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Date: April 21, 2020 | Category: Company | Author: Kayla Caticchio


A special note from Reuben Malz, Founder and CEO of GlobalVision

Not everything is broken

It’s during times like these that we must look at our situation from all perspectives.

Just because everything looks dark, doesn’t mean that there is an absence of light.

Yes, many things we took for granted in our personal and working lives have come to an abrupt halt. Even our freedoms have been reduced.

However, not everything is broken. 

The supply of energy like gas for your car and electricity for your home has never been interrupted. The internet, cloud, and Netflix are working, but maybe a little slower. Cell phones. Facetime, Facebook, and Twitter still work. The food supply chain is intact. Farmers are working, greenhouses are growing vegetables, and soon seeds for the fields will be planted. In short order, all the store shelves will be replenished after the buying frenzy abates. The sun still rises and sets every day. 

Not everything is broken, but change is occurring at lightspeed. We have no choice but to give in and adapt to it. The office, the plant, the conference room, trade shows, and meetings have become uprooted and relocated – to your house. 

Services and products still need to be delivered as consumption continues. The way it’s done has just gone remote.

We must be grateful that technology is sufficiently advanced for us to jump tracks. These technologies are what allows us to work from home and ensure that services and products are being delivered.

I remember a time when the internet was born and many companies didn’t trust it with their corporate assets. Everything remained in hardcopy form for many years. It was believed that anything on the world wide web was visible to the world. We think back and laugh. It seems so silly now.

Now, we’re moving to the cloud and working remotely for the first time. We’re still in the early days, but working, schooling, and entertainment is on a rapid evolutionary track. Yes, it was happening anyway, but the world has been forever changed. 

When we arise from this chaos, everything will have changed. But not everything will be broken.

Welcome to the cloud, earthlings!

Reuben Malz

April 2020


Remote work tips from our kitchen table to yours

There’s something comforting about Reuben’s message in a time when the world is noisier than ever. His message reminds us to cut through the noise and focus on the potential for growth and evolution in the midst of a worldwide standstill. Though it may not seem like it, these unprecedented times have created an opportunity to use social isolation to our advantage. Beyond Netflix-binging and the endless DIY projects we’ve been putting off, this time can be utilized by stepping back and benefiting from more focused work.

The team here at GlobalVision has put together 5 of our best tips to help stay productive and make the most out of remote work.

1. Use this time to evaluate your current strategy

From product planning to long-term strategy building, being away from the hustle and bustle of the office can create a quiet environment to focus on your team and company growth. With the world changing the way it does business across all industries, now is the perfect time to start planning how you’re going to implement the changes you’ve been thinking about. Maybe it’s dreaming up a new product feature, or implementing a quality control software, using this pause in time to plan for the future is never a bad idea.



2. Use technology to stay connected

At GlobalVision, we pride ourselves on being collaborative in many ways. Every product, new feature, and piece of content we put out into the world has touched multiple departments within our walls. And it’s no different when it comes to our digital walls. We’re lucky to be in an age where technology is so available to help us with our daily tasks. There are tons of great softwares out there to help facilitate communication between team members and departments. Our favorites include Slack, ZOOM, and Google Hangouts (especially for those after-work virtual cocktail hours). We also suggest a collaborative database like Airtable to help keep track of projects and eliminate any blockers in the workflow. These platforms provide project visibility and make it easier to collaborate with others. Bonus – they’re also great for sharing memes and pictures of your pets.

3. Continue with (or introduce) team meetings

Team meetings (virtual of course) are a great way to highlight key areas of focus for the week ahead. The frequency of these meetings depends on your team’s unique needs, but the majority of us at GlobalVision find that having a check-in every week or every few days helps everyone stay on track. Team meetings also allow each member to pinpoint personal goals while keeping track of how everyone is progressing with their projects. They’re a great way to give feedback and boost morale by encouraging others. If standup meetings aren’t something you’re used to, remote work might be a great time to test them out! 



4. Stick to a routine

Creating a ‘work-from-home’ routine is a key factor in ensuring productivity while away from the office. Since the morning commute now consists of moving from the bed to the kitchen table, there’s no more sitting in traffic each morning mentally preparing yourself for the day ahead. We find that diving into your to-do list early in the morning helps the mind wake up and puts us into a work-based mindset. By structuring your day down to the last task, you’re fully committing yourself to your projects while minimizing distractions. Be sure to schedule some break time as well.

5. Take regular breaks

Our final tip is to take regular breaks that allow you to reset and refocus your mind. Have lunch and coffee breaks away from your computer, and schedule some time to call or video chat a friend. Give your colleagues clear indications of when you are and aren’t available to answer messages and emails (and be sure to respect their availability as well). There’s nothing wrong with snoozing message notifications for a while if you need some time to recharge. Finally, we suggest letting others know your preferred method of communication, whether it be instant messaging, email or phone calls. This helps avoid the frustration of not having messages replied to in a timely manner.

We hope these tips have given you some inspiration on making the best out of this remote work situation. We encourage you to not lose sight of accountability and motivation even when times are tough. The human ability to adapt to new situations is incredibly important in times of crisis. Use this time to lock in a vision and direction for your team and company, and make sure you use all the tools at your disposal to communicate these goals thoroughly.

During this time, GlobalVision is committed to helping our customers account for the surge in remote work. For more information regarding our 60-day free license offer, contact us here.

Diagram showing Digimarc Barcodes

A new era of barcodes is here. With big-name retailers and consumer goods companies replacing traditional barcodes with Digimarc ones, printers are facing more challenges than ever when it comes to verifying these modern codes. 

GlobalVision’s latest integration, Digimarc Verify, gives users the ability to verify and grade all Digimarc barcodes with or without the use of a scanner, speeding up and simplifying the quality control process. 

Read Now: Digimarc Verify for GlobalVision Press Release

What is a Digimarc Barcode?

A Digimarc Barcode is an advanced barcode that can be applied to any print or packaging material. It links interactive content, like product information, when scanned with an enabled scanner or mobile device. Known as the ‘Invisible Barcode’, Digimarc codes on labels and packaging contain the same information as a UPC barcode but generally can’t be detected by the human eye.

These new types of barcodes offer several benefits over traditional ones. Many retailers are making the switch because they’re faster, secure, more reliable, and more versatile than traditional barcodes. They also occupy no space on a product’s packaging, giving the company more space to work with when it comes to artwork and branding. Retailers appreciate the fact that Digimarc Barcodes speed up the checkout process as people can scan their product without having to locate a barcode on the packaging.

The importance of barcode inspections

Although barcodes have significantly evolved since their introduction in the 1970s, the importance of ensuring barcode functionality has never been lost. First and foremost, barcodes must be checked to ensure that they’re present and scannable. Next, the barcode on a printed packaging material has to match the product inside. Finally, printers must give their clients the assurance that their products will scan at the store. If a barcode doesn’t scan, both the retailer and brand run the risk of losing money. 

For prepress operators and printers, the main challenge with checking Digimarc codes is that they can’t be located just by looking at the packaging. This makes it difficult for any traditional barcode reader to verify the functionality of the barcode.  

With Digimarc Verify for GlobalVision, prepress operators and printers now have an easy and efficient way to validate that packaging containing Digimarc Barcodes is ready to hit the shelves. This integration gives them the ability to automatically confirm that the Global Trade Identification Number (GTIN) in Digimarc Barcodes matches the GTIN in the UPC or EAN barcode. Overall, Digimarc Verify is designed to speed up and simplify the quality control process for those in charge of proofreading barcodes.

“The integration of Digimarc’s quality assurance tools directly in our platform will help our customers speed up their production process by streamlining all barcode checks,” says Reuben Malz, Founder and CEO, GlobalVision.

This integration is critical as any errors that occur when printing Digimarc Barcodes can now be caught early on to save money and time for prepress customers.

“Integrating Digimarc Verify into GlobalVision will help operators save time and also ensure the quality of their clients’ packaging, while also enabling further industry adoption of Digimarc Barcode,” says Bruce Davis, CEO, Digimarc.

Running a Digimarc Inspection

To run a Digimarc inspection in GlobalVision’s Barcode Inspection mode, users start by loading their electronic prepress files or printed samples into the software and selecting the Digimarc Inspection mode. The software will then run an inspection to determine if a Digimarc Barcode is indeed present and to ensure that the enhanced separation values are matching or similar. Once completed, a comprehensive inspection report will be generated that contains the results of both the Digimarc and linear barcode inspection (if present). Users can then save the report and share with the customer for approval, allowing them to sign off faster and with confidence,

Digimarc Verify for GlobalVision comes as an additional tool for the Barcode Inspection mode. For more information regarding this add-on, download the brochure here.

Watch Now: How to Verify Digimarc Barcodes with GlobalVision Webinar

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s coming this year:

Text Inspection for GlobalVision desktop is deep in development with major updates and improvements set to come in Q2. We’re also working on developing the next-generation web application. This completely redesigned product will be launching later this year.

Also, keep an eye out for new resource pages as we update our Help Center, Video Library, and blog.

For more information on any upcoming releases, or to upgrade to the latest version of your product, contact us here.

Events

Registration is now open for the GlobalVision Summit 2020 in Montreal, QC!

The complimentary event will take place from Tuesday, May 26 to Thursday, May 28, 2020, and will feature panel sessions and workshops designed to help GlobalVision users master their systems while networking with quality control professionals from around the world.


Upcoming Trade Shows: 

Pharmapack Europe 2020
February 5-6 2020 in Paris, France

Join us in Paris to discover the latest innovations in pharmaceutical packaging and labeling. Be sure to stop by booth #K64 to say hello!

Pharma Packaging and Labeling East Coast 2020
February 19-20 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Join pharmaceutical, medical device and biotechs experts in Philadelphia to discuss new trends in packaging and labeling.


Featured Content: 

Tiskarna Novo mesto Customer Success Story

In the latest customer success story, we take a look at how the leading graphics and print company in Slovenia uses GlobalVision to produce error-free folding boxes and leaflets.

Read their story ►


Webinar Recording:

How to Verify Digimarc Barcodes with GlobalVision

With big-name companies replacing traditional barcodes with Digimarc ones, printers are now facing more challenges than ever when it comes to verifying Digimarc Barcodes. Learn more about Digimarc Verify for GlobalVision in our latest webinar.


Industry Buzz:

What we’re talking about this month

GlobalVision Blog: How Validation Leads to Data Consistency and Integrity

Consistency is a trademark of both validation and data integrity. Without validation and consistency, data integrity can be threatened. Check out this blog post from GlobalVision for tips on ensuring data security.

Read the blog post ►

Labels and Labeling Magazine: Label and package printing industry predictions for 2020

Leading industry experts look at the key challenges and talking points likely to dominate the label and package printing industry in 2020.

Continue reading ►

 

The latest release from GlobalVision comes with exciting new features to enhance performance for desktop users. Developed with customer feedback in mind, version 5.7 boasts stability, speed, and accuracy with an overall improvement in the ease of use of the software. Notable new features include new measurement tools, the ability to measure braille dot height, and the integration of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for Spelling Inspection. Version 5.7 also comes with major improvements to enhance both Text and Color Inspection.

Read more

 

The new GlobalVision Web Version 3.5 gives GlobalVision users what they’ve been asking for, delivering several new highly requested features. In addition to custom Graphics Inspection profiles and an option to filter Text Inspection differences, several enhancements have been added for improved usability.

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The latest release from GlobalVision gives desktop users the ability to run faster and more accurate inspections with enhanced Text & Spelling Inspection features. Along with optimized processing speeds and improved usability, Version 5.5 introduces a new add-on tool for the inspection of tobacco packaging.

Top New Features:

Increased Processing Speeds

The newest version features a standalone Spelling mode thread by processing spelling inspections in the GlobalVision executable rather than the Text inspection executable. This update optimizes processing speeds by up to 4x, allowing users to complete revision cycles in a shorter time frame. In addition, users now have the option to preload files for Text Inspection.

Less Pixelation when Zooming In

GlobalVision 5.5 also comes with improvements to the clarity of text displayed during Text and Spelling inspections. The area of a file to which users zoom in is now rasterized at a higher resolution, reducing the pixelation of the image in the Master/Sample panel.

Updated Difference List for Text & Spelling

Pop-up menus now help users navigate differences by clearly displaying levels and comments during inspections. The handling of Spelling dictionaries has also been addressed to improve the accuracy of punctuation errors detected during Text Inspection.

Health Warning Inspection Tool for Tobacco Packaging

With health-information and warning requirements becoming more and more regulated, tobacco companies are taking greater steps to ensure they meet high industry standards when it comes to packaging. Released with version 5.5, the latest innovation from GlobalVision was developed to facilitate the inspection of health warnings and artwork on tobacco labels and cartons.

The Compulsory Packaging Information (CPI) Extractor comes as an add-on to GlobalVision’s flagship Print Inspection system. Designed for use at each stage in the production process, it automatically compares cartons or press sheets to approved files to flag differences and ensures compliance with industry standards before going to print. This allows tobacco manufacturers to get their products to market faster by double-verifying health warnings and artwork in one complete inspection cycle.

Additional Features:

  • Generate comprehensive inspection reports to record and review all detected differences.
  • Stay on top of compliance standards by keeping track of each inspection with e-signatures for enhanced security.
  • Get color-coded grades of 1D and 2D barcodes in seconds without the need for a scanner with Barcode Inspection mode.

GlobalVision 5.5 is now available. To upgrade, contact sales.

Many within the quality-control community should be excited about the latest GlobalVision 5.4 release for desktop. None more so than system administrators, whose lives get a lot easier with a brand new access level to assign to users. Read more

The just-released GlobalVision Desktop 5.3 and GlobalVision Web 3.3 each bring exciting, new features to the forefront. The end result, for both deployment options, is greater overall ease of use, though.

Top new GlobalVision Desktop features include:

  • Text Inspection tweaks to insertions/ deletions, which are now easier to locate, along with the new ability to search for text when creating zones and resynching differences.
  • New user-friendly keyboard shortcuts listed in a readily accessible in-app guide.

Top new GlobalVision Web features include:

  • A face-lifted Graphics Inspection Mode, complete with adjustable Flash, Master, and Sample panels.
  • Mozilla Firefox support.

Improved Insertion and Deletion Detection

GlobalVision Desktop users can now make use of a new search function. As text is being selected to create a “zone,” possible matches in the opposite panel now pop up. Much the same mechanic lets users match text when resynching differences after the inspection has been run.

Also following inspections: Detected insertions and deletions get highlighted in red in only the corresponding panel, letting users easily determine the difference’s exact location.

The Wait for the (Bigger) Flash Is Over

GlobalVision Web users running graphics inspections can now make the Flash panel as big as they want. The panel, which flashes between the Master and Sample in rapid succession to highlight differences, can be resized or popped out as a separate browser window. Meanwhile, the Master and Sample panels can be toggled off altogether, allowing for a fully customizable inspection view.

More of Color Inspection Mode

Color Inspection Mode, which innovatively confirms the accuracy of Pantone, LAB, CMYK, and RGB values at select points, has also been updated. A streamlined, new look to the user interface now accompanies an additional inspection “action.” Point to Point inspections can now be run, where, instead of having GlobalVision Desktop automatically compare the same point on the Sample to the one on the Master, users specifically pick points on each file to compare to each other.

Other Updates:

  • Sleeker designs coupled with general user-interface improvements.
  • U.S. Postal Service 4-State barcode support in GlobalVision Desktop Barcode Inspection.
  • Available French, German, and Spanish translations of GlobalVision Desktop itself.
  • Simpler processes to regain access to locked-out accounts in both versions.

Before, locked-out GlobalVision Desktop and Web users had to contact administrators to log back in. Now, they can re-activate their accounts on their own through an email notification (Web) or by simply waiting until their system’s pre-determined lock-out period ends to try logging in again (Desktop). The forgotten-password retrieval system has also been revamped in GlobalVision Desktop, which emails a temporary password to users upon request. Hassle-free.

Ultimately, it’s one of many additional features designed to simplify the lives of GlobalVision users. For a complete list, read the release notes for GlobalVision Desktop 5.3 and GlobalVision Web 3.3.

Register for our webinar on either GlobalVision Web (December 4 at 11 am EST) or GlobalVision Desktop (December 13 at 11 am EST) for in-depth demonstrations of our software, including the above new features.

GlobalVision Adds Electronic Signatures for Enhanced Data Integrity to Most Comprehensive Platform Yet

With regulations increasing exponentially in importance, GlobalVision has responded to customers’ calls for greater control over data integrity by introducing electronic signatures into the fold.

By further addressing quality control professionals’ needs to meet FDA 21 CFR Part 11 compliance as a result, GlobalVision 5.1 for desktops is primed to exceed expectations. Whereas electronic signatures deliver enhanced transparency, other new features like the highly anticipated additions of Text and Spelling modes round out the offering for in-depth inspections that cover all your bases.

In short, top new features include:

  • Electronic signatures for greater transparency,
  • The ability to save scans to the Audit Trail for references purposes, and
  • Text and Spelling modes, making GlobalVision 5.1 a one-stop shop for all inspection types.

Electronic Signatures

With the integration of electronic signatures, administrators can control the system’s extensive record-keeping more thoroughly. When checked on, the feature forces the logged-in user to enter their credentials before generating a report, which gets signed with the appropriate name. In the application’s Audit Trail, reports can also be approved or rejected via much the same security mechanism, allowing companies to take greater advantage of the platform’s enhanced traceability.

Save Original Scans

The application’s traceability is enhanced even more by the ability to automatically save original scans. Previously scanned masters and samples saved to the database can be viewed by users with administrative privileges in the Audit Trail to help preserve data integrity to a greater extent. In addition, the time stamp of the scan and the name of the user who scanned the image are also recorded directly in the Audit Trail, accompanying the file for reference purposes.

Text and Spelling Inspection Mode

The release’s heightened functionality extends to inspections with the introduction of Text and Spelling to the all-in-one platform. With support for a variety of file types, Text compares documents with radically different layouts. For example, the accuracy of a printer’s proof in any language as a PDF compared to the text in an internally approved Microsoft® Word® document.

Spelling meanwhile, checks a loaded PDF, Word, HTML, or Adobe® Illustrator® doc against any one of 37 dictionaries. Each is customizable with company-specific terms to prevent false positives in future inspections, while every file also gets run against the onboard medical dictionary to verify drug terminology and ingredient lists for an extra degree of protection against potentially costly typos.

Additional updates:

  • Automatic removal of QRD (Quality Review of Documents) headers without having to create custom templates.
  • Advanced Table Logic to efficiently inspect tables with different cell formats.
  • Automatic Resync to enable post-processing difference detection.
  • Improved file-loading speed.

Resulting in added value and an unparalleled convenience factor, this release marks the first time all GlobalVision desktop modules have been combined in one platform.

For a complete list of all new features, read the release notes.


Maintaining Data Integrity with GlobalVision Software

Read our whitepaper on how GlobalVision complies with data integrity requirements, such as:
electronic signatures, different access levels and security, and audit trail with full traceability.

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Presenting GlobalVision 4.1 for Desktop: New Workflows for Print Production

Having previously pulled out all the stops unifying our apps into a single platform, we’re going further and adding to that all-in-one offering. Presenting our latest desktop release: GlobalVision 4.1. Users can now take advantage of the brand-new Job Wizard and other exciting features to streamline inspections to an even greater degree.

A New Workflow for Easy Inspections

We created the new Job Wizard workflow specifically with users in mind. It’s front and center here and promises to simplify inspections for print production and press operators among many others. It’s just a matter of creating a new profile or selecting one of the default options. Essentially individual collections of pre-set parameters, the profiles enable jobs—possibly comprising multiple inspections at once—to be run more efficiently. The Wizard can be set to launch right when the platform loads. It then guides users step by step through inspections, ensuring everyone in the organization follows set processes and standards.

Tweet: “The new Job Wizard runs users step by step through #inspections, ensuring everyone in the organization follows set processes & standards #GVBlog”

Faster, Stronger, Bigger, and Better

There’s also the matter of file-loading speeds, which have been improved. With specific regard to PDFs, the PDF Viewer functionality from Version 4.0 has been integrated into the new and improved interface. PDFs are now loaded directly into either the Master or Sample panel. You can then make desired separation and layer adjustments right there instead of in a separate window. It’s that easy!

Quality Control with All the Fixin’s

One of our ultimate goals has been to reduce users’ time spent switching between applications. Previously unifying all our apps was a giant leap forward. The integration of the PDF Viewer in this latest version is now following suit. Furthermore, in Version 4.1, you also have the option to scan in files at the push of a button, without a scanner interface popping up. And, when generating and viewing inspection reports, you can launch the platform’s very own Report Viewer instead of your system’s default PDF reader. 

Additional updates include:

  • A new one-to-one action for quicker inspections of press sheets.
  • Support for Code 32 barcodes in the Barcode Inspection app.
  • The addition of Unified English Braille (UEB) to the Braille library.
  • The ability to specify default paths when saving inspection reports or image views.

GlobalVision is consistently looking for more and more ways to improve users’ efficiency. These are just a select few. Overall, GlobalVision 4.1 can best be summarized as another step in the right direction, with more inevitably to come. Have something you want to see in a future update? Let us know here.


Join the GlobalVision 4.1 Webinar

We have recently released GlobalVision 4.1 for Desktop, and invite you to join our webinar to learn how this new release can help streamline your quality control process.