Thank you for visiting us at Heimtextil 2018!

As in recent years, AVA had two stands  at Heimtextil, Frankfurt. This annual exhibition is the biggest international trade fair for home and contract textiles and wall coverings so it’s no surprise that both our stands were extremely busy with visitors. It was great for the team to see some familiar faces at the show and to also meet many new people. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who spent time with us.


This year we were once again located in hall 4.2 (Design hall) and Hall 6.0 (Digital Print hall). We hope you enjoyed seeing the software demonstrations and our unveiling of AVA 5!!


If you would like to know more about AVA and our latest release of AVA 5, or if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to contact us and a member of our team would be more than happy to help.


We hope to see you again soon. To find out where you can see AVA next please take a look at our events page.


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“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.” ~ George Santayana

In May 2017 we launched AVA Webinars as part of our Lifelong Learning initiativeThis is a powerful tool that allows us to connect with AVA users around the world and help them to get the most out of their software in a live online environment.

Since then we have delivered our first 10 webinars in three languages covering new features in the latest AVA releases, repeating, separations, and colouring and we are now in the process of scheduling new topics across even more of our supported languages for 2018.

What our customers seem to love about these sessions is that they can dial in from home or work on any device and in just one hour they can take away some tips & tricks from one of our AVA experts.

We’re delighted to see that the number of people taking part in each webinar has increased steadily and the feedback from users has been overwhelmingly positive!

Webinars are provided in addition to technical support and regular customised training, which is still the foundation of Lifelong Learning, and each session is recorded so that it can be accessed by anyone who is not able to attend the live event. At Heimtextil – an international trade fair for home and contract textiles, which will take place in January in Frankfurt – we will be introducing an exciting new platform called AVA TV, where all customers with an active CAD Development Plan will be able to view a schedule of upcoming events and also access recordings of previous webinars.

AVA TV sessions are easy to access via the ‘AVA help menu’ and recordings cover a range of subjects such as Advanced Separation Techniques or Materialize Basics. They are available in many languages and you can request subjects that you would like to see which aren’t listed..

If you have any questions or would like to suggest any future topics please contact us avatv@avacadcam.com



In January 2018 we are releasing a major upgrade to our software, AVA 5!

Last June we released 4.16 which was the 16th feature packed upgrade to AVA 4.

So why do we think the next release is worthy to become AVA 5 instead of simply 4.17?

AVA 4.0 was created in an Apple application framework called ‘Cocoa’. Cocoa allows us to develop the software more quickly. This was approximately 7 years after we wrote AVA 3 which was the first version of AVA which was capable of running on MacOS X.

Historically we make major upgrades when the underlying technology changes and this is typically every 7 years. However with AVA 5 it’s the features and concepts which span the entire software which make the difference!

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Revolutionary new Custom Palettes

You can create your own Custom Palettes. Each Palette is a floating document and you can drag settings from almost anywhere within the software to create a ‘Button’. Each Button can contain multiple settings which can be activated (restored) with a simple click.

Example uses:

- Create new tools restoring combinations of patterns, brushes, filters, tracking with a single button.
- Restore preferences, colour matching, overprint, page setup and CMS settings.
- Easily create new documents in your standard sizes at the touch of a button.
- Configure menus windows and tools with one click.
- Restore Layouts, rulers and templates.
- Share separation settings between documents.
- Download new palettes with continual updates.

While the concept and use of Custom Palettes are simple, we think it is significant and unique addition to the software. There are thousands of other uses for this technology and every day we think of something new to do with them. We think they will revolutionise your workflows and we can’t wait to see what you will create..

The Palettes can be easily shared within your company by email or fileserver and can be synchronised automatically between workstations using the AVA Productivity Manager.


AVA Assist

New Help buttons allow direct links from practically every window to provide instant information on the relevant topic. As part of our ‘Life Long Learning’ initiative, we place great importance on Assist and have kept it bang up to date.
You can read the latest tips and tricks on a particular area or simply watch one of the many movies. Totally integrated help allows you to explore the software – enabling you to get more out of it. The great news for users who prefer a language other than English is that AVA Assist now uses built in Google translation technology too.



We are really excited about this technology as yet another part of our ‘Life Long Learning’ initiative.

A new ‘AVA TV’ menu item is located within AVA’s Help menu. From here you will see a list of upcoming events/sessions and you can simply click on an item to watch it.

AVA TV sessions are easy to access and may be on subjects such as Advanced Separation Techniques or Materialize Basics. They are available in many languages and back events are also stored for you to watch at any time. It shouldn’t be long before we have an extensive library of these which will help keep you and your staff fully informed. Please feel free to request subjects that you would like to see which aren’t listed..


Pro Appearance

AVA can now be used in an all new ‘Pro’ Appearance. We think it looks super new and up to date and some users find the stealth black look less of a distraction. It’s optional so you can choose to use it or not. You can also customise the backgrounds to the Layers Palette and your design surrounds. Care must be taken when setting background colours but setting the background to your substrate colour can actually improve your colour perception. There is a new ‘AVA Assist Help’ button located adjacent to the colour preferences which takes you directly to an article describing this.

Colour Correction Layers

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.. Have you ever needed to slightly nudge the colours of a design? In the past we sometimes had to make complex colour adjustments using our custom overprint technology. Now it’s easy to apply a correction using correction layers. These layers are non-destructive and are also ideal for Digital Print. They can be easily recorded and applied using our new Custom Palettes technology and are also useful for simulating lamination effects.


Geared Sliders

Every slider in AVA now uses our ‘geared slider’ technology. Since many AVA features have sliders to control settings, you can make more subtle/precise changes in almost every window.

New ColourSys

We have invested in rewriting AVA ColourSys. It is now 64-bit and has Retina graphics and improved performance. It’s been re-written using the latest frameworks and technology which pave the way for further rapid feature development.
We are so excited about this that we are showcasing ColourSys now as part of our AVA 5 platform. It will be released later this year.

Many other features and improvements

As you’d expect from any AVA release, there are countless other features, optimisations and improvements including our new Productivity Manager and Structure Simulation modules. Be sure to request a demonstration or view in AVA TV! We are pretty excited about AVA 5 and can’t wait to hear what you think.

We think AVA 5 represents the start of a new era and hope you will agree!

Simon Whomsley December 2017
Director of Research & Development


New Products


AVA Productivity Manager

The further developed AVA Productivity Manager.

Due to rapid growth in Digital Printing and numerous customer requests, AVA Productivity Manager has now been further developed.
AVA Productivity Manager now has a more secure web interface log in which allows remote users to access the database via browser with a Username and Password, making online access a much securer and reliable way of accessing valuable data. To further enhance security, AVA Productivity Manager now uses HTTPS to encrypt user data in transit and avoid potential hackers.

Deleting information stored on the Productivity Manager server has been simplified. This can now be done by simply hitting ⌘⌫ and confirming your request.

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Quality Assurance QA

QualityAssurance is an easy and simple way of ensuring that customers with AVA stations in different locations around the world are able to compare design colours accurately.

Customers can now create and print a design, establish the correct colours, upload these colours to our Productivity Manager and then have another station in another location print that design and validate their results against the original – saving time and money by avoiding the need to courier prints between locations

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Structure Simulation

Structure Simulation builds on amazing 3D innovations. It enables designers to create, manipulate and calculate 3D structures associated with their printing and creative process – Embossing, Blown Vinyl effects, Fixed Gap printing effects and many more.

The module integrates beautifully into the existing main AVA program. As you’d expect, it works with the existing AVA tools and layouts to simulate the structure in repeat, in colour and in-register with the existing 2D print design. It enables designers to create their own structure effects or to re-use and re-integrate archive structure files. The tool could also be used to fault check files prior to production.

AVA believes this unique product will both enhance and speed up the design process, and will dramatically improve communication between design teams and the engraver / producer.


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