). Please contact the MIS vendor for correct version(s) that work with Metrix.
EFI Prism WIN
Proprietary MIS/Order Entry
via Metrix XML
Which prepress systems does Metrix integrate with?
Metrix Base exports both populated or unpopulated (with or without PDF content) JDF Imposition for prepress. This data allows Metrix to integrate with a wide range of prepress workflows, saving prepress operators considerable time building complex imposition templates, and reducing the risk of data entry errors. Metrix is designed so that once you have created the job plan with Metrix, the desktop imposition stage is unnecessary. The JDF data from Metrix goes straight into the prepress workflow.
Even if the system cannot accept JDF, Metrix can create fully imposed PDF impositions that can be sent to nearly any RIP or output device. (Note: Metrix X-8 and Metrix X-80 editions are limited to exporting projects as PDF impositions only.)
Metrix exports JDF Imposition or JDF Stripping to the following prepress systems (compatibility is based on a minimum of one successful test by either Metrix Software or the third party vendor). Please contact the prepress vendor for correct version(s) that work with Metrix.
EskoArtwork Automation Engine
Global Graphics Harlequin Genesis RIP (with JDF Enabler)
OneVision JDF Impose
Xitron Navigator GPS
Xitron Xenith 4PDF
Xitron Xenith Sierra
Does Metrix integrate with any of my postpress systems?
Metrix can export CIP3 PPF and JDF data for cutters, folders, and JDF for binders.
Does Metrix employ open standards such as JDF?
Yes, Metrix Software has always been a full member of the CIP4 Organization. Metrix exports data in standard JDF and CIP3 PPF formats.
Is the ability to export JDF and CIP3 data included?
Yes, for Metrix Base. Metrix X-8 and X-80 do not export JDF or CIP3 data.
Can Metrix integrate with my existing Microsoft SQL Server database for storing projects and settings?
Metrix ships with its own database, but can also connect to Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008.
What platforms does Metrix run on?
Windows: XP Professional, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.x, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2012. Mac OS: 10.6.x, 10.7.x., 10.8.x, 10.9.x and 10.10.x. If your company is interested in running Metrix on another platform please contact Metrix Software.
What hardware does Metrix require?
For Windows the minimum requirements are an Intel compatible PC with at least a 1 GHz processor, and a minimum of 512Mb of RAM for Metrix (plus whatever is required for the operating system and any other concurrent applications), and a USB port for the Metrix Security key.
For Mac OS X the minimum requirements are an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, and a minimum of 512Mb of RAM for Metrix (plus whatever is required for the operating system and any other concurrent applications), and a USB port for the Metrix Security key.
If the Content Previews module is used, the minimum RAM requirement for Metrix is 2GB and ideal is 4GB or more. Note that the Content Previews module is processor intensive, thus a modern and fast multi-core processor will be very beneficial. If PDF content is being accessed across a LAN, Gigabit network speeds are recommended when accessing large content files.