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  • PANTONE Releases 336 More Colors

    PANTONE 336 New Colors

    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 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!

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    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.


    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.


    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.


    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


  • 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 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!


    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 2 May 3 - June 30 As 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.


    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!


    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.


    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


    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


    Promotional pricing valid until March 31, 2012.

  • ONYX ProductionHouse & PosterShop Upgrade Promotion X10.1

    ONYX RIP Software X10.1

    Save Up To 55% When You Upgrade

    ONYX is offering a promotional upgrade for customers with version 6.x of ProductionHouse X10.1 and PosterShop X10.1. Both the PosterShop and ProductionHouse are highly respected in the color management world and have been in the top tier for RIP software a few years running. This promotion is for a limited time only, so if you have been considering the upgrade there is no better time!

    ONYX ProductHouse X10.1 is a simple to use RIP with flexible yet powerful tools. These tools allow you to control your production workflow by reducing production cost and delivering superior color quality.
    Sale: $995.00 (List Price: $2195.00)

    ONYX PosterShop X10.1 is the solution for professional printers. Quickly and easily create efficient Print-only and Print-and-Cut workflows for a wide range of devices while delivering a higher-grade output quality to your customers.
    Sale: $995.00 (List Price: $2195.00)

    X10.1 is like no other version. Many new features have been added to these RIPs:

    • G7 Support Tool
    • JDF Workfllow
    • Split Multi-page PDFs

    G7 Support Tool

    With the G7 Support Tool you can finally construct that balanced gray and consistency in colors across printing instruments that meet the G7 standards. The G7 process chooses a specific calibration method that will boost your printer's reliability and achieve a more accurate depiction from proof to press.

    JDF Workflow

    JDF is the new interface standard built for and by the graphics art industry to enable automated print workflows. There are many benefits to automation in the pre-press environment: reduced errors, increased consistency and essentially better quality.

    Multi-page PDF Optimization

    The artboards feature in Adobe Illustrator has taken a huge liking in the graphics art industry. This Multi-page PDF tool gives professionals the capability to plug away on multiple images and sizes in one PDF file. Unfortunately, the average wide format RIP software doesn't handle these files properly, which ends up costing you time and money. Not only does X10.1 solve this problem but it also speeds up the process!

    Promotion valid until March 1, 2012.

  • X-Rite i1Display 2 & i1Dispay LT — free upgrade to Mac OSX 10.7 Lion

    X-Rite announces today a free upgrade for X-Rite i1 Display2 and i1 Display LT for users who upgrade to Mac OSX 10.7 Lion.

    X-rite is providing a special i1Profiler i1Display Lion Edition. i1Profiler is X-Rite’s latest software platform introduced earlier this year and is fully compatible with Lion. i1Profiler i1Display Lion Edition special edition software offers a similar feature set of i1Match monitor profiling software.

    Make sure to register to receive the free update notice,

  • Lion Compatibility for X-Rite Color Solutions

    Apple has announced that the new OS 10.7 Lion will no longer support software that relies on Rosetta. This directly affects X-Rite's retired i1Match, ProfileMaker and MonacoPROFILER applications. However, the current i1Profiler and ColorMunki software does not rely on Rosetta and is fully compatible with Apple OS systems from 10.5.8, 10.6 and the new 10.7 Lion.

    While we recognize there may be some workarounds such as creating a dual-boot Mac where one volume contains Lion and another runs an older version of the Mac OS, this is not ideal for most users. Therefore, X-Rite is providing our customers with upgrade paths so they can continue using X-Rite imaging solutions if they choose to upgrade to Lion.

    The below chart provides the detailed information regarding appropriate upgrade paths based on customer's original purchased solution. Look for your solution, listed alphabetically, to determine the best Lion compatible upgrade path.

    X-Rite Solution Included Software Lion Support Software Needed for Lion Compatability Upgrade Path (paid)
    ColorChecker Passport ColorChecker Camera Calibration yes fully compatible with included ColorChecker software none required
    ColorMunki Create* ColorMunki yes fully compatible with included ColorMunki software none required
    ColorMunki Design ColorMunki yes fully compatible with included ColorMunki software none required
    ColorMunki Display ColorMunki yes fully compatible with included ColorMunki software none required
    ColorMunki Photo ColorMunki yes fully compatible with included ColorMunki software none required
    huey* huey yes fully compatible with included huey software none required
    hueyPRO huey yes fully compatible with included huey software none required
    i1Basic* i1Match no i1Profiler Free Update to i1Profiler Monitor module (limited features for i1Basic owners).  For full workflow functionality upgrade to i1Publish Upgrade B.
    i1Basic Pro i1Profiler yes fully compatible with included i1Profiler software none required
    i1Design LT* i1Match no i1Profiler i1Publish Upgrade B
    i1Display LT* i1Match no i1Profiler MAC monitor update module (coming in September) Free Update for registered 2011 purchases; Nominal fee if purchased prior to 2011
    i1Display 2* i1Match no i1Profiler MAC monitor update module (coming in September) Free Update for registered 2011 purchases; Nominal fee if purchased prior to 2011
    i1Display Pro i1Publish yes i1Profiler none required
    i1Photo* i1Match no i1Profiler i1Publish Upgrade A
    i1Photo LT* i1Match no i1Profiler i1Publish Upgrade B
    i1Photo Pro i1Profiler yes fully compatible with included i1Profiler software none required
    i1Photo SG* i1Match no i1Profiler i1Publish Upgrade A
    i1Proof* i1Match no i1Profiler i1Publish Upgrade A
    i1Publish i1Profiler yes fully compatible with included i1Profiler software none required
    i1Publish Pro i1Profiler yes fully compatible with included i1Profiler software none required
    i1XT* i1Match no i1Profiler i1Publish Upgrade A
    i1XTreme* i1Match no i1Profiler i1Publish Upgrade A
    Monaco Optix* Optix no New solution required ColorMunki Display or i1Display Pro
    MonacoPROFILER* MonacoPROFILER no i1Profiler i1Publish Upgrade A
    PANTONE Color Manager PANTONE Color Manager yes fully compatible with included PCM software none required
    ProfileMaker* ProfileMaker no i1Profiler i1Publish Upgrade A
    *retired solution by X-Rite
  • Introducing Barbieri's New Spectropad

    SpectropadSpectropad in use
    BARBIERI is proud to announce the world’s first portable spectrophotometer for professional digital printing. This professional measurement device is built to measure a variety of different media used in professional digital printing including large and wide format printing. Thanks to its independence from a computer it can also be used directly on the printer. The integrated touch display facilitates interaction with the device and gives immediate feedback about the measurement results. It is the ideal tool for all digital print professionals for use away from the desk.

    Spectropad is the new portable measurement device for all professionals within digital printing including large and wide format printing. Thanks to its large measurement aperture it is able to accurately measure a wide range of different, reflective media. Banner, cardboard, textiles, canvas, PVC, Fine Art Paper, vinyl and Paper are just a few of them.

    This new wireless, battery powered spectrophotometer can be operated without a computer and therefore directly at the printer, even without cutting the media. Jobs can be stored in the device and measurement results (if requested) sent through WiFi to the computer.

    The Spectropad is the first measurement device with Barbieri “qb-technology” inside. This new technology is based on D50 illumination and contains the next generation of highest precision spectral core. The D50 illumination used is based on LED technology by Just Normlicht. It fully matches the new measurement condition M1 introduced with the ISO standard 13655-2009. Thanks to the Barbieri “qb-technology” most precision measurement results will be reached.

    The touch display makes the operation and job selection a breeze – no matter whether measuring a control bar, a linearization or profiling chart or just a simple spot color. The measurement results will immediately be displayed or sent to the computer for further processing.

    With this portable measurement device BARBIERI targets all professionals in digital printing, color management consultants as well as technicians for printer installation. It finally allows using the well-known BARBIERI measurement quality away from the desk or at the customer site.

  • G7 Process Control & Conformance Program Launched

    IDEAlliance® announced the G7® Process Control & Conformance Program (G7®PCC) as an extension of the G7® Master Program. This groundbreaking qualification program is designed to build on the momentum of the IDEAlliance G7® Master Program, which to-date has qualified more than 860 companies worldwide. The G7®PCC program provides the next level of learning, productivity tools and techniques necessary for creative, premedia and print professionals to drive efficiencies in day-to-day operations. In addition, the G7®PCC program is serving as a foundational tool to prepare for the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Printing Standards Audit (PSAsm) Certification Program, launching June 2011.

    The G7®PCC program is designed in module format to serve the total media supply chain, including brand owners, creative agencies and print providers. The program consists of a mixture of on-site training, assessment and compliance analysis. Upon successful completion of the G7®PCC program, the participating site will receive a certificate of qualification and a comprehensive binder of user documents and reference material. The program will also include continued assessment of conformance over time. The training program, delivered by IDEAlliance G7®PCC Certified Experts, fully complies with the latest print specifications and industry standards. Modules for printers will include process control fundamentals, trending, and methods of adapting G7 for non-standard print conditions. Modules for brand owners and creatives will focus on specifying, measuring and communicating color for those buying and designing for print.

    President and CEO of IDEAlliance, David Steinhardt, remarked, "Industry leaders such as IDEAlliance and RIT are the logical authorities to bring forth a qualification and certification program that supports standards and ensures an impartial program that both educates and audits.” Joe Fazzi, Vice President, Media Production Technologies for IDEAlliance stated, “Brand owners, agencies and print providers are eager for a process control and conformance program that manages expectations across the supply chain."

    In addition to benefiting service providers, the G7®PCC program will benefit manufacturers seeking to improve the standardization of their production processes, resulting in increased efficiency and profitability. Manufacturers will also benefit from expanded recognition for their tools supporting the compliance of industry standards.

    The G7®PCC program is designed to fully prepare facilities intending to apply for PSAsm Certification. The RIT PSAsm Certification Program is a rigorous, objective process for assessing a printer’s ability to operate a standards compliant workflow. By attaining PSAsm Certification, printers can objectively demonstrate that they have mastered the use of standards in the workflows they operate. Contact Ken Posman at or 585.475.7429 for information on PSAsm Certification

    The IDEAlliance G7®PCC program launches June 30, 2011, with G7®PCC Expert training programs to be announced at that time.

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