Kodak has upgraded its proofing software, which now allows spot colours to be proofed with the violet inks used in Epson’s SC-P7000 and P-9000 wide format inkjet printers. Continue reading “Kodak Proofing to support Epson Violet”
Epson has announced a new 43cm wide desktop printer, the SureColor SC-P5000. It’s aimed mainly at proofing, fine art and photography users and capable of four-sided borderless printing. Continue reading “Epson launches new SC-P5000 A2 printer”
Epson has announced details of four new wide format printers, all using aqueous inks. Epson is in the process of phasing out its Stylus Pro range so these are branded as SureColor P printers and are targeted at the proofing, fine art and photographic markets.
Felix Schoeller Digital Media, based in Osnabruck, Germany, has released a range of seven new proofing papers, six of which comply to the latest Fogra 51 standards with the seventh expected to follow shortly. The six papers are microporous resin-coated papers plus a special-coated matt paper, marketed under the product name Trust. They are suitable for all types of proofs for offset, gravure and screen printing. Continue reading “Felix Schoeller meets Fogra 51 standard”
GMG has released ColorProof 5.6, the latest version of its proofing software. Continue reading “GMG updates ColorProof 5.6”
Oris Packaging Innovations is launching its Flex Pack/Web solution in the UK. Continue reading “Oris launches packaging proof solution”
GMG has launched a new service, CoZone Collaborate, to enable users to work together for proofing and approving projects online. CoZone is the name of an overall platform that extends the company’s existing colour management tools to include a cloud-based element, which will be modular, with Collaborate being the first module. This allows project participants to manage, review, proof and approve graphic arts content and by the end of 2013 – multimedia content – within an online Amazon Cloud Service hosted soft-proofing environment. As with most true cloud services, users need only a web browser to use the service, and there’s no restriction on the number of users, file sizes, or even storage.
Marcus Wright, CoZone Product Manager at GMG, explained: “Adopting a more distributed and collaborative methodology that exploits the clear benefits of the cloud when producing content means easier, faster and more streamlined output, which is good for the industry as a whole.”
GMG has said that future CoZone modules will allow seamless connection to GMG-calibrated hard-copy output devices, delivering an end-to-end color-accurate workflow.
X-Rite has launched i1Profiler v1.5, targeted at premedia, prepress, photo and print shop customers. This now makes use of Device Link profiling, which is rapidly being accepted as the most effective way to colour manage multiple presses and proofing devices. Users will need an i1Pro2 spectrophotometer to use the device link profiles, but current customers will qualify for a free upgrade.
It also includes: M1 support for the i1iO in spot mode; support for the Hutch Color (HCT) targets for scanner profiling; support for the Ugra/Fogra Media Wedge CMYK for large format printing; and enhanced display and projector profiling.
GMG has updated its ColorProof colour management and proofing solution to v5.5. GMG says that it has rewritten the software to improve processing speed, cutting in half the time used create a new job from selecting the file until it’s ready to print.
ColorProof also gains an automatic alert via multiple emails, to warn an operator to load paper, calibrate a printer, or fix a job error. There’s a new Manual Job Manager that offers a toolbar for the most common commands. Job status is clearly indicated with a green, orange or red color, giving the operator instant feedback. A new Database View now shows color-related information such as proof standards and spot colors, while a separate view provides configuration settings.
Michael Farkas, Director Business Unit Graphic Arts at GMG, says: “Customers working with packaging will benefit from the enhanced handling of white ink and transparent areas when proofing on foil, along with enhanced integration with GMG OpenColor. And, GMG DotProof users will find a much sharper dot along with GMG ColorProof’s accurate colour.”
There’s also a new Remote Poofing Edition, essentially a cut down version for viewing print-ready jobs, which costs 20% less than the regular ColorProof.
CGS has updated its Oris Color Tuner/Web program to v2.03, with this latest version now supporting the latest printers from Epson, Roland DG, and Canon with CGS claiming that it is the first proofing system on the market to be FOGRA certified for Canon iPF6450 printers. It also includes a new print job editor that allows users to replace and omit individual colour separations and to preview those modifications before the job is printed.