# User Guide
Welcome to the tilia Phoenix User Guide. Inside, you'll find a comprehensive guide to Phoenix, including explanations of the features, settings, and UI of Phoenix, along with use cases and examples. This documentation is designed to help you understand how Phoenix works and in the process increase efficiency, productivity, and use of Phoenix.
# What is Phoenix?
In the simplest terms, tilia Phoenix exists to increase the productivity and efficiency of your print production workflow through creating intelligent, cost-optimized layouts. Tilia Phoenix is the flagship product of Tilia Labs and is used by hundreds of businesses worldwide to drive down costs and reduce errors.
# Application Architecture
tilia Phoenix is a desktop application for Mac and Windows that integrates with your existing software. Phoenix is made to be open and can easily ingest and export files and data in a variety of formats to make integration seamless. Phoenix can also be automated through the use of hot folders and a modern REST API, as well as integrations with CERM and Enfocus Switch.
# How to read the documentation
The documentation can be consumed in a variety of ways. You can:
- read it straight through by following the links at the bottom of each page
- click directly to a topic of interest on the sidebar
- search for a term using the search bar at the top of the screen (or via the shortcut "s")
The goal is that it is easily digestible, so if you ever see something that doesn't make sense, or you think is better explained in a different way, please let us know.
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