Thank you for visiting us at ITMA, Barcelona

AVA would like to thank those who took the time to visit our team exhibiting in the ‘printing hall’ at ITMA. During the show, we showcased how AVA’s specialist software is the ideal solution not only for designers and colourists, but for all those within the printed textile industry who are aiming to saving time and money in the preparation and printing (digital or conventional) of decorative designs.


AVA provides an array of tools and solutions to enhance creativity, whilst maintaining accurate colour management for digital printing and automation of colour separations for screen engraving and re-colouring.

“Innovating the World of Textiles” was the ITMA theme for 2019, however, continuing from the 2015 theme, it was evident that the concerns and demands for environmentally sustainable textiles were still high on many people’s agenda. We believe at AVA that ‘Sustainable’ is not a destination but more of a journey, and we work continuously to help our customers to reduce their waste and the impact on the environment.


Cementing its reputation as the world’s largest textile and garment technology exhibition, ITMA conjured up an impressive list of 1,717 exhibitors, from 45 countries. With higher demand for exhibition space, the impressive venue Fira de Barcelona, Gran Via, had to open two additional halls to accommodate, thus providing an impressive floorspace of 114,500 sqm (a 6% growth on 2015.)

Due to great interest and the fact that industry is embracing digital transformation, ‘Printing’ had it’s own designated hall this year. An impressive 38% growth of exhibitors within this sector, saw it as one of the largest growing sectors for 2019.

If you would like to book a demonstration of our software click here. Alternatively, if you have any questions or would like more information about AVA, please contact a member of our team who will be happy to help.

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




AVA continue to be proud partners of The University of Bolton. We have been supporting and collaborating with the university for several years now. As a company AVA believe it’s extremely important to work closely with education and to help support and build links with industry.  It is a pleasure working with Bolton as they are like minded in their teaching philosophy, placing strong emphasis on links with industry, creativity and employability. Bolton are very good at encouraging students to experiment with crafts, technology and cad, giving them a good all round knowledge and skill base. Throughout the course a lot of emphasis is placed on exploring many different techniques and processes, allowing the students to build multiple skill sets and find their own unique niche and passion.  The interest and success that Bolton graduates receive at end of year shows, New Designers, Mood and during competitions is a testament to their diversity, innovation and employability.

AVA are delighted to announce our latest award winning graduate, Jenny McCarthy from The University of Bolton.

Our Customer Service Director, Debbie, comments on the 2019 degree show:

“This years end of year creative show did not disappoint, with so much diversity and talent on show it was difficult to chosen just one winner of the AVA training prize. However after delving deep through all the the portfolios we could clearly see the quality and volume of work created by Jenny. Jennys portfolio was bursting with beautiful drawings, mark making, textures and paintings which she had then further developed by hand and on cad into very sophisticated patterns. Layering her drawings and textures it is clear to see that Jenny has a very strong understanding of pattern and  her final pieces were presented very professionally, with a beautiful sense of colour and an excellent commercial eye. I am sure it won’t be long before Jenny and her work is snapped up by industry!”


We asked Jenny to explain more to us about her final collection and the inspirations for this:

Throughout my time studying Textiles & Surface design at the University of Bolton I developed a deep passion for designing bespoke prints for products such as furnishing fabrics and wall coverings. I take most of my design inspiration from my surroundings and enjoy spending much of my free time outdoors gathering resources to take visual reference from. When it comes to designing I have a versatile and illustrative approach and often combine a variety of processes such as screen print and both digital and hand rendered techniques to create a contemporary visual aesthetic.

I have recently completed my Final Major Project collection titled ‘Venenata’, which is an interior textile based collection inspired by poisonous plant species, this collection in particular showcases my ability to combine illustrative and textural artwork whilst preserving the form and delicate qualities of my chosen subject matter.

Final collection - Taking visual inspiration from lithogram prints by historical designers during the 19th century and botanical specimen references from the Botany archive at Liverpool World Museum, Venenata is a body of work that explores the repellent yet attractive qualities of poisonous plant species. Combining numerous techniques and approaches to drawing and painting, the original artwork explores texture, line and shape observed from a range of deadly plant forms which has resulted in a surface pattern design collection which consists of commercial designs for the interior industry focusing on furnishing fabrics for upholstery and bespoke wall-coverings.

Jenny McCarthy_Final Collection_300dpi Example of work copy

Original illustrative studies of plants such as hemlock and wisteria were taken through to computer aided design to combine with textural, mark making based artwork before translating them into large scale repeats capturing the triffid qualities of the plant forms using a combination of digital processes including AVA CAD/CAM and Photoshop, before then applying them to a range of materials using both digital printing and traditional techniques such as screen print and laser etching.

The use of dark grounds accompanied with the deep hues included in the colour palette such as clarets, metallic coppers and teals has given the botanical based print collection a dramatic quality, combined with the chosen fabric types of plush upholstery velvets and airy voiles has given the collection an opulent and luxurious feel.

I feel honoured and privileged to have been awarded the AVA CAD CAM training award after showcasing my work at the creative degree show. I am extremely thankful to have been given this opportunity and I’m looking forward to developing my skills further using the software and to see where this will take my design work in the future.

I have recently been preparing to exhibit at Week 1 of New Designers 2019 in which I will be showcasing my final collection and extended portfolio. I am excited to be able to discuss and demonstrate my passion and determination whilst at the event in to gain contacts and opportunities as I am now hoping and actively looking to secure a work placement or internship within the interior/homeware market industry.

We look forward to welcoming Jenny when she joins us for her training at AVA.

AVA macOS Catalina (10.15)

Apple’s next operating system ‘macOS Catalina’ will start shipping this autumn and is already available in the form of a public beta version. However, AVA will not be supporting macOS Catalina until AVA 5.4 which we will ship in January 2020.

macOS Catalina contains significant welcome security enhancements. However we anticipate potential problems for users as manufacturers of graphic tablets, printers, spectrophotometers and software libraries adapt and make themselves compatible with the changes. It’s not just AVA that needs to be updating but the entire ecosystem.

AVA 5.3 version might already work on Catalina but as the entire ecosystem needs to work, we don’t recommend users updating to Catalina at this time as we don’t want you to encounter issues that hinder your work.

We are fully committed to fully working on macOS Catalina as soon as possible and we are targeting the AVA 5.4 release (which ships in January 2020) to be fully compatible with it.

If you have an immediate strong reason for wanting to be on Catalina now then please contact myself (Robert Soames) and I’ll be happy to discuss options with you.

macOS Catalina is due to be released in Autumn, for more information click here 

Coming Soon – AVA 5.3!

Summer 2019!

In AVA 5.3 we have added a number of key features to our partial image interface to help you design your repeats even more easily.  You can now rotate them around a pin, distort beyond their original boundary and keep the images repeating even when your viewing a single repeat in AVA!


We are excited to announce a brand new Morphing brush in this latest version. The Morphing brush allows users to blend various different brushes to create artistic and inspirational brush strokes.


In the last release we introduced the File Browser to allow users to quickly locate and open designs. We have further enhanced the File Browser in this latest version, giving users the added versatility to show the contents of folders and show users the path to the files location.
AVA has a function to export an image of your design or Layout for non AVA users to view. This is the ‘Save Combined Copy As’ function. Using AVA 5.3 the exported file will look closer to how you saw the design in AVA than ever before, when your clients view them on their systems. See example below, where the saved files are viewed in Preview.


AVA’s Halftone Screen algorithms now give better angle stability, dramatically improved performance and using AVA’s Palette actions technology can now automate the Halftone Screening procedure.

As well as general improvements to AVA’s TIFF compatibility, AVA 5.3 now has the ability to import 16 bit TIFF files.

This TIFF compatibility allows us to integrate better with high quality large format scanners such as CRUSE and Metis.

Using the AVA Digital Print RIP with 5.3, we can print colour matched 3D prints of your textures to the latest Roland UV printers. This allows you to present a hard copy of embossed designs to your clients that they can actually touch and feel.


AVA’s Structure Simulation module has been refined to give a more realistic simulation of the finished result and includes tools to help you correct faults in the structure.  The window now includes the option of showing a gloss effect and shadows. The mouse position shows in the Structure window, so you can easily mark problem areas you need to fix.  All these enhancements make checking for faults clearer, and allows you to show your clients a better representation of how the finished product will look.


Users now have the option on open, to use their own Application settings or take the Document settings.  This gives a better control of your setup and aids reprint-ability.




Please note: This is a short introduction to the latest AVA 5.3 features. For more in depth information on all the latest features please see AVA Assist. AVA Assist provides more detailed and interactive information about all of the features listed above as well as the many other features which are contained within this release.

For AVA 5.3 we recommend running macOS Mojave (10.14). Our minimum macOS requirement is macOS 10.12.

At this time we would not suggest upgrading to macOS Catalina (10.15). For more information about this, please click here.

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