X-Rite has made their next generation professional color management software even better with the new release of i1Profiler. i1Profiler is the profiling software that ships with all i1 models. Now, with the version 1.4 update that X-Rite has released, the i1Profiler software supports scanner profiling as well. This new version also features full support for all of the latest operating systems, including Mac OSX 10.8 and Windows 8. This update will be a free update for all i1Profiler users, and any future i1Pro customers will have free access to this software. The release of the new i1Profiler software will greatly expand the feature set of the previous version of this software. In the same ilk as the previous release of this software, the newest version features both basic and advanced modes of operation to help quickly and easily calibrate your monitor, projector, scanner, and printer, so you can be assured that no matter what media your work is on, your color will be right the first time, every time.
Key Features of 1.4
By simply scanning a standard color checking target, users can generate a high quality, custom ICC profile for their scanner. The software is capable of automatically detecting, cropping, and resizing the target to meet its needs.
- ColorChecker Classic
- ColorChecker Digital SG
- Reflective IT 8.7/2
- Transmissive 4x5 and 35mm IT 8.7/1
OS Support Update
This software has been expanded to support all of the latest popular operating systems. This support list includes the following:
- Mac OSX 10.6.x, 10.7.x, and 10.8.x (with latest updates installed)
- Microsoft Windows XP 32 bit, Vista 32 or 64 bit, Windows 7 32 or 64 bit, and Windows 8 32 or 64 bit (with latest service pack installed)
In addition to the above improvements, i1Profiler 1.4 also includes additional CGATS and other minor workflow improvements, plus several maintenance fixes.
Thanks to the release of this new version of i1Profiler, color calibration on any media has never been easier. If you're interested in taking the new version of i1Profiler for a spin, it comes with every i1 Pro device. You can purchase an i1 product from our store from here.
X-Rite, one of the leaders in color matching hardware, has decided to make the move to drop a large selection of spectrodensitometers from their product portfolio. This move has been made in order to help promote their new product, the X-Rite eXact. The X-Rite eXact is X-Rite's newest revolutionary spectrodensitometer designed with productivity in mind. The eXact introduces a wealth of new features into X-Rite's spectrodensitometer lineup. Included in the list of discontinued spectrodensitometers are the following:
If you're the proud owner of one of these devices, or you were planning on buying one, fret not, as X-Rite has already announced that they will be continuing support and service for all of the aforementioned models until 2020 (7 years after the discontinuation date). If you've been debating purchasing one of these devices, however, you may want to look into the X-Rite eXact equivalent. The eXact is the latest hardware from X-Rite, and it boasts quite a few new features including:
- Industry first color touch screen display that simplifies device operation
- Range of product configurations that scale to meet business needs
- Color pass/fail reporting against industry standards
- Un-tethered calibration, specification, and data capturing
- Embedded Pantone libraries for access to industry-leading color reference standards.
- Expanded on device storage allows for job presets and color libraries to be saved
- BestMatch offers a fast way to accurately measure ink colors throughout the press run
The eXact comes in three different flavors: the densitometer, the standard, and the advanced. If you want to figure out which model is the best fit for you, visit our product listing to see the features of each. With the discontinuation of these spectrodensitometers, there's no better time than now to upgrade to the latest, greatest technology from X-Rite.
Caldera has long been a highly acclaimed name in the world of RIP software. They have brought many useful pieces of software into the industry, and with the new version of their already famous RIP software, they have provided the community with even more great tools to help improve the quality of our workflow. With all of the amazing new features that have found their way into this version of Caldera's RIP software, mastering your RIP is easier than ever before.
New Included Features of V9.10
- Multi-Page Collate
- Japanese Language Support
Multi-Page PDF printing is becoming an ever present norm in today's wide-format printing workflow. Caldera has realized this truth and has introduced all new multi-page collation features in their new version of the software. With the new collation options available in this software, you can now set your output documents to be either fully assembled (all pages 1-x) or printed in sequential order (all page 1's, all page 2's, etc.). No more sifting through thousands of papers to find what you need.
Other Included Features
With the launch of this new software, Caldera has incorporated plenty of other features to assist with the usability of their software. With the new Raster2PDF feature, size limitations for certain raster files (namely TIFF's) have been removed. This improves the performance of raster files by using performance benefits provided by the APPE engine. Also, this new version introduces support for the Japanese language. Not only did Caldera decide to support Japanese in this version of the software, but they are also providing extensive Japanese documentation on their software. These new features are included standard with all new copies of Caldera RIP software.
New Available Options in V9.10
- Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.6
- Process Standard Verifier
- Textile Step & Repeat
- EasyMedia OBC
With the release of this new version of Caldera's famous software, many improvements and additions have been made to the VisualCut module. This module has already proven itself to be a great time saver, and thanks to the new additions made by Caldera, this software is a productivity powerhouse.
- Enhanced GUI
- New preview mode with all new features
- Customization and saving of cutting tools
- New cut drivers
Textile Step & Repeat
Creating seamless images for the sake of textiles and other print industries can be a very daunting task. Caldera aims to decrease the stress brought about by this task with the introduction of their new Textile Step & Repeat module. The S&R module is capable of perfectly optimizing pattern repetition so you don't have to. You can now control pattern repetition by applying the right shifts. The new integrated "Detect Drop" button will automatically compute the correct drop to apply. This new feature can be found in Caldera's textile optimized RIP solutions, VisualTEX+ and GrandTEX+.
Process Standard Verifier
The new Process Standard Verifier incorporated in this version of Caldera's RIP software can help users ensure conformity to FOGRA certification of their printing press. The verifier can build a compliancy report with the following standards:
- ISO 12647-2
- ISO 12647-7
- ISO 12647-8
- PSD Absolute (Process Standard Digital)
- PSD Relative (Process Standard Digital)
- PSO (Process Standard Offset)
And Many More!
There are many other useful additional options that you can add to the latest version of this software. The Adobe PDF Print Engine 2.6 enables you to decrease the processing time of RIPs, ensure print consistency, streamline complex document production, and enhance Acrobat compatibility. EasyMedia OBC is a new add on to EasyMedia that was also released with this new update. EasyMedia OBC enables management of the optical brighteners compensation process, and the creation of profiles that take optical brighteners into consideration. The new PrintBoard plugin for Variable Display allows users of Caldera’s RIP software to show an overview of their production activity on screen for anyone to see, with information including which files have recently been added to the spooler, and the number of square meters processed daily by the RIP. With all of the new features added in version 9.10 by Caldera, it can be difficult to find a reason not to upgrade. If you'd like to browse our selection of Caldera 9.10 software, feel free to take a look at our product pages:
Alwan's Print Verifier has been a long time favorite of quality control operators. RPImaging is happy to announce that Alwan has released a newer version of this useful software. Controlling and certifying print documents is now easier than ever before thanks to the new features available in this release of PRINT Verifier. Some of the new features include:
- New assessment methods
- New supported instruments
- New imported file format
- New functionality
New Assessment Methods
Alwan has introduced new assesssment methods to bring their software up to spec with industry standards. Thanks to the revisions made, all of the following is now possible:
- G7® Gray Balance + CMYK Solids assessment
- ISO 12647-2 + G7® Gray Balance (informative) assessment
- ISO 12647-3 + G7® Gray Balance (informative) assessment
New Supported Instruments
X-Rite is a leader in color management hardware, and one of the wisest moves that Alwan made with the release of it's new software is the addition of support for more X-Rite instruments. With the latest version of PRINT Verifier, you can now use these devices with your software:
New Imported File Format
The new version of PRINT Verifier now has support for a new file format. With this update, you can now import X-Rite CxF3 ﬁle format (Color Exchange Format 3.0). This new file format support greatly increases productivity by eliminating downtime due to file format conversions.
If the other new benefits weren't enough to sell you on this software, the functionality incorporated in this version is guaranteed to make you want to upgrade. Some of the many perks of this new software include the following:
- Import of custom control strips with CBL format (from X-Rite IntelliTrax software)
- Substrate Corrected Color Aims (SCCA)
- Support of measurement ﬁles containing one or more spot colors.
On top of the wealth of added features, Alwan has taken this opportunity to make improvements to their already existing functionality as follows:
- New G7® Targeted reports containing NPDC, w∆L and F criteria
- New default Alwan_M_i1P_4C_MT_1R_246.5_G7_v2.0 control strip
- New default P2P25 chart
- Imported control strip can be deleted now
- Minor bug and UI ﬁxes
With all of the new features incorporated in the latest release of PRINT Verifier, it's easy to see how this software could greatly improve your workflow. RPImaging welcomes the introduction of PRINT Verifier X v2.5.0, and we feel this software is guaranteed to make an impact on the market.
Since the release of the original SpectroDens in 2007, the way we measure color has never been the same. When Techkon released this fast, accurate color measurement device for color quality control in all print environments, they introduced a wealth of abilities into the world of color measurement. Quality managers are able to quickly check color accuracy using Pass/Fail, and with Techkon’s unique Ink Check feature, that specifies specific ink density adjustments to bring color into customer specified tolerances, measurement has never been the same. This innovator in quality isn't giving up there, however. Techkon has once again surprised its customers with the release of the next generation of their famous product line, the SpectroDens Premium. Techkon is a global leader in the manufacturing of densitometers, spectrophotometers, and software solutions, and it comes as no surprise to hear they've once again stormed the market with a great revision of their already outstanding hardware.
Designed With Productivity in Mind
The latest version of Techkon's famed hardware features some very exciting new features, such as a more compact design, improved ergonomics, wireless capabilities, and a high resolution color display. All of these new features come together to provide an easier, more pleasant experience to the operator. By utilizing a high resolution color display, the SpectroDens improves productivity by providing the operator with a visual representation of CIE L*a*b* values. The new wireless capabilities enable the operator to more easily take measurements without the need to be tethered to a computer. Another great feature of this sleek new product is the addition of tracking wheels on the bottom of the device. These wheels assist in shortening scan measurements of color control bars by keeping the device perfectly aligned with the bar. When coupled with the excellent service provided by Techkon, it's hard to find a reason not to upgrade.
Techkon is committed to customer satisfaction. The new generation SpectroDens shows just how much Techkon is committed to developing color measurement solutions to better serve all customers’ needs for quality, efficiency and accuracy. Every product that they produce is of the highest quality standards. With the introduction of the SpectroDens Premium, the Techkon family is becoming ever more influential in the way we measure the world around us. Other Techkon products include the SpectroJet, SpectroDrive, SpectroPlate, ES5000, and SpectroEdge. If you're interested in purchasing the SpectroDens Premium, or simply learning more about it, check out our product listing HERE.
Caldera RIP has officially released a Mac 10.8 compatible version of their popular RIP software Caldera GrandRIP+ and Caldera VisualRIP+. You must install Caldera v9.00-A version to be compatible. Caldera v9.00-A uses XQuartz instead of X11 which was included in previous Mac OS. X11 is no longer included in Mountain Lion release. X11 can still be downloaded separately but is no longer included.
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Cloud Based Color Quality Assurance Software
The Techkon ChromaQA is currently in beta. Techkon has projected a September release date for the ChromaQA.
Techkon ChromaQA enables digital, flexographic, and packaging printers to clearly identify unacceptable color, density and dot gain variations at every point during print production. ChromaQA’s Cloud version offers the ability to remotely create, edit and monitor print jobs, color libraries and quickly determine how well a print job is performing from virtually anywhere in the world via the Internet or company internal Intranet, in real-time.
What is the ChromaQA Solution
The standard version is for singer user installations that do not require remote access.
The cloud is built specifically for larger businesses with multiple presses and print facilities to manage custom jobs remotely via the internet. With the ChromaQA Cloud you can govern the color quality of countless jobs in real time, multiple locations using either web browser, smart phone or a tablet.
Managing Color Libraries
Easily build, edit and govern countless color libraries using the versatile color library management system. Doing this you can ensure that a print job being printed on multiple presses or in a multiple facilities is using the same target reference color tolerance and values. With this highly compatible software you can now import and export color libraries to common formats:
- Excel CSV
Monitoring the Press Run
The ChromaQA Cloud edition enables an operator to setup four levels of permissions: Level 1 is designed for the administrator and allows unlimited access to manage all files on the server. The Administrator can add, edit or delete users and configure Levels 2, 3 and 4 permissions to provide users with varying levels of access. This edition can be installed on a company’s Intranet or hosted by Techkon. Throughout the press run, ChromaQA collects color data and displays an intuitive graphic and numeric display of the measured colors on the monitor. The data can be viewed in multiple formats including:
The ChromaQA Cloud edition allows a user to configure 4 levels of administration. Level 1 is built for the administrator and grants full access to all files available on the server. The other 3 levels of permissions can be fully customized the administrator. The admin can then modify, erase or create new users, adjusting their custom permissions as he/she sees fit. This edition can be hosted directly from Techkon or on a company's Intranet. Throughout the press process the ChromaQA gathers data relating directly to color quality.
- Single Sheet Snap Shot – up-to-the-minute reporting of print job performance – either via the Internet or company Intranet. Report includes delta E, density and dot gain derivation from the tolerance values.
- L* a* b* Color – visual color analysis displays the target reference color against the printed sample color, alerting the operator to an out-of-tolerance condition, and recommending an action to correct the deviation.
- Statistical Reporting – generate detailed reports for a single press run, or multiple press runs of a job, for internal quality control personnel, press room manager or the print specifier.
- Trending – ChromaQA provides a unique analytic tool letting users run in-depth trend analysis of specific colors in print jobs that are printed on multiple presses, across different facilities and that are printed on a recurring basis. Follow the performance trend of these jobs over time and easily identify areas that need improvement, such as ink supply issues, press specific mechanical problems or overall improvement in process control guidelines.
- Exporting – reports printed or exported to PDF or Excel CSV format.
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The Barbieri Spectropad has won the EDP Technical Committee Award 2012 for their infamous Spectropad. This prestigious award confirms once again that the Barbieri Spectropad meets the highest level of innovation and uniqueness.
The SpectroPad is showcased at the Drupa BARBIERI booth in Hall 7.0 Booth A23.
The Barbieri Spectropad is the standard in portable hand-held spectrophotometers. With a 6mm measuring aperture this is the perfect tool for measuring the color of a wide variety of different medias from large to grand format. Being battery operated with WiFi data transmission this is one of the few color measurement devices that allow you to print without a computer. With an integrated touch screen you will fall in love with the simplicity and elegance of this amazing product.
Digital Information continues to raise the bar in quality, performance and innovation. They have announced plans to reveal an unprecedented print concept during Drupa on May 3 - 16. A double-sided imposition proofer and inkjet printer known as the PP490. Using this state of the art impo-proofer you will now have the ability to automate the output of double-sided:
- photo book pages
- color proofs
- art reproductions
- point-of-sale prints
Digital Information's PP490 was built to work alongside the highly popular Epson Stylus Pro 4900 inkjet printer. Digital Information has promised to deliver the highest-quality double-sided printout up to DIN A2 or 17" x 22". This remarkable tool is perfect for anyone aiming to meet the highest-caliber of excellence in double-sided printed products that require automatic output on the front and back.
The PP490 works with inkjet paper sheets. A intuitive pneumatic system picks up the sheets from a compartment which holds up to 500 sheets and transports each individual sheet to the printer. Once the impo-proofer has completed the first side of the sheet, the sheet is then turned around and fed back through the printer. Once both sides are completed the machine places the new printout into a tray for collection.
The new Preproofer 7700, 7800, 7900, 9700, 9890 and 990 models ensure accuracy front and back using real-time video imagery. The new control system continuously governs and modifies the print using a 128 bit code printed on the side of the media by the first printer.
336 More Reasons to Love PANTONE
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As of April 24, 2012 PANTONE extended the range of colors in their graphics library from 1,341 to 1,677. PANTONE'S new 336 additional color choices provide a significant advancement to the PANTONE PLUS SERIES Color Library. There are significant color additions to to all the major color families within the PANTONE PLUS SERIES Color Library:
- Verdant Greens
- Rich Blues
- Rich Purples
- Vibrant Yellows & Oranges
- Group of High-trending Naturals
Here are a list of products that now include this new wide array of colors:
- Formula Guide Solid Coated & Solid Uncoated
- Solid Chips Coated & Uncoated
- PANTONE COLOR Bridge Coated & Uncoated
- Designer Field Guide Coated & Uncoated
Update Your Colors!
PANTONE's additional colors wills be available as an update for 60 - 90 days. Owners of previous color guides will be able to easily update there PANTONE PLUS SERIERS Color Library.
The PANTONE Portable Guide Studio contains the complete set of all PANTONE PLUS SERIES Guides:
- PANTONE's full collection of solid and process colors
- Dramatic neons
- Lustrous metallics and soft pastels – in all
- More than 9,000 market-proven colors in a stylish
Also include the easy-to-take-along carrying case.