2Getting StartedSafenet (Rainbow) SHK hardware key is required. Aladdin Hasp 4 and Rainbow SuperPro keys are no longer supported.Key is cross-platform.SHK key will also support Flexi 6/7 and PhotoPRINT 4/5Upgrades will ship with new key.New security system is virtually uncrackable.Upgrades keys will have license transferred to SHK.
3Password ChangesPassword length has increased from 20 to 32 digits longFlexi 8 passwords never use 1, I, S, 5, 2, Z, 0, ONFR keys now unlock Braille, URW, TIFF, HP9000 automaticallyVariable timers with unlimited rechargesLanguage install protection allows for password to be limited to any language combinationBeta version uses a soft key with activation. It will run on a single system only and cannot be moved without requiring new activation.Send any beta reports to
4Operating Systems Supported Windows 2000Windows XPWindows XP Professional x64 EditionWindows 2003 ServerMacintosh OS X.2.8 and up (3 months later)
5Updated Splash ScreenNew look with updated packaging focused on theme “8” by using objects associated with 8, such as Octagon.Spider theme is for beta.Some info no longer shown in splash such as password. That is shown in about dialog only.Link to web site removed from help menu. Link added to About dialog.
6New Look Show preview defaults to on – no more wireframe dragging Color widget has option to show as listNew look for Tip of the Day.Overprint moved to Fill/Stroke Editor
7Smooth Screen Anti-aliasing added to eliminate jaggies Text smoothing more accurateOption to disable in preferences
8Updated Toolbars Toolbar icons redrawn More modern look. Toned down colorEnlarged from 16x16 to 20x20 for high resolution screensSimilar to 7.6 look to aid transitionTrue color (no 256 color limit)Separators addedFlexi 7.x workspace for old icon look
13Combine Toolbar 7.6v2: 8.0v1: Weld by color added Remove overlap added Combine options removedGroup, Ungroup, Compound, and Uncompound removed
14Group Toolbar7.6v2: N/A8.0v1:New toolbar created by taking Group, Ungroup, Compound, and Uncompound from Combine toolbar.Mask and Unmask are also included.
15Effects Toolbar7.6v2:8.0v1:Combine removed and made separate toolbarLens removed and made separate toolbar
16Text Toolbar 7.6v2: 8.0v1: Text styles removed Justify menu added to menu
17RIP Engine Based on PhotoPRINT 5 technology: Adobe CPSI 3017 RIP engineCMYK overprint support“Ignore overprint in PDF” moved from preferences to Job Properties and renamed “Ignore overprint”Job properties resolution setting3rd party Or / Gr ink limitingAuto-rotate to fit media
18Raster Vector Detection Detect color mode and object typeOnly shows used input profiles and rendering intentsDim controls that do not applyUse embedded ICC dims if none and shows name if available
19Object Color Control See input and output color at any point See object type and color spaceRemap any colorSaves as a presetApplies only to added jobs
20Additional Changes Vividness control Presets in Default Job Properties Moiré free angled screen patterns based on patented technology
21Design Changes Option to save settings on exit Improved Photoshop plug-in support
22True-Shape NestingTreats each object as its own shape, not as a rectangleAllows for multiple copies to be setFills holesCreates additional pages as needed.Available as an optional feature.
23Job statistics Shows details of entire job or selection Each object is listed along with position, size, area, color and perimeterExport function
24Import / Export Changes Export as Adobe PDF for customer proofingSave / open layers for AI, DXF, HPGL, DWGSend to EnRoute improvementsSmaller native .FS files via compressionExport as Flexi 7.5 addedas JPEG, PDF, or .FSDocuments default to my documents folderOption to not update document location.FS / .PD can be added into Production Manager and be printed and contour cutImproved support of text in EPS/PS filesImproved kerning of CasMate files
25Text Changes On screen spell checking Tabbed alignment Easier incremental font selection in DesignCentral
26Cut/Plot Changes Options tab added, less complex advanced tab Up to 10 custom cutter controlsDriver options per colorWeedline previewSplit weedlinesEasyweed removedOvercut
27RIP and Print Changes Color adjustment curves added Preset shown as a listBorderless printingMutoh multi-segment with cut serverRoland hybrid marksWhite ink support
28Desktop Printing Position (center, corner or custom) Scale (ratio, scale)Preview (with tiles)Templates (removed job info)Added grid, guides and substrate options – no longer need to open DesignEditor.
29Additional Improvements Templates – added additional options when applying a template such as "Selection only", "Include Border" and "Include substrate color"Additional Job info Placeholder addedMulti edit template objectsOption to display grid as dots
30Drivers ColorSpan Ferret Mimaki 2.1 Firewire (allows multiple devices, but each on own card)Canon imagePROGRAF W6400, W8400Epson Stylus Pro 4400, 4800, 7400, 7800, 9400, 9800Liyu, Scitex, Nur, Xerox drivers no longer protectedGraphtec CE3000mk2 added with alignment supportMany additional drivers added
31Color Profiler Changes Added support for new colorimeters – IcColor, IO, DTP20, DTP70, Spectrocam USB, BarbieriImproved profile creation workflow.Add MediaSave Preset
32Installer Changes Direct installation of PTFs Dealer customization to add / remove filesUpdated to latest version of Install ShieldDetects key driver and only installs if neededSeparate option to install key driverNo longer need reboot after install
33Level Changes FlexiEXPERT added bitmap crop FlexiPRINT & CUT – PhotoPRINT DX plus FlexiSIGN with all drivers. Replaces VersaCamm editionFlexiSIGN and FlexiLETTER added Select by attribute and MaskFlexiDESIGNER added Cut/Plot and RIP and Print to send to already installed PM