Pimcore PIM + PDFreactor – a revolution in creating print catalogs!

Pimcore provides extended support for Cross-Media-Publishing and Web-to-Print initiatives. In this case Pimcore supports master data management and either provides this highly structured master data including all corresponding multimedia assets to desktop publishing products like Adobe® Indesign® and Quark® Xpress® or supports the automatic generation of print-ready documents (PDFs,). Pimcore actively supports the opensource single-source-publishing approach.

The Pimcore based PIM system is the central data hub, which supplies to its successful B2B shop also the tool for creating PDF product catalogs with the required data. Thus, the catalog creation with up-to-date product data, individual prices and high-quality pictures is possible at your fingertips any time. The ready-to-print PDF is directly supplied by the Pimcore PIM system.

The most efficient and flexible way to create ready-to-print documents like catalogues and price lists is to use Pimcore PIM in combination with RealObjects PDFreactor. Together they build a solid stack for automated database publishing and Web-to-Print.

The Flagship Project

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.

Initial Situation. 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.

Solution. 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.

Realization. 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.

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:

  • Cross-reference
  • Table of contents
  • Multi-column layout
  • CSS transforms
  • Tables & floats
  • Printer marks
  • CMYK colors

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