Color Communication Experts

  • Techkon Introduces the SpectroDens Premium

    SpectroDensSince 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

    SpectroDens Premium
    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.

    Industry Innovators

    Techkon

    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 v9 and Mac 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

    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.
    Contact Us for assistance with Caldera upgrades.

  • Techkon ChromaQA

    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.

    Techkon ChromaQA Product Diagram

    What is the ChromaQA Solution

    Techkon ChromaQA Screenshot

    ChromaQA Standard

    The standard version is for singer user installations that do not require remote access.

    ChromaQA Cloud

    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:

    Techkon ChromaQA Screenshot

    • MIF
    • CXF
    • CXF3
    • TCB
    • INK
    • 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:

    Techkon ChromaQA Screenshot

    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.

    Click here to watch a video.

  • Barbieri Spectropad Awarded

    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.

    Barbieri SpectroPad Wins EDP Technical Committee Award 2012

    What is the Spectopad?

    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 Info's Double-sided Imposition Proofer & Printer

    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:

    Digital Infomations Double-Sided Imposition Proofer and Inkjet Printer

    • photo book pages
    • color proofs
    • art reproductions
    • posters
    • 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.

    Digital Infomations Double-Sided Imposition Proofer and Inkjet Printer

    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.

    For more information please contact us.


  • PANTONE Releases 336 More Colors

    PANTONE 336 New Colors

    336 More Reasons to Love PANTONE

    Click here to watch a video.

    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 with Forumla Guide Supplement

    The PANTONE Portable Guide Studio

    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.

  • Onyx ProductionHouse X10.2 and PosterShop X10.2 Has Been Released

    ONYX ProductionHouse X10.2

    Onyx ProductionHouse X10.2

    The Onyx ProductionHouse X10.2 is Onyx's premiere RIP (Raster Image Processor) software. Seamlessly create custom color media profiles and use a combination of inks and output devices such as grand-format, large-format and flatbed printers, as well as cutters.

    ProductionHouse X10.2 Promotion

    For a limited time when you purchase an Onyx ProductionHouse X10.2 you will receive a free i1 Basic Pro Spectrophotmeter. The i1Basic Pro is a professional spectral color measurement solution that's easy to use, and includes everything you need to create professional, custom profiles for your monitors. It also includes PANTONE Color Manager for managing digital color libraries and color picking.

    Promotion expires April 30th.

    ONYX ProductionHouse X10.2

    Onyx PosterShop X10.2

    The Onyx PosterShop X10.2 offers support for all your production printers allowing a singular and uniform approach to controlling color printing. Onyx PosterShop includes 2 wide format (up to 60in) print drivers out of the box, with the option to add extra printer licenses. Simplify printing in your shop with one RIP for all of your printers and get back to production!

    ONYX logo

    WHAT’S NEW IN X10 BUILD 10.2

    1. Color Technologies

    New GCR Plus addition to ONYX’s PowerChroma™ Black Generation technology

    • Maintains Smoothness in Highlights while saving ink in shadow areas
    • Using ONYX’s PowerChroma™ technology users can save up to 30% in Ink use.

    “Vivid Color” gamut mapping

    • New option to build profiles with brighter tone mapping (more colorful) especially with mid to low gamut ink and media combinations

    Other Enhancements

    • Improved Balance CMY Gray
    • Improvements to CMYKOG and CMYKRGB separations (will effect new halftone modes for printers with these ink configurations.
    2. Better Spot Color Control

    Ability to replace name spot colors with device user defined ink combinations

    • Take full advantage of new printers with specialty ink and deliver unique and high impact images to clients
    • Automate User defined replacement with Color Filters and Quick Set for increase production efficiency
    • Will work with automated spot color replacement

    Easily identify all named spot colors in a file

    3. Better Multi-Page PDF file handling

    Submitting Multi-Page PDF files

    • Increase production times by processing multiple pages at one time (Requires more than one RIP License)
    • Streamline prepress to production handoff by honoring individual page sizes in PDF documents
    4. “Reduce Size to Fit” workflow option added to ONYX Quick Sets

    Reduce manual intervention by setting workflows to automatically reduce size to fit media

  • X-Rite’s i1 Pro 2 Solutions Have Been Released

    X-Rite i1 Pro 2 Color Management Solutions

    X-Rite i1 Pro 2 Spectrophotometer

    After being well known as the industry standard for more then 10 years it comes as no shock to see the release of the i1 Pro 2 Spectrophotometer. X-Rites new i1 Pro 2 Spectrophotometer is the most versatile, accurate, and easy to use spectrophotometer out there. It has already been awarded the "Red Dot Award: Product Design", competing against over 4500 other competitors. The i1 Pro 2 Spectrophotometer accompanies X-Rite's 3 i1 professional color management solutions.

    X-Rite i1 Pro 2 Color Management Bundles

    These i1 Pro 2 bundles are the ultimate solutions for color perfectionists. They are specifically designed for professionals working in a color-managed ecosystem. Each i1 Pro 2 Solution includes the following:

    • The Award Winning i1 Pro 2 Spectrophotometer
    • The Redesigned i1 Profiler Software
    • PANTONE Color Manager

    X-Rite i1 Publish Pro

    i1 Publish Pro 2

    The i1Publish Pro 2 is X-Rite's most powerful i1 professional color management package. Its professional-level ICC (International Color Consortium) profiling solution is specifically designed for imaging professionals attempting to color manage their entire prepress workflows. With X-Rite's updated QA (Quality Assurance) validation and verification functionality color experts can rest at ease knowing the color they are viewing is the truest possible.

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    X-Rite i1 Photo Pro 2

    i1 Photo Pro 2

    The i1 Photo Pro 2, as its name states, is designed for photographers. X-Rite's i1 Photo Pro 2 ensures the highest caliber photographs possible. Easily profile your camera display projector and printer for the highest-caliber quality. Create customized profiles to compensate for specific lighting conditions. Target shadow details and produce the most accurate colors imaginable from the moment you take the picture to printing it out. With the new OBC (Optical Brightener Compensation) photographers can now optimize their photographs by taking into account optical brightening agents often found in photographs.

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    X-Rite i1 Basic Pro

    i1 Basic Pro 2

    The i1 Basic Pro 2 is a professional-level color management solution designed to fit the needs of an imaging professional. It's the ideal solution for an effective workflow in a color-managed environment. It offers display and projector profiling, monitor and print QA, and spot color measurement. Don't let its name you fool you though, other then its price there is nothing basic about it.

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    i1 Publish Pro 2 Upgrade

    The i1 Publish Pro 2 Upgrade allows users with previous versions of X-Rite products to upgrade to the i1 Publish Pro 2 at a discounted price. Users with any of the following X-Rite products qualify for the upgrade:

    • OEM Device
    • i1Basic
    • i1Design LT
    • i1Photo
    • i1Photo LT
    • i1Photo SG
    • i1Proof
    • i1XT
    • i1XTreme
    • ProfileMaker 5
    • MonacoPROFILER 4

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  • Enfocus' Switch 11 and PitStop 11 have Arrived!

    Enfocus Announces PitStop Pro 11 and PitStop Server 11!

    Available May 2012 at drupa 2012

    Enfocus has announced the release date for both the PitStop Pro 11 and the PitStop Server 11. There are over 130,000 PitStop users around the world that will benefit from a significantly more accurate and flexible PDF preflight and correction software.

    Enfocus Pitstop Server 11

    Enfocus PitStop Server 11

    Imagine a PitStop Server with just one preflight profile that checks and corrects every job based on the information within your MIS system, every job is checked on a job-by-job basis, and every job is checked to a different set of parameters if required.

    With PitStop Server 11 comes the concept of 'Variable Sets' which means you can drive your preflight profile and correction settings from XML or JDF job tickets generated from your MIS system or Ad Booking system.

    Enfocus Pitstop Pro 11

    Enfocus PitStop Pro 11

    PitStop Pro 11 introduces Smart Preflight & Correction - a more accurate and flexible way of preflighting and correcting files to their specific production requirements.

    Enfocus has released the Switch 11

    Enfocus has finally released the Switch 11. The Switch 11 will replace the LightSwitch 10, FullSwitch 10, and PowerSwitch 10. The Enfocus Switch 11 can be purchased along side customized modules. No longer will customers be forced to purchase unneeeded modules. Simply purchase the Enfocus Switch 11 with the modules you see fit for your workflow. The Enfocus Switch 11 Upgrade is avaiable for users with the following products.

    • LightSwitch
    • FullSwitch
    • PowerSwitch

    What's new in PitStop Server 11 and PitStop Pro 11?

    • A more accurate and specific preflight, resulting in higher quality
    • Better integration by using information that is already available in other systems, like your MIS
    • Take full advantage of the technology you already have today
    • Reduce errors and standardize processes to save time and money
    • PitStop Server 11 is the SMARTEST preflight of them all

    Don't wait!

    Pre-order

    When you pre-order the Enfocus PitStop Server 11 or PitStop Pro 11 today you save big! Savings from $100.00 - $500.00! If that isn't enough to get you out of your seat, Enfocus will also send you a copy of version 10 while you wait!


    Product(Pre-order) Until May 2May 3 - June 30As of July 1
    Enfocus PitStop Server 11$2969.00$3299.00$3599.00
    Enfoucs PitStop Pro 11$699.00$699.00$799.00


  • X-Rite Promotions Till March 31, 2012

    Save big on X-Rite Color Management products!

    Until March 31, 2012 X-Rite is offering promotions on all of the following products:

    1. X-Rite i1isis
    2. X-Rite i1Publish
    3. X-Rite QA-ColorMaster
    4. X-Rite IntelliTrax
    5. X-Rite EasyTrax

    If you have been considering any of the products listed above then now is the time
    for you. X-Rite is offering promotions ranging from free services, to free products,
    store credit, and much more. Don't miss out on these huge savings! It's not often
    you see these types of savings on i1 pro level color management solutions.

    X-Rite i1isis

    X-Rite i1isis:

    Buy any size i1iSis and receive a FREE i1Publish. That is a savings of $999.00! Simply purchase an i1isis anytime until March 31, 2012 and we will include the i1Publish at no additional charge.

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    X-Rite i1Publish

    X-Rite i1Publish:

    Buy an i1Publish or upgrade to an i1Publish and receive 30% cash back. Upgrade from i1Match, PRofileMaker or MonacoPROFILER today!

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    X-Rite QA-ColorMaster Bundle:

    X-Rite QA Color Master Bundle

    Purchase a bundle with either the QA-Master I or QA-Master II and either the 530 Spectrodensitometer or 939 Spectrodensitometer.
    The bundle also includes Pantone color guides and a $500 credit that can be used towards any of the following:

    • Pantone Certified Printer Program
    • X-Rite G7 Consulting Services
    • Credit on any future X-Rite purchase over $3500.

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    X-Rite IntelliTrax Spectral Bundle:

    X-Rite IntelliTrax Spectral Bundle

    When you purchase the X-Rite IntelliTrax Spectral Bundle you will receive the IntelliTrax, a 530 Spectrodensitometer, 2 days on-site training, and PANTONE ColorGuides.

    Customers also receive a $1000.00 credit toward any of the following:

    • PANTONE Certified Printer Program
    • X-Rite G7 Consulting Services
    • Credit on any future X-Rite product over $5000

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    X-Rite EasyTrax Spectral Bundle:

    X-Rite EasyTrax Spectral Bundle

    When you purchase the X-Rite EasyTrax Bundle you will not only receive the EasyTrax, you will also receive PANTONE Color Guides.

    Customers also receive $1000 credit that can be used toward any of the following:

    • PANTONE Certified Printer Program
    • X-Rite G7 Consulting Services
    • Credit on any future X-Rite purchase over $5000

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    Promotional pricing valid until March 31, 2012.

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