L'Oréal luxe division has chosen Aproove to cut their operating cost in all their collaboration with their external retouching agencies. Yves Saint Laurent beauté was the first L'Oréal brand to be equiped with a full Aproove solution in December 2013. All their exchanges, uploads, online reviews, online approvals, online proofing and file distribution with their suppliers and subsidiaries are now handled using Aproove with a massive time saving, total security and comfort. Retouching operations from suppliers where requiring between 24 to 48 hours in the past. Using Aproove, all those opreations including certified color proofing delivery are now done in real time and does not require anymore carrier. This has saved a massive amount of time, money and stress to YSL's marketing team.
Sticky note using a single click
The sticky note or Post it is the simplest way to annotate. One click where you want to put your comment and that's it. While this is easiest tool for most people, this tools is very accurate. The size of the annotation circle when you annotate is zoom level dependent and managed automatically by Aproove. So, a small circle means a finer detail annotation than a bigger circle annotation. This way of annotating is one of the most used on powerpoint slides and retail catalogs (prices blocks).
The most wanted annotation tool is probably the Pen note. This is most intuitive way to give your comments. This function is simply accessible by keeping the mouse button down while drawing. If you have a pen device, it supports it perfectly like WACOM tablets for an accurate clipping path request (see animated picture for an example). This tool simply replaces any of the classical note you will make using a pen on paper.
Marquee annotation Tool
The box annotation tool is designed to select an accurate area in the layout. Very useful for photographer for getting an accurate feedback from collaborators in order to apply an adequate cropping. In text selection the box tool become automatically a marquee selection tool where text is grabbed. In complex layout like newspaper or magazine, this tool makes a huge difference. Simply use the SHIFT key and mouse in order to enable the marquee selection.
Annotate text seamlessly
The annotation tool is able to automatically detect the text and become a very powerful text tool. It automatically highlight the text like using a "STABILO" and grab the text into your your note for editing. A killer feature on this tool is the before/after smart highlighter : everything in green means 'ADDED', everything in red means 'REMOVED' and everything in black means 'NO CHANGE'. This cool feature is showing you instantly what has to be changed according to a before after comparison, even on a full page of text. All the text corrections made in the note popup are done in UNICODE. This permits Aproove to support annotation on any kind of char set like arabic, hebrew, cyrilic, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, etc. and a 100% compatible COPY content and PASTE to Adobe InDesign or Microsoft WORD without any trouble.
Approve or Reject
Online proofing's main target is final approval of your artwork. Aproove does support 2 ways of approving assets.
Approval at asset level, this means that if several users have access to this asset, when approved by one of them, it is considered as approved for all. The other way is the "shared" approval, that means that each user in the project can approve or reject, but this is a per user approval. Final approval will be defined by a logical rule using logical operators like AND and OR.
This gives you a unique way to decide when an asset is approved or rejected based on parallel user decision. You don't need to wait for a user to make a decision in order to ask others decision. They all access at the same time and Aproove will tell you when your approval rules are reached.
"We began using Aproove in our European operations [in 2013], with great success...It reduced the number of physical proofing cycles dramatically, with a resulting drop in paper costs and total time spent on proofing...our earlier process of downloading and distributing PDFs was costly and time consuming, but Aproove has solved this...Aproove is truly innovative."
Staples Europe has tightly integrated Aproove in their internal marketing collaboration workflow with more than 300 registered users and hundreds of guests involved in online proofing, online approval, all on the fly from all their Business unit in all European countries. Aproove Architecture and its very low hardware footprint has helped Staples to run the whole solution on a single instance Aproove server running on a 2 core virtual machine. The 26 languages Staples's catalogs and big books production are all done through Aproove from briefing to final approval print. This represent 100.000+ pages.
Macy's NY has chosen Aproove solution for managing all their picture retouching collaboration task between all marketing teams and the retouching/designer team. Aproove unique technology on displaying accurate High Resolution picture in any colorspace on any device has made a huge difference compared to competition. The low hardware footprint ensure very fast operation even with huge pictures and many concurrent users. The all picture retouching team (more than 30 operators) are happy Aproove users since 2012 and involve anyone at Macy's out of 15.000 users through the Aproove AD connector.
Realworld online proofing, online approval and even complex online collaboration became reality using Aproove for Macy's.
"...With files centrally located, we’re able to streamline the workflow by eliminating back & forth for reviews. By eliminating & reducing file circulation among the reviewers. The greatest features of the application are version control and the invite feature which also management to Invite non account users into to workflow process."
Hudson Bay Company is located in Canada. They have more than 450 concurrent users and more than 2100 active users through invites in their Aproove solution installed in 2013 providing online proofing and online approval state of the art features into their marketing workflow.
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