A revolution in creating print catalogs!
Pimcore provides extended support for Cross-Media-Publishing and Web-to-Print initiatives. Pimcore stringently follows a single-source-publishing approach. The PIM module is the central data hub, which supplies enriched data to multiple output channels, such as websites, newsletters, online shop, and print catalogs. It provides highly structured master data including all corresponding multimedia assets to desktop publishing products like Adobe® Indesign® and Quark® Xpress®.
But Pimcore is not just an open-source PIM: It integrates customer experience management for the creation of full-featured product catalogs and price lists without using any desktop publishing software. Ready-to-print PDFs can be created in a user-friendly interface in Pimcore based on up-to-date product data, prices and high-quality images. They can even be created fully automated, based on a predefined layout.
The most efficient and flexible way to create ready-to-print documents like catalogues and price lists is to use Pimcore in combination with RealObjects PDFreactor. Together they build a solid stack for automated database publishing and Web-to-Print.
PDFreactor + Pimcore PIM facilitate making of high-quality 680+ page product catalog within B2B shop
Headquartered in Austria, the Walter Bösch GmbH & Co KG (about 650 employees and 100M EUR revenue p.a.) is a specialist manufacturer for heating, ventilation and air conditioning technology. A high-quality print catalog is an essential tool for hundreds of contractors and distributors selling the Bösch technology across various countries.
Several Bösch employees used to work months on the creation of the catalog, as product data had to be collected, verified and updated. An integral filling system for the thousands of product pictures did not exist and the overall process depended on normal desktop publishing programs.
The PIM system is the central data hub for all kind of product information (text, technical data, pictures, videos, links etc.) and delivers up-to-date data to various output channels. Updates of the product information have to be done only in the PIM system.
The Bösch ERP system provides the basic product data and pricing information, which is automatically captured by the Pimcore PIM system using an ERP-PIM interface. The catalog editor enriches the product data in the Pimcore PIM system through additional information such as, text, pictures, links etc. The Bösch B2B shop as well as the catalog production uses this data.
For more info about the Bösch B2B shop and catalog see also the Pimcore case study.
The catalog is directly created in the Pimcore PIM system using a plugin. The catalog editor creates single chapters and adds content pages, which are directly filled with data from the PIM system. The Pimcore PIM plugin allows the PDF creation any time. Additional settings, e.g. the integration of printer marks, can be done optionally.
Bösch uses a printer‐friendly PDF (DIN A-4, 32MB) for downloads and electronic distribution. Within the PDF each product is directly linked to the Bösch B2B shop.
A print compliant PDF (extract, 12 MB) with a size of about 170 MB – including printer marks, high-resolution images and CMYK color space compatibility – went to a print shop for the production of hardcovers.
The 680+ page Bösch product catalog has become an Elements flagship project, deeply showing the strategic value of PDFreactor for the Web-to-Print process within the Pimcore PIM solution. The highlights of the PDFreactor implementation include:
- Table of contents
- Multi-column layout
- CSS transforms
- Tables & floats
- Printer marks
- CMYK colors
PDFreactor Pricing and Deployment
The PDFreactor Webservice and Docker-Image enables the smooth integration of a PDFreactor CPU License into the PIM module in order to streamline your web-based print processes. To receive a quotation directly from RealObjects or to securely purchase a PDFreactor license from our online reseller cleverbridge using a major credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Diners Club), wire transfer or Paypal, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Integration and Usage
Documentation on how to create print-ready PDFs in general can be found on the Pimcore documentation web site in the chapter Print Documents. If you are looking how to directly create and return a PDF instead of HTML from your controller, please have a look at the Pimcore documentation web site, chapter Rendering PDFs. A fully working demo application can be found at https://demo-advanced.pimcore.org/admin (User: admin, Password: demo)
For availability, documentation, technical support etc. please contact email@example.com. RealObjects does not provide any support related to the integration of the PDFreactor into the Pimcore platform.
Pimcore is an award-winning data management and customer experience management software. Enterprises choose Pimcore because it seamlessly integrates 4 applications – Product Information Management (PIM), Digital Asset Management (DAM), Customer Experience Management (CMS/UX) and eCommerce.
The software is licensed open-source and available free of charge. The company specializes in business consulting, solution consulting, integration & implementation, professional services & support.
Automating business processes becomes easy with Pimcore’s connectivity to any external software or cloud infrastructure. Pimcore is recognized as Gartner ‘Cool Vendor’ 2018.
elements.at New Media Solutions GmbH is a leading full-service digital agency focused on creating superior digital customer experiences that bring brands and customers closer together. Headquartered in Salzburg, Austria, it consists of a team of more than 100 developers, consultants and designers, all working together to build exceptional digital solutions for ambitious international clients.
The Elements team created Pimcore in 2009 and have been advancing it ever since. With over 82,000 installations in 56 countries, Pimcore has become the leading open-source experience and data management platform.
Elements partners with RealObjects, enabling Pimcore clients to utilize best-of-breed automated database publishing, variable data printing (VDP) and web-to-print functionality based on RealObjects PDFreactor.
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